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How Amazon is Transforming Money

By David R | April 18, 2018

Disclaimer: This article was originally featured on MoneyInc.com, you can read the original posting here: http://moneyinc.com/how-amazon-is-transforming-money/ You may have heard that Amazon has been in talks with JPMorgan Chase about the possibility of an Amazon-branded checking account. No doubt, Amazon is looking to streamline their customer relationship with a built-in payment system, so customers won’t have… Read more »

Tap Into Trust

Tap Into Trust

By David R | April 18, 2018

Trust. Trust can be a scary thing. It shouldn’t be given easily and when lost, is rarely simple to regain. At Sunrise, building trust with our community and our customers, begins internally. We foster a culture of achievement and to do so, we need to trust that our employees will reject the quick short-term gains… Read more »

Hiring for Growth

Growing Pains: Hiring to Build or Grow Your Team

By Tucker C | March 16, 2018

Hiring new employees can be quite a challenge for a growing business, especially for the first time. Knowing who to hire, when to hire and trusting someone else to help run your business pose significant challenges to any business owner. To help make this process a little easier, we spoke with Buffie Blesi, CEO of… Read more »

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Growing Pains: Tax Hurdles During Business Growth

By Tucker C | January 17, 2018

It has been said that nothing is certain except for death and taxes. Tax season isn’t something that generally ranks high on anyone’s list of favorite things. For many small business owners, filing taxes on behalf of their business can be a daunting task, made only more complicated as your business grows. When it comes… Read more »

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Favorable Treats: Family Comes First

By Tucker C | December 14, 2017

It has been said that family is everything. When things get difficult, they are our source of advice, and are there to make sure that you succeed. To Junita Flowers, her family is a source of constant support and the inspiration behind Favorable Treats. When Junita started Favorable Treats, she set out to share the… Read more »

Rift Valley Transportation

Rift Valley Transportation: Destination Empowered

By Tucker C | December 8, 2017

Anyone who has experienced a Minnesota winter knows, Minnesota nice applies to the people, not the weather. Because of that, you may question why someone leaving Ethiopia, a country with 13 months of sunshine would choose the Twin Cities as their destination. Ebisso Uka, owner of Rift Valley Transportation, says it was an easy choice…. Read more »

Loppet Foundation: Youth Outreach in an Outdoor Wonderland

By Tucker C | November 17, 2017

Just as many people find that their chosen career is just a stop on their path, many organizations also evolve over time, finding a greater purpose. This was the case for the Loppet Foundation. In 2002, the City of Lakes Loppet started as a cross-country ski race in Minneapolis, from Theodore Wirth Park to the… Read more »

Terra Firma

Terra Firma: Building Communities on Solid Ground

By Tucker C | November 7, 2017

In Latin their name means “solid ground,” and that’s exactly the type of environment Terra Firma provides for their customers, the broader community and, without a doubt, for their employees. For much of his life, Marty Ruddy had been working as a contractor on many building and remodeling projects to fill in the time between… Read more »

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Apadana: Doing Good While Doing Well

By Tucker C | October 17, 2017

Apadana, which specializes in commercial, industrial and retail lighting applications, resides at the intersection of doing good and doing well. Technically, it sits on Nevada Avenue in Golden Valley, MN. But with a mission that goes beyond a bottom line, sustainability is just as important as profitability at Apadana. Ahmad Kian and Ehssan Taghizadeh are… Read more »

Crescent Cove

Crescent Cove: A Place of Respite for Kids and Families

By Tucker C | October 13, 2017

For many families, caring for a child with a life-threatening illness is a non-stop undertaking, often with no breaks. Crescent Cove’s goal of offering care and support to these families will be a reality when the doors to the first children’s respite and hospice home in Minnesota opens on Twin Lakes in Brooklyn Center, MN…. Read more »

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Fair Anita: Empowering Women Across the Globe

By Tucker C | September 21, 2017

When she was 18, Joy McBrien, a student at Math and Science Academy, turned a time of extreme trauma into an opportunity to help women around the world who had survived similar trauma to hers. Joy’s first instinct was to learn more about the life of women around the world who had survived sexual violence,… Read more »

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Leveling the Playing Field for Muslim Women

By Tucker C | July 14, 2017

According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, girl’s participation is athletics helps build lifelong social and leadership skills while also greatly benefitting their mental and physical health. The issue is, there are many reasons such as lack of access and social stigmas, that girls stop participating in athletics if they join at all. For Muslim girls,… Read more »