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3-7-18 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

Snowy greetings to ‘CCO listeners. March is the month of state wrestling, basketball, and hockey tournaments. Those tourneys promise athletic excellence and more than a few surprises on the floor, court, and ice. And typically, they promise a snowstorm or two to make the drive down to the Twin Cities from Chisholm or up to […]

03/07/2018

2-28-18 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

Greetings to ‘CCO listeners around the state, region, and this week, down in sunny Florida. Dave Lee and company are down in Ft. Myers watching the Twins limber up for the 2018 season. Given that he’s down in Florida watching Grapefruit League play, it’s worth thinking about how much the Twins and other major league […]

02/28/2018

2-21-18 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

Greetings to Good Neighbors throughout ‘CCO Land. Taxes are in local business news this week. Fridley-based, but Dublin, Ireland-incorporated Medtronic Corp is reporting increased sales but also increased tax liability related to the recent tax overhaul. In 2014-2015, Medtronic merged with another healthcare company, Covidien, so that it could re-locate to Ireland where corporate tax […]

02/21/2018

2-14-18 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

It’s February 14 and all of you know what that means. That’s right, it’s the birthday of the late Edward Platt, the actor who played “the Chief” of Control on the 1960’s TV series, Get Smart: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Platt. Whenever you speak under a Cone of Silence you have Ed Platt to thank. Oh, and it’s Valentine’s […]

02/14/2018

2-7-18 BUSINESS BY CARLSON-Super Bowl Recap

Last week saw one of the biggest sports events ever to hit Minneapolis and the Twin Cities: Super Bowl LII. And it was a business boomlet for Twin Cities area hotels, bars and restaurants, and just about any good or service offered with an Eagle, Patriot or NFL logo or endorsement. But before we go […]

02/07/2018

1-31-18 BUSINESS BY CARLSON-Super Bowl Edition!

I think we should talk about the Super Bowl and its economic impact, generally as well as it’s more specific impact for individual Minnesota businesses. I’m an economic impact skeptic –with apologies to Governor Dayton, Marilyn Carlson-Nelson, and Harvey McKay. I think it’s an economic rip-off that will net us little after costs, including the […]

02/02/2018

1-15-18 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

Nearly every good neighbor in ‘CCO Land is beaming with joy about last Sunday’s Minneapolis Miracle: Case Keenum’s jump-ball throw to Stefon Diggs followed by Diggs’ dash to the end zone for a walk-off touchdown and heart-stopping victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional playoffs. Now the Vikes head to Philadelphia to […]

01/16/2018

12-20-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

Ho, ho, ho ‘CCO listeners. I bring you Holiday greetings from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management and the Law School. We don’t have Christmas trees in either atrium, but if we did then I think you’d find these business and legal news baubles dangling from the branches and attracting your attention: Bauble […]

12/20/2017

12-13-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

What a week: a US Senator from Minnesota exits after accusations of sexual harassment and now a Minnesota Governor is about to announce his replacement…and it’s a sure thing the replacement will be a woman:http://www.startribune.com/gov-mark-dayton-to-announce-senate-pick-wednesday/463696523/; a special election in Alabama will see either a former state judge accused of child molestation or a former US […]

12/13/2017

12-6-17 Business By Carlson

This week brought our first wintry blast to Minnesota. It won’t be our last. A December storm and aftermath of shoveling, ice-scraping and snarled traffic remind us that Holidays are approaching and Holiday shopping is here in full force. Local-area retailers like Target and Best Buy are counting on that full shopping force to get […]

12/06/2017

11-22-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON-“Turkey Of The Year!”

