Every business has a unique starting point, and Stephen Maas started his business right in his bedroom! In 2004 he evolved his business to move into his first office, and that led to five storefront locations to serve the media transfer needs of customers. His locations have over 15 employees, highly skilled at converting precious memories on video tape, slides and 8mm film to timeless digital storage to preserve for generations.
PLAYING IT SAFE
As Stephen says, “Time is not the friend of any photos, tapes and films before they are lost forever.” Astound has been increasing their business every year as people become more aware of the importance of media transfer. Fueled by people who are downsizing and storing files digitally instead of the physical, this trend will continue to expand. Stephen has found that customers really enjoy a physical location to bring their precious materials, instead of risking the shipment of these things to online places which may not even provide good quality preservation.
WHY MAPLE BANK?
Stephen came across Maple Bank in 2012 through a connection of one of his staff members, and has been pleased ever since. “The thing I like the most is that Derek and Maple Bank have the willingness to show up and invest their energy into relationships. They keep the finger on the pulse of their clients, and really get to know our business. In this business it can be frustrating to get financing, but Maple Bank was able to see the value which has given us the ability to keep evolving and helping people.”
Maple Bank invites you to contact Astound for preserving your precious memories!
952-426-2004 Burnsville, MN www.hireahost.net
In a world that is full of event planners, Melanie Vejdani wanted to create something unique with Hire A Host. Currently they are one of the few event planning solutions that is a one stop shop for every need. For the past 22 years, Melanie has led this small business above the ordinary and taken it to a new level by being hands-on and an active owner. They recently moved into a new 55,000 square foot facility in Burnsville, to give them space to grow even more.
ONE STOP SHOPPING
Focusing on corporate events and charity events of 300 to 1,000 people or more, Hire A Host has excelled in doing it all in-house with over 120 full time and part time employees. They can provide event design and decor, rentals, food catering, liquor, waitstaff, bartenders and more. They have been honored to serve many well-known names across the Twin Cities and hold an impressive five-star rating across social media.
WHY MAPLE BANK?
Hire A Host has been working with Maple Bank for two years, through a referral from a business associate, and they could not be happier. According to Melanie, “Immediately I knew they were different from any bank I had ever worked with. Tony talked to me like I was a real person and not just a number. So many banks look at just the numbers and they don’t see the layers of what the business actually is and/or could be. Maple Bank and Tony were a Godsend, not only did they make the biggest purchase of my life stress free, our purchase positioned us for growth and we were able to double our business in a little over one year.”
Maple Bank invites you to contact Hire a Host for all your commercial interior needs!
612-759-0955 Minneapolis, MN www.icinteriors.net
After 35 years in the furniture business, Rick Harris came to Minneapolis and started Ideal Interiors from scratch in 2012. Over the last six years, they have grown to four full-time staff members and are currently one of the faster-growing providers of commercial interiors to mid-sized businesses in the
GROWTH THROUGH LEADERSHIP
In the past years, they have participated in some high profile project work including carpet for US Bank Stadium, as well as working with Ryan Companies and Kraus Anderson. Rick is excited for 2019 as they plan to grow 50-100% in the coming year through connections with private businesses. Currently they are a strong resource for public buildings with carpet, furniture and other interior solutions.
In addition to ICI, Rick is excited about mentoring programs. As a co-founder of MMGSA (Minnesota Minority Goods and Services Association), Rick is committed to supporting the growth of minority-owned businesses. Learn more at mmgsa.org.
WHY MAPLE BANK?
Ideal has been working with Maple Bank for two years, through a referral from a business associate, and they could not be happier. According to Rick, “It’s so comforting that Tony and Maple Bank really understand our business. They stay in touch with us frequently and get us the information we need quickly to be able to move our business at the speed that we need.”
Maple Bank invites you to contact ICI for all your commercial interior needs!
651-259-1873 Eagan, MN www.fivestarprofessional.com
Want to know the best professionals in your community? Five Star Professional has the process dialed in. Five Star is an advertising and market research company, based out of Eagan, MN. Every year they perform over 1.2 million surveys to find the highest quality wealth managers, real estate agents, home and auto insurers, and mortgage professionals. Once Five Star tallies the highest caliber performers, they provide the winners with advertising in print and digital, awards, emblems, and wall plaques.
FINDING THE BEST OF THE BEST
Five Star has grown to employ over 85 staff members, a large majority is in research and sales doing calling, interviews, and cross-selling of their advertising and promotional products. They serve the top 45 major markets in the United States and Canada, and will be expanding in 2019 with even more categories of service. In the Minneapolis market you can find Five Star in the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business.
WHY MAPLE BANK?
Through connections of Five Star’s ownership, they have found a strong strategic partner in Maple Bank. According to Dan Zdon, “The Bank was so helpful to us during a transition we had in 2017. Their flexibility and follow-up has been critical to our success, as we are seeing double digit increase in performance after our transition. With Derek Soppeland from Maple Bank, I don’t worry about anything because I know they are thorough and always watching out for our best interest.”
Maple Bank salutes Five Star Professional for all their efforts to find the shining stars in our communities!
7100 Medicine Lake Road New Hope, MN 55427
Working in the HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning) industry for several years, Tony Goze saw an opportunity. The big suppliers of HVAC services were not as nimble or flexible, so he created MAG Mechanical to help customize and design HVAC systems to fit the void. And it worked. Since 2007, MAG has been a quality supplier to commercial and industrial buildings all over the metro and beyond.
DIFFERENT BY DESIGN
According to Tony, “The growth of MAG is a testament to our ability to think outside the box and do things differently which actually leads to saving the customer money. Our design department makes the difference.” Tony has grown MAG Mechanical to more than over 25 employees (designers, estimators, sheet metal workers, pipe fitters and plumbers) and is widely known for competitive pricing, having small but efficient crews, and getting the work done on time. Employee training has been a central part of their success, finding quality people who WANT to go the extra mile, and do the best job they can.
WHY MAPLE BANK?
MAG Mechanical is pleased to find a strong strategic business partner with Maple Bank. Learning about the Bank through the recommendations of colleagues, the relationship fits well together. The important things for Tony have been the responsiveness, professionalism, and input that he wasn’t getting with his previous bank. “It’s just so easy to pick up the phone and have a conversation, and I value Tony Berthiaume’s experience.”
Maple Bank invites you to contact MAG for HVAC services to small and mid-sized businesses in the area.
20002 Ferret Street NW Elk River, MN
After 20 years in the concrete and masonry industry, Randy Becker was ready for a change. His vision: to start a company that would be able to go above and beyond the competition with regards to professionalism and quality, while offering a great value to customers.
FAST FORMING SUCCESS
Since 2013, Randy has had aggressive growth with TR Concrete, now employing six crews with 50 staff that includes project managers, superintendents, foremen and skilled laborers. His rapid growth led to a new corporate office, (built in 2016) and is looking to expand even further, by serving businesses all over the metro, including: construction, strip malls, schools, office buildings, and more. According to Randy, “We are very honored to have built a strong reputation in the concrete and masonry industry. Our customers appreciate our responsiveness and professionalism, while taking advantage of our non-union pricing structure.”
WHY MAPLE BANK?
TR Concrete is happy to have worked with Maple Bank since 2016. When asked about his relationship with Maple Bank, Randy responded, “The big banks weren’t interested in serving a business our size, and Maple Bank was recommended to us as a solution. We truly appreciate Tony and Maple Bank for their ability to get things done so quickly. Their responsiveness was really a game changer.”
Maple Bank invites you to contact TR Concrete for quality craftsmanship on all your commercial concrete and masonry projects!
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