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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Reminder – WBBA Annual Planning meeting – This Thursday!

Hello West Bank friends,

A reminder that the WBBA’s annual meeting and planning session is this THURSDAY September 3, 3pm-5pm at Augsburg’s Oren Gateway. We’ll begin the meeting promptly at 3pm, and an agenda is below.

Looking forward to seeing most of you there!

-Jamie

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We encourage you to do a little googling or refer to your memory about other districts and neighborhood you’ve been impressed by and have enjoyed. What did you notice about them?

Some helpful resources to look at in preparation for Thursday’s conversation.
Other area business nodes / …

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Business Survey, West Bank Ride & West Bank Crawl!

Hello awesome West Bank friends,

 

A few updates, announcements and reminders for you below.

Business Priorities Survey – deadline extended – please respond ASAP

Please take 5-10 minutes to let us know what your priorities are for the upcoming year, and what you hope the WBBA’s priorities will be. This will both help save time during our planning session as well as make sure many businesses voices are heard as we plan our course for the next few years.

You and/or others in your business are welcome to participate. …

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West Bank Music Festival Updates

Hello friends,

Apologies for the delay in sending out this summary and notification. As you may be aware, the third weekend in August (this approaching weekend) is when the West Bank Music Festival would traditionally be held.

Due several factors such as the upcoming construction along Cedar Ave, the consequences construction would have on the logistics and expense of a festival, the mixed financial success of last year’s event, and the lack of sponsorship/venue interest in a …

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Reminder – Cedar Ave construction starting soon!

Hello West Bank business friends!Sending out another reminder that Cedar Ave construction will be starting SOON! (Mid to late August.) Please see the notice from the city below. The WBBA is doing outreach from business to business, but it takes a village – Please spread the word about this construction to your neighbors as well. While the updates will be a great asset to the neighborhood, we’ll need to get through this construction period and are hoping to do this with as little disruption to business as possible. The City will …

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We live here, work here, and learn here – Please help keep our neighborhood clean!

We live here, work here, and learn here – Please help keep our neighborhood clean!

Hello West Bank friends,

As part of our upcoming cleanup, we will also be launching a graffiti prevention and awareness campaign. We worked with local artist Kevin Cannon to design a series of educational flyers, which we then had translated into Oromo, Somali, Korean, Hmong and Spanish. Flyers will be available for pickup from the WBBA – or you can download them here:

You can download print-ready versions of all the fliers here:

We Live Here – English (pdf)
We Live Here – Somali (pdf)
We Live Here – …

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