2011 Small Business Networking Fair - List of Exhibitors

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  Gold Sponsors

Aramark - www.aramark.com

ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities, including the University of Minnesota, and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world.


Visions, Inc. - www.visionsfirst.com

At Visions, innovation is the backbone of our service philosophy and customer satisfaction is our specialty. As a Native American Owned company founded over 25 years ago, we’ve evolved on the cutting edge of the communications industry, blending creativity, craftsmanship and technology into a powerful menu of marketing services. From concept through distribution, we deliver results... and our unique offering combines a highly creative direct marketing group with web development and interactive services, all supported by a complete printing, mailing and fulfillment center featuring offset, digital and variable data print technology. Our footprint is national with capabilities designed to meet the most demanding customer requirements.

  Silver Sponsors

Innovative Office Solutions - www.innovativeos.com

At Innovative, you can get more than just the products you need…you can Expect Response, Expect Reduction and Expect Relief.  Being an independent, entrepreneurial business puts us in a very nimble position to react quickly and creatively to all your needs.  We offer Office Supplies, Office Furniture Paper, Breakroom Products, Furniture & Design, Facility Supplies, Ink & Toner, Technology Products, Managed Print Services, Printing & Forms, Imprinted Promotional Products.  Innovative Office Solutions is currently under contract with the University of Minnesota and its products are available through UStores. Contact John Townsend for more information, or to set up an account. (612-201-4714, jtownsend@innovativeos.com)


  Maroon Sponsors

ABA Tax Accounting - www.abataxaccounting.com

Based in Minnesota, ABA Tax Accounting has been a trusted provider of financial management, tax mitigation and accounting services since 1989.

In addition to traditional business services, we provide Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) solutions for CPA firms and other businesses, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies that want to reduce their backroom operating costs significantly. Thanks to our extensive investment in cloud computing, we are able to serve individual and business clients throughout the U.S.  


Absolute Commercial Flooring, Inc. - www.absolutecf.com

Absolute Commercial Flooring has been serving satisfied customers since 1997 with commercial carpet and flooring solutions. The primary focus of Absolute Commercial Flooring is to provide the best floorcovering solution for each commercial client. An experienced staff will ensure that all facets of the project are executed with accuracy and efficiency. Highly qualified personnel, exceptional customer service, and a diverse showroom are a few elements that help us deliver that promise. Currently under University of Minnesota contract for carpet and flooring.


Creative Resources - www.acrpromos.com

We source, design and create promotional products that strengthen marketing initiatives and energize brands.  Our clients come to us for branded products, but we deliver something much more important, service.  From idea generation and product design to global sourcing and fulfillment, we guide you through the process and manage all the stress points along the way.


Dahl - www.dahlconsulting.com

Dahl Consulting specializes in Workforce Management, Vendor Management, and Staffing Services. Since 1993, Dahl has been a leader in implementing solutions for its clients by providing MSP/VMS services. Our service offerings enable us to be flexible in providing simple and affordable solutions, connecting the right people to the right opportunity.


Diverse Maintenance Solutions, Inc. - www.dmsimn.com

DMS is a supplier of industrial chemicals, institutional chemicals, building maintenance & janitorial supplies, cleaning supplies & specialty chemicals, full line of paper supplies. DMS is also under contract with the Stat of Minnesota for many cleaning supplies. Current State of Minnesota contractor for janitorial supplies.


Empo Corporation - www.empo.com

Founded in 1999, EMPO Corporation is a leading Minnesota Human Resource Outsourcing (HRO) and Professional Employer Organization (PEO) servicing clients across the United States. EMPO services all markets with specialties in the manufacturing, general contracting, professional services, and nonprofit sectors. With our customer-focused approach and our tailored service and product offerings, we are an agile company dedicated to supporting, enhancing and helping you grow your business.


Headwinds Solutions - headwindsmn.com

Since its inception in 2005 Headwinds has targeted hospitals and clinics, nursing homes and care centers, government agencies, schools, restaurants, and research laboratories, dental clinics and athletic organizations as its primary customer base.  Our primary goal is to provide all of Headwinds Solutions MN customers with a ONE STOP SHOP for all of your needs.  We efficiently provide a range of products, services and green items. Our superior customer service, strong distributor relationships and competitive pricing set us apart from our competitors.


Horizontal Integration - www.horizontalintegration.com

At Horizontal Integration, we combine the most compelling aspects of research, design, technology and online marketing. By listening closely to our clients, we create agile and integrated business solutions.



Ideal System Solutions, Inc. - www.idealssi.com

Founded in 1997, Ideal System Solutions, Inc. has become a trusted technology advisor to government, education and commercial organizations nationwide by providing "best-in-class" IT solutions, technology products, professional services and enterprise solutions to meet our customer's dynamic business and infrastructure objectives.  Ideal's professional sales and technical teams provide our clients with a broad range of innovative solutions and services to improve the overall performance and efficiency of the computing and data center while optimizing technology investments.


