Midway Avenues Newsletter January 19, 2016
Nominate for Leadership Awards by Friday!
It's time once again to make nominations for the Midway Chamber's annual Leadership Awards. Finalists will be announced prior to the Annual Celebration, with winners revealed that night. Nominations are due Friday, January 22.

Nominate A Fellow Member Today!
-Must be current members of the Midway Chamber of Commerce.
-Contributes and promotes the economic growth, stability and improvement of the area which the Chamber serves.
-Not have won an Award in the past 3 years.
-Excel in an individual category:   Large Business, Small Business, Nonprofit, Volunteer and Rookie of the Year

2015 Leadership Award Recipients:

Large Business of the Year: American Engineering Testing, Inc.

Small Business of the Year: Fenske Law Office

Non Profit of the Year: Episcopal Homes

Volunteer of the Year: Jamison Randall, Latuff Brothers Auto Body

Rookie of the Year: Turf Club

Prof. David Schultz and Legislative Panel

Wednesday, January 20
Hamline University
774 Snelling Ave. N. 
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Anderson Student Center Room 111/112

9:30- 10 am- Registration
10-11:30 a.m.- Legislative Panel 
11:30 a.m.- Noon- Luncheon registration and networking
Noon-1 p.m. Lunch with Professor David Schultz

What issues are important to you and your organization in 2016? Before session begins, hear from Saint Paul legislators on their priorities and tell them how they can help build a stronger Midway.

Confirmed officials: Sen. Foung Hawj, Sen. John Hoffman, , Sen. John Marty, Sen. Sandy Pappas Rep. Alice Hausman, Rep. John Lesch, Rep. Rena Moran, Rep. Erin Murphy, Rep. Dave Pinto

The Chamber learned late last week Sen. Norm Coleman's schedule changed and would no longer be able to attend this week's event. We are thankful Hamline Professor David Schultz is now our keynote. Professor Schultz is nationally known for his expertise in political science. On Wednesday he will present "A Political Junkie's Guide to the 2016 Elections: What it Means for Minnesota."

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New Faces, New Places
Marco recently announced the following promotions:
Eric Casteel was promoted to Senior Director of IT Sales. Casteel has been with Marco for 14 years and has 22 years of industry experience. Casteel will be responsible for Marco's IT sales initiatives and strategies. Casteel is based in the St. Louis Park location.

Pat Haney was promoted to Director of Major Accounts. Haney has been
with Marco for four years and has 22 years of industry experience.  Haney's responsibilities include leading Marco's Major Account Sales Team. Haney is based out of the St. Louis Park location. 

Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ PA (MUCR) is pleased to announce the following promotions, effective January 1, 2016:
Reid Olson               Senior Accountant
Brett Portner-Kuhlow Senior Accountant
Michael Vandinburg   Senior Accountant
Tyler Anderson          Supervisor
Trent Senske            Supervisor
Ruth Lott                  Manager
Luke Roessler           Officer
Luke Roessler is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He started with MUCR as an intern in 2007, and has been with the firm for 9 years.  

Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen Russ PA (MUCR) is pleased to announce two partner promotions. Effective January 1, 2016. Lance Brock and Tom Johnson will be admitted as shareholders.
Lance Brock started with MUCR in 2003. He is a CPA and a member of the Audit department and our Marketing Committee. Lance is a graduate of Dakota County Leadership Academy and has attended the AICPA Emerging Partner Training Forum.
Tom Johnson joined MUCR in 2006. He is a CPA and a member of the Tax Credit department and our Office Space Committee. Tom is a graduate of Leadership Twin Cities and has attended the AICPA Emerging Partner Training Forum.  

Auction Items Needed by Friday!
Want to gain your visibility and help the Midway Chamber at the same time? Donate an item to the Annual Celebration's silent auction! Donors are recognized in the following ways:
  • Item listed on the electronic bidding site, which will be seen prior to and at the event
  • Your organization's name & donated item will be listed in the printed program given to all of our guests
  • Item displayed with business name at the event
  • Recognition on the Midway Chamber website
 Donating an item is easy. Fill out this form and send it to beth@midwaychamber.com by Friday, January 22. 

