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Family owned and operated, Imperial Distributors continues to grow

and prepares to celebrate a landmark anniversary.   

By Kat Zeman 

Assembling and selling first aid kits door-to-door, Frank Sleeper got an idea. He recognized a need for the distribution of goods. Using a garage as his first warehouse, he established Imperial Distributors. 

“He was a pioneer,” says his son Michael Sleeper, CEO of Imperial Distributors. “We went from selling first aid kits to selling non-food products to grocery stores.”  



Moose Toys’ brands are a worldwide phenomenon because of the amazement they bring children,

and the company continues to find innovative ways to bring its creations to the market.

By Staci Davidson, Kighthouse Media

In addition to its highly creative products, Moose Toys is known for winning awards and disrupting the toy market with its creations. And with good reason – by focusing on “the business of making children happy,” Moose Toys leads in categories such as collectables, craft, dolls, games and youth electronics, with brands that include: Shopkins, Little Live Pets, Beados, Happy Places, The Grossery Gang, The Trash Pack and Mighty Beanz. 

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After more than 100 years, Mitchell & Ness aims for innovation while honoring the past.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

For a sports fan, the ability to wear a vintage jersey for their favorite team allows them to not only show their fandom and pride, but also connect with an important era in history. Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. has helped fans do that for more than 30 years, CEO Kevin Wulff says.

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La Moderna sees much potential ahead with its new facility in Texas.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

La Moderna may be in the business of producing pasta, but the company never loses sight of the fact that its employees are its most valuable assets. “You can feel that in how the owners and the general directors of the subsidiaries [operate],” Sales Director Esteban Abascal says. 



Cowgirl Creamery continues to grow under the wings of its new parent company,

but maintains the qualities that made is special.

By Mark Lawton, Knighthouse Media

There’s a bit of mystique to being a small artisanal cheesemaker, but Sue Conley’s advice for her smaller peers in cheesemaking is to do everything they can to grow. “If a cheese company is too small, it won’t survive with the FDA rules and the expense of marketing in today’s world,” she says. “My cheesemaking friends who are very small need to grow a little bigger to survive. It’s much like an endangered species.”

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Venture Technologies set itself apart by delivering on promises to its clients.

By Alan Dorich, Knighthouse Media

For 32 years, Venture Technologies Inc. has thrived by supporting its technology with talented associates. “They carry the flag for Venture,” CEO Gerard Gibert says. “We combine those people with world-class technology and a go-to-market strategy that has made the company successful.”



Schuler Shoes is in the process of remodeling its stores and giving them a fresh look. 

By Kat Zeman

Schuler Shoes is about comfort, style and service. The family-owned company has been a staple in Minnesota for more than 125 years. 

Although the company’s values have stayed the same, some things are changing. Schuler Shoes is in the process of remodeling its stores and giving them a fresh look. 

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