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Minneapolis Named #4 City for Women Entrepreneurs

It is no surprise that Minneapolis has been named one of the best cities for women entrepreneurs, according to a study conducted by NerdWallet, a financial literacy website. Here’s just a small sample of women entrepreneurs who’ve come out of the Opus College of Business and launched successful businesses.

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Local business, Media, Newsroom

Music and Movies: Opus College of Business co-sponsors August Music and Movies at Lake Harriet Bandshell

What could be better than seeing a free movie under the stars on the shores of Lake Harriet? Seeing a movie preceded by a performance by a local (or near local) band.

The Opus College of Business is pleased to be a sponsor of the Vita.mn Music and Movies series this August. Held at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in South Minneapolis each Friday in August, the events bring together movie and music fans – as well as people just looking for a free evening out – from across the Twin Cities.

The music begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the movie. Stop by the UST table to say hello and enter your name in a drawing for two camping chairs!

See more details, including the movie and band lineup »

Centers, Ethics, Local business, Newsroom

100 Strong Who Care: Building Bridges for the Next Generation of Leaders

burroughsDiversity partnerships between businesses and schools are leading the way towards re-engaging students. 100 Strong Who Care is an initiative of Minneapolis Public Schools that has developed partnerships with employee resource groups and other business units to provide “inspirational models” for students and encourage them to graduate college and pursue successful careers.

100 Strong Who Care has also designed and developed a business case competition for high schools that will provide businesses with opportunities to mentor the next generation of leaders for business careers.

James C. Burroughs II, Executive Director of Equity and Diversity, Minneapolis Public Schools will be speaking about 100 Strong Who Care at the Opus College of Business Diversity Insights breakfast on June 14, from 8-10 a.m. Continue Reading

Faculty, Local business, Media, Newsroom

What’s in store for the new year?

900next0101-final[1]The Star Tribune took to predicting the future in this weekend’s paper, with the Help of some UST business faculty. “We asked experts across the Twin Cities to forecast the months ahead — or make their best, bold guesses about how life may change this year.”

Minneapolis has nothing if not ambitious plans. In December, the city’s Downtown Council released its Downtown 2025 plan for the city calling for a Vikings stadium near Target Field to create a downtown sports district, a chain of parks and a resurgence of activity on Nicollet Mall.

It might not all happen, and it certainly won’t happen overnight. But some long-stalled projects downtown should finally emerge, including the Lunds supermarket at 12th Street and Hennepin Avenue S. and the redevelopment of a former Jaguar dealership also on Hennepin Avenue S. into a $70 million apartment and grocery complex.

More condominiums and apartments downtown also are possible, said Prof. Dave Brennan, co-director of the University of St. Thomas’ Institute for Retailing Excellence. Continue Reading

Admissions, EveningMBA, FTMBA, Newsroom

QS World MBA Tour visits Minneapolis on Friday

For more than a decade, the QS World MBA Tour has organized MBA fairs in major cities on every inhabited continent in the world.  While New York, London, Shanghai, and Buenos Aires have long been part of the tour, this is the first year that the World MBA Tour has come to Minneapolis.

On Friday, October 28, prospective MBA students are invited to meet with top MBA programs from around the world at the Hyatt Regency on Nicollet Mall.  Representatives from the Full-time UST MBA and Evening UST MBA programs will be available to answer your questions, and all participants will have the opportunity to attend panels and information sessions about the MBA application process.

Click here to learn more about the event and register online.  We hope to see you at the fair on Friday night!

QS World MBA Tour


Ethics, EveningMBA, FTMBA, Newsroom, OCB Alumni, social media

Make a difference–and enjoy free ice cream with the Opus College of Business

Ice Cream FlavorsWe were thrilled to see many of our Opus Magnum readers in June at Rock the Garden, where we encouraged the community to make a difference by donating to one of three worthwhile charities.  The UST MBA programs hope to build upon the success of this event as we take our “Where will you make a difference?” initiative to Nicollet Mall this Thursday, August 18.

Opus College of Business faculty, staff, and alumni will be serving free ice cream in Peavey Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 18th.  It’s been a long, hot summer–so stop by during your lunch hour and let us know which organization you’d like us to make a donation to:  Feed My Starving Children, First Book, or Kiva.

