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Insights on Instigating an IPO

Minneapolis-based SPS Commerce’s services take advantage of the new breed of software, often referred to as “cloud computing” or “Software-as-a-Service,” that connects global trading partners. Some of the lessons that Master's Pub speaker Kim Nelson learned during the IPO process involved four "Ps" - preparation, people, perspective and process.
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The Dreaded Blank Page

Even for the most seasoned writer, there may be nothing more daunting than starting to write… particularly when faced with a looming deadline and absence of an idea from which to begin. What you are reading...
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For Part-Time MBAs, a Full-Size ROI

A recent article in Bloomberg Businessweek discussed the return-on-investment (ROI) of the part-time MBA, something I am often asked about.   It is a very important question that should be asked by every...
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What Makes "A Real Education?"

I understand why the top students in America study physics, chemistry, calculus and classic literature. The kids in this brainy group are the future professors, scientists, thinkers and engineers who will...
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Do you slurp your soup?

Many people pursue an MBA degree to help them find a new career.  Evening UST MBA alumna Elizabeth Craig has made a career out of helping people find new careers. Author of the award-winning Don't Slurp...
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The Necessary Pinnacle of the Graduate Experience

I believe that there is a unique aspect to the study abroad program for working professionals enrolled in the Evening UST MBA program—the study abroad experiences were the necessary pinnacle of the graduate experience for the working MBA student.
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Millions in sales–with no salespeople

Evening UST MBA alumna Jenny Cai may have completed her studies at UST a decade ago, but she clearly remembers her marketing and finance lessons well.  She and her husband founded DoTradeShow.com, a...
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Jargon Genesis: Pinch Hitter

As a follow-up to last week's three-post-series on the business of baseball, we thought we would share the beginnings of some business lingo that came from baseball. “If I can’t make it to the...
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More than Money

I think one of the biggest misconceptions about MBA students is that they are in it for the money, writes Evening UST MBA student Lindsey Buhrmann. While we have career ambitions and would like to increase our earning potential, greed is not something I have witnessed from my classmates
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Going green: Purchasing a Prius

About a month ago, my husband and I joined the one million US owners of the Toyota Prius.  We had been talking about getting a fuel efficient, hybrid vehicle for quite some time.  After much debate, my...
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Faculty Feature: Lawrence Chui

When Dr. Lawrence Chui was a young boy, growing up in Hong Kong, he vowed to his parents that he would never become an accountant or a teacher. Interestingly, he is now a new professor of accounting in the...
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The Business of Baseball

In anticipation of the Minnesota Twins' first three-game home series of the season this weekend, we're creating a three-post series of our own looking at the business of baseball.   Today we'll examine the...
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Are you having fun at work?

April 5 is national “Fun at Work Day,” but according to an article I spotted in the St. Petersburg Times, many people on the east side of the Twin Cities won’t be celebrating.  A study put out by...
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College seniors: plan ahead for your MBA

In many disciplines, it is common for college seniors to pursue graduate studies immediately after completing their undergraduate degree.  This is the case for law and medical school as well as many types of...
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UST announces new campus in St. Thomas

Students interested in pursuing careers in business, snorkeling or vacationing have a new option in St. Thomas with the new St. Thomas St. Thomas campus.
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Start-ups: Connect your Strategy with Design

Recently, an associate asked me to provide some consulting to a promising start-up company that needs “PR help.”  Experience indicates that this request for tactical communication assistance really...
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MBA Notes: Ten points to ponder

Although I am only in my third week of classes, writes Evening UST MBA student Lindsey Buhrmann, I have heard a number of business concepts that I believe are worth sharing.