Business People: Jeff Johnson, two-time gubernatorial candidate, to lead Can Do Canines

business people: jeff johnson, two-time gubernatorial candidate, to lead can do canines


OF NOTE – NONPROFITSCan Do Canines, a New Hope-based placement service of assistance dogs for people with disabilities, has selected Jeff Johnson as executive director, effective in December; Johnson is a former member of the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and two-time candidate for governor of Minnesota.
Ecolab, a St. Paul-based provider of sanitary, cleaning and environmental products and services to businesses and industry, announced that Chris Roberts has been appointed executive vice president and general manager, Global Food & Beverage.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has appointed Matt Nankivel as assistant vice president, effective Dec. 1, overseeing the Fed’s Bank Examinations Tailored for Risk Program.
Mariner Wealth Advisors, an Overland Park, Kan.-based wealth advisory firm, announced the appointment of CPA Aaron Fulton to serve the Twin Cities metro area
Hormel Foods Corp., Austin, Minn., announced the appointments of Paul Kuehneman and Eldon Quam to assistant controllers. Kuehneman will lead all financial responsibilities for supply chain, Jennie-O Turkey Store; Quam will oversee all financial operations for the Grocery Products and International segments.
United Family Medicine, a St. Paul-based federally qualified health center providing primary …



Former 9NEWSer has big career in food business

former 9newser has big career in food business


If you are a long-time viewer of 9NEWS, you may remember a 9NEWS staffer with a famous last name who was actually connected to the celebrity whose name she shares.

Karla Winfrey is a cousin to none other than Oprah Winfrey. She was the consumer reporter at 9NEWS in the early ’90s and she was a staff favorite.

Because Karla Winfrey is now in the food business, and because we are approaching the biggest food holidays of the year, we thought we would track her down.

From 9NEWS in Denver, Karla Winfrey went to another television newsroom at KDFW in Dallas. From there, it was on to the Big Apple and a news job at WABC in New York.

Karla Winfrey is an accomplished journalist and did very well. But she decided her heart was in running her own business and along came “Winfrey Foods,” which she runs from Nashville.

A Southern creation called “Chow Chow” created by Karla Winfrey has become a huge seller. You can find it on Amazon, it’s on its way into Walmart next year, and she is currently in talks with a large health food grocery chain as well.

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Small businesses that took PPP funds may face tax problems

small businesses that took ppp funds may face tax problems


A recent IRS ruling tying up a loose end in the 2020 economic-relief law could force many small businesses to pay taxes on government aid meant to help through the pandemic.The agency on Nov. 18 said the businesses cannot deduct expenses such as payroll and rent, paid for with money from the Paycheck Protection Program of the CARES Act. Such deductions are common when those expenses are paid for with revenue from running a business.The ruling hardened a divide between the Trump administration and the main tax writers in Congress, who have sought since the coronavirus outbreak produced an economic slowdown to ensure that aid to businesses not be taxed.The IRS decision got lost in the swirl of news out of Washington last week, including that the Treasury Department moved to restrict the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin opposed PPP-related deductions for businesses in negotiations with Congress earlier this year.As word sank in last week, accountants and bankers called small-business owners to warn them to prepare for an increased tax bill. A trade association of accountants urged business owners to reach out to members of Congress for legislative relief.Leaders of the tax-writing Senate …


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Local businesses take advantage of Small Business Saturday

local businesses take advantage of small business saturday


GRANBY, Mo. — On Saturday, the Hello, Sunshine Market in Granby recruited 14 area businesses to create a cooperative event as part of Small Business Saturday. Co-owners Sarah James and Andrea Wald said they wanted to show that small businesses should be in community, not competition.“Whenever we work together … we’re so much stronger,” James said.Participating locations each ran sales and sold $1 raffle tickets to support the Adult and Teen Challenge of the Four States. James said the idea for the raffle came to her because she felt the businesses had an “opportunity to bless others.”
Small Business Saturday turns attention to local businesses, according to Sarah Marcum, assistant manager at Sophie, a Joplin shoe and clothing boutique. Marcum said the pandemic has been hard on small businesses this year, and the extra income from Small Business Saturday is important.According to the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, there are more than 530,000 small businesses in Missouri. These businesses employ 1.2 million people, and the coronavirus pandemic has been tough for them. Many held events and discounted items on Saturday.“You see a greater impact on the people right around you when you shop small,” Marcum said. “And it’ …


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J Russell! The Salon in Palm Desert going out of business

j russell! the salon in palm desert going out of business


After 36 years in business, the owners of the J Russel! The Salon in Palm Desert have announced they are closing their doors for good on December 31st, 2020.

The salon opened in 1984 and moved to their current location at the corner of Highway 111 and Monterey in 2010.

According to a press release issued by the business, the owners “sadly cannot continue to do business in a manner that makes sense for their stylists and hair care professionals or for themselves”.

“The last 36 years have been rewarding and challenging yet happy for us,” stated Meg Firestone, whose family started the business.

“We’ve been fortunate to have the top stylists and the best of clients, and we have so enjoyed being an integral part of the community.

However, under the current business restrictions, we are saddened to say that we just can’t find a way to maintain the Salon in a manner that makes sense for the stylists and for ourselves, while always having the health and safety of everyone at heart,” said Firestone.

