Midway Avenues Newsletter February 16, 2016

FEBRUARY 20, 2016
  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  

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*
*Please contact the Chamber to take advantage of this offer.

Register for the Silent Auction!

You can BID before the event.  Not attending the celebration?  You can STILL bid!  Click on the above link &  start bidding today!


Meritage, The Commodore, Mancini's Char House, Groundswell, 
Caffe Biaggio, Skinner's Pub & Eatery, W.A. Frost

Midland Hills, Como, Oak Marsh

Summit, Surly,Insight, Burning Brothers, Urban Growler, Tin Whiskers & Lake Monster Brewing

We have over 90 items for you to look at 
&  bid on.
Midway YMCA Ribbon Cutting
Thanks to the many who participated in the Midway YMCA ribbon cutting last Wednesday! Several chamber members were on hand, as well as many community leaders. Located at 1761 University Avenue, the "new Y" is now fully open and offers many new amenities. Click here to learn more about the location.



February Membership Meeting: Mark Henneman: Investing in Minnesota
Mairs & Power's Mark Henneman will provide a case study informing how a regional economy can create an opportunity-rich landscape for investors. With the state of Minnesota as our example, he will delve into how a regional business culture with a self-reinforcing robust business climate evolves over time and what the drivers are for that development. We will also examine the importance of diversity across sectors, as well as the impacts of cross fertilization of ideas and talents. 

Finalists for the Midway Chamber's Leadership Awards will also be recognized!

Wednesday, February 17
11:30 -1 pm
Carondelet Center
1890 Randolph Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55105


Thanks to our sponsors:
St.Paul Port Authority Logo   

864 University Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Thursday, February 18

  Presented By: 
 Seven Corners Printing Logo

Introducing Nonprofit of the Month
Beginning in February, the Midway Chamber is partnering with Hiway Federal Credit Union and will name a Nonprofit of the Month.The award will go to a deserving nonprofit member, who has made notable contributions to our community and has seen its own success. Each month, the Hiway Federal Credit Union Nonprofit of the Month will be announced at the monthly membership meeting, and profiled on the Chamber website, Avenues newsletter and social media. More information on the program will be announced in next week's issue. Thank you to Hiway Federal Credit Union for sponsoring this program.

Let the City of Saint Paul know what you think about Sick and Safe Time
The city is engaging the community to discuss the possibility of extending earned sick and safe time to all employees in Saint Paul. Earned sick and safe time refers to accrued hours of paid leave provided by an employer to their employees to address personal and family health and safety needs. To help the city shape an earned sick and safe time policy, individuals are encouraged to answer a four question survey. Click here to take the survey. You can also learn more about Sick and Safe time at the next Economic Development Committee meeting February 23. 

Learn about Sick and Safe Time at Economic Development Committee at new Senate Building Feb 23 
This month's Economic Development Committee will be held in the new Minnesota Senate Building- 95 University Ave. Among agenda items will be a discussion with Saint Paul City Council President Russ Stark on the Sick and Safe Time legislation proposed in Saint Paul.

The Economic Development Committee encourages and guides economic development in the Midway through advocacy, policy and program development, support for existing businesses and recruitment of new businesses. The Economic Development Committee meets the 4th Tuesday of the month (unless otherwise noted) at 11:30 a.m. at rotating locations throughout the Midway area.  

Click here to register.

St.Paul Port Authority Logo

Business After Hours: Honoring Chief Tom Smith
The next Midway Chamber Business After Hours will honor retiring Saint Paul Police Chief Tom Smith. Business After Hours is a way to network with fellow chamber members in a social atmosphere. Join us March 10 to see old friends, meet new friends, and honor former Midway Chamber board member Chief Smith.

Thursday, March 10
4-6 p.m.
O'Gara's Bar & Grill
164 Snelling Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104



Member News

Car2Go begins service at airport


Check out this great deal from Comcast!

Offer expires February 21, 2016

Visit Saint Paul announces Media Series 

Visit Saint Paul has announced The Media Series. See the content for 2016, including the first event February 17. Click here to register for the Media Series. 

Media Panel 
February 17 | 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at Union Depot
Marketing people, this one's for you: we'll gain insight from four tried-and-true media professionals to learn how businesses use public relations, how to work with media, successful tactics, what makes a great story and more. Panelists: Beth Blair - Travel and Lifestyle Writer; Jim Walsh - Star Tribune Staff Writer, emphasis on Saint Paul; Todd Walker - Fox 9 Reporter, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Columnist, Pioneer Press Columnist; and Quinton Skinner - Senior Editor, Minnesota Monthly.

