Creating the perfect patio! Seminar this Thursday May 28, 2015

Creating the perfect patio! Seminar this Thursday May 28, 2015

 

Winter is over and patio season has arrived! And with our beautiful new sidewalks along Cedar Avenue comes the opportunity for a little al fresco dining, giving us even more time outdoors. And not only can outside dining make for a more pleasurable experience for customers, it can also increase your sales! 

But a customer’s outdoor experience doesn’t have to be just about dining. There’s also the city’s new parklet program creating some beautiful green space along the street, and Minneapolis’ Clean City program ensuring a beautiful …

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Do you offer student or faculty discounts?

Hello West Bank friends,

Every day, the demographics of our local neighborhood change pretty drastically. An influx of students and faculty head to the Universities to begin their day. At some point, often, they eat out. But how many head to the West Bank in lieu of options like Dinkytown and Stadium Village? How many come to the West Bank for their entertainment options?

Some… but not nearly enough.

The WBBA is working on increasing the traffic of students and faculty to West Bank businesses, and breaking down that invisible wall …

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Upcoming Meetings, Opportunities and Reminders for West Bank Nonprofits

Upcoming Meetings, Opportunities and Reminders for West Bank Nonprofits

Hello West Bank Nonprofit friends!

 

Nonprofit Networking

Join us next Thursday May 9, 9:30 am at the Southern Theater for Nonprofit Networking. This is an informal monthly meeting, a chance to connect with other nonprofits working on the West Bank. Stop by to get some free coffee and treats and meet some of the other awesome community-minded organizations in our neighborhood!

Pro Bono Marketing Assistance

We’re still accepting applications for pro bono marketing assistance for nonprofits.

Need help drafting a marketing plan? Want help drafting a content strategy for your Social Media? Need some …

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News and Opportunities for West Bank Nonprofits

News and Opportunities for West Bank Nonprofits

Hello West Bank Nonprofit friends!

Please see below for several opportunities and events – including several opportunities just for you!

Nonprofit Networking

Join us this Thursday April 2, 9:30 am at the Southern Theater for Nonprofit Networking. This is an informal monthly meeting, a chance to connect with other nonprofits working on the West Bank. Stop by to get some free coffee and treats and meet some of the other awesome community-minded organizations in our neighborhood!

Pro Bono Marketing Assistance

Need help drafting a marketing plan? Want help drafting a content strategy for your Social Media? Need some photography done for your organization? The WBBA is …

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Reminder – Free Seminar on Thursday + other opportunities!

Reminder  – Cultivating Your Audience Online – This Thursday March 26th!

Our March event is all about cultivating new audience members, and is geared towards businesses looking for help with event promotion and marketing assistance. We’ll be aiming to answer a key question – Where and to whom should you be focusing your efforts, especially with limited capacity? There’s an art to cultivating a following and turning your following into actual, measurable traffic for your business.

Join the WBBA and our friends from the new RedCurrent! We’ll be talking about some of the tools and …

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Updates and Opportunities

Greetings fantastic West Bank businesses,

Happy March! 2015 is zooming by pretty quickly, so we wanted to get the word out to you about some great news and some great things we’ve got in store for this year.

Technical Assistance

Last year WBBA launched our Small Business Services, offering help with things from marketing to photography to web development. Well, we’ve recently received two grants from the City of Minneapolis and Twin Cities LISC to offer up to 10 hours of these services pro bono (free!) to West …

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2015 Winter Updates

February 15, 2015

Hello West Bank business friends,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already February and we’re well into the new year! Thank you for everything you did to support the WBBA and our West Bank neighborhood last year. The West Bank wouldn’t be the awesome destination district it is without our fantastic restaurants and venues, and the people that run them – fantastic people like you!

While 2014 was a great year with a lot of things to celebrate, we couldn’t be more excited …

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WBBA Business and Strategic Plans

At our October member meeting, we reviewed and approved our long term Strategic and Business plans, built with feedback from over 100 businesses and stakeholders. You can find these documents below:

WBBA Business Plan (pdf)

2014_LongTermStrategicPlan (pdf)

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Time to Intervene

West Bank friends,

The West Bank is fantastic – but you know this already, right? It’s full of character, creativity, and AMAZING businesses. Our locally owned Minnesota businesses outnumber chains 27 to 1! That’s an amazing ratio of independent awesomeness we’d love to maintain. The WBBA is working hard to help us keep the rich tapestry of unique businesses we have in our district strong.

But there’s another area where we really need to improve, and I’m asking for your help.

Many of us walk a lot in the neighborhood. …

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WBBA Announces Services! Also: Volunteer seminar and other opportunities.

Introducing Business Services!

After lots of feedback and many requests from our small business community, the West Bank Business Association is excited to announce that we will begin adding consulting to our business services! We’re starting small to address immediate needs in marketing, web development and meeting facilitation.

Services will be offered at competitive rates, with discounts extended to WBBA members. You can find out more about services by visiting the WBBA website here: http://www.wbba.thewestbank.org/?page_id=1174

Recruitment, Retention & Reward: Volunteer Management Basics.

One of the number one issues to come out of …

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