Their stores were burned, ransacked and looted. What’s next for Minneapolis-area small business owners?


MINNEAPOLIS – Brandy Moore likened the charred remains of her south Minneapolis clothing store and recording studio to the pangs for equality that minorities here feel. 

Smoke continued to waft in the air 24 hours after people protesting the death of George Floyd burned Moore’s storefront and several others along Lake Street.

“My business burned down two days ago. You see the flames? It’s still going,” Moore, 41, said Sunday. “That flame down in people’s soul? It’s still going. They want justice.”

She is among dozens of Minneapolis and St. Paul business owners, small and large, trying to rebuild after fiery riots and demonstrations in the Twin Cities on Thursday and Friday. Her company, Levels, which she owns with business partner Daniel Johnson, also has a St. Paul location that remains undamaged. The venture is Moore’s “baby.” 

Sweeping the sidewalks, feeding the needy: Minneapolis is trying to recover after days

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How a small-town Alaska grocer kept prices even, raised pay during the pandemic


To get a gallon of milk to Southeastern Alaska, grocer Max Rule first has to know he’s going to need it about two weeks ahead of time. 

When his creamy clairvoyance decides he does, he places an order with a wholesale company, which ensures the milk is plucked off a shelf, packed onto a truck with the rest of Rule’s groceries and driven to a port in Seattle. There, the milk, now inside a 45-foot semi-trailer, is loaded onto a barge and towed by a tug boat up the West Coast and around the boundary islands of British Columbia, making stops in other remote Alaskan areas before pulling into Sitka’s dock on either Monday or Wednesday.

In the final leg of the milk’s adventure, the full trailer is placed on a chassis, motored to Rule’s store, unpacked and put on a shelf – primed and ready for a lucky Alaskan’s

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A designer’s guide to creating effective dashboards


Sprint: Did you know we have an online conference about product design coming up? SPRINT will cover how designers and product owners can stay ahead of the curve in these unprecedented times.

Dashboards are a unique and powerful way to present data-based intelligence using data visualization techniques that display relevant, actionable data as well as track stats and key performance indicators (KPIs). Dashboards should present this data in a quick, easy-to-scan format with the most relevant information understandable at a glance.

The term was born from the traditional automobile dashboard, and they have evolved to serve the same function in the digital world. In his book, Stephen Few put it best:

A dashboard is a visual display of the most important information needed to achieve one or more objectives; consolidated and arranged on a single screen so the information can be monitored at a glance.

Mobile dashboard design
Mobile dashboard design by 

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What US Business Post-COVID Can Learn From Shipping Post-2008


The focus on ocean shipping vis-a-vis COVID-19 has been on what the outbreak means to the economy and what the economy means to vessel demand and freight rates.

But there’s a different way to look at it: by focusing instead on what ocean shipping has to say about the COVID-19-era economy.

The global financial crisis in 2008-2009 differs in many ways from the current crisis. Even so, what befell shipowners in the decade after the Great Recession offers telling parallels to what U.S. businesses will likely face in the years ahead.

Income streams plunge

Shipowners rode a China-fueled super-cycle in the half-decade before the financial crisis. Record-high spot rates and time-charter rates supported historically steep vessel valuations. Bank debt was abundant, at times covering 90% of asset values. Lenders were relatively indiscriminate in whom they lent to.

When the global financial crisis struck, spot rates plummeted. Owners with long-term

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