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Apr 23rd

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Social Media: Not that kind of leader?

Social Media:  Not that kind of leader?“I’m not that kind of guy.” The terrified smile suggested this man of influence and considerable decision making authority had considered the question, decided against it, and would not, for any reason, be persuaded to change his behavior. The firm stance would have been perfectly appropriate if the individual were facing any of the inappropriate proposals businesspeople are often handed. This time, however, the question was, “How does your company employ social media?”

Technology is moving so fast that it can seem like one of those sound barriers along the freeway. It divides. And those who suddenly realize they are on the wrong side of the barrier are slow to move forward and are hard-pressed to find a way over or around the wall.
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Choose your charities carefully


Today's tough economy has been doubly hard on non-profit organizations that rely on charitable contributions. Many people feeling the pinch have had to cut back on their donations; and because so many are out of work, charities that assist low-income families are being swamped just when their funding has been reduced.

If you're able to make charitable donations, whether cash, material goods or volunteering your time, make sure the organizations deserve your support.

Here are a few ideas that might help:
Make sure the non-profit organization is well-run. Ideally it applies at least 75 percent of contributions to programs that serve beneficiaries, as opposed to salaries, advertising, fund-raising and other administrative expenses.
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LinkedIn: Career-minded gold mine? Or job search junk yard?

LinkedIn:  Career-minded gold mine?  Or job search junk yard?When I first discovered LinkedIn, I was linking in a rural network landscape - a few people out there, but not many. A person could check their LI messages once a week or so and keep up with expectations. Kind of like looking out the window over your farm fields and feeling thrilled when a car turns up your dusty road. Well, times have changed, and small-town LI is now a sprawling suburban network, verging on a becoming a city in itself.

LinkedIn is getting crowded, and the newest users have suspicious motives. "If someone connects with me on LinkedIn," says one manager, "then I know they are looking for a job." How can an honest networker escape the assumption that all newcomers to the countryside are evil? Your best bet is to take a two-tiered approach: use it, and personalize it.
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Youth Business Club develops entrepreneurial skills

Kids learn with support and guidance from community

Recent studies show that nearly seven million jobs that employed young people were erased during the current economic meltdown. In fact, 52.2% of youth do not have a job, the highest percentage since World War II.

However, a group of hardworking and dedicated youth from St. Paul’s Selby Avenue neighborhood are paving the way for their own entrepreneurial and economic future.

The Selby Ave Youth Business Club began in November 2009 as a collaborative between Mychael Wright, owner of Golden Thyme Café; Janet Williams with The Family Partnership; Dave Bonko and Sara Reller with Selby Area Community Development Corporation; and the University of St Thomas SIFE team to build a program to promote the next generation entrepreneur and successful workforce. 
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Youth Business Club develops entrepreneurial skills

Kids learn with support and guidance from community

Recent studies show that nearly seven million jobs that employed young people were erased during the current economic meltdown. In fact, 52.2% of youth do not have a job, the highest percentage since World War II.

However, a group of hardworking and dedicated youth from St. Paul’s Selby Avenue neighborhood are paving the way for their own entrepreneurial and economic future.
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Minnesota Trade Office recognizes nine companies for developing international markets

The Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) has named nine companies winners of the 2010 Governor's International Trade Awards for success in building global markets.

The companies were honored during a luncheon at the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis last week, in recognition of Minnesota World Trade Week 2010.

This year's winners are 3M Company, St. Paul; Ideal Aerosmith, East Grand Forks; Leeds Forensic Systems, Inc., Minneapolis; MOCON, Inc., Brooklyn Park; Network Executive Software, Inc., Maple Grove; ReconRobotics, Inc., Edina; Rosenbauer America LLC, Wyoming; Viracon, Owatonna; and Knewtson Soy Products, LLP, Good Thunder.
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Tomorrow’s workspace works today

Tomorrow’s workspace works todaySuccess is elastic:  ask ten people to explain it and you will hear ten definitions.  Words like progress, accomplishment, dollars, and impact all play a part in describing success, along with creativity, innovation and sweat equity.  But in business, the bottom line is results.  The challenge to companies today is to achieve those results in highly competitive arenas where even the environmental impact of an initiative is publicly scrutinized.  Lately, a few local companies have met that challenge with remarkable agility and fabulous results.

Imagine having the freedom at work to choose for yourself when, where and how you achieve results.  At global medical device manufacturer American Medical Systems (AMS), the vision was to facilitate success by altering the working landscape both physically and emotionally.  AMS looked at ways employees utilized both their personal workspace and the wide range of communication tools available today and developed “Lifeworks,” a transformation that will likely be a model for corporate workspaces going forward.
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