Can’t make it downtown on Thursday?  Use social media to let us know how you plan to make a difference.  You can Tweet your answer (#USTdifference), post it to Facebook or email it to ocbevents@stthomas.edu.

EveningMBA, leadership, Local business, Media, Newsroom, OCB Alumni, social media

Local firm evolves from “Mad Men” roots to cutting-edge PR

Earlier this week, the Star Tribune profiled top public relations firm Padilla Speer Beardsley, led by Lynn Casey, a UST Evening MBA alumna and this year’s Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business Career Achievement honoree.Padilla Speer Beardsley

The Star Tribune article featured interviews with several of the firm’s first employees in the 1960s, and it’s clear there was a bit of a “Mad Men” vibe during that decade.  While the multi-million dollar firm is now led by a woman, there were only three female employees in 1969–an office manager, a receptionist, and a “gopher.”  Public relations consisted mainly of press releases and publicity stunts to draw attention to businesses.

More than 40 years later, Padilla Speer Beardsley has expanded into advertising and operates a successful New York office in addition to its Minneapolis headquarters.   Client services range from crisis management to managing intellectual property challenges, and social media plays a major role alongside more traditional public relations channels.

So the next time you’re watching an episode of “Mad Men” and wonder what might have become of Don Draper and his colleagues in the 21st century, look no further than the riverfront headquarters of Minneapolis’ top public relations firm.

FTMBA, Newsroom, Student Life

Summers Off?

Smooth Sailing in MinneapolisMany people ask me if I have my summers off. I think because I work in education, they imagine that I enjoy summers at the lake, sending my daughter to tennis camp and walking my dog to Minnehaha Falls to take in the sights and sounds of the season. Now keep in mind I do spend time at the lake (on weekends), playing with my daughter (in our backyard) and walking my dog (after work), but I also enjoy my summers at UST meeting new students, reconnecting with alumni and planning another year of amazing student life activities. And, I love it.

I’ve been working in student services for more than 20 years and every day brings new excitement. For example, the advisors in the Full-time UST MBA program meet individually with every incoming student over the summer. We walk them through the program and provide a glimpse of what their next two years will look like from an academic and co-curricular standpoint. They get one-on-one time with staff to ask questions and learn more about UST. And during these meetings I’ve met some amazing people; a new dad, a college football fan, a professional athlete and so many others. Meeting new people never gets old.

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leadership, Local business, Media, Newsroom

STrib: Do you know where the Twin Cities and Minnesota rate?

From Monday’s Star Tribune:

The Twin Cities area regularly ranks in the top of, well, just about any ranking. You might scoff at all the rally cries of “We’re No. 1,” but the accolades do, in fact, have meaning.

If you believe everything you read, you might think the average Twin Cities resident is an environmentalist gay hipster riding her bike to the theater every night with a significant other of another race.

In recent years, all of these attributes have been reported in studies, surveys and magazine articles that have named the Twin Cities the top this, Minnesota No. 1 for that or Minneapolis as having the most x-y-z per capita.

If your psyche needs lifting, take our quiz. See if you can spot which rankings were snagged by the city, region or state in recent years.
Which accolades describe us? Choose A or B.

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Entrepreneurship, Environment, Local business, Newsroom

Growing locally in the Twin Cities

Having worked in CSA (community-supported agriculture) for a summer, this type of garden holds a special place in my heart.  In 1999, I had the privilege of being part of CSA in St. Joseph, MN and was introduced to the world of organic gardening.  The subscribers to Common Ground Garden were dedicated individuals who believed in the importance of farming and produce without pesticides.  My eyes were opened to the vast array of vegetables as well as the plethora of cooking options when it came to consuming them.  I’m happy to report that this particular community garden has flourished and is still providing delicious organic produce to its members while also donating a portion every week to a local food shelf in St. Cloud.

CSAs are becoming more popular throughout the Twin Cities.  In fact, just within the last several years, a revolution of sorts has occurred when it comes to growing and consuming vegetables in this manner.  According to a recent article in the Star Tribune, over the past decade, the number of Twin Cities-area residents getting their food through community-supported agriculture has nearly tripled to more than 11,000 people. Twenty years ago, there were two CSA farms. This year there are 81, according to the Land Stewardship Project, which publishes a directory.  Continue Reading