Our view: 5 Under 40 winners influence business, impact community and inspire

Know a young business leader who is making an impact in both career and community, and has the potential to help keep building their influence in the future?

We have five we'd like to introduce to you.

On the cover of today's print edition and online at, we announced the 2021 class of 5 Under 40 award-winners — five leaders in local businesses who also embrace community involvement and are making a difference.

Each year since 2005, the 5 Under 40 awards have recognized outstanding Central Minnesota leaders, not only on the basis of their workplace acumen, but their work to benefit the community and their potential to influence the local professional and public service landscape for decades to come.


The 5 Under 40 winners innovate, inspire and make Central Minnesota better. And every year the winners come from a pool of fantastic nominees — nominated by you, the readers.

More: SCTimes/LocalIQ introduces the 2021 class of 5 Under 40 award-winners

The winners are selected by last year's 5 Under 40 winners, forming an unbroken chain of Central Minnesota business and community leadership back to the first 5 Under 40 class in 2005.

The goal is to shine a light on up and coming leaders who, while having already achieved much, still have a lot they can do in the St. Cloud area. We'd like to help fulfill their potential in the community.

How can you help? Check out their businesses and the local non-profits they support. Or maybe their stories will inspire you to get involved in an effort to make your neighborhood better.

And throughout the rest of the year, keep your eye out for someone you may know or work with that is putting in the effort — both at work and in the community. We'd love for you to nominate them for next year's awards.

You can also join us April 5 to celebrate the 2021 Class of 5 Under 40 winners. A social hour begins at 4:30 p.m. and the awards program starts at 6 p.m. at the Regency, 912 W St. Germain St. Get tickets at

— This is the opinion of the St. Cloud Times Editorial Board, which includes Editor Lisa Schwarz and Content Coach Anna Haecherl.

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