• July 23, 2016 1:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The activist group Vote 15 Now has submitted a petition to City Council asking that it put a measure on the ballot next election day that would place a mandated $15 minimum wage within the city's charter. Below is the specific language of the petition:

    1.                    Amend Charter Article IV, City Council, § 4.1, Function, by adding a new paragraph (g), Minimum Wage, which shall read as follows:

    (g) Minimum Wage. The City of Minneapolis is dedicated to improving its residents’ quality of life. Income inequality, low wages, and a high cost of living relative to other parts of the state are serious economic and social problems facing the City. Many City residents work long hours but cannot afford housing, food, medical care, and other basic necessities. The City has an interest in promoting the health, safety, and welfare of workers, their families, and their communities by ensuring they can support themselves through work. When workers in the City earn decent wages, such wages can also boost the local economy. Therefore, the City chooses to establish a minimum wage to better enable workers to afford the minimum necessities. This minimum wage will be phased in gradually.

                    (1) Definitions. Terms used in this section 4.1(g) have the same meaning as in the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act except as modified herein.

                                    (A) For the purposes of subsection (2) of this section 4.1(g), the number of employees employed by an employer includes the total number of employees (full-time or part-time) working for the employer anywhere in the United States, including, in the case where the employer is a franchisee, all employees employed by other franchisees of the same franchisor.

                                    (B) “Cost of living” shall be measured by the percentage increase, if any, of the non-seasonally adjusted consumer price index (Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, U.S. City Average for all items) or its successor index as published by the U.S. Department of Labor or its successor agency, for the most recent 12-month period for which data is available at the time the cost of living adjustment is calculated.

                    (2) Minimum Wage.

                                    (A) Employers with 500 or more employees shall pay each employee expected to work 25 or more hours in a calendar year within the geographic boundaries of the City for each hour worked within the geographic boundaries of the City an hourly minimum wage of no less than:

                                                    (I) Starting August 1, 2017: $10.00,

                                                    (II) Starting August 1, 2018: $11.75,

                                                    (III) Starting August 1, 2019: $13.50,

                                                    (IV) Starting August 1, 2020: $15.00,

                                                    (V) Starting August 1, 2021, and each August 1 thereafter, the hourly minimum wage shall be adjusted to keep pace with the rising cost of living.

                                    (B) Employers with fewer than 500 employees shall pay each employee expected to work 25 or more hours in a calendar year within the geographic boundaries of the City for each hour worked within the geographic boundaries of the City an hourly minimum wage of no less than:

                                                    (I) Starting August 1, 2017: $10.00,

                                                    (II) Starting August 1, 2018: $11.00,

                                                    (III) Starting August 1, 2019: $12.00,

                                                    (IV) Starting August 1, 2020: $13.00,

                                                    (V) Starting August 1, 2021, $14.00,

                                                    (VI) Starting August 1, 2022: $15.00,

                                                    (VII) Starting August 1, 2023, and each August 1 thereafter, the hourly minimum wage will not be less than the minimum wage set by subsection (2)(A)(V) of this section 4.1(g).

                                    (C) Gratuities not applied. No employer may directly or indirectly credit, apply, or utilize gratuities towards payment of the minimum wage set by this section 4.1(g).

                                    (D) Sharing of gratuities. The Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act will govern the sharing of gratuities under this section 4.1(g).

                    (3) Interpretation. Nothing in this charter shall discourage or prohibit ordinances, rules, or policies providing for higher or supplemental wages or benefits or extending such protections to persons not covered by this section 4.1(g). Case law and standards developed under the Minnesota Fair Labor Standards Act shall guide the construction of this section 4.1(g) and any implementing ordinances or rules.

                    (4) Enforcement. The City shall enforce this section 4.1(g) and any implementing ordinances or rules. Where an employee or person has been paid less than the hourly minimum wage required under this section 4.1(g), or been subject to any other violation of their rights under this section 4.1(g) or implementing ordinances or rules, including, but not limited to, retaliation for asserting or attempting to assert their rights, the employee or person may bring an administrative complaint with the City, or the employee, person, or City may bring a civil action in a court of competent jurisdiction, and, upon prevailing in either proceeding, shall be awarded the full amount of any back wages unlawfully withheld and an additional two times that amount as damages together with reasonable attorney’s fees and costs, as well as interest on all amounts due and unpaid, and may be awarded an administrative penalty and any additional appropriate legal or equitable relief. Implementing legislation is not required to enforce this section 4.1(g). The City shall enact penalties designed to effectively deter violations of this section 4.1(g), including, but not limited to, penalties that will increase for repeat offenses and will deter employers from engaging in any form of retaliation against persons asserting or attempting to assert rights under this section 4.1(g).

                    (5) Public Outreach and Education. The City shall implement multilingual and culturally-specific outreach and education programs, including collaboration with and grants to community organizations, to educate employees regarding rights under this section 4.1(g) and any implementing ordinances or rules, or to provide assistance or support to employees or the City in filing and resolving complaints or pursuing other enforcement actions.

                    (6) Severability. If any portion of this section 4.1(g) is held invalid, in whole or in part, or in its application, by a court of competent jurisdiction, such portion or application shall be severable, and such invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications of this section 4.1(g).

  • May 31, 2016 12:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Small businesses are often those who open shop in older buildings that don't meet today's ADA standards. With that, more prevalent in recent years, has been a string of ADA lawsuits demanding that businesses perform huge amounts of work to their properties in order to remain open.