Content provided by Paul Vaaler of the Carlson School

11/22/2017

11-15-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

G’day from Down Under! This week, I am writing from Melbourne, Australia. I am giving a couple of talks at Melbourne-based Monash University: https://www.monash.edu/. Monash is massive: 48,000 undergrads; 21,000 grad students; multiple campuses located around Melbourne; one of the Big Eight Australian Research Council universities. I’ll be talking to faculty and grad students in […]

11/15/2017

11-8-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

It’s the day after Election Day around the state and the country. It’s an off-year, so there’s less national drama, but certain local and state-wide elections still mattered significantly, including for the business community. Two cases in point: mayoral races in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Rank voting in Minneapolis means that we may have have […]

11/08/2017

11-1-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

Belated Happy Halloween to ‘CCO listeners. I was handing out candy to young trick-or-treaters arriving at our Golden Valley door stoop as late as 9:30pm. That said, we still have a trove of mini-Snickers and Three Musketeers bars to snack on in November. Times are sweet! As they apparently are for many Minnesota companies. The […]

11/01/2017

10-25-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

Well, this weekend, autumn in Minnesota becomes early winter with the arrival of some rain mixed with snow. So let’s savor the next couple of days. And while were at it, let’s savor the latest round of third quarter (of 2017) earnings reports from prominent Minnesota companies that indicate continued business strength. Here are three […]

10/25/2017

BUSINESS BY CARLSON 10-18-17

Autumn colors in Minnesota are everywhere and to be expected in mid-October. Autumn temperatures in the 60s and 70s are not, but I’ll take them. Beautiful colors and weather are a welcome mix. What about business in Minnesota? There are some interesting developments to watch this week. This week is the deadline for cities and […]

10/18/2017

10-11-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON-Return From VIENNA

It’s great to be back in Minnesota after a week visiting the Vienna University School of Business & Economics (VU) in Austria. VU invited me to give a research seminar for faculty and graduate students there. Then I led a 4-day short course on business and public policy issues for a group of business executives […]

10/11/2017

Business By Carlson 10-4-17

Filling in today for Paul Vaaler, is AARON SOJOURNER, a labor economist and associate professor at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Department of Work & Organizations. Interpreting the Jobs Report The monthly jobs report is market-moving information. It’s the single most important, timely signal of change in the economy and especially how […]

10/04/2017

BUSINESS BY CARLSON 9-27-17

This week, business news can be summarized in a series of numbers: 11, 15, 19, 78, 140, and 280. Here’s what those numbers mean… 11 and 15. Those are the minimum hourly dollar wage rates Target plans on paying workers starting next month ($11) and by 2020 ($15). It’s a big deal to raise the […]

09/27/2017

BUSINESS BY CARLSON! 9-20-17

The last week of Summer, at least according to the calendar. That said, some companies in and around the Twin Cities are getting a jump on Fall and the flurry of business activity this season typically brings. One example is yesterday’s announcement by St. Louis-based Post Holdings that it was acquiring Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms […]

09/20/2017

9-6-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

Congratulate yourself, Minnesota. 1.997 (not 2) million people attended the 2017 Minnesota State Fair, a record beating last year’s record. Here’s where you can learn more about the how and why that record got set: http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-state-fair-sets-another-attendance-record/442786333/. Two factors set the stage for both the 2016 and 2017 record attendance numbers: 1) great weather; and 2) […]

09/06/2017

8-23-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

It’s D minus 1 in Minnesota. Yes, we are only one day from when the the Minnesota State Fairgrounds emerge from the mists like Brigadoon and come to life: police officers and sheriff’s deputies from every county and city of the state will be strolling through the hippodrome or by the Ranger station; the smell […]

08/23/2017

8-16-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

It’s mid-week in mid-August, usually a pretty quiet time for firms and markets in Minnesota. That should mean that CEOs at Minnesota companies can let work slow down a bit, maybe even slip away from the office for a long weekend at the lake cabin to swim, fish, and play some jarts. But not Inge […]

08/16/2017

8-9-17 BUSINESS BY CARLSON

Happy Birthday, Hugedale! The Mall of America (MoA) is 25 years old this week –on Friday to be exact. Some of us remember back to 1986 when the Ghermezian brothers from Edmonton, Canada, flew into the Twin Cities and charmed Governor Rudy Perpich with plans for indoor shopping and amusements on an extraordinary scale and […]

08/09/2017

BUSINESS BY CARLSON 8-2-17

Welcome to August and all that month brings us: a hot beginning (and hint of Fall at the end); the beginning of the Vikings’ season (and the beginning of the end for the Twins); time at the lake cabin; the State Fair (and mini-donuts!); back-to-school rituals. And…a sputtering stock market? That’s right, August has become […]

08/02/2017

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