GOV. WALZ VISITS ST. CLOUD STARTUPS
Gov. Tim Walz and Steve Grove, Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), led a roundtable discussion with area business startups at ILT Studios’ Davidson Opera House location in downtown St. Cloud on March 10.
The GSDC was there in our role as one of the eight Launch Minnesota hubs identified by DEED to assist innovators and entrepreneurs.
Also participating were Launch Minnesota Director Neela Mollgaard, Nick Tietz (ILT Studios), Ryan Weber (Great North Ventures), Keith Stang (MK1 Engineering, a 2021 GSDC Innovation Award recipient), John Alexander (Biovisics Medical) and Ryan Kruse (Apply N Rent), all sharing their perspectives on why St. Cloud and Minnesota are ripe for innovation and entrepreneurship.
GSDC AGAIN SPONSORING 5K TEAM CHALLENGE APRIL 15
After a pause of three years, the St. Cloud Earth Day Run is back on April 15 with the GSDC again sponsoring the 5K Corporate Team Challenge.
Run with your colleagues and alongside rival companies in teams that consist of 5-10 runners. All competitors will have their times recorded and adjusted using an age-grading scale, so let’s get out there and have some healthy fun!
Learn more here and register by April 4.
IN PERSON OR VIRTUAL QBR PRESENTATION IS MARCH 24
The next Quarterly Business Review will be from 7:30 – 9 a.m. Thursday, March 24. You’re invited to participate either via Zoom or in person at ILT Studios’ Davidson Opera House, 113 Fifth Avenue South. There is no charge for this event.
Among the topics Dr. King Banaian, Dean of the SCSU School of Public Affairs, will discuss are how inflation is impacting local firms, how hiring practices have changed over the past 12 months and more. The GSDC is pleased to sponsor the Quarterly Business Report, now in its 24th year of publication.
WAITE PARK PURSUES COMMUNITY SUPPORTED VISION
The City of Waite Park is developing a new community-supported vision for its future by focusing on strategic goals, plans, policies and action steps to guide growth and deliver important services. And they want our input.
Please take this brief survey to help identify issues and opportunities to be addressed in their new Comprehensive Plan. This survey is not just for residents of Waite Park.
INVESTOR FEATURE: MCDOWALL IS LEADER IN INDOOR AIR QUALITY
The McDowall family’s legacy in construction has spanned five generations, beginning as an Illinois roofing company in 1895 and before starting their St. Cloud operations in 1948. They’re now located in Waite Park. The company has grown to 150 employees in the Greater St. Cloud, New Hope and upper Midwest regions by mastering building owners’ needs for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
As the past two years have demonstrated, the HVAC industry is essential to keeping all safe at home and at work. When the business community was blindsided by the pandemic, there were more questions than answers for commercial spaces as to how to remain safe when out of our homes. Between the recommendations from health organizations and industry experts, there is a myriad of options presented when it comes to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
Determining the best IAQ solutions for individual spaces along with ensuring the confidence, safety of employees and customers has become more important than ever, directing McDowall Company to quickly become a leader in IAQ. Since March 2020, McDowall has helped many commercial businesses and institutions to ensure they are bringing the proper amount of fresh air into their work environments, providing the proper amount of air exchanges, offering additional options like needlepoint bi-polar ionization and constant air quality measurement.
McDowall’s concentration on building safety doesn’t stop with the HVAC equipment. McDowall strives to lead with innovative roofing products, roofing repair, sheet metal services, and architectural exteriors. https://www.linkedin.com/company/mcdowall-company/
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT WOMEN’S HISTORY
With March being Women’s History Month, you might enjoy these 21 interesting facts!
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