West Bank Superbowl & Event Planning, Northern Spark, and a big grant opportunity!

West Bank Superbowl & Event Planning, Northern Spark, and a big grant opportunity!

Save the dates and mark your calendars!

Superbowl 2018! (& other event planning)

The Superbowl Host Committee has lots of plans for downtown MPLS and St Paul – but very little slated for the West Bank neighborhood specifically.

This leaves the local planning up to us! What do you want to do in preparation for the game and events in general? What will our plan be for parking and business promotion? How can WBBA help you get a boost in revenue during a traditionally slow time of the year?

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Safety Meeting tonight + 2017 Brochures are in! + West Bank Vision coming up

Safety Meeting tonight + 2017 Brochures are in! + West Bank Vision coming up

Save the dates and mark your calendars!

Reminder – this afternoon, May 8th, 4pm! Join us for a happy hour and networking event centered all around safety. Come meet your neighbors and local officers.

In attendance will be:
– Carla Nielson, Crime Prevention Specialist from the Cedar Riverside / West Bank Safety Center
– Officers Kevin Lazarchic and Shaun Harrington – Day Beat Officers;
– Beth Roberts, City of Mpls Licensing.
– Melissa Wisniewski, Securonet (one of the city’s partners on safety networks)

We’ll hear from our local representatives, learn about upcoming meetings …

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West Bank / Cedar – Riverside Call for Art – 2017 Northern Spark & Springboard Pilot

West Bank / Cedar – Riverside Call for Art – 2017 Northern Spark & Springboard Pilot

Share gifts of light, gifts from the earth on the West Bank during the 2017 Northern Spark.

Gifts are nourishment for humanity, and our first night market will focus on the gift economy.

“A gift economy, gift culture, or gift exchange is a mode of exchange where valuables are not traded or sold, but rather given without an explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards.”

Northern Spark is a free all-night art festival exploring the effects of climate change through participatory projects happening in …

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We’re Hiring! Environmental Manager & Advancement Assistant

The West Bank Business Association is hiring for two part-time positions.

The West Bank Environmental Manager will work to support the West Bank as a clean and welcoming district, coordinating clean-ups, trash and graffiti removal, and more.

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The Advancement Assistant will work with our Executive Director and Program Manager to manage grant and fundraising opportunities for the WBBA and West Bank businesses.

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Adventures in Way-finding

Adventures in Way-finding

This is the story of a business association’s quest to put up some signs.

2017_AdventuresInWayfinding_Draft (pdf)

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Fall Outreach / Opportunities for West Bank Businesses

Fall Outreach / Opportunities for West Bank Businesses

Hello awesome West Bank Businesses!

Below please find a summary of some opportunities, events, and meetings of note.

Small Business Saturday is Coming!

Join the On The Green Line marketing team on Nov 26, 2016 for Small Business Saturday! Send info about your promo or event to westbankba@gmail.com by Nov 1 to be included.

Market to Students!

Do you offer a student discount? Would you like us to highlight this in the 2017 area directory, which will be distributed on campus, at student orientations, and …

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2016 Facade Grants – applications now being accepted

The West Bank Business Association is proud to partner with the City of Minneapolis in administering their façade improvement program on the West Bank.

As money becomes available, eligible businesses can apply for matching grants for façade improvements.

***The WBBA is now accepting applications for the 2016 Facade Grant cycle. Applications will be reviewed monthly and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Resources

2016 Business Guidelines: 2016-WBBA_BusinessGuidelines (pdf)
2016 Facade Grant Application: 2016-WBBA_App_and_Agreement (pdf)
2016 Completion Certificate (to be finished after project has been approved and completed): 2016-CompletionCertificate (pdf)

* We highly recommend that …

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Meeting Reminders and Earth Day Updates

Hello awesome West Bank friends,

Just a reminder about some of the upcoming activities for you. Also, a heads up that our server was down for a few days last week – if you sent us a message but haven’t heard back yet or have been having trouble getting through, use our gmail: westbankba@gmail.com. That’s the best default email address to use.

We’ll be stopping by starting the week after next with the new area directories fresh off the press. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you in person then, …

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2016 on the West Bank – invitation and information about events & opportunities

Hello awesome West Bank friends,

Spring is here and we’ve got some great opportunities for you – some are coming up soon!

West Bank Art Crawl – Proposals due Thursday

The call for proposals for creative projects up and down Cedar Ave closes this Thursday March 31st.

Chosen projects will be installed the week of Earth Day and will be highlighted on an Arts Walk on April 23rd and throughout the summer.

2016 – Major Events

There are quite a few events coming through the West Bank this year. Come to our April meeting and …

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Can we talk? A Conversation with Funders about Funding

Can we talk? A Conversation with Funders about Funding

It’s more than just writing a stellar proposal or competing with your peers. Grants are a relationship between funders and recipients.

Join us as we examine this relationship. This December, we’ll be having a conversation with funders and experts about the funding process. What are some of the most significant challenges foundations experience when working with applicants or grant recipients? What are the things organizations and artists should keep in mind as they approach the funding process? And, as we consider both sides of the conversation, …

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