Economic Gateway http://www.bentonpartnership.org Benton Economic Partnership, Inc. News RSS Feed Sat, 25 May 2019 01:59:46 -0700 en-us Opportunity Zone in Benton County Provides Opportunities for Investors! http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20852 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 03 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 In December of 2017, Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Jobs Act or Act) and Opportunity Zones were created. Opportunity Zones are designated areas around the United States where investors can... BUSINESS HONORED FOR GIVING BACK http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20623 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 22 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 (KNSI) - A St. Cloud business has received a high honor from Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity. H&S Heating and Air Conditioning has been inducted into Habitat for Humanity's Business ... St. Cloud Technical and Community College announces Workforce Development Scholarship http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20622 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 19 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Minnesota State announces the availability of 400 new scholarships of $2,500 each for students enrolling in high-demand programs at state colleges, including 14 scholarships that will be dispersed by ... Wellness at work takes root http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20621 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 The seeds of a Worksite Wellness Consortium were planted in 2017, and they’re taking root as meetings continue, a website gets enhanced, and businesses network over a like-minded initiative. ... Enjoy making things? Find a future as a machinist http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20620 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 15 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 AVON — When Dave Petron started working at Columbia Gear in Avon more than a quarter-century ago, he was immediately drawn to the job because the final product was something he could a... You can order a drink at the Flat Iron again, but it's not a beer http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20619 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 It's been 25 years since you could belly up to the bar and order a drink at the Flat Iron in downtown St. Cloud. Today you'll see customers chatting around the bar, but it's not beer ... IoT Gives Minnesota Companies a ‘Smart’ Way to Do Business http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20614 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Minnesota companies are on the front lines of the IoT revolution A University of Minnesota spinout company is working to develop an artificial liver that could dramatically reduce the number of pat... Why Minnesota is an International Attraction http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20613 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 08 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Sports, arts and outdoors combine to put tourism spotlight on the state William Shakespeare famously wrote that all the world is a stage. In Minnesota, the state is becoming a stage that attracts a... How to make sense of the NFL’s fanciful Super Bowl economic impact numbers http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20612 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 05 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 In their 2004 paper “Super Bowl or Super(Hyper)Bole?: Assessing The Economic Impact of America’s Premier Sporting Event,” economists Robert Baade and Victor Matheson studied Super Bo... Most & Least Educated States in America http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20611 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 03 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 For a growing number of Americans, a good education is the ticket to a better future. College opens doors to more career opportunities, higher earnings and new social connections, among othe... How Minnesota Uses Its Resources to Drive and Thrive Entrepreneurship http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20610 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 A network of resources, wealth of talent, access to capital fuel entrepreneurial growth Minnesota offers a full menu of resources that drive entrepreneurship — from access to a wide network o... Female Entrepreneurs Are the Next Wave of Business Success http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20609 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 29 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 The main barriers to female entrepreneurship--and the top tips to overcome them. Last week, I wrote an article which talked about U.S entrepreneurship being at a 40-year low. Research suggests... How Minnesota’s manufacturing executives feel about the year ahead http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20608 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 27 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Manufacturing executives in Minnesota are optimistic about their revenue prospects, but they’re also concerned about a workforce shortage that remains a major hurdle for industries across the co... Minnesota Workers Get a Raise http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20607 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 While Minnesota’s labor market has been getting tighter for several years, one expected outcome of that trend has been late to emerge – wage growth.  But a story by Dave Senf in th... Updated for 2018: Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota in ‘Minnesota Blue’ http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20606 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 The 2018 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is now available from DEED’s Small Business Assistance Office.  This popular guide – now in its 36th&n... Innovative Career Services Available at Minnesota WorkForce Centers http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20605 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 20 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Minnesota WorkForce Centers continue to improve services for career seekers across the state. While the WorkForce Centers are known for workshops on job search, the MinnesotaWorks.net job bo... Unemployment Reaches Historic Low; Business Survival Rate Tops in the Nation http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20604 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 In November, the Minnesota unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.1 percent.  The state lost 4,000 jobs in November. Over the past year, Minnesota gained 34,56... Minnesota Gains 8,900 Jobs in December http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20603 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Statewide unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, lowest level in more than 17 years ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 8,900 jobs in December 2018, with 8,700 of them coming from the privat... Updated DEED Business Guide Now Available http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20602 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Thu, 14 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Thirty-sixth edition covers major issues faced by people who start businesses ST. PAUL – The 2018 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is now available fr... Four Greater Minnesota Cities Awarded Infrastructure Grants http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20601 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 Funding will support economic development in Royalton, Brooten, Marshall and Luverne ST. PAUL – Grants totaling $5.24 million were approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and ... Getting more than a buzz: St. Cloud uses beer, byproducts to fuel wastewater plant http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20618 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 ST. CLOUD — Whenever you dump something down the drain, it goes to the city of St. Cloud's NEW (Nutrients, Energy and Water) Recovery Facility, where nutrients are recovered, waste... Let's Go app launching in St. Cloud helps date nights by matching activities, calendars http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20617 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 ST. CLOUD — A group of St. Cloud natives and St. Cloud State University alumni are launching an app they hope will change the way people do online dating and how couples come up with new da... Daniel finds passion in transportation http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20616 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 "I'm always known as the 'Bus Guy.' People can't remember my name, but they remember me as the 'Bus Guy.'" Click here to watch video.  ... Francis helps Central McGowan be "the 71-year-old startup" http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20615 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 "We're trying to be the 71-year-old startup. We know that our future is good if we're continually open to change and changing the organization." Click here to watch video.  ... Strand perseveres in both career and life http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=20424 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 08 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800   In the roughly year-and-a-half since INDY's inception, Kayla Strand has helped more than 25 families with cancer warriors in Minnesota. Video sourced from the SC Times ...