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Sherri Richards, Published March 02 2014

Richards: Expanded section affords new approach to coverage

It’s everybody’s Business.

That’s what rolled around in my head as we conceptualized the expanded Business section you’re reading today.

It’s not stodgy or elitist. It’s not just suits and briefcases and hedge funds.

Rather, it’s about your job, the place you spend a third of your day – or more.

It’s about your money, what you spend and save, and how to do both effectively.

It’s about where you shop, what you eat and who provides services to you.

It’s about your community.

On these two pages daily, we want to share more of the business stories that affect your life.

We’re rolling out new features, including a weekly calendar of business-related events, a regular profile on people making a mark in the business world, and a reader-driven column called “What is that?” As in, what is that construction site going to be? Or what’s that odd-looking store sell?

You ask, we’ll answer.

You’ll still find valuable market information and national business stories that hit home. Our Saturday business section will remain intact, with one minor change. The popular “Trade Talk” column is taking on a new identity. It will now be known as “Inside Business,” giving you the inside scoop on new businesses and an inside look at business trends.

Look for these nuggets throughout the week, as well.

We’re offering more: more pages, more people, more places, more personal finance.

Along with Business reporters Dave Olson and Angie Wieck, I look forward to exploring our area’s dynamic business scene, and sharing the stories of the people who comprise it.

After all, it’s everybody’s Business.

Readers can reach Forum Business Editor

Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556 or srichards@forumcomm.com