Fresh News Friday: Sheep, Healthier Offices, and the Resurgence of Entrepreneurship

Here’s the top stories from the web of entrepreneurship and small business this week in Rochester and beyond.

  1. How Sheep can Save the Planet. AgriNews. October 8th through the 9th, the Sheep and Fiber Farm Tour will take place in southeast Minnesota. The tour will focus on sustainable fiber practices. Participants will visit four different sheep farms in southeast Minnesota including Wind Swept Hill Farm (Farmington), Sutton Ridge Farm (St. Jordan), Buscho Farms (Faribault), Spruce Shadows Farm (Bloomington), and Faribault Woolen Mill.
  2. Delos, Mayo Clinic Team up to Create Optimal Office Environment Prototype. Construction Dive. Mayo Clinic and the New York based real estate company Delos have joined forces to create a heathier work environment. The team is creating a “lab-like” office, where the effects of lighting, humidity, ambient noise, and other variables on productivity and worker stress levels will be analyzed. The goal is to construct a prototype of the optimal office space.
  3. After the Recession, Entrepreneurs are on the Rebound, Study Says. PBS NewsHour. Entrepreneurship in industrialized countries in finally on the rise. It still is a slow process; in the U.S. the number of new businesses started this year is still down 15% compared to 2007. But a new study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development showed that twelve different industrialized nations had positive new business growth in the first six months of 2016. This includes the United States, with 0.6% positive new business growth.
  4. Entrepreneur: ‘Art and people are my passions’. Post-Bulletin. Local businesswoman Nicki Novotne started her small business, Art on the Go, in 2014. Art on the Go is a traveling art studio popping up around Rochester.
  5. Med-tech Partnership Promotes Minnesota as a Place to do Business. StarTribune. Running a medtech business in Minnesota has its advantages, but the state needs more investment to keep this competitive edge. The public-private Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership (MMMP), which is led by the economic development group Greater MSP, hopes to brighten Minnesota’s future. MMMP was officially launched Tuesday to attract investments, economic development assistance, and companies to Minnesota. MMMP is part of the Obama administration’s push to increase investment in manufacturing.