Midway Chamber of Commerce February 6, 2024

Avenues Newsletter

~THIS THURSDAY~ LOTL at Peking Garden 2/8

Federal Reserve ft. Ron Wirtz 2/14

Economic Development: Dawah Center 2/27

Midway Chamber Coffee Club @ Nina's Coffee Cafe 2/29

105th Annual Celebration March 2, 2024

Register Early!

LOTL @ Slice Brothers Pizza 3/7

Lunchtime Chamber Connect @ Master Noodle 3/12

Political Update & Insights ft. David Schultz 3/20

Economic Development: WareSpace 3/26

Midway Chamber Coffee Club @ Yellowbird Coffee Bar 3/28

Working with a committee is a great way to network and meet people, be involved in an issue that interests you, and learn and practice leadership skills. Below is a brief summary of each Midway Chamber Committee. View Midway Chamber Committees for all current committees and task forces.


The Ambassadors’ mission is to attract and welcome new members to the Chamber and encourage retention and their participation in Chamber activities. Ambassadors meet one-on-one with Chamber members to discuss Chamber programming and to present annual membership certificates and represent the Chamber at community functions, groundbreakings, and store openings. 


The Communications Committee helps create protocols for effective communication for the Midway Chamber, including through their website, social media, and programming. Communications will include promoting chamber events and members.

Annual Celebration 

Creates and implements the Chamber’s major fundraising event, the Annual Celebration. Primary responsibilities include soliciting silent auction donations, creating a theme for the event, handling logistics, and ensuring a smooth, successful evening. (Meets monthly September through February).

Economic Development

The Economic Development Committee encourages and guides economic development in the Midway through advocacy, policy and program development, support for existing business and recruitment of new business. The committee also hosts the annual Economic Development Summit.


The Golf Committee handles arrangements, format and details of annual golf tournament, including design of contests, solicitation of door prizes and giveaway items.

Reimagine Midway Task Force

The Reimagine Midway Task Force purpose is to determine and discover what could become of Midway as it is rebuilt with many invested community stakeholders at the table. 

If you're interested in joining or would like more information, please reach out to ana@midwaychamber.com. We appreciate your time and thank you for supporting the Midway Chamber's efforts to build a stronger Midway.

Presented by

Evening to feature:

  • Cocktail Soiree
  • Music from DJ Jae Myth
  • Music from Twin Cities Jazz Fest
  • Leadership Awards
  • Live and Silent Auction
  • Dinner
  • Afterparty at Citizen

Room Block

For those interested in staying at the hotel to extend their celebrations, a small room block has been reserved at the InterContinental at your expense. Please reserve ASAP. Be sure to mention the Midway Chamber Group rate when you call (651) 292-1900 and have your IHG One rewards ready! 


Saturday Mar 2, 2024

5:30 PM - 9:00 PM CST


InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront, an IHG Hotel 

11 E Kellogg Blvd

St Paul, MN 55101


$125 per person for members

$150 per person for non-members

$100 per person for new or nonprofit members (please contact the office for special billing)

$1200 full table (seats 8)

***Interested in purchasing a table for your company/organization? Please call the office at 651-646-2636 or email ana@midwaychamber.com.

Cancellation Policy: (please read carefully)

Cancellations should be received via formal written notice with as much advance notice as possible. Those forced to cancel at least 5 days prior to the event may choose one of these options:

  • Receive a ticket credit which can be used for future chamber events, pending chamber approval (excluding Midway on the Fairway). The cancellation credit will be valid through Feb 25, 2024.                                               

  • Choose to convert your ticket purchase to a 100% tax-deductible contribution to the Midway Chamber of Commerce.

Be Advised

~Seating preferences will NOT be accepted the week of the event~

Seating requests will be taken into consideration as a 'suggestion', but the Midway Chamber reserves the right to re-arrange as needed. 


Thank you to our Sponsors

Donate to our auction & support our efforts to bring you great content and resources!

We will recognize our donors in the following ways:  

- Item listed, including the name of your organization, on the bidding site which will be seen 4 days prior to and at the event. 

-The auction will be seen by approx. 500 people.

- Items will be displayed with the name of your organization at the event

- Receive recognition on the Midway Chamber of Commerce website

Donating is easier than ever! Simply fill out the Donation Form & submit it to ana@midwaychamber.com. Thank you for your generosity!

Donation Form

~THIS THURSDAY~ LOTL at Peking Garden

Longstanding family-owned Peking Garden is thriving in the former Mai Village location in a building shared and leased by the Hmong American Partnership (HAP). Join us in supporting a restaurant that has been a staple of our Taste! of Lunch on the Line event. 


Thursday Feb 8, 2024

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST


Peking Garden

394 University Ave W

St Paul, MN 55103


Please register to let us know you are attending! 


Federal Reserve ft. Ron Wirtz

Ron will discuss the current state of the Minnesota economy and the challenges of the present environment, along with the special role of labor force in long-term economic growth. Using an interactive survey, Ron will also gauge attendees’ sentiment regarding recent business activity, hiring demand, labor availability, inflation, outlook and other issues.


