Monday, July 25, 2011

Carroll's Cup -- Mix, Weigh, Pay!!

The future is now!  Self-serve frozen yogurt is now available in downtown Rochester in a big way.  An offshoot of the long-established and fantastic (yet still somewhat invisible) Carroll’s Corn in the Kahler Subway, Carroll’s Cup welcomes you to “Mix, Weigh and Pay.”

Featuring about ten classic and modern yogurt flavors, an abundance of buffet-style fruit, candy and other salty & sweet toppings, the set-up is simple: walk in, grab a cup & spoon, serve your own favorite yogurts from the dispensers on the wall (mixing in as many and whatever flavors you like), load up your toppings, drop your dish on the scale and hand over your sweet moo-la.

 Say "Hi" to John behind the counter.  Some Wednesdays, he may invite you to guess the price of your Fro-Yo (as it’s determined by per ounce pricing); if your guess is within 5 cents of the actual cost, your treat is free. 

I am partial to New York cheesecake on a bed of classic chocolate yogurt, topped with M&Ms, brownie chips, Reese’s chunks, and hot fudge.   Scott prefers plain vanilla, with cookie dough and Heath stuff.  Chris was a big fan of the Peanut Butter yogurt loaded with Butterfingers, Twix, Reese’s peanut butter cups and Heath bar. There’s a lot of fruit in the toppings buffet and it looks really fresh – we just aren’t very healthy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Professional Development: Starting a Business in Rochester

Our firm has collaborated with FUEL Rochester to host an event billed Professional Development: Starting a Business.  The event will take place at Studio 324 at Fagan Studios this Wednesday at 5:30.  Dan Berndt of Dunlap & Seeger will be presenting the five things every business owner should know about law.    

Here's the necessary information:

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Studio 324 at Fagan Studios
Cost: Free for Fuel or Chamber members; $15 for non-members
Registration required
Deadline to register: July 18
Have you ever thought about opening your own business or did you recently start one? Then don't miss this event that will cover the following:

** 5 things every new business owner (or future business owner) should know�according to a lawyer, an accountant, a banker, and an insurance agent.

** How to start and operate a successful new business in this new business climate

Presenters: Dan Berndt, Business Attorney, Dunlap & Seeger
Mark Hayford, Managing Partner & Commercial Insurance Agent, CO Brown
Greg Layton, Regional President, US Bank
Mike Malugani, JD/CPA, Principal at Smith Schafer

Hope to see you there.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rochester Area Economic Development Initiative, Inc Quarterly Report

For Rochester, MN business owners, business professionals, lawyers, accountants, etc, this is will serve as a useful post re the Rochester Area Economic Development Initiative, Inc. 

The Rochester Area Economic Development Initiative, Inc ("RAEDI") describes its purpose as follows:  

To attract, retain and assist the growth/expansion of base business within the Rochester Area. RAEDI's value proposition is the ability to assist businesses and entrepreneurs in securing the private and/or public resources needed to execute their business plans.

Financial Packaging
- Direct Investment Funding
- Fixed Asset Financing
- Export Financing
Business Planning 
- Cost Differential Comparisons
- Market Research & Analysis
- Community Data/Profiles
Site/Location Support 
- Provide Objective information on Sites, Facilities and Access to Support Services
- Develop Comparative Site Data
Business/Community Advocacy 
- Identify and Present Business Interests and Concerns to Government
- Support Area Social, Economic and Infrastructure Development


HERE, you can find their quarterly report for the fourth quarter of 2010. The report details information including employment and unemployment data, home sales, goods produced, Rochester airport traffic, good and services produced, and building activity.

Dunlap & Seeger, P.A. is an investor in RAEDI. 

P.S.  This is still a Rochester food blog and we'll have some more food blog posts regarding Rochester cuisine coming your way soon!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Minnesota Bankruptcy Filing Statistics

The Minnesota Bankruptcy Court publishes bankruptcy filing statistics specific to our state.  You can see the dramatic increase in bankruptcy filings over the past five years.

Bankruptcy Basics

Bankruptcies are still booming.  Our federal courts have created a nice website (with videos) that explains the basics of bankruptcy law.  It's a useful website for anyone considering bankruptcy or a creditor who has been affected by a bankruptcy.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A Bump in Rochester Residential Real Estate Transactions?

The Post-Bulletin ran an article regarding an increase home sales in the Rochester area.  Historically, Rochester's economy has been protected by low unemployment thanks to Mayo and IBM.   Is Rochester's home sale increase an indicator of a continued national recovery?  Or is this rather a product of Rochester's protective bubble?