Women entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders are coming together to support women developing innovative ideas and start ups in Minnesota.

Everyone has an opinion about the Allina nurses’ strike. For now, the focus is on bringing the situation to an amicable resolution. But the underlying conditions that brought the simmering disagreement to a boil won’t go away — and, in the coming years, they’re actually likely to worsen. Some perspective is in order.

Minnesota is fortunate to have bountiful water resources along with a seasoned expertise in water issues and technology. Plymouth-based TonkaWater, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, has leveraged this knowledge to provide customized solutions to water treatment problems across North America.

PwC is growing rapidly in Minnesota, thanks to the dynamic intersection of Fortune 500 companies, startups and family-owned businesses. But Managing Partner Tom Montminy says it could be growing even faster of it could recruit and retain more highly talented workers.

Photo courtesy of the Smile Network International.

Alpaca mittens woven by a collective of indigenous women in Peru. Shawls edged with dramatic ostrich feathers created by Zulu tribeswomen in South Africa. Handsome weekender bags constructed of leather and cowhide by a family in Ecuador.

The founder of Zipnosis talks technology with host Jeff Martin, who interviews tech executives while driving them around in his Prius.

JL Buchanan uses its corporate bike fleet to show off Minneapolis to clients. Photo courtesy of Handsome Cycles.

Minneapolis-based Handsome Cycles has a well-deserved reputation for crafting durable, aesthetically pleasing cruisers and road bikes. Its retro fenders and bespoke accessories aren’t half bad either. For ladies and gentlemen about town (read: hipsters), there’s no better bike manufacturer in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

We are seeking your vote on which new startups and new small businesses are most likely to succeed in 2017. The winners will be highlighted in the December 2016 issue of Minnesota Business magazine.

Design Ready Controls, a maker of electronic control panels, grew so fast in its Rockford home that it grew short of both space and workers. That’s why CEO Troy Schmidtke decided to build its new $10 million facility in Brooklyn Park.

January is a favored month for Minnesotans to flee to Florida. For residents of the Sunshine State, August represents the reverse end of the weather misery index, with brutal summer heat and humidity.

No matter how hot it is in Minnesota this month, it’s bound to represent relief to the 100 business leaders who will be visiting from the Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolitan area.

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