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The Medical Device Tax: Brakes on an Economic Engine

In this era of complexity and global economic uncertainty, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could invent a whole new industry? A field where people spend their days working on ways to change the world, adding new jobs in America, become an engine of economic growth and be a net exporter of goods. If you could find such an industry wouldn’t it be an American treasure? And wouldn’t you assume it would be an industry where government created ways to support, invest in and accelerate its potential?
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Profile: Megan Szlachtowski ’14 M.B.A.

Megan Szlachtowski had always wanted to live in the big city. Moving from her family’s quiet farm in small-town Olivia, MN to the bustling port city of Duluth, he graduated with a degree in health information management (HIM) from the College of St. Scholastica. After graduation, Szlachtowski started work at Allina Health in the Twin Cities, where’s she’s been for the last five years. But now, Szlachtowski has a new dream–one that she hopes to reach with her Health Care MBA from the Opus College of Business.
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Career Overview: Consulting

A career in consulting has many benefits that only a number of people are aware of. Although most people would assume a career in consulting is less stable than a full-time career as a salaried employee, some others would argue this assumption is false.
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Guerrilla Marketing or Event Hijacking

This week a pro-gun group informed the media and area law enforcement that its members would be out in force at community events organized by another organization, pushing the limits of the state carry laws.
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Sorry Packers fans, Minnesota’s got Wisconsin beat

“Wisconsin may have better football teams than Minnesota, but the Badger State is eating our dust when it comes to the economy,” the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development wrote on their blog last week.
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Humanities or STEM? What’s best in an MBA program?

“Management is required everywhere.” Managers are needed not only in business, but also in government, in hospitals, in law firms, churches and non-profit organizations. Having a breadth of knowledge can enable managers to better lead in a wide range of organizations. At UST, we’re pushing to increase diversity of thought in our classrooms in ways that finds students with many different backgrounds. So what do you think? Should the country increase focus on STEM or humanities?
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Too Late To Negotiate

It’s been said that professionals can lose upwards of $50,000 during their professional career simply by not negotiating during the job offer. There are several steps to consider before accepting any position, let alone your dream occupation.
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Try the GMAT Before Taking the Test

Evening and Full Time UST MBA admissions teams are excited to share a new resource that is available for GMAT preparation and practice. The Opus College of Business now offers three GMAT test simulation tools for verbal and quantitative questions.
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Small Business Week Marks 50 Years

This year marks the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week. Although things have certainly changed since President Kennedy signed the first Presidential Proclamation in 1963, one thing that hasn’t changed is America’s entrepreneurial spirit and the important role that small business owners play in our economy and our communities.
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Why get an MBC (or MBA)? Here’s one student’s view.

Christina Milanowski was named Minnesota PRSA's 2012 Young Professional Award winner. She was recently interviewed by Arik Hanson for his "PR Rock Stars" series and discussed why she decided to get her degree, and, what she hopes to achieve as a result.
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Career Link: Resolution Resolve

45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only 8 percent are successful in achieving them. Less than half of us remain committed to our resolutions by June each year. So while the majority of us have already given up, it could be the perfect time to start a new resolution, or give an ongoing resolution a check up.
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Being Entrepreneurial is “In” (Again)

It seems that everyone is promoting being entrepreneurial these days. At SXSW, Bill Gates called for more entrepreneurs to enter the education space. Senators Moran and Warner say Washington, D.C., needs more entrepreneurs.
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UST MBA/JD Profile: Max Shapiro

Instead of focusing on making his voice heard, Max Shapiro already aspires to something loftier: to be the voice for those that go unheard. Shapiro is in his second year of St. Thomas’ dual degree JD/MBA program, a joint venture between the School of Law and Opus College of Business that will ultimately supply him with degrees in both law and business.
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The Power of Continuous Education

Do you take time to keep yourself sharp? I often hear about strategies to “improve your business, improve your process, improve this, and improve that.” Enough about the process…what about you? What can you do to improve you?
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“Be part of a noble service” says UST Commencement Speaker Randall Hogan

More than 250 students were hooded in the Graduate Business Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 25. Randall J. Hogan, chairman and CEO of Pentair, delivered the commencement address and told the graduates “You're starting the next phase of your lives” and the two things you need to be successful are to “create your own future, and control your own destiny. Make sure you have a goal in mind, when opportunities present themselves, you will be bold enough to take them.”
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How to Manage a Workforce with Many Identities

In the early days of diversity, the work focused on race and gender. Then it broadened and became more complex. Laws change, attitudes are continually evolving and the newest generation in the workforce does not want to be put in a box of one race, ethnicity or group.
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The End of One Unique Year of Work-Study

For the past few years the Opus College of Business has had the opportunity, and blessing, to participate in Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s Hire4Ed program. Corporations and not-for-profit institutions underwrite up to half of students’ tuition costs in exchange for work-study.
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Celebrating Successes: UST MBA Classes of 2013, 2014

The UST MBA Class of 2013 has numerous successes to celebrate besides the end of long study sessions, classroom lectures and finals. Many of these graduates will embark on a new journey with organizations such as Deloitte, Thrivent Financial, Disney Corporation, and Ecolab Inc. Others have chosen to continue on the entrepreneurial path with start-ups and family businesses.
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Fulfilling the Entrepreneurial Dream

May is Small Business Month, and entrepreneurs everywhere face uphill battles with funding, the economy, hiring and affordability in the effort to get their businesses off the ground. The website NerdWallet sifted through the factors that matter to small business owners to determine which cities are the best for those hoping to start a business and Minneapolis made the national top 10.
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Is Overhead the best KPI for Nonprofits?

Recently, on the Twin Cities blog, Leadership and Community, Janine Fugate shared some thoughts on how we look at nonprofit business. She mentioned a TEDTalk by Dan Pallotta, "The way we think about charity is dead wrong." We asked Ann Johnson, director of UST's Center for Nonprofit Management to share her thoughts on the topic.
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Career Link: Achieving Expectations

Having expectations is important, having a shared expectation is key. Successful relationships, prosperous businesses and customer satisfaction are all built on shared expectations.
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Minnesota’s Most Ethical Companies

Minnesota business and professional leaders will come together tomorrow to honor finalists and recipients for the 14th annual Minnesota Business Ethics Award (MBEA).