Thursday, January 29, 2015

Erica Rivera Profiles Horton, Inc.


Erica Rivera spoke to Michel Locquegnies of Horton, Inc. about how the Minneapolis-based company became an award-winning exporter. Read more in the February 2015 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Erica Rivera Profiles 75F


Erica Rivera interviewed Deepinder Singh, the founder of 75F, a high-tech HVAC system company. Read more in the February 2015 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Erica Rivera Reports on Interior Design Trends


Erica Rivera spoke to designers from Grace Hill Design and Lilu Interiors to find out which trends reigned in 2014 and which ones will stick around in 2015. Read the article in the Star Tribune Home section or online here.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Erica Rivera Interprets Recession Recovery Report

Graph courtesy of NACo.

Erica Rivera interpreted a report from the National Association of Counties (NACo) that measures the level of recovery in over 3,000 counties across the country. Find out how Minnesota's counties fared compared to the rest of the U.S. on the Minnesota Business magazine website here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Erica Rivera Interviews Zola Jesus

Photo by Jeff Elstone

Erica Rivera interviewed Wisconsin-bred singer-songwriter Zola Jesus about her relationship to nature, fashion obsessions, and relocating to Seattle. Read the Q&A on Vita.mn here.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Erica Rivera Interviews Alingon Mitra


Erica Rivera interviewed Last Comic Standing veteran Alingon Mitra about stand-up, censorship, and social media. Read the Q&A on Vita.mn here.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 10 Articles and Blog Posts of 2014


Erica Rivera's article on creative agency Zeus Jones nabbed the top spot in Minnesota Business magazine's Top 10 articles and blog posts of 2014. Read that feature here and see the entire Top 10 list here.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Erica Rivera Contributes to Critics Tally


Erica Rivera was honored to contribute once again to the Twin Cities Critics Tally. Rivera was one of 27 professionals that provided the Strib with their nominations for Best Local Album and Best Local Song. See where the artists and songs ranked overall here. Read Rivera's personal Best Of list here.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Erica Rivera Contributes to Kerry Cohen's New Book


Erica Rivera contributed an essay to Kerry Cohen's new book, The Truth of Memoir: How to write about yourself and others with honesty, emotion, and integrity (Writer's Digest Books, 2014). Order your copy on Amazon.com here.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews We Are the Willows


Erica Rivera interviewed Peter Miller, the creative force behind We Are the Willows, an orchestral indie rock band. Minnesota born Miller based the group's latest album on a collection of letters his grandfather wrote to his grandmother while serving in World War II. Read more in this week's print issue of Vita.mn.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles EOS Training


Erica Rivera spoke to Chris Naylor, a certified trainer of Entrepreneurial Operating Systems (EOS), a structure that encourages companies to grow in a healthy way. Read about the program in the December 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Machine Age Lamps


Erica Rivera profiled Machine Age Lamp Company, which specializes in charming lamps made from found and antique objects. Read the illuminating story in the December 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Wolcyn Tree Farm


Erica Rivera interviewed Tom Wolcyn of Wolcyn Tree Farms. Read about the family owned and operated company in the December 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles TitleSmart


Erica Rivera interviewed Cindy Koebele (right), founder of TitleSmart, a closing company that has grown exponentially since 2007. Read this success story in the December 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Biodapt Inc.


Erica Rivera spoke to Mike Schultz, founder of Biodapt Inc., about how he gets extreme athletes back into competition with high-performance prostheses. Read this inspiring story in the December 2014 issue of Minnesota Business magazine or online here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Cultural Entrepreneurship Major at UMD


Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth can now major in Cultural Entrepreneurship. Erica Rivera profiled the program for Minnesota Business magazine. Read what the degree involves here.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews Jenny McCarthy


Erica Rivera spoke to entertainer Jenny McCarthy about the Dirty Sexy Funny tour, dealing with bullies, and marrying one of the New Kids on the Block. Read the Q&A on Vita.mn here.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Erica Rivera Profiles Annie B's


Minnesota based caramel maker Annie B's recently caught the attention of Oprah and landed on her annual gift guide. Erica Rivera spoke to one of Annie B's owners to find out how the company is faring after the exposure on the Minnesota Business magazine website here.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Erica Rivera Previews Co-working Facility in Willamr


Erica Rivera spoke to Betsy Bonnema, founder of WORKUP, the forthcoming co-working facility in Willmar. Read all about this unique space on the Minnesota Business magazine website here.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews David Bazan


Erica Rivera spoke to David Bazan, the indie musician whose full-length solo debut was called a "breakup letter to God" by NPR Music. Bazan has since teamed up with the Passenger String Quartet for a compilation album and tour, but he still has some big questions on his mind; find out what in this week's issue of Vita.mn or online here.
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