• February 14, 2019 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Homegrown Small Business Fund - Loan Program

    The Homegrown Small Business Fund loan program provides financing and technical assistance to Minneapolis-based businesses that process, grow and manufacture food products. Loans of up to $10,000 at a 2% interest rate are available for eligible expenses, including:

    • Processing/Manufacturing (raw materials, washing and drying of produce, packaging, storage containers, labeling, equipment)
    • Distribution (leasehold improvements, approved off-site storage facilities, logistics equipment)
    • Marketing (advertising, packaging materials, branding)
    • Working Capital

  • February 14, 2019 5:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Homegrown Minneapolis Community Food Forum

    Join Homegrown Minneapolis for a dynamic evening of food systems conversations and the launch of our Minneapolis food action planning process. 

    Wednesday, April 17th | 5:00 - 7:30 pm

    5:00 - 6:00 pm Registration, reception and resource fair. 
    Light bites from Minneapolis Public Schools True Food Catering.

    6:00 - 7:30 pm
     Program and breakout sessions.
    Program to feature Mayor Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremy Schroeder, University of Minnesota Professor Anu Ramaswami, and Homegrown Minneapolis staff and Food Council members. Share your insights in breakout sessions and learn about opportunities to stay engaged. More program details to come.

    Minneapolis Public Schools Davis Center
    1250 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis

    More Information and RSVP

    Interested in tabling at the resource fair? Local partners that support our community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods are encouraged to sign up by March 15th.

  • February 08, 2019 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Any sign of spring is welcome after these past few weeks, so I’ve got some good news: the City’s low-cost trees program is back! Thanks to overwhelming popularity, the program operates by lottery, open now through March 13. About 800 Minneapolis property owners will get the opportunity to claim a 5- to 8-foot tree to plant in their yard. Large species shade trees are $30 each. Fruit trees and smaller species are $40 each. Comparable trees cost about $125 at a nursery.

    The 14 varieties available this year include large species, flowering trees and several kinds of fruit trees. Trees are available to Minneapolis residents, businesses, and nonprofits. Each address is limited to one tree (and a complimentary bag of mulch), with pickup May 18, 19 or 20. Over the past 13 years, the City Trees program has provided 14,000 trees to support our environment and build the tree canopy. Enter this spring's lottery here.

  • 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.

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