Maximizing Video Content
March 8 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Minnesota History Center

Use your smartphone to create video content! Learn from Emmy award winning producer/editor/director Erica Hanna, founder of Puke Rainbows Creative, as she shares important knowledge to help you hit the ground running with video creation that fits your brand. You'll even have some time afterward to network and check out the Saint Paul Hello event happening at the History Center immediately following this workshop.

Social Media with the Pros
April 13 | 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | Surly Brewing

If you're in charge of social media marketing, join us to hear from some local influencers that are doing it right. The Minnesota Wild, Mall of America, and Explore MN will show us case studies and tactics that work, then we'll break out and get creative about collaboration and discovery. Bring your thinking cap and come with questions!

Register for all three and save!
Visit Saint Paul member pricing: $25 per event or $60 for all three
Non-members: $35 per event or $90 for all three


Thursday, February 25, 2016
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Join Como Friends for Bouquets, a festive fundraiser in the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and Como Visitor Center.

Sample more than 100 specially-selected wines, taste craft beers, savor delectable
hors d'oeuvres and sweets, listen to live music, bid on fantastic silent auction items and get a glimpse of the gorgeous Sunken Garden Winter Flower Show!

Tickets are $60 per person 

You must be 21 years of age or older to attend Bouquets.
(IDs are required.) Tickets are non-refundable.


As part of its continuing effort to promote professional development and career advancement among emerging leaders, Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures, in support of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, is pleased to announce the National Leadership Development Conference on June 21 - 23, 2016 at Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn.

This conference will host more than thirteen distinguished panelists and speakers, including business leaders, authors, motivational speakers and change leaders. Keynote speakers include;  Ernie Stevens, Jr., Chairman for the National Indian Gaming Association; Ross Bernstein; inspirational speaker and best-selling author; Holly Hoffman, reality TV star and motivational speaker; Joe Schmit, Twin Cities broadcaster and author; Joe Malarkey, motivational speaker and member of the "Speakers Hall of Fame"; Kieran Folliard, Founder and COO of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey; and Michael Veeck, coveted public speaker and owner of five baseball teams, including the Saint Paul Saints.

Attendees can expect a wide range of learning opportunities and motivational guidance, along with personal and professional growth tools.
Who should attend this conference?
  • Executives, directors, managers and emerging leaders from tribal affiliations and business corporations
  • Mid-level managers who have recently been promoted
  • Prospective executives or managers looking for career enhancement
  • Businesses seeking leadership excellence for their management team
The early registration fee for conference participants is $899 through February 29 or $749 a person for groups 3 or more. Regular registration will be $1,099 per attendee from March 1 to June 2. Registration includes the full conference and all workshops and lectures, a networking reception, dinner reception and continental breakfasts and lunches catered by Grand Casino Hinckley. Time is also allotted for attendees to build key professional relationships with other professionals attending while enjoying the hospitality and entertainment that Grand Casino Hinckley has to offer.
Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures believes that education is the foundation of every successful career, which is why 5 percent of each registration fee will be donated to the MLCV Tribal Leadership Scholarship Foundation, dedicated to providing tuition assistance for students who wish to achieve a higher education and pursue a career.

"We are excited about the level of enthusiasm we've already received from speakers, sponsors and attendees," said Joe Nayquonabe, CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures. "We look forward to bringing together emerging leaders to this truly unique conference in Minnesota."

Participating sponsorships are available to organizations or companies who share the vision and goals of this conference. For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to register for the National Leadership Development Conference, please visit www.leadershipdevcon.com or follow the conference on Facebook and Twitter

It's Tax Season- Do You Have a CPA?
April 15 is right around the corner and will be here before we know it. Have you thought about scheduling an appointment with an accountant? Here are the Midway Chamber members listed under accountants:

Block Advisors
Perfetti, Oberg & Horn, Ltd.

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.

Second Annual O'Gara's Irish Run
Want to burn off the Guinness and corned beef after St. Patrick's Day? Participate in the Second Annual O'Gara's Irish Run. Participants can compete in a 5K, 8K, Kids Run or Beer Dash. Click here to learn more. 



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