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Apr 23rd

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District exceeds business goals

District exceeds business goalsThe Minneapolis Public Schools Minority, Women and Diverse Business Participation Oversight Committee (MWDB-POC) on March 10 announced the participation of women and diverse business partners for the new MPS Educational Service Center (ESC) surpassed the 25 percent goal by 20 percent, raising participation to nearly half of all business partners.

Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) proposal evaluations and contract awards are ongoing. Currently, minority- and women-owned businesses account for 45 percent of business partners and approximately $7.1 million of the $15.8 million dollars procured. Minority workers account for 45 percent of the workforce, surpassing the goal by 20 percent; women workers account for five percent of the workforce, achieving the contract goal.
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Job routine can bring rewards

Job routine can bring rewardsThis is going to be the most boring article in the paper today.  And worth it. 

Dali has been complaining lately.  She says she is easily distracted, catching herself gazing out the window, taking longer smoke breaks and fighting back the yawns all afternoon.  Dali likes her job – is glad to have it – but some days it’s hard to see past the daily grind to know where her hard work will take her.
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IRS offers tax help at Minneapolis Office on Saturday, March 26

The IRS office in Minneapolis located at 250 Marquette Avenue will be open on Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help taxpayers who may not be able to visit an IRS office during weekday business hours.
 
On Saturday, March 26, the IRS will provide free assistance to taxpayers who need help getting information required to file their tax returns as well as help with account questions, such as a tax balance due or audit issues. In addition, help preparing tax forms will be available for people with incomes of $49,000 or less and on a first-come, first-served basis.
 
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Consumers report many issues with magazine telemarketing firm

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) has given Midwest Home Office, Inc., a telemarketing firm which sells magazine subscriptions, an “F” rating, which is the lowest rating a company can get. Complaints to the BBB involve allegations of sales practice issues, non-delivery of magazines and free gifts, and customer service issues.
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Stake holding on West Broadway

Stake holding on West BroadwayThe West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) is hosting a Membership Drive Kickoff Breakfast to encourage neighbors and residents to become a part of the community organization.   The breakfast, sponsored by Comcast, General Mills and U.S. Bank, takes place Tuesday, March 22 from 8:30 to 9:30 am at the Northside YMCA, 1711 West Broadway in Minneapolis.

Founded in 2007, WBC is a combination of West Broadway Business Association (WBBA) and the West Broadway Area Coalition (WBAC). 
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Mind Your Own Business: Create an Impactful Career Plan

Mind Your Own Business:  Create an Impactful Career PlanBusiness owners usually begin their million dollar futures with a great idea and, soon after, a business plan.  Entrepreneurs sometimes skip over the formal planning stage in their rush to bring in those first few dollars.  However, with or without a plan, the business eventually will flounder, grow, require financing or face an opportunity to sell.  Imagine staring at elevator doors that never open.  It’s the business plan that opens those doors.  To truly succeed, a written document mapping out all aspects of the business eventually becomes mandatory.
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13.8 million for Minnesotans who have not filed a 2007 tax return

The Internal Revenue Service has nearly $13.8 million for about 14,000 Minnesotans who have not filed their 2007 income tax returns. Nationwide, unclaimed refunds totaling about $1.1 billion are awaiting 1.1 million people who have not filed a federal tax return for 2007. To collect this money, a 2007 tax return must be filed with the IRS no later than Monday, April 18, 2011.
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