BITN – May 2022

BITN is a compilation of business stories from around Minnesota and neighboring states usually not reported on by Twin Cities media. These stories are curated by Platinum Group to provide business leads, trends and insights we hope you will find useful. Pace International Buys Seven Acres in Rochester for Expansion Purposes The two brothers who own 50-year-old Pace International in Rochester recently paid $1.7 million […]

The Best Time to Plan is When Things are Calm

By Bob Stewart I’ve been thinking a lot about my own mortality lately. That’s probably because a number of people close to me have died. We so easily forget that the circle of life on this planet far too soon will no longer include us. Tempus fugit. In the context of advising business owners, this realization reinforces for me the importance of planning ahead. Prepare […]

Turn a Good Idea into a Great Investment Opportunity

By Robert Lehmann, Executive Consultant Two years’ worth of COVID-related pressures on the workplace have prompted thousands of business leaders with entrepreneurial spirits to decide now is the time to start up their own ventures. Even amid new uncertainties including inflation, the risk of a recession and intensifying geopolitical conflicts, they can turn their dreams into businesses backed by investors. If you’re such an individual—or […]

BITN – March 2022

BITN is a compilation of business stories from around Minnesota and neighboring states usually not reported on by Twin Cities media. These stories are curated by Platinum Group to provide business leads, trends and insights we hope you will find useful. Nerve-racking Times for Company with 16 Ukraine Locations West Fargo, N.D.-based Titan Machinery has 16 locations in Ukraine mostly located in the central and […]

BITN – February 2022

BITN is a compilation of business stories from around Minnesota and neighboring states usually not reported on by Twin Cities media. These stories are curated by Platinum Group to provide business leads, trends and insights we hope you will find useful. Funding Bolsters Already Bright Future for Software Company Minneapolis-based Traction Capital has invested $500,000 into ControlBright, a Hermantown, Minn.-based industrial control software company enabling […]

9 Warning Signs You May Need Help

By Bill English, Partner Most entrepreneurs have several characteristics. Among the more prominent is a level of confidence – some would say arrogance – that enables them to believe they can beat the odds when taking a risk to win. Most of them are pretty good at what they do: They are competent at a trade, skill, craft, or they have a novel idea that can be […]

BITN – January 2022

BITN is a compilation of business stories from around Minnesota and neighboring states usually not reported on by Twin Cities media. These stories are curated by Platinum Group to provide business leads, trends and insights we hope you will find useful. ‘Bank Wanted’ Bremer Bank plans to close on April 15 the only bank located in Houston, Minn., citing as a reason digital adoption across […]

BITN – December 2021

BITN is a compilation of business stories from around Minnesota and neighboring states usually not reported on by Twin Cities media. These stories are curated by Platinum Group to provide business leads, trends and insights we hope you will find useful. November Midwest Economic Index Falls, But Confidence Gains Business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states indicate the region’s economy remains healthy and have […]

Four Steps to a More Rewarding Life

By Steve Coleman, Partner We are entering a new season, a break from our challenging pandemic years… but not so fast: Now there is the omicron variant, and the growing realization that there may continue to be additional variations of COVID coming at us in the years to come. In the face of non-negotiable realities such as this, I offer up four commitments that are […]