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Kitchen Table Conversations: The Small Business Owner’s Perspective

March 23, 2011 By Joe Sheeran & Tom Niemisto, Communications Staff

Making blanket statements like “this is good for small business” is nearly impossible to do with any accuracy. All small businesses are different, requiring various actions from customers, suppliers and public services.

Minnesota 2020 recently sat down with two Twin Cities small business owners to sort it all out. Here are Peapods’ Dan Marshall and Wet Paint’s Beth Bergman to talk about their struggles and triumphs in our latest Kitchen Table Conversation:


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  • Jeff Warner says:

    March 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I loved Dan’s story about one of his vendor’s who after years of lusting after Big Box finally got into Target and consequently didn’t execute for his smaller established accounts. The following year that vendor not only lost Target’s but its other smaller accounts and subsequently went out of business.

  • Jeffrey Rapp says:

    March 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    @Jeff You are so right.  Dan’s point is a lesson that should not be forgotten about diversification.