Midway Avenues Newsletter January 3, 2017
January Monthly Luncheon and Legislative Panel

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
MN State Fairgrounds
History & Heritage Center
West End Market

$35 for members
$50 non-members
9:30-11:30 a.m.: Networking & Legislative Panel
11:30 a.m.- Noon:  Luncheon Networking
Noon- 1:00 p.m.:  Luncheon and Wrong About Everything

Want to know what's going to happen at the State Capitol this year? Or what impact the 2016 elections will have on you? Come to our annual legislative panel and hear from Midway Chamber Board member Senator John Hoffman and members of the Saint Paul delegation.
Stay for our monthly membership lunch, featuring the podcast team,
Wrong About Everything. Led by the team of Amy Koch, Brian McDaniel, Javier Morillo and Carin Mrotz.
Wrong About Everything offers a fun, irreverent,  bi-partisan look at Minnesota politics. Click here to listen to their podcast episodes. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

Education Series Sponsor:
Supporting Sponsors:
  St.Paul Port Authority Logo


Can Can Wonderland opens January 12
Join the Midway Chamber of Commerce as we welcome Can Can Wonderland!
Come learn first- hand  what all of the buzz is about.Take a quick peek at this exciting place here:  http://www.cancanwonderland.com/  Located in St. Paul's Hamline Midway neighborhood and the Creative Enterprise Zone, Can Can Wonderland combines art and play to create a one-of-a-kind arts immersive environment for people of all ages to enjoy.

Thursday, January 12
755 Prior Avenue N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104


Silhouette Bakery & Bistro
383 University Ave 
Minneapolis, MN  55103

Thursday, January 5
Noon-1:00 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate and support our local businesses along the Green Line.  Every two weeks we visit a restaurant along the line and encourage our membership and the community to take the Green Line and join us in our effort to "Keep it green, keep it Local."




The Midway Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Awards recognize our outstanding members who contribute to  keeping our Midway strong on a daily basis. Each year the chamber asks our members for nominations in the following categories:

Large Business of the Year Award  is presented to a company that plays an active role in the local business community, business associations and volunteer groups.  This award is given to a business of 20 employees or more. 
Small Business of the Year Award  is to recognize a business with outstanding business practices in the Midway  community. This award is given to a  business of 19 employees or less.
Nonprofit of the Year Award  recognizes any Section 501(c)(3) public charity or private foundation that is tirelessly focused on serving the community and the partnerships they have built with for-profit organizations.

Volunteer of the Year Award   recognizes a Midway Chamber of Commerce member for their commitment, dedication, leadership, and exceptional volunteer service on behalf of the Midway Chamber of Commerce.

Rookie of the Year Award  recognizes a Midway Chamber of Commerce member for their enthusiasm and can-do attitude in their first year as a Midway Chamber Member. Their excitement for the chamber is infectious and inspires other members and their commitment to the chamber.

Join us for a special evening of fellowship & fun.

Jazz, Jeans & Jewels  
a dazzling denim affair 
JJJ- use this one
Your event will include:
2017's Leadership Awards
Music from Doug Haining & the Twin Cities Seven
Walker West Music Academy
Dance performances
Electronic Auction
Live Auction
 Cocktail reception & dinner
& more

Nominate a fellow member HERE  or HERE
Register for the Annual Celebration HERE

**Please call for special rates for tables, nonprofits under 6 employees & members who joined after February 2016.
Sponsorship are still available!**
651-646-2636 or  beth@midwaychamber.com
Thank You to our Sponsors for this event:

