Investment Ideas: The Businesses Of Minnesota

For people who are planning to open a business in Minnesota, there exist some excellent opportunities. It may take a substantial amount of time to set up a business, but with enough research and good judgment, the chances for a successful opening are quite high. Below are some of the good business ideas for the Minnesota dweller.

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i) Movie theaters never go out of style and are strong even during recessions. People will always need to unwind and relax, and movie theaters have proven throughout the decades that it is an established avenue for returns.

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ii) Tax accounting firms is another great idea for a business that can withstand recessions. People will always need accountants for their taxes.

iii) Small side businesses such as dog walking and healthy prepared meals are perfect for people who have day jobs and who are still hesitant to become full-time business owners.

iv) Bus tour companies make a lot of money, especially in places where there’s a lot to see. Minnesota happens to be one of those places. Another lovely thing about bus tours is that during non-peak seasons, company owners can branch out to do other things, and open other small businesses, such as …

v) Small events organizing company is another idea tailor-fit for small communities. Organizing children’s parties, seasonal dances, company events, sporting events, and other small events all comprise the simple joys of community residents.

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The Economic Effect Of Impact Investing In Minnesota

Back in 2014, a large family foundation in Minneapolis, McKnight Foundation, realized how contradicting it was to endow millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations advocating climate change while earning revenues from coal mines and companies that emit carbon gas.


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The Minnesota-based organization since then has taken off coal from its portfolios and changed its investment strategy. It has reinvested hundreds of millions into a diversity of assets that reduce carbon emissions and foster sustainable growth, in addition to the previous causes they have already supported, such as literacy and neuroscience research.

In the other half of the Twin Cities, St. Paul, the Northwest Area Foundation had also pledged a tenth of its $400 million endowment into investments that aims to reduce poverty through job creation in low-income and rural areas.

These two foundations are distinguished as leaders in impact investment.

Impact investments are made with the intention of not just achieving monetary returns, but also creating a positive impact on society and environment. While it is only recently gaining steam, the concept dates back to as early as 17th century when Quakers refused to invest in slave trade and pacifists did not invest in war.

In 2015, a survey of 158 impact investor showed that global impact investments had reached $15.2 billion.

Currently, several foundations in Minnesota have entered the impact investment scene, with most investments focusing on job creation or low-interest loans for affordable housing. However, in early August, a meeting in Minneapolis by a group of investment professionals discussed the substantial and unprecedented effect of impact investment on the market.

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Why People Should Invest In Real Estate In Minnesota

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Minnesota is a great state to live in. There are over 10,000 lakes and a lot of nature trails in and around hills and mountains. It is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers alike, and it is host to a number of places which rank high in overall standard of living in the United States. Here are two very important reasons people should invest in real estate in Minnesota:

The cities and towns are amazing.

Cities such as Chanhassen and Rosemount offer pleasant and cozy lifestyles. With affordable housing and top-ranked education, people looking to invest have lots of choices for neighborhoods within these two cities. Greenwood, which is a small town on a lake, is probably the best small town in the state. Low crime rates and good schools have been winning over investors. Then there’s Northfield, which is a quiet town perfect for retirees, with two colleges and great local businesses that enrich the community experience.

There are lots of things to do and places to visit.

The city of Duluth has what is known as the Ultimate Duluth Experience Tour Company, which takes visitors on a historical and nature adventure. Tourists can visit breweries, and go on kayaks or bikes on several nature trails. That’s just one of the many things everyone can do in Minnesota. There are countless orchards and gardens to visit, and endless parks and trails to explore.

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Assessing The Business Climate In Minneapolis

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In 2015, Forbes Magazine named Minnesota as one of the best states for business, citing the Midwestern state’s economic climate and quality of life as one of the best and strongest in the nation. Driving the force behind Minnesota’s strong business and economic climate is the metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Twin Cities houses industry giants and small companies making up more than half of the $316 billion gross state product of Minnesota. Several Fortune 500 corporations are headquartered in Minneapolis-St. Paul, including Target, General Mills, 3M, and the UnitedHealth Group. The city’s roster of established enterprises is a key factor that contributes to the healthy business environment in the area.

Its highly educated workforce is another factor that draws business investors and job seekers to the city of Minneapolis. Ranked as the second most literate city in the nation, Minneapolis boasts of an educated and experienced labor force. The city is also highly accessible. Its efficient transportation system allows people, as well as goods and products, to get around easily. Furthermore, the city offers plenty of professional services to support aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business and to help companies succeed.

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With a city like Minneapolis, it is no question why Minnesota consistently ranks as one of the best places in the nation for business.

Steve Liefschultz is the chairman and CEO of Equity Bank, a finance company specializing in investment lines of credit and real estate loans in Minnesota. Follow this Twitter account for more updates.

Minnesota’s Biggest Banks End 2015 With Solid Revenue

U.S. Bancorp and Wells Fargo, two of Minnesota’s largest banking and financial services companies, finished the year strong with solid revenues. U.S. Bancorp, the fifth-largest bank in the country, reported a full-year profit increase of 2.5 percent, earning $5.21 billion in revenue; while Wells Fargo, the state’s largest bank and the world’s largest bank based on market value, earned a total of $21.6 billion in revenue.

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While both companies attributed their success to growth in loans, deposits, and income, there was a slight difference in the way they achieved profits. Wells Fargo, which surpassed Citygroup Inc. as the country’s third biggest banking company according to assets, focused on asset acquisition. U.S. Bancorp, meanwhile, extended its competitive advantage by reaching positive operating leverage, an indication of the firm’s efficiency in growing its revenue faster than its expenses.

In the wake of the industry’s low-interest rates, modest economic growth and regulations, U.S. Bancorp chief executive Richard Davis noted that the company’s overall performance is remarkable. He also expressed optimism for 2016 saying, “I’m concerned less about the rate itself than the fact that rates moving up will continue to reflect that the Fed believes the economy is stronger.”

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Minnesota: A favorable location for business owners

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The consensus is clear: Minnesota is one of the strongest and steadiest places for commerce in the United States.

In a business and career analysis by Forbes, the Midwestern state—hailed as the “Star of the North”—places 9th among the best places for business based on a robust economic climate and quality of life.

A home to 5.4 million people, the state’s Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area is considered a lucrative hub for multibillion-dollar companies such as Target, U.S. Bancorp, General Mills, 3M, and Medtronic. The state’s economy, which was once reliant on the production of raw materials, has now transformed into a diverse producer of finished products and services in various industries.

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Business opportunities in Minnesota, however, is not limited to its metropolitan areas. In Minnetonka, for example, numerous corporations from various industries continue to thrive. One notable company is the food processing giant, Cargill Inc., which today holds the distinction as the largest privately held corporation in the country in terms of revenue.

With the state’s economy shifting into high gear, rural counties are now also recovering from the last recession. News reports note that nine Minnesota counties—Clay, Jackson, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Stevens, and Wilkin—are rapidly progressing in terms of economic output, median home prices, jobs, and unemployment rates.

With these economic activities, Minnesota is indeed a favorable option for investors. With a strong workforce and a healthy mix of companies, the state has emerged as one of the vigorous communities for businesses.

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