• Engage Leaders: Global Impex USA
  • Grow Business:
    • Quarterly Business Report (QBR) Thursday, March 25
    • MN Cup Applications Now Open
  • Expand Talent:
    • Get a Job Radio Podcast
    • Around Cloud Tutors on LifeSpan
  • Shape Tomorrow:
    • St. Cloud Age Friendly Survey
    • Mississippi River Bridge Planning Study
  • Insights and Inspirations: 25 Women Shaping Climate Action in 2021

Attention Manufacturers: COVID-19 Vaccinations Available 

Manufacturing is included in one of the new vaccine priority groups released by the State. There are several ways in which people can express interest in being vaccinated or schedule appointments. Stearns County is gathering information from businesses through a 1B survey and reaching out as appointments and vaccines are available. People interested in being vaccinated should sign up through the Vaccine Connector, or contact their healthcare provider or local pharmacy to schedule an appointment. Additional information about COVID-19 can be found on the Stearns County website: https://www.stearnscountymn.gov/312/COVID-19

Engage Leaders: Global Impex USA

Global Impex USA is an international textile distributor and sourcing expert specializing in business-to-business (BTB) sales. The company produces large quantities of artisan, industrial, and military-grade textiles for clients who wish to create their products from the highest-grade material at the lowest cost.

Global Impex USA also owns two subsidiaries, Guild Apparel Co. and Stryv Medical, which aid the company for specialized forms of textile distribution. Guild Apparel Co. supplies Global Impex USA’s retail-oriented clients with merch of noteworthy athletes and creators with consumer textiles (T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, etc.). Stryv Medical produces medical fabrics (gowns, scrubs, lab coats, etc.) for large medical institutions and private practices.

From the beginning, Global Impex USA’s mission has been to exceed customer expectations by providing unparalleled quality, exceptional customer service, and cost-effective textile solutions.  Even though the world continues to face uncertainty about the future, our commitment to sourcing the finest materials for our partners without sacrificing the speed or efficiency will continue to stay the same.

We pride ourselves in hiring students as interns to provide them with a professional environment to thrive in future careers and believe that a diverse workforce enriches the company. All interns and employees, both international or domestic students, have a place here regardless of race, color, or creed. Many of our various departments are run by both male and female executives. Lastly, we strive to achieve excellence and for all our employees to reach their full potential.

Our primary objectives are to provide the highest quality textiles at the lowest cost, become an industry leader in innovation and strategic development, forge lasting business relationships with past and current clients, provide excellent customer service through communication and dedication, and source premium products for our valued customers.

Our various memberships and affiliations include IFAI, MEDA, and PPAI. We were also featured in the SC Times, Specialty Fabrics Review, and eTextile Communications for presenting our numerous findings on the textile industry and future outlook. We also have local partnerships with central Minnesota banks, insurance companies, and decorators/screen printers like Dubow Textiles, Krillian, and many more. Our office is in downtown St. Cloud, and we have warehousing with Myers Transportation Warehouse and former Fingerhut warehouses. We have warehouses in Texas, South Carolina, and Georgia for our subsidiaries conducting domestic and international business.

Through Guild Apparel Co., we are looking to further expand our brand awareness and influence by partnering with noteworthy athletes. We have recently partnered with The Cut Agency, which houses 11 professional athletes, such as Amani Hooker, Khali Mack, Xavier Rhodes, and more. With Stryv Medical, we are continually supplying medical equipment and apparel for healthcare providers in need. Our vast range of textiles and fabrics allows us to create international connections and build successful startups by providing hands-on experiences, experiential learning, and internships to the local community.

Best regards,

Kingshuk Mukherjee,      Founder & Director: Global Impex USA





Grow Business

Quarterly Business Report (QBR) Thursday, March 25

King Banaian, Dean of the St. Cloud State University School of Public Affairs, will discuss the current and forecasted condition of the local economy. Starting at 8:00 this Thursday, March 25, there will be a special conversation gauging the anticipated impact of the new administration’s immigration policy, tax policy, health care policy, regulatory policy, infrastructure spending and trade policy to our area.  There will also be a conversation surrounding the possible half-cent local sales tax increase.