Equity Services


Silent Auction Items Needed

As an active and engaged business within our chamber, I am inviting  your organization to participate in the silent auction portion of our Annual Celebration. This yearly event helps raise funds to keep our Midway community strong, vibrant and growing.
This is an excellent opportunity for your business to partner with the Midway Chamber of Commerce by donating an auction item.  Every donation will be seen by local business and community leaders.
 We will recognize our donors in the following ways:   
*         Item listed on the electronic bidding site which will be seen seven days prior to and at the event
*         Item displayed with business name at the event
*         Recognition on the Midway Chamber of Commerce website.
It's EASY to donate an auction item.    Please fill out  THIS DONATION FORM and return it with your item by Friday, January 20, 2017. Feel free to contact me with any questions at
We are making good things happen with help from businesses like yours.
  We appreciate your generous support!
Economic Development Meeting- January 24
 Retail: Current State & Future  Forecast
Did you know the first automobiles sold on University Avenue were at the Ford Motor Company's assembly plant and showroom at 117 University Ave. in 1913? A lot has changed in the past 100+ years, including the makeup of retail on one of Saint Paul's most famous commercial corridors. Join us to learn more about the history, the current state of retail and what the future holds.
Tuesday, January 24
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

American Engineering Testing
550 Cleveland Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Cost: FREE

Economic Development Sponsor:                      Lunch provided by:
St.Paul Port Authority Logo                                 

Cyber Security: Meet Your New Friend- 
a Hacker

In this third installment of the Cybersecurity series sponsored by Mendoza Law, LLC, you'll meet Mary Frantz, an ethical hacker, and take a peek into the world of hacking, the black market for stolen data, and watch a demonstration of a hacking operation.  Tony Mendoza of Mendoza Law, LLC and Emily Duke, of CyberSmart┬« Law, LLC will also discuss 10 cost-effective ways you can toughen your organization's IT defenses against hacking. 
This event is open to all in your organization, especially your IT team.
Friday, January 27, 2017
8:15-9:30 a.m.

Spruce Tree Conference Room
1600 University Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Cost: FREE EVENT- Coffee and bagels will be provided. 


Bling after Business

Join us as we get in the mood for  "Jazz, Jeans & Jewels"  with our friends at Gold'n Treasures.  Grab a glass of wine as Todd Gimble  hosts  us in their private room for this unique opportunity to preview beautiful pieces that will be featured in the silent auction at the Annual Celebration. You may bring in items for a special appraisal rate of $25 per piece.  This is a great opportunity to network, have a glass of wine and take care of your Valentine's Day shopping!
Thursday, February 2

Gold'n Treasures
805 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105



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Lend a Hand

In our commitment  to building relationships within the Midway Chamber of Commerce, we will dedicate space in our newsletter to support collaboration between nonprofits and for profit organizations. This ongoing feature will highlight non-profits looking for volunteers.  If your organization is looking for individuals available to share their time or talent, please contact the Chamber office.

 Saint Paul Winter Carnival is just around the corner. Join the fun as our capital city takes center stage from January 26-February 5.  Grab your boots, a hat and mittens and join in all of the fun! Not sure where to start?  Check out a full listing of activities   HERE

This time honored event cannot happen without the help of volunteers.  If you would like to be a part of this long standing St. Paul tradition and have some winter time fun please visit  www.wintercarnival.com  and check out the volunteer opportunities available.  
The Order of the Royal Guard of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival is currently recruiting King's Guards for 2017.  The King's Guards are the Protectors of the Realm of Boreas and his Royal Family and are made up of the finest men & women of the highest character who can best represent the City of St. Paul.  This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the history and legend that is the Saint Paul Winter Carnival and has been an important part of the fabric of the great city of St. Paul for over 130 years!!  

As a King's Guard you will:
  • Promote the Community of St. Paul
  • Make life long friendships
  • Become a member of the Winter Carnival network
  • Enhance communication and inter-personal skills
  • Become part of the rich tradition of St. Paul
 For more information please contact Chris Kruse, 
2017 Captain of the Royal Guard at 763-496-9434

More information on the Royal Guard can be found  here

Happy New Year!!   Happy Carnival!!  Hail Boreas!!!

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    Warners' Stellian 4 color        


Director's Circle

Anchor Bank       Hamline          Pioneer Press 3 St.Paul Port Authority Logo Seven Corners Printing Logo 


Associate Circle

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

Ideal Printers   Mendoza Law Office  Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ, P.A.

Mortenson Construction St. Paul Saints Baseball Club