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Monthly Archives: June 2015

My Top 5 Things to do in July

Backyard Party in the City

Minnesotans treasure these few months of warm weather and what better way to celebrate than to get outside and enjoy the outdoors.  1. Get your Human Bowling on at the Backyard Bash Something new that is going on in July is the first annual Backyard Bash at 6th and Washington on July 24th.  And, the… Read more »

Manual Labor Can Be Fun!

Sunrise Employee Giving Week

Every year around this time, there are a good number of desks empty around our buildings. It’s not because people are playing hooky or that they left their jobs, but instead they are working on the Habitat for Humanity Entrepreneur house. The E-house is set up so that smaller companies can volunteer on a Habitat… Read more »

On the Brink of Something Big

TedX Minneapolis 2015

I’m sure by now you’ve probably heard of Ted talks. Super inspiring, these talks gave an opportunity for big thinkers to bounce a big idea off of an equally forward-thinking crowd. The big pull was that these speeches were all equal, if you were the president of the US or a 14 year-old kid with… Read more »

Get your Kicks in the Sun

Get Your Kicks in the Sun

One of the more challenging parts of summer in Minnesota is spending beautiful summer days cooped up in an air conditioned office. Last Friday was one of those beautiful days where, typically, I’d look longingly outside my office window at the sunshine and people walking by enjoying the weather and wish that I was outside… Read more »

So where are you donating your next vehicle? I think I know.

Partner Highlight: Newgate School

There are many places where you can donate a car here in the Twin Cities. But have you heard of Newgate School? You see, Newgate uses donated cars to provide unemployed or under-employed young adults in the Twin Cities with a tuition-free opportunity to learn skills in auto body and auto mechanics. Students at Newgate… Read more »

Four stories. Four women. Four entrepreneurs.

Four stories. Four women. Four entrepreneurs.

If you’re looking for something inspiring, check out the Minnesota Business Magazine blog series that kicked off in early June. Nichol Beckstrand, Sunrise Banks Holding Company President and COO, hosts this special blog series with a special purpose in mind – celebrating their success. It all started over lunch with these four entrepreneurs at a… Read more »

Inspiration Found in a Cab

Inspiration Found in a Cab

Recently, I went to Washington, DC to meet up with other like-minded bankers who are focused on the triple bottom line -social, environmental and financial. I have to admit it was pretty inspiring.  Besides the fact of being in our nation’s Capitol and hearing great stories from these banks about the impact they are making,… Read more »

Blue Jeans and Banking

Blue Jeans and Banking

A few weeks ago a handful of professionals were charged with a task.  Pull on your blue jeans and tee shirts and head out into the community to do some errands that revolve around financial transactions.  FinX, the challenger for this blue jeans experiment put me in the shoes of consumers without bank accounts. FinX… Read more »