Minneapolis-based telehealth company Zipnosis just launched a first-of-its-kind “virtual boarding pass” for patients and providers using its branded virtual healthcare platform.

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Ever since Facebook started allowing users to roll out business pages in 2009 and Twitter hit its metaphorical peak, according to CNN, at 21.2 million visitors in the same year, businesses have heard nothing but how important it is to have a social media presence.

It’s National Entrepreneurship Week! Across Minnesota (and the country), small business owners are sharing their stories and picking each other’s brains. In celebration, we put together a list of useful resources for North Star State visionaries.

My Sister product fashion shot by Athena Pelton

Minnesota’s polite, well-kept face hides a seamy underbelly. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is the sex trafficking capital of the Upper Midwest — the regional hub of a $40 billion global industry. Sex trafficking affects at-risk youth, mostly girls, across the state — not just in the Twin Cities metro, but in county seats, small towns and rural communities, also.

Jeremy Carroll of Latitude plays Duck, Duck, Gray Duck with children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

When a married couple with two children calls home to ask if they can move back in with their parents, it’s usually not a sign of progress.

Keeping Minnesota at the forefront of technology-related business and employment — that’s the goal of the second annual Tech Cities Conference, scheduled at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota on February 26.

Jon Pearce, CEO, Zipnosis

Find out how virtual care is available on your smart phone and why investors favor this Minneapolis-based company. Cyndy Brucato of Greater MSP Business recently talked with Zipnosis CEO Jon Pearce about how their product works, how they changed their strategy to become successful, and what they plan to do next.

Sharon Vickers Kennedy, co-founder of the local chapter of Blacks in Technology

Minnesota’s persistent opportunity gap for communities of color extends to the expanding field of technology and entrepreneurship.

Friends of Ngong Road, a locally-based nonprofit that is educating hundreds of AIDS orphans in Kenya, is taking its next step. The charity is developing a business to provide its graduates with jobs.

Law

Sheila Kerwin sits on the board of Minneapolis law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis.

Statistics show that women are often underrepresented in the legal field. While this may be true for some law firms, it isn’t the case for Minneapolis law firm Nilan Johnson Lewis.

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