2019 West Bank Night Market

Hello West Bank Businesses,

We invite you to join us for this year’s West Bank Night Market!

Last year’s market drew hundreds of people to the neighborhood for art, food, and music.

Held Saturdays July 6 – August 24 from 5pm-10pm, this year’s night market will be a way for the neighborhood to take a dark, empty lot and fill it with fun and light.

An added benefit: during the weekend of the night market last year, crime for the neighborhood was reduced! Let’s bring some more positive and …

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Marketing Bites: What Is Marketing?

What is Marketing?

If you want to grow your business marketing is a must. Often misunderstood as simply advertising, marketing is everything that goes into putting the right product, at the right place, at the right time for the customer to buy.

If marketing is a wheel then advertising is just one spoke of that wheel. Marketing can look like:

Advertising on a billboard.Surveying your customers.Creating a website.Posting on social media.Researching consumer trends.Sending thank you gifts to your ten best clients.Adding your company to online directories.

All of …

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WBBA is hiring a Marketing & Communications Manager

Reports to: Executive Director

Primary Functions:

The marketing and communications manager will work with the Executive Director to execute the West Bank Business Association’s outreach, communications, and program services to benefit area businesses as well as guests to the West Bank.

Principal Duties:

Outreach

Work with the Executive Director to communicate opportunities to area businessesCreate area newsletters highlighting activity on the West BankTranslate and/or work with translator to make information more accessible

Social Media and Website

Create and schedule social media content Help maintain content on the …

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Dirty Sidewalks = Fewer Customers. Take the shiny sidewalks pledge!

Join your fellow West Bank Businesses as we make Cedar Ave cleaner and greener.

What You Can Do:

Sweep your sidewalk daily, and pressure-wash spills so they don’t set in the concrete.
Remove graffiti within 24 hours. We can supply you with graffiti wipes for free!
Adopt a trash can and ash receptacle from the city of Minneapolis. These sturdy containers are FREE to you if you take care of the removal yourself!
Take the “Shiny Sidewalks and Storefronts” pledge! Our goal is to collect pledges from 25 businesses this …

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Ross West Bank Pharmacy: Local, family-owned health services on the West Bank

Ross West Bank Pharmacy: Local, family-owned health services on the West Bank

The West Bank is home to almost 200 businesses, over 90% of which are still small, locally owned – including one of the last locally owned and independently operated pharmacies!

We connected with Ross West Bank Pharmacy, hoping to highlight their unique location amidst a sea of corporate chains. They are truly a community hub: connected to a Minute Clinic for fast and affordable urgent care services, they also provide the West Bank with notary services!

We highlighted Ross West Pharmacy with a series of ads in …

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West Bank Vision

Join us for the annual West Bank Vision!

Every year we host a conversation intended to shape the future of the West Bank district. This year, we’ll be focusing on: BUSINESS.

Learn about what resources the WBBA and City of Minneapolis has to support this incredible cultural district – where 90%+ of businesses are still locally owned and operated. We’ll have snacks, city representatives, and information about available resources – all to help YOU!

We’ll also have concept artwork from artists for some of the proposed installations on Cedar Ave so …

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The Southern Theater: Transition, change, and working with an organization in flux

The Southern Theater: Transition, change, and working with an organization in flux

The historic arch lights of the Southern Theater

One in four businesses on the West Bank is a nonprofit organization, among which are our cornerstone venues: The Cedar Cultural Center, Mixed Blood Theatre, Theatre in the Round, and The Southern Theater.

Specialized business structures, nonprofits of course have a special set of needs as well. This was especially the case with The Southern, a historic venue on the edge of the West Bank district. While they went through a major transition in 2008, The Southern was back …

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Malabari Kitchen – photos so flavorful you can taste them!

Malabari Kitchen – photos so flavorful you can taste them!

Malabari Kitchen

Sometimes our client service projects kick off organically – as it did with Malabari Kitchen. WBBA staff often frequents West Bank restaurants – with such tasty options, how could we not?

While out for lunch one day at Malabari Kitchen, the owner Biju asked if we could recommend anybody to help with some photography. He’s a talented photographer himself, but lacked the time and equipment to capture photos-especially in instances where he was doing the prep work himself. So, WBBA staff came in to help! …

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The Wienery – Video and Marketing Assistance

The Wienery – Video and Marketing Assistance

The Wienery – Video and Marketing Assistance

Pat serving up lunch

 

The Wienery, one of our long-time anchor small businesses, is a success story of our combined programs and marketing assistance. The had recently adjusted their hours to a more sustainable time frame (Sun-Th 11-3, Fri-Sat 11-8). Trouble was, a lot of their regulars were used to their old hours, and they were looking for the best way to notify them.

The West Bank Business Association worked with Wienery staff to craft a …

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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?

Join …

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