An Opportunity for West Bank Businesses! Open Streets 2013

Participate in Open Streets on September 15, 2013!

West Bank Businesses have been invited to participate in this year’s Open Streets event on University and Hamline.

For more information, please check out the following:

OpenStreetsLetter.pdf – All you need to know about being a part of Open Streets and participating in the event with cost estimates (if applicable).

OpenStreetsFAQ.pdf – Information about the open streets event, how to participate and services provided by Mod & Co as the marketing support agency for the event.


Read More »

Thank U 2013 Project Request

Thank U will occur on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013. How the event works is from 11am to 1pm there is a kick- off on Northrop plaza. Then groups disperse to the areas surrounding campus and complete service projects from 1- 4pm. Thank U operates under the mission “One Community, One U” and is a day where students at the University give back to the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses for all they do during the year. This is where your help is needed!

More information about the …

Read More »

Retirement Plans for Small Businesses and the People That Own Them

A great webinar led in partnership with the West Bank’s own Lottsa Tax!


Click to Register NOW!
Retirement Plans for Small Businesses
and the People That Own Them

Webinar brought to you by

MetroIBA Education Committee and Lottsa Financial

and presented by Scott Beers, Lottsa Financial

Tuesday, June 18 9:00AM
 – 10:00AM


Join us for an overview of various workplace retirement plans that are available.
Information will include the ‘deferral’ element and the ‘employer contribution’ element.
Also learn …

Read More »

Inviting West Bank businesses to attend a business form on Minneapolis’s energy future

An opportunity for West Bank businesses to participate in a forum on the future of energy in Minneapolis as it effects local businesses.

In 2014, the City of Minneapolis’s long-term franchise agreements with Xcel Energy and Centerpoint Energy expire. The city will face the choice of whether to renew these agreements, renegotiate them, or seek an alternative way of delivering electricity and natural gas to Minneapolis businesses and residents. These decisions could impact the cost and reliability of Minneapolis energy service, financing to help businesses and …

Read More »

Free paint from Valspar Corporation!

The West Bank Business Association, in partnership with Valspar Corporation, will make free paint available for commercial projects on the West Bank from now until October 18 or until we distribute 100 gallons. Approximately 8–10 projects will be awarded paint products based on visual impact, public benefit, intended use, and benefit to those in need.

Requests can be for either interior or exterior paint and must be picked up from Valspar’s St. Paul location after approval. All color selections must be made from Valspar’s existing color line …

Read More »

The WBBA is accepting applications for two summer internships!

The West Bank Business Association is now accepting applications for two summer internships: A Communications Intern and a Festival Intern. These are great opportunities for motivated students or recent graduates to get some hands-on experience in marketing, communications, promotions, and online engagement to make a real difference in our unique urban community or to get hands-on training and experience in festival and event planning.

The deadline to submit applications for either position is June 3, 2013. More information about each position can be found below.

Communications Intern

The Communications Intern will provide valuable assistance and …

Read More »

West Bank Improvement District – notes & updates

Dear members and supporters,

Thank you for your continued involvement with the progress of the proposed West Bank Improvement District. After many years of hard work and organization, we’re excited to come to the next phase of implementation. The West Bank Improvement District steering committee will be collecting and sending in petitions to the City of Minneapolis beginning in March. If we receive 25% support by April 1, we can continue collecting petitions into April. Reaching our participation goals will enable us to have a district …

Read More »

One night, two opportunities to engage and have an impact

Don’t Pass Us By

The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit station on Cedar Avenue and trains to St. Paul will be open and running sometime next year. Light rail transit stations in other parts of the country have led to a decline in the number of immigrant and minority-owned businesses. The higher rents and increased competition that often come with light rail can make it difficult for existing businesses to stay open. This does not have to happen in Cedar Riverside. We need a community plan …

Read More »

Free business growth strategy course – apply by March 5!

For the third year, the Minneapolis office of the Small Business Administration has been selected to offer a free intensive training course to area businesses. Past year Minneapolis participants include Certus EDM, Christensen Law Office,  CorAzon, Flair Fountains, Gandhi Mahal, Guaranty Commercial Title, Harry Jensen Construction, IpHouse, kp Companies, MAG Mechanical, Mother Earth Gardens, Nelson Electric, Olu’s Home, On-Demand Group, PediaPals, Saffron restaurant, The Stratford Companies, Tri-Construction.

WHAT: E200 Emerging Leaders is an intensive training initiative to accelerate growth of high potential small businesses located in America’s cities. Developed by the U.S. …

Read More »

An Opportunity for West Bank Businesses!

The West Bank Business Association is excited to announce a great opportunity for West Bank Businesses. In partnership with the City of Minneapolis, we will be administering grants for façade improvements in 2013. If you were planning on storefront improvements – now’s the time!

Who can apply for a matching grant?

Building owners and commercial tenants (with property owner’s approval) can apply for a Great Streets façade grant if:

they are located within an eligible business district (for example, the West Bank) AND
the improvements are for a commercial …

Read More »