    There's some good news on the horizon though. The Minnesota legislature has passed a bill making frivolous law suits tougher to file, an effort to help protect our vibrant small business communities. Read more at:

  • May 28, 2016 9:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday morning, Minneapolis City Council unanimously voted to approve the sick and safe time ordinance. SWBA leadership worked hard to advocate on your behalf, and we thank each and every one of you who took time out of your busy schedules over the past several months to provide information and insight to us and the council. Watch for an FAQ on what this new ordinance will mean for small businesses to come out soon.

  • April 16, 2016 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Managing Your Growth ModeWednesday, April 20th
    7:30 - 9:00 AM
    Hamline University

    This Business Owner Seminar Series discusses managing cash, credit, and capital while your business experiences growth. Ask questions in an open format and leave with concrete actions for better managing this phase.

  • April 12, 2016 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The state is considering the formation of a Small Business Bureau to assist small businesses by serving as a clearinghouse, technical assistance center, and referral service for information and other assistance needed by small businesses including small targeted group businesses and small businesses located in an economically disadvantaged area.

  • April 12, 2016 12:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City of Minneapolis values both a strong business community and a cleaner environment. The Green Business Matching Grant Program acts on this value by investing in businesses that reduce pollution in Minneapolis creating a healthier place to live, work, and play.

    Applications are due at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016.

  • January 13, 2016 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Small Business Listening Session

    Thursday, January 14 
    Bryant-Lake Bowl
    810 W Lake St
    Join the small business listening session tomorrow to share your thoughts on a city governed sick time policy. Association staff and leadership will be present to monitor and report back, but it is critical for city officials and Workplace Regulations Partnership members to hear from multiple business owners to ensure they are considering the intricacies of running a small business in relation to this matter.
  • December 18, 2015 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Remember Working Families Agenda from this fall? The city is no longer seeking to implement the full proposal. They are continuing the discussion on paid sick leave however. They've formed the Workplace Regulations Partnership, and the group has begun to meet. 

    The association is closely monitoring the actions and discussions of the Partnership, and will be reaching out to you soon for feedback.

  • September 30, 2015 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the City Council rolls out information on their Working Families Agenda proposal, many businesses have questions and concerns with the methods proposed. SWBA is hosting a meeting tomorrow morning for you to voice your concerns, and encourages all to attend. We also highly encourage you to attend as many of the meetings scheduled as possible:

    Palmisano/Johnson/Quincy meeting

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015
    66:30-7:30 PM
    Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ (106 E Diamond Lake Rd)

    SWBA Meeting with Glidden

    Thursday, October 1, 2015
    10 - 11:30 AM
    City Church Commons Room
    1501 W 54th S

    Ward 13, Palmisano Meeting

    Tuesday October 6, 2015
    3-4 PM
    Lake Harriet Spiritual Community (4401 S Upton Ave.)
    Council Member Linea Palmisano hosting.

    Longfellow and Lake Street Council Mtg

    Thursday, October 8, 2015
    8:30 - 9:30 AM
    U.S. Bank (2800 E Lake St, 55406)
    Council Member Andrew Johnson will be speaking.

    MPLSWorks Workers Forum Meeting

    Thursday, October 1, 2015
    6:30 PM
    Central Area Neighborhood Development Assn (3736 Chicago Ave S)
    Council Members Bender, Cano and Glidden,

    Lyndale Business Association Meeting

    Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    12-1 PM
    Fifth Precinct Police Department (3101 Nicollet Ave)

  • September 02, 2015 10:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Introducing the Southwest Business Association

    The Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association would like to introduce you to our new name. Taking a cue from our expanded service area and our popular “Experience Southwest” brand, the organization is excited to announce its new name: the Southwest Business Association.

    Those of us who call Southwest Minneapolis home are proud of our neighborhoods. We are drawn to this area for a couple of key reasons, one of which is the healthy and vibrant independently owned small shops and restaurants that flourish in small pockets throughout our area. These businesses are owned by our fellow neighbors and employ Minneapolitans, and if you frequent them you likely have met and built a relationship with the owner. They support our local schools and communities because they are a part of them. They help define our walkable and bikeable neighborhoods. Our local businesses are as much an amenity as are our public parks.

    This vibrant and healthy small business economy didn’t just happen organically or by chance. Beginning in 2006, a group of local business owners had a vision to improve our local business districts and formed the Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association. This group of businesses originally resided on or near Nicollet Avenue in the East Harriet Farmstead neighborhood. Their combined effort, along with grants from the City of Minneapolis’ Great Streets program, made a vast difference in the community changing corners such as 38th and Nicollet into local and regional destinations.

    As the years have gone on, the Association has grown to take on larger issues, significantly expanded its service area and assisted businesses from the much broader Southwest Minneapolis area with over 200 business members. Association leadership recognized that a change in name was needed in order to more accurately reflect its members and purpose. We are pleased to announce the Nicollet-East Harriet Business Association will now be known as the Southwest Business Association.

    Neighbors will still find our local event and business listings at Businesses and other individuals interested in learning more about Association initiatives can click on “members” at, visit directly, or email staff at Phone and address remain the same.

    Southwest Business Association

    PO Box 8932
    Minneapolis, MN 55408

Copyright Southwest Business Association

Southwest Business Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. Minnesota , P.O. Box 8932, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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