• 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.

  • May 31, 2017 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    State legislation signed by Governor Dayton yesterday prevents the city from banning plastic bags. The rule still allows the city to mandate a fee for bags distributed however. City staff have commented that there will not be any penalties issued to businesses as they sort out the best way to proceed. As soon as more information is available, SWBA will provide an update.

  • May 30, 2017 12:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    City staff presented recommendations to City Council last week regarding a city specific minimum wage ordinance, and Council has directed staff to move forward with draft language for a Minneapolis minimum wage.

    SWBA submitted a report on impact to small business and has also created a short video highlighting three local business owners who discuss how the Minneapolis specific minimum wage might impact their business. 

    See our regulatory affairs page for more details.

  • November 02, 2016 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Most members of the Southwest Business Association meet the criteria to receive Small Business Saturday marketing kits. 

    What's the catch? Most of our members meet the requirements. Kits must be ordered by November 11th.

    Request Your Kit

  • November 02, 2016 12:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are on the home stretch of construction for the 2016 season. Crews are expecting to wrap up and reopen 54th street before the end of the month. 

    Due to a heavily rainy season, crews were unable to perform sidewalk construction this year. This means we'll have to expect some closures next season as they return to complete that work. 

    SWBA has requested to have a meeting with planners and businesses to review how this project season went, and to coordinate for minimum impact during the construction project for next season. If you are a business near the affected area, please watch your email for details as that meeting is planned and scheduled.

  • October 14, 2016 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City funded research on the impact of a $15 minimum wage is complete and available to the public. President Perry and Coordinator Reinhardt attended the Committee of the Whole meeting to hear first hand the reported results from the research team. Organization leadership is working to analyze the report in preparation for discussions moving forward.

    View the report at:

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