Small Business Loans 101: A Quick Lesson on SBA Lending

By Ashley Cooper | April 20, 2019

Small business is a big deal. Small businesses account for 99.9 percent of all companies in the United States, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA), and represent more than 47 percent of private sector employees in the U.S. In 2018, small businesses created almost 70 percent of new jobs in the country, too. But… Read more »

Mortgage 101: Debunking the 20 Percent Down Payment Myth

By Ashley Cooper | April 17, 2019

If you’re new to the home-buying process, there’s a lot to learn. Terms like amortization, acceleration clause and contingencies could just as well be spoken in a completely different language. And escrow. What the heck is escrow?! Inexperience aside, potential homebuyers likely also have their own notions of homeownership and its prerequisites. And, unfortunately, they… Read more »

International Women’s Day: Six Sunrise Employees Talk Gender Equity, Women’s History Month and the Women They Admire

By Ashley Cooper | March 8, 2019

March is Women’s History Month, and today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day. Both occasions represent a time to celebrate the pivotal, and too often overlooked, role women have played throughout our history in the United States and around the world. To celebrate International Women’s day, we talked to six Sunrise Banks women to get… Read more »

What to Know Before Opening the Door to the Mortgage Loan Process

By Ashley Cooper | March 7, 2019

Becoming a homeowner is an exciting rite of passage. But buying a house is also a complicated process that includes reams of paperwork, legal jargon and a formidable test of one’s financial stability. Before taking the first steps into their new home, buyers need to go through the loan approval process to make sure they… Read more »

Fintech4Good: Why Doing Well and Doing Good Are No Longer Mutually Exclusive

By Ashley Cooper | March 6, 2019

What does it mean to succeed in the business world? The traditional definition of success usually entails a corporate structure based on earnings and earnings alone, without much thought put into what’s been given back. This model tends to think of a company’s mission and profit margin as being mutually exclusive. At Sunrise, we believe… Read more »

International Data Privacy Day: Five Tips to Safeguard Personal Information

By Ashley Cooper | January 28, 2019

Digital privacy is important – especially in 2019, when most of us carry extremely sensitive information in our pocket. Our smartphones contain bank account credentials, social security numbers and health records. While technology has made it convenient to have all this information just a click away, it’s also forced us to be more cognizant of… Read more »

Growing Pains: Don’t Do It Alone

By Ashley Cooper | November 30, 2018

Searching out advice to solve your small business challenges can be daunting, especially if you don’t know exactly what challenges you’ll face. Finding a mentor or picking the brain of a successful and experienced entrepreneur often provides relevant information and tips to keep your business on the right track. To help get you started in… Read more »

Preserving the Great Outdoors

By Ashley Cooper | November 27, 2018

Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes and we also have some of the most beautiful landscapes of the country. Even throughout the cold winter months, Minnesotans love to enjoy the great outdoors. However, these beautiful prairies, lakes, forests and other ecosystems need to be protected, restored and preserved, so they can continue… Read more »

Broken Clock Brewing

Tapping into the Community

By | October 29, 2018

Generally when you set out to start your own business, you find something you’re good at, and you build from there. For Jeremy Mathison of Broken Clock brewing cooperative, it wasn’t so cut and dry. An entrepreneur turned corporate worker, Jeremy noticed that his corporate job was not fulfilling enough. A common problem for many… Read more »

Growing Pains: Culture

Growing Pains: Curating and Cultivating Culture

By | September 28, 2018

In today’s job market, company culture is one of the largest selling points for hiring. Whether positive or negative, every company has a culture. Simply hoping for a great culture to grow organically isn’t a reliable method; however, creating one can be daunting. To get insights on creating a healthy culture that benefits both the… Read more »


Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders: Hiawatha Academies

By | September 13, 2018

Minnesota is home to the nation’s second-highest achievement gap in reading and math. Hiawatha Academies understands that this gap is not due to ability but instead due to differences in opportunity. Therefore, as an organization focused on permanently disrupting educational inequity and closing the opportunity gap in Minneapolis, Hiawatha Academies aims to prepare all of… Read more »

Supportive Living Solutions

Supportive Living Solutions: Giving Access to Stability

By | August 23, 2018

For many people facing a range of challenges, the key to recovery can be helping others. For Bill Arrigoni’s mother, that was exactly the case. In 1973, she approached Bill about opening a halfway house; the idea that became Supportive Living Solutions. Their mission: tackling the issue of stable housing in the Twin Cities. In… Read more »