JAB Solutions - www.jabsol.com

JAB Solutions offers print management solutions to central and desktop machines.  As an authorized dealer and service provider for multiple manufacturers, JAB Solutions is able to meet the needs of most clients. JAB is currently under contract with numerous University departments across the Twin Cities Campus.


Kelly Computer Supply Company - kellyrest.com/store

Kelly has been the answer in ergonomic office supplies for over 20 years. Our products are direct derivatives of the needs of consumers - the needs of comfort and convenience. Whether you're a distributor or consumer, you'll find dependability and functionality across the spectrum of Kelly products. As the industry continues to create scientific solutions for comfort, we will continue to help you revolutionize your work environment. Products available through U-Stores office supply catalog.



Make Retail - www.makeretail.com

Our primary responsibility is simple: listening to our clients. We work collaboratively with our clients to provide strategic, creative solutions that influence the consumer marketplace and drive success. Make Retail provides best-in-brand products and services in areas including: store design, store within a store, pop-ups, kiosks, graphic design, branding & marketing, custom furniture, fixtures, fabrication, 3D rendering, CAD design, packaging, operations, digital solutions, production, collateral materials, and promotions.

One 2 One Marketing, Inc. - www.one2onesignature.com

One 2 One Marketing, located just outside Minneapolis, MN, is a full-service promotion and recognition agency with over 15 years of experience. Our team is committed to assisting you in achieving your marketing goals and improving your business results. We offer programs and services designed to enhance brand awareness, engage and motivate employees and recognize individual and organizational achievement. One 2 One specializes in company stores, service anniversary programs and point-based incentive programs. It is our belief that your confidence is our greatest asset and therefore we consistently strive for superior quality, unique offerings and excellent service. Currently under University-Wide contract for uniforms and related products.


Owl Bookkeeping and CFO Services - www.owlbookkeepingandcfo.com

Owl provides outsourced accounting services to small and mid-sized companies through full charge bookkeepers, controllers and interim CFOs. Our professionals are available to provide everything from basic bookkeeping to long-range strategic planning. By providing emergency, urgency and ongoing financial management and support, Owl helps business owners who don't have the time, experience or desire to manage the day-to-day financial details of their business and who would prefer, instead, to focus their energy on growing the business.


Performix Business Services LLC - www.performixbiz.com

Performix Business Services LLC, is a full service provider of software solutions. We currently offer services ranging from training, staff augmentation to complete project outsourcing. As part of our Integration practice we provide unified messaging solution, to integrate voice, email, and fax. We are a niche solution provider for expedited business measurements. Current State of Minnesota contractor for IT Staff Augmentation.


Select Source International - www.selectsourceintl.com

Select Source International, founded in 2000, is a Global solutions provider to major corporations worldwide. SSI has deep industry experience with the ability to cater to unique client needs. SSI offers industry leading Data Compliance and Cyber Security through its wholly owned subsidiary Data Wave. Current State of Minnesota contractor for IT Staff Augmentation.


St. Croix Promotions & Retail - www.scpromo.com

St. Croix Promotions & Retail is a team of results-driven professionals, who understand how to provide ROI. We know how to provide the right solution, fast, on time and on budget. Creativity and absolute commitment to customer service is why our clients trust us to be their Brand Ambassadors™.St. Croix Promotions & Retail, Inc. – two companies offering branded logo merchandise solutions for the promotional products and retail business.


SYNICO - www.synico.com

Where do great employees come from? Right here. With Synico’s unique state-of-the-art training facility, we ensure that candidates come to your place of work dedicated, ambitious and prepared. Whatever your staffing challenge, Synico creates a customized solution and provides you with candidates that can take the job and hit the ground running. It’s a fusion of unparalleled talent and peace of mind for your business.


Viking Trophies Awards & Recognition - www.vikingtrophies.com

Viking Trophies Awards & Recognition - the area’s leading retailer of awards and recognition solutions serving the community since 1969.  Viking has  what you’re looking for: art glass, crystal awards, plaques and trophies – also promotional items.  Plus medals, pins and ribbons.  Call us at  763-537-3422 –  on-line at www.vikingtrophies.com or our showroom.



Wallace Carlson Printing -  www.wc-print.com

What do you depend on when your printer serves you well? High-quality printing. Good communications. Deadlines met. Fair price. That’s the commitment we made at Wallace Carlson Printing when we opened our doors over 75 years ago, and it’s still true today.

Whether you need a multi-color annual report or a full-color, variable-data digital direct mail piece, a simple 1-page 1-color brochure, or a complex 64-page 6-color catalog, Wallace Carlson has the experienced staff and sophisticated equipment to serve all your printing needs.

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