News

  • August 22, 2019 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Aqua City Motel on Lyndale Ave S has received approval for an addition. Traffic could be impacted during construction, dates yet to be announced. SWBA will share updates as they become available.

  • August 22, 2019 3:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City of Minneapolis wants to support its small, local businesses, and has a program in place to allow businesses access to contracts from the city. They are in the process of updating the related ordinance. 

    View Updated Language

  • August 22, 2019 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City of Minneapolis is entertaining the idea of adding a food license for micro-wholesalers. The new license type would allow small local producers to lease shelf-space at local retailers for their products. This would open up retail options for small food producers that are currently too expensive through traditional licensing options. 

    Review the proposed ordinance

  • August 22, 2019 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happening Soon:

    • ·          NEW The ramp from I-35W north to 31st Street and Lake Street is closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Thursday, Aug. 29 and Sept. 3-5.

    • ·          NEW The access from I-35W north to downtown Minneapolis is closed 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 through 5 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29.

    • ·          NEW I-94 east is closed from 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 to 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30 between I-394 and I-35W.

    • ·          NEW I-94 east is closed from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 to 5 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 between I-394 and I-35W.

    • ·          NEW I-35W south is closed from 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 between I-94 and Highway 62.


  • July 31, 2019 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Over the past few weeks, SWBA has been listening to input from business members, and last week met with co-author Council Member Palmisano to discuss the proposal and share concerns. As good business owners, we're all in agreement that our employees should be paid what they earn. 

    This ordinance would expand enforcement authority of wage theft issues to the City, and adds a few more requirements, mostly surrounding notification of earned safe and sick time (ESST). Based upon conversations and our meeting, SWBA submitted written comment asking for some modifications that would ease the amount of work to implement the required record keeping changes. 

    View New State Law

    Review Ordinance Draft

    Submit Public Comment

  • July 31, 2019 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Minneapolis Parks are planning improvements to the parks in Southwest. Several meetings are scheduled in August to give you a chance to review the plans and offer feedback.

    SW Parks Plan project

  • July 15, 2019 5:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We're excited to announce that Hell Bent Fitness is offering an exclusive offer to members of SWBA. Find access to this and other additional benefits when you log-in.

  • June 28, 2019 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Minimum Wage

    Effective Now

    Minimum wage increase schedule

    The minimum wage in Minneapolis is scheduled to increase on July 1 each year through 2024. Two increase schedules are in force. The first for small employers, designated as those with 100 or fewer employees. The other for those with more than 100 employees.

    The City's Department of Civil Rights oversees enforcement of the municipal minimum wage. The city provides information on the ordinance and requirements.

    More Information


  • June 21, 2019 8:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One of the outcomes of the 2019 session is a new wage theft law with portions that impact all employers across Minnesota beginning July 1. Businesses of all sizes and locations  across the State are subject to the new law.

    One provision you need to be aware of and prepare for is a new employee noticing requirement taking effect July 1 for all new employees. In addition, employers have new requirements for information to be placed on employee earning statements, additional record keeping mandates, and clarifications relating to when employees should be paid.

    See the attached for a digest of the July 1 requirements from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. To review all your obligations under the law visit  http://www.dli.mn.gov/business/employment-practices/wage-theft-legislation-2019-and-summaries

    Please feel free to disseminate this information any and all employers. For additional information contact the Southwest Business Association at (612) 823-3472 or info@experiencesouthwest.com.

    Wage Theft Law Checklist For Requirements Beginning July 1, 2019

     New Employee Notices For All New Employees
     Additions to Information Required On Earnings Statements
     New Record Keeping Requirements
     Wage and Commission Payment Clarifications
     Non-Retaliation Provisions

    * This is not an all encompassing list of requirements and employers should review guidance from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for specific requirements at  http://www.dli.mn.gov/business/employment-practices/wage-theft-legislation-2019-and-summaries

    This summary was provided to us in partnership with the MN Retailers Association. They've put together a detailed summary for us. 

    MNRA Summary


  • May 31, 2019 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Open Streets Lyndale is this Sunday. Jessica will be walking the district to promote member offerings through the event. If you have timed activities, please email or text her the details ASAP so we can cover those for you!

    Nicollet Open Streets isn't too far away, and is the longest running Open Streets event. Please check into participation early and make the most of this event that brings thousands of visitors down our street. If you need help with planning or have questions about participation, Jessica is here to help!

    Then there are all the events in between, put on by our neighborhood associations. They will be looking for event sponsors and are usually open to requests and suggestions from local businesses. Interested in participating? Let Jessica know and she can share details about each of the neighborhood events and put you in contact with planners.

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