With new brand and services, Block Advisors reopens 
Block Advisors, formerly H&R Block, expanded into its new space at 1600 Spruce Tree. Included in the expansion is the rebrand to Block Advisors to reflect a more full portfolio of services- a new tax and business service where clients will have a personal relationship with their tax pro all year backed by the support and resources of the nation's leading tax experts. Chamber Ambassadors were on hand to cut the ribbon last Thursday.

 Economic Development Committee- January 26  
The next Economic Development Committee will be held Tuesday, January 26 at the Griggs Midway Building second floor conference room, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Learn about new projects occurring in our community and network with other Midway Chamber members. Click here to RSVP.   

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Mai Village
 394 University Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Thurs, January 21

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FEBRUARY 20, 2016
Registration Today!!

 The events committee has been busy finalizing details for February 20, which will include the Brazilian theme of Carnivale. See above for award nominations.  

Join us for 2016's Annual Celebration.  This year we will host our largest fundraiser of the year at the newly renovated Intercontinental Hotel. 

Carnivale: Annual Celebration of Merriment and Music 
will feature:

-2016's Leadership Awards

-A street fair

-Music from "Ticket to Brasil"

-Dance performances

-Electronic Auction

-Live Auction

- Cocktail reception & dinner

& more 


You don't want to miss this great evening of fun!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

5:30 - Social Hour, Auction & Street Performances
featuring: "Ticket to Brasil"
7:30- Dinner & Leadership Awards
11 Kellogg Blvd E., Saint Paul

$120/ticket, call for tables
$85 Non-Profit rate 
$60 New member rate

Nominate for Sustainable Saint Paul award
Mayor Chris Coleman and the Saint Paul City Council are encouraging individuals, businesses and organizations to submit nominations for the 2016 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards, which honor the work being done to protect and restore the environment in Saint Paul. Nominations are due Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Individuals, businesses and organizations may nominate others or themselves. Award categories include:
  • Clean-up or Beautification
  • Energy Efficiency or Conservation
  • Environmental Education
  • Exceptional Environmental Steward
  • Green Building Design
  • Green Products or Practices
  • Local, Healthy Food
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Sustainable City Staff
  • Transportation Innovations
  • Waste Reduction, Composting or Recycling
  • Water Quality or Conservation
  • Youth Leadership Award-18 years and under
Nomination forms are available at stpaul.gov/sustainableawards. Forms can be completed online or downloaded and emailed to Ana Vang at ana.vang@ci.stpaul.mn.us. Forms can also be mailed to: 
2016 Sustainable Saint Paul Awards Mayor's Office
390 City Hall 15 West Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Award winners will be selected by a subgroup of the City's Sustainable Saint Paul Team, an interdepartmental team of City staff who work on supporting the urban environment. Winners will be contacted late March 2016, and will be invited to participate in an awards ceremony with Mayor Chris Coleman and the Saint Paul City Council on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at 3:30 pm. For more information about Mayor Coleman's Sustainable Saint Paul initiative, visit www.stpaul.gov/sustainability.

Midway YMCA Ribbon Cutting
The much anticipated reopening of the Midway YMCA has occurred. Help officially open the space with a ribbon cutting featuring the Midway and Saint Paul Area Chambers. 

When: Wednesday, February 10
10-10:45 a.m. Tour
11-11:30 a.m. Ribbon Cutting
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Open House

Location: Midway YMCA, 1761 University Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55104

To RSVP, click here


Jan 31 Winter Jazz Fest Lineup Announced
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival has booked all four Winter Jazz Festival stages at The Saint Paul Hotel. The event will showcase local and nationally-known jazz musicians beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2016. Cyrus Chestnut will join Jazz Fest's Artistic Director Francisco Mela and Gerald Cannon as headliners at 6:45 p.m. in the Hotel's Ballroom. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets. 


On The Green Line Meetings
The launch of the Green Line came with some heavy marketing- directories, websites, bus stop ads & more. But what's happening now? How can you harness the Green Line marketing tools to serve your district? Conversations will be held in the neighborhoods along the line to determine next steps and discuss resources. The Midway district met January 6, but there are still other opportunities to get your voice heard.

To RSVP to a meeting, email chad@midwaychamber.com

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Ally People Solutins:  University Avenue Clean Team   Associated Bank   Bywater Business Solutions  FastSigns Roseville   Hubbard Broadcasting Inc.  

Ideal Printers   Mintahoe Catering & Events   Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ, P.A.

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