October 24, 2021

Category: Entrepreneurism

How Maud Borup CEO Christine Lantinen Grew Sales 50% During a Pandemic
COVID-19 leadership, Entrepreneurism, Family Business, Food, Leadership, Manufacturing, Retail

How Maud Borup CEO Christine Lantinen Grew Sales 50% During a Pandemic

One year after her first One Take interview, Christine Lantinen returns to discuss how Maud Borup weathered the pandemic; how its attracting and retaining talent both in the Twin Cities and Le Center, Minn.; why it’s looking to expand capacity yet again after just adding 70,000 square feet last year; whether employees are required to […]

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CEO Nick Elders on How His Startup Facilitated $7 Billion in Loans Within 2 Weeks
Artificial Intelligence, Banking and Finance, Cybersecurity, Entrepreneurism, Leadership, Startups, Technology

CEO Nick Elders on How His Startup Facilitated $7 Billion in Loans Within 2 Weeks

Nick is CEO of Ignify Technologies, an early stage fintech company whose SPARK loan origination platform facilitated 50,000 SBA loans worth $7 billion in two weeks last year. Those loans in turn helped save 500,000 jobs. During this One Take CEO Interview presented by Platinum Group, he explains how the company quickly scaled up to meet demand, […]

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How HR-Tech Firm When I Work is Still Growing Despite Covid-19’s Impact
Artificial Intelligence, COVID-19 leadership, Entrepreneurism, HR, Logistics, Restaurants, Talent Management, Technology

How HR-Tech Firm When I Work is Still Growing Despite Covid-19’s Impact

Imagine having about half of your revenues tied to serving the restaurant and hospitality industries last year… How would you have delt with Covid-19-related temporary closures and ongoing restrictions in those industries, the plunge in their revenues and the potential harm to yours? Chad Halvorson and his leadership team had to deal with that challenge, […]

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Northern Ingredients CEO Robert Schafer on Placing Workplace Culture Before Profits
COVID-19 leadership, Entrepreneurism, Family Business, Food, Leadership

Northern Ingredients CEO Robert Schafer on Placing Workplace Culture Before Profits

Founder and CEO Bob Schafer created a highly successful bakery supply business from scratch all from operating cash flow; no debt. Mixing and/or distributing 150 million pounds a year of ingredients to food manufacturers, this Minnesota Family Business Award-winning company has weathered three recessions since its founding in 1991. Thus far it is handing the […]

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3 Tips on How to Avoid Passing Cost Increases to Customers
Education, Entrepreneurism, Leadership

3 Tips on How to Avoid Passing Cost Increases to Customers

In this brief interview, Bobby Tarnowski shares how he’s trying to avoid raising prices due to increasing costs and other challenges. His approach includes packaging service offerings and providing financing options. Such constructive problem solving makes sense given Tarnowski’s a math enthusiast who owns a 10-location, 65-employee Mathnasium franchise serving about 600 students in the […]

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9 Experts on How to Lead During the Covid-19 Recession
Banking and Finance, Business Ethics, Commercial Real Estate, Communication, Corporate Governance, Economy, Entrepreneurism, Family Business, Health Care, Investing, Jobs, Law, Leadership, Manufacturing, Startups

9 Experts on How to Lead During the Covid-19 Recession

In the early months of the Covid-19 economic recession, nine experts from Platinum Group participated in unscripted, one-take/unedited interviews to share their perspectives and tips on on how business owners and leaders can best move forward. All of the interviews can be found on a Platinum Group Interview Series channel on YouTube and on seven audio platforms […]

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Medtech Serial Entrepreneur Manny Villafana on Fundraising and Leading During Covid-19
Entrepreneurism, Health Care, Leadership, Medtech/Biotech, Startups

Medtech Serial Entrepreneur Manny Villafana on Fundraising and Leading During Covid-19

Medical 21 Founder and CEO Manny Villafana shares how he’s moving  ahead with his startup despite new and complex challenges caused by Covid-19 during this One Take CEO Interview podcast and video segment sponsored by Platinum Group.  (Click here to hear the interview or here to watch it.) Villafana faced plenty of surprises in the […]

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