News

  • September 12, 2019 2:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City is making progress on its plans for reconstructing Grand Ave. In an effort to take into account public opinion and needs, they've developed a survey to collect input. We encourage impacted businesses to respond: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/cip/futureprojects/grand-ave-s

  • September 12, 2019 2:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SWBA has a number of tools to help business owners share information and ideas. Here in the members only section you can find a variety of forums and topics for member access. 

    If you're more of a Facebook kind of person, we can help you connect there too. Find SWBAmpls on Facebook. Any Minneapolis business owner is welcome to join the Southwest Crime Watch group, and members may join the SWBA Members group.

    The Crime Watch group is a new tool to help businesses share information about incidents and suspects in the area. With more information, we can all be more aware and prepared to prevent future incidents. If you have questions on how to join, reach out to our coordinator at Jessica@experiencesouthwest.com

  • August 28, 2019 11:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    35W Changes coming up:

    The ramp from I-35W north to 31st Street and Lake Street is closed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Thursday, Aug. 29 and Friday, Aug. 30

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

    The ramp from I-35W north to Lake Street/31st Street is closed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Sept. 9-11.


  • August 27, 2019 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
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    Health inspection reports going online

    Soon you will be able to see health inspection reports online for Minneapolis licensed food businesses. Routine and follow-up reports will be available for the current year and three prior years. Our goal is for reports to be online by the end of the year. 

    Minneapolis Environmental Health invites you to a community meeting to:

    • Learn more about online health inspection reports
    • See a sample report 
    • Ask questions
    • Give your input

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 
    9:30 to 10:30 a.m. 
    Eastside Neighborhood Services 
    1700 2nd Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

    You can send your comments to the Health Department by email at health@minneapolismn.gov. Include "online inspection reports" in your subject line. Or, call the Health Department at 612-673-2300.

    Visit www.minneapolismn.gov/FLP for more information. 


  • August 22, 2019 3:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City is hosting Welcoming Week next month. If you are interested in participating, and need help connecting with city planners, please reach out to Jessica at jessica@experiencesouthwest.com

    Welcoming Week Celebration is September 20

    Map of the US with the word welcome overlaid for Welcoming Week 2018

    This year's Welcoming Week Celebrationwill be on September 20, 2019 from 2-6:30 p.m. at Powderhorn Park in partnership with Wellstone International School. The Welcoming Week Celebration is a great opportunity to learn how the City works to ensure that Minneapolis is a welcoming place, to find out how you can support your neighbors and to celebrate immigrant and refugee stories.

    Past years have had music, traditional dance, pick-up soccer and lots of fun activities for families. Watch last year's video here.

    If your organization is interested in tabling at this event, please leave us your information here.


  • 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

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