• January 09, 2019 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to announce that we are adding a program to recognize outstanding local business leaders in the Southwest Minneapolis area for 2019. SWBA is kicking off its awards program with a core of: 

    • Business Owner of the Year
    • Woman Owned Business Owner of the Year
    • Minority Owned Business Owner of the Year
    • Volunteer of the Year

    Criteria, deadlines and details to apply are posted at

    Questions should be directed to the SWBA Coordinator, Jessica Reinhardt, at 612-823-3472 or

  • August 15, 2018 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SWBA was successful in getting the city to adjust their sign code in a number of areas that make the code more business friendly. Watch for details in the next SWBA eNews in your inbox!

  • July 21, 2018 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Minneapolis 2040 Draft Plan Comment Period closes tomorrow (Sunday, July 22). The association has reviewed the plan, taken member comments, and is submitting a letter with recommendations, but you are encouraged to submit individual comments on areas that will impact you and your business as well. You can find the plan online at, and can submit comments using the green comment boxes on the policy pages on the site.

    SWBA Identified Policies 54, 58 and 59 as the primary areas that focus on business initiatives. We are commenting on parking, transportation, business support efforts, financial education, commercial space affordability, City generated business regulations, and City taxes/fees/assessments impacting business.

  • June 25, 2018 10:16 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SWBA is sharing a webinar opportunity to learn some techniques for implementing wage increases that can help your business grow and thrive. This webinar was prepared by the City of Minneapolis in conjunction with local and national non-profits.

     Minimum Wage: How to Implement

    Build Common Wealth

    The 7/1 Minimum Wage Increase: Tips and Tools for Implementation

    Date: June 28,PM Central
    Click Here to Register

    The new Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance goes into effect July 1. Learn how to implement this new ordinance and about simple tools you can use to boost your business by encouraging your employees’ financial stability. Tune in on June 28 at 2 pm to hear from Brian Walsh of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, Prepare + Prosper, and Commonwealth.

    Prepare + Prosper works to build financial health and provide access to high quality tax and financial services and financial coaching in the Minneapolis-St.Paul region.

    Commonwealth is a national mission-driven, non-profit organization. We collaborate with consumers, employers, the financial services industry, policy makers, and mission-driven organizations to build solutions to make people financially secure.


    Our featured speakers:

  • April 20, 2018 12:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fellow member Whitney Emanuel of Strategic Visionaries is hosting a seminar that will help you:

    • Protect your business
    • Reward your employees
    • Plan your future
    • Minimize your tax liability
    Thursday, April 26th
    3:30-5:00 pm
    3600 Minnesota Drive, St 84
    Edina, MN 55435

    612-210-5963 OR
    *Space is limited - RSVP early
  • March 02, 2018 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Weekend closure March 2-5

    I-35W will be closed south of downtown Minneapolis this weekend while crews remove the 38th Street Bridge. The closure will start at 10 p.m. Friday, March 2 and reopen by Monday, March 5. The ramps leading to I-35W will start closing at 9 p.m.

    Northbound I-35W will close from Highway 62 to I-94. Southbound will close from I-94 to 46th Street.

    The 38th Street Bridge will close at 6 a.m. Friday and will remain closed for five months while it is rebuilt.

    Detour maps are attached for the interstate closure and the 38th Street Bridge closure.


    36th Street ramp closed through 2021

        The 36th Street ramp will close at 2 a.m. Friday and will not reopen until the project is complete in 2021. We apologize for this inconvenience. I have attached a detour map.   Here is why it must remain closed :

    • During the 38th St. bridge reconstruction, there is not enough room for vehicles to safely merge from the ramp onto southbound I-35W.
    • Once I-35W freeway reconstruction work begins this summer, the number of southbound lanes will be reduced and shifted at various times while crews work for three years after the 38th St. bridge reopens. This will make it difficult for vehicles entering from 36th Street to safely merge onto I-35W south.

  • February 14, 2018 10:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Employment and Economic Development Labor Market Information

    The December issue of Minnesota Employment Review is now available.

    Retail Trade, the third largest employing industry in the metro area, is vital to the regional economy. And it's possible that Retail Trade will overtake Manufacturing as the region's second largest employing industry, if trends continue. The sector is changing. Read Retail Trade in the Twin Cities.

    Small business is the bread and butter of the state's economy. In Small Business Success, Regional Analyst Chet Bodin shows how small business was affected by the Great Recession and their prospects today.

    This month County Snapshots looks at the four K counties. Name them – and learn how to pronounce their names, too!  

    Plus, industrial and regional analysis, Minnesota economic indicators, Current Employment Statistics and Local Area Unemployment Statistics.  

    The Minnesota Employment Review, published by the LMI Office, examines labor market conditions and key economic indicators statewide.

  • January 03, 2018 11:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    During the discussions surrounding a citywide minimum wage increase, one of the key components that SWBA pushed for was good reporting and tracking of the policy's impact. The city included this requirement in its ordinance, and has hired economists with the Federal Reserve to head up the project. The team will be creating a baseline report using data from the past few years. We'll provide updates as more information becomes available. 

  • December 29, 2017 9:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For those of you employing more than 100 employees, the effective minimum wage is $10 per hour starting on January 1. Employers under the 100 employee threshold have until July 1 when a minimum wage of $10.25 per hour will be expected. Learn more on the city website at

  • August 31, 2017 1:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Following the state ruling that the city could not ban plastic bags, a revised ordinance that would require businesses to charge a minimum 5 cent fee for any bag provided to customers was presented to Council. The council opted not to approve the ordinance and has instead directed the committee to propose other measures that may help reduce the waste stream in the city.

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