The Salon will remain open for business through December 31, Tuesdays through Sundays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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Local beekeepers tout honey’s health benefits

local beekeepers tout honey’s health benefits


WATERTOWN — Two longtime beekeepers are watching their children and grandchildren continue exploring the health benefits of honey, especially after a study found it’s the most preferred sweetener in the country.The National Honey Board surveyed 2,000 U.S. consumers this year and found in that group, the number one preferred sweetener was honey, beating out white sugar for the first time in five years. The findings indicate a surge in customers wanting a healthier option, helping Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, considering they’re among the top producers of honey in the state.

Rolly Churchill, owner of Churchill Farms, encourages his customers to bring their honey jars back to the farmstead for recycling in Watertown. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

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Rolly Churchill, Burrville, used to produce 40 tons of honey a year with his father. He was a commercial beekeeper up until the industry was crippled in the late 1970s, causing Mr. Churchill to get out of the business and become a paramedic for 35 years.He retired in 2017 and got back into beekeeping. He has a dozen colonies that will each have at least 500,000 bees during the summer. He’s always focused on the health benefits that honey, …


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Jeb Bush’s weeklong feud with the Room Rater Twitter account was ‘a joke,’ but conservatives still claim the social media site is biased

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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush had a Twitter feud with Room Rater, a profile that judges on-camera interiors, accusing it of being a “hyper partisan” gimmick. 
Bush, who later said his comments were not serious, became the latest high-profile conservative to accuse Twitter and its users of leaning liberal. 
President Donald Trump has joined a chorus of conservative voices raising concern about Twitter. 
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Former Florida governor Jeb Bush this week traded barbs with a semi-well-known Twitter handle that uses TV screenshots to rate pundits’ room decor, a lighthearted scuffle that nonetheless placed Bush in company with a conservative outcry over partisan divisiveness on Twitter. “Are you a room rater or a hyper partisan person that is the problem? We need less hyper partisanship on backgrounds at this time for our country,” the former presidential hopeful wrote.—Jeb Bush (@JebBush) November 21, 2020After his initial jab, Bush quieted down for a few days, leaving some to speculate whether he had been serious in his criticism. On Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough said it was obvious Bush was joking. Scarborough said he knew Bush well enough to know he has a very dry sense of humor. …


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Downtown Partners hosts Small Business Marketplace this holiday season

downtown partners hosts small business marketplace this holiday season


SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — Starting this weekend, Downtown Partners is hosting a Small Business Marketplace.

The event features 15 small businesses and what they bring to downtown Sioux City.

Restaurants, boutiques, and food trucks will be open or feature a pop-up shop downtown to showcase their business.

Organizers say the event is designed to promote downtown businesses and invite other local small businesses to set up a storefront for the holiday season.

Every Saturday through December 19th businesses like Jefferson Beer Supply, Livengoodies Bakery, and Heartland Coffee & Nosh will be featured at the Small Business Marketplace.

“Small businesses need business too. We’re here for our own dreams so we just want people to support our businesses. Just with the way the year has been, small businesses have needed a way to survive.”

Emily Vollmar, owner of Rooted Boutique in Holstein, Iowa says it’s a great way to get small businesses names out around the Siouxland area.

“To come and partner up with some other businesses downtown on 4th Street and around in the neighborhood, and it’s a really great way for us to collaborate, us small businesses to collaborate this season,” said Emily Vollmar, Rooted Boutique Owner.

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Is Amazon planning a Northwest Arkansas facility? – Talk Business & Politics

is amazon planning a northwest arkansas facility? – talk business & politics


Is Amazon planning a warehouse and fulfillment center in Northwest Arkansas?
For the past several weeks, a few Northwest Arkansas Business Journal sources have suggested that idea, pointing to an area in Springdale east of Interstate 49 and south of the J.B. Hunt Transport Services corporate headquarters.

Wouldn’t you know it? A seven-figure land sale closed in that area earlier this month.
According to records at the Benton County Courthouse, 91.5 acres south of West Apple Blossom Avenue and east of Graham Road sold for $5.2 million. That purchase equals $1.30 per square foot.
Macrich LLC, managed by Marjorie Brooks, was the seller. The new owner is Crossland Realty Group, a privately owned real estate investment firm based in Kansas and a division of Crossland Construction. The development company has more than 8 million square feet of commercial real estate under management in more than 100 properties.
A couple of those buildings are at the corner of 28th and J streets in Bentonville. Walmart leases all of an approximately 88,000-square-foot flex building that was built in 2018. The retailer also leases roughly 30,000 square feet of a 130,000-square-foot building that was built in 2017.
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Mitchell’s Hines turns passion for art into unique local business

mitchell’s hines turns passion for art into unique local business


While the Mitchell artist has been operating her small business, Original Cyn, through a digital platform over the past decade, Hines said she’s eager to welcome the community into her store that sits behind her home. As a proud small business owner, Hines chose to have the soft opening over the weekend on Small Business Saturday, staying true to her roots. “There’s not many local businesses in town that sell handmade arts and crafts. We have a lot of corporate stores that don’t have any handmade art, so I’m proud that we are bringing more of that local art culture to the community,” Hines said. “The goal with this shop is to be a place that has one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t ever see at a corporate store. But it’s exciting to take this next step with the business.” From unique handmade signs to customized mugs, Hines creates functional art pieces that are commonly used as home décor. Although Hines has turned her love of art into a profitable business, the Wessington Springs native said that passion is what continues to fuel her journey as an entrepreneur.

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