Questions may be submitted prior to the meeting to: MWarner@LOCALiQ.com. King Banaian will also field questions during the presentation.

To register click HERE.

MN Cup Applications Now Open

Applications for the 17th MN Cup opened yesterday and will run through April 16th. MN Cup helps connect current and aspiring Minnesota entrepreneurs to education, mentorship, seed capital and the broader community. You do not need to have an entity formed or be earning revenue to apply – all Minnesotans and Minnesota-based businesses earning less than $1M annual revenue are eligible.

Since 2005, MN Cup has given away $4 Million in non-dilutive seed funding and plans to award at least $400,000 this season. For more information click HERE. To apply for the Minnesota Cup click HERE.

Expand Talent

Get a Job Radio Segment

Through a partnership with TownSquare Media and WJON, GSDC talent director, Gail Cruikshank joins host Jay Caldwell to discuss a wide variety of workforce topics during the Get a Job Segment each 3rd Monday at 8:15 a.m.

Recent topics include:

  • JobSpot Tools to Secure your Next Career – https://www.greaterstcloud.com/radio/
  • Be our Next Entrepreneur with Nick Tietz – Founder and CEO or ILT Studios
  • Around Cloud Tutors
  • Secure your perfect job in 2021!
  • GSDC and Career Solutions Team up to Support Workforce Collaboration with Tammy Biery – Executive Director of Career Solutions
  • GSDC partners with United Way for Child Care Advocacy with Daniel Larson – VP of Community Impact at United Way

And more….

For easy reference or to catch a show you missed you can find the recordings on our GSDC website.

Around Cloud Tutors on LifeSpan

Around Cloud Tutors– provides FREE, online tutoring for St. Cloud area students within Stearns, Benton, and Sherburne counties. K-12 students and their parents may now sign-up at www.aroundcloudtutors.org for one-on-one 30 minute sessions covering math, reading, social studies, English/language arts and Spanish. Tutoring is available in several languages including students with special needs or those seeking post- secondary advising.

  • Would you like to learn more about how Around Cloud Tutors began?
  • Hear how to use our platform and sign-up for a session yourself.
  • Learn about the several community partners that came together to bring this resource to our community for our students and families.

Listen here as GSDC talent director, Gail Cruikshank, shares the Around Cloud Tutors’ story on Life Span, the City of St. Cloud’s cable television show.


Life span is sponsored by the Greater St. Cloud Area Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Since inception in 1987 Life Span has featured local community organizations and programs in addition to many current community issues in the St. Cloud area. The program is hosted by Lisa J. Braun and can be viewed on the City of St. Cloud’s channel Gov 181.

Shape Tomorrow

St. Cloud Age Friendly Survey

The City of St. Cloud has made an exciting commitment to become a more Age-Friendly Community!  We invite those who live, work and/or use services in the St. Cloud region to give input.

Take the Age- Friendly St. Cloud Survey by March 31st.

To access survey results, click here.

Read more about Age Friendly St. Cloud.

Mississippi River Bridge Planning Study

GSDC is proud to have played a partnership role in convening a select group of CEO’s from major corporate interests to provide input on this future roadway and bridge connection. Read more about the plans for the proposed Mississippi River Bridge connection HERE. Take the survey.

Insights and Inspirations: Women’s History Month – 25 Women Shaping Climate Action in 2021

“When it comes to those shaping the corporate climate movement — either from within companies or as part of NGOs and policy organizations that recognize the critical role businesses must play in addressing the climate emergency — I’m grateful to say it’s becoming easier to find women with a seat at the decision-making table. This list, selected subjectively, celebrates a diverse, intergenerational set of leaders.” See the full list and read the entire article.