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.


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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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.


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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Call for Delegates – OnTheGreenLine.com Planning

Call for Delegates – OnTheGreenLine.com Planning

The Green Line Marketing Collaborative is requesting partnership from local community delegates in our efforts to activate the OnTheGreenLine.com marketing resources. Our plan is to form a body of representatives from the participating neighborhoods and districts that will provide ongoing leadership and oversight for this resource moving forward. We have recently received funding from Central Corridor Funders Collaborative to enable us to move this process forward and are now in the process of recruiting district ambassadors.

Description For Green Line Ambassadors

Each District Ambassador will work to:

Invite …

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“Welcome to the West Bank” Hospitality Package for West Bank Guests

We’re excited to announce a new opportunity for West Bank businesses!

As you might know from your own travels, a hotel concierge is an ambassador of the neighborhood. They know the “local favorites,” the best venues, and the best deals. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown to craft a West Bank hospitality pack for the concierges to have on hand for hotel guests and visitors.

This hospitality pack will include an area directory as well as an insert with discounts, deals, …

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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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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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Free Trees for Minneapolis Businesses

The City of Minneapolis is planting free trees on eligible commercial properties for the second year, and your property is a possible location for a free tree in either the spring or fall planting. Our contractor will help choose the tree and the planting location on your property. The contractor will plant the tree too. Your only obligation would be to care for the tree over the years.


In order to qualify, businesses need to

·        Pay a pollution control annual bill (a “PCAB” or pollution registration for …

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Free Mini-MBA Course!


Applications due March 11

The Minneapolis office of the US Small Business Administration is offering a free intensive training course to area businesses. A few of the past 22 Minneapolis participants include: Alexander’s Import Auto Repair, CorAzon, Gandhi Mahal, Guaranty Commercial Title, Manny’s Tortas, Mother Earth Gardens, Olu’s Home, On-Demand Group, and Saffron restaurant. The full list is online at http://tinyurl.com/MplsEntrepreneur.

WHAT: The US Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program is an intensive training initiative to accelerate growth of high …

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