MN Business Improvement Districts: Rochester Convening

Please join the Great Cities Collaborative for a presentation and tour of the Rochester Business Improvement District-BID.  Learn about the successful implementation and outcomes of the Rochester BID.

Date: December 3, 2012

Time: 8:15 am – 5:00 pm (The bus will leave promptly at 8:15 am and will return by 5:00 pm)

Location: The shuttle will leave from the Target parking lot on Hiawatha and Lake Street.  Please park on the south side of the lot nearest Lake Street.

Click here to register!


8:30-10:00 am: Travel Minneapolis-Rochester (Yes! …

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West Bank Business Association – Meeting Thursday


A reminder that our next member meeting is this coming Thursday, November 15th, 4:00pm at Augsburg. At our Strategic Planning session, many members talked about wanting to get involved, wanting to know more about membership and wanting to know when our committees are meeting and working. Many of you also had great ideas on how we can grow and improve. Thursday will be our chance to put those words and thoughts into action! I’m really looking forward to meeting with you on Thursday, to talk about …

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Center for Energy & Environment bring 401E to your business!

The Center for Energy and Environment 401(e) program will help your employees save energy in the workplace and at home using an educational workshop held over lunch. At the workshop employees will get energy saving tips and have the opportunity to sign up for a special discounted “Home Energy Squad Enhanced Visit”.*


1) Work with Ashley to schedule a lunch n’ learn for employeesat your workplace
2) CEE will provide you with flyers and an email template to helppromote the program to employees
3) CEE will conduct a FUN and INFORMATIVE …

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Sharing memories (and making new ones)

Attention Fbook & Twitter friends – We’re looking for awesome old festival photos! if you have any old photos of the first two West Bank Music Festivals – OR Cedarfest (yep!) share them and help us get some excitement going! Either tag City Pages West Bank Music Festival or use the hashtag #WestBankFest to be eligible. The winning photo will be determined by the festival planning committee and the winner will be eligible for a $50 gift certificate to any …

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Notes + Opportunities


Thanks for a great meeting yesterday!

A draft of the minutes can be found here:
The supplemental materials that were passed out can be found here:
and a rough video of the meeting for those of you that weren’t able to attend can be found here: (I put a summary of the time breakdown in the Youtube description so if you’re looking for a particular presentation, you can hop around.)


Bike Rack Opportunity
We have the opportunity to place some meter-bike-racks along Cedar. The total cost of …

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West Bank Music Fest – Coupon Book

The West Bank Business Association is excited to announce a new shopper incentive program, helping local businesses leverage the West Bank Music Festival. Please read on for more details.

What’s the deal?

Not all West Bank businesses participate in the West Bank Music Festival – but we want them ALL to benefit.

The West Bank Business Association is putting together a coupon card and booklet that will be distributed to guests of the festival. Our distribution goal is 10,000 copies.

Guests will be invited to come back to the …

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Opportunity for Small Businesses

The Minnesota Trade Office has funds available to help eligible small businesses begin exporting or increase their exports, through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Eligible small businesses may apply for reimbursement of up to $5000 for certain export development activities, such as:

Mission fees for participation in foreign trade missions
Space rental for trade show exhibitions
Services offered by the U.S. Commercial Service such as Gold Key Service
Design of international marketing products or campaigns
Translation of websites into foreign languages

More information can be found at:

Funds are limited, …

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E200 Emerging Leaders Program – Minneapolis/Saint Paul

Judy Moses passed along this opportunity for Businesses:

The SBA’s E200 program provides nine months of intensive growth strategy development to established businesses. It was offered for the first time in our area last year. Nineteen businesses participated in 2011, and the reviews were glowing.


E-200 is considered a mini-MBA type of training with the case study being the owner’s business, but it does require a major time commitment of the CEO. The eight-month program offers approximately 100 hours of combined classroom training, homework and …

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