Wednesday Feb 14, 2024

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST


Carondelet Center

1890 Randolph Ave

St Paul, MN 55105


$40 members

$60 non-members

~Please inform the chamber directly if you will be using a luncheon pass for this event~

***Please note: Cancellations must be received via written notice. Substitutions are welcome or you may use your credit toward a future event per chamber approval. Reservations made within 48 hours of the event will be charged an additional $10


Thank you to our Sponsor

Economic Development: Dawah Center

Minnesota Da’wah Institute (MDI) was established February of 2007 by local Muslims from different backgrounds and professions with one goal in common; to be an asset in our community in which adequate programs and services such as religious, educational and social are provided through adhering in the principles of Islam (the Qur’an and the Sunnah). Learn more about the Center when you attend the February Economic Development event.


Tuesday Feb 27, 2024

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST


Islamic Dawah Center (Minnesota Dawah Institute)

605 Fairview Ave. N.

St Paul, MN 55104


Free, but please register to let us know you are coming for food count purposes!


Midway Chamber Coffee Club

@ Nina's Coffee Cafe


Airy indie venue with light breakfast fare plus coffees in comfy, brick-walled digs. Well known for serving the best quality food for breakfast as well as coffee along with outstanding service. This place is great for a quick cup or a relaxed visit to unwind wih both indoor and outdoor seating.


Thursday Feb 29, 2024

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST


Blair House Condominiums

165 Western Ave N

St Paul, MN 55102


Free to attend


Episcopal Homes leader Marvin Plakut to retire after 25 years

Nonprofit St. Paul Ballet Celebrates their 25th Season!

St. Paul Ballet is guided by the vision that "Every Body deserves access to beauty." Their vision speaks to the human need to express complex ideas and personal stories through dance. St. Paul Ballet's responsive approach to programming is guided by equitable access to dance education. Their classes and performances dismantle barriers to participation through resources, intentional design and representation.

They're celebrating their 25th season and working to create future leaders for another 25!

Culligan Water

As you look ahead to staffing or hiring decisions for 2024, I highly encourage you to consider tapping into the workforce of the future through the City of Saint Paul’s official youth employment and training program, Right Track. You can pledge to host Right Track interns here. Want to learn more about the program or have additional questions, contact Moua Yeng Xiong, Right Track YJ2 Program Manager, moua.xiong@ci.stpaul.mn.us. We look forward to partnering with you this summer!

Join Chamber member Jeff Perry and his flagship group Sonic Dream at Crooners Supper Club on Sunday, February 25, 5-6:30pm. Sonic Dream blends jazz, rock, soul and reggae into one cool sound while they put their unique spin on great songs from the past 70 years, spanning from Elvis to Dua Lipa. Tickets at: https://www.croonersmn.com/event/sonic-dream/ 

Save the date for the Arc Gala!

Help us with our mission to promote and protect the human rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by joining us at the 2024 Arc Gala on March 2, 2024!

The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner and program, live auction, Fund-a-Need, delectable desserts and dancing.

Thank you for your support of The Arc Minnesota!

Purchase tickets or become a sponsor

Come meet Minneapolis resident and skateboard artist Mark Rivard during a Let's Connect event on Feb. 9, 9-10 a.m., hosted by the Southwest Connector, the sister newspaper to the Midway Como Frogtown Monitor. Rivard began illustrating skateboards with Sharpie markers in the early 2000s. That led to an international endorsement campaign with Sharpie in 2011. A year later, he launched Do Rad Things, an active lifestyle brand, educational platform, and way of life. He has been inspiring others and doing rad things ever since.

When: Friday, Feb. 9, 9-10 a.m.

Where: Everett & Charlie art gallery (in Linden Hills)

2720 West 43rd Street #103, Minneapolis, MN 55410

What: Conversation with artist Mark Rivard, followed by Q&A with audience 

The Southwest Connector's "Let's Connect" community speaker series celebrates great locals doing great things in the world. 

*The Southwest Connector is part of TMC Publications, which publishes two other Twin Cities newspapers: Midway Como Frogtown Monitor and Longfellow Nokomis Messenger. Tesha Christensen owns and runs all three papers with TMC Publications.

First Let's Connect Recap

*Our first Let's Connect was Dec. 1 with Marissa Bader, a children's book author who lives in Linden Hills. 

*Video of our conversation with Marissa

Are you interested in being a sponsor or speaker?

Sponsorship rates:

Per event

Presenting — $3,000 (one available for each event) 

Supporting — $1,750 per event 

Building — $850 per event 

Community — $500 per event 

Connector — $150 per event 

Annual packages

Hero - $35,000 annual cost

Legend — $20,000 annual cost

Gold — $10,000 annual cost

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We’re looking for volunteer guest speakers to visit a classroom for about an hour to share their knowledge and experience related to their career path. Career Speakers introduce themselves and their jobs in a short presentation, and then meet with small groups of students to dive deeper into their career story.

View upcoming dates and sign-up directly:

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