Midway Avenues Newsletter February 23, 2016

A dazzling night of merriment and music!
Thank you to all who made the Annual Celebration a success!
  Leadership Awards Recipients Announced
Congratulations to all finalists.
Rookie of the Year: Hiway Federal Credit Union
  Nonprofit of the Year: Twin Cities Jazz Festival
  Small Business of the Year: Bywater Business Solutions

Large Business of the Year: Grand Casino 
Volunteer of the Year: Cheryl O'Donnell

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March Membership Meeting
Courtesy of Star Tribune

Shegitu Kebede: Journey from Refugee to Restaurateur

In 2006, Kebede was awarded the McKnight Foundation's Virginia McKnight Binger Human Service Award. In 2011, she was featured in the Minnesota History Center exhibit, "The Value of One Life."
She has written her powerful story in a 2011 book, "Visible Strengths, Hidden Scars."

Join us as she tells her story from living in a refugee camp in Kenya to owning a successful restaurant, Flamingo, on University Avenue.

Wednesday,March 16
11:30 -1 pm
St. Paul Midway YMCA
1761 University Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Thanks to our sponsors:                             
Mim & Randi Dahl


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. 

Nonprofit of the Month Program
At last week's Monthly Membership Meeting, a new Chamber program was unveiled: the Nonprofit of the Month. Each month, the Chamber (along with partner, Hiway Federal Credit Union) will announce the Nonprofit of the Month. The award will go to a deserving nonprofit member who has shown a commitment to their mission and to our community. The first nonprofit to receive the award was the Midway YMCA. 

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Special thanks to Hiway Federal Credit Union for their sponsorship of this award. Hiway recognizes the importance of nonprofits in our community, and at the Midway Chamber. At our Monthly Membership Meetings, Hiway will also have display table where attendees can learn about the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program, chaired by Hiway's Dave Boden. Click here to learn more about the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program. 

Economic Development Summit April 20

Presented by: 

Business After Hours: 
Honoring Chief Tom Smith
The next Midway Chamber Business After Hours will honor retiring St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith. Business After Hours is a way to network with fellow chamber members in a social atmosphere. Join us 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


Last Call to Advertise in Chamber Directory

The 2016 Midway Chamber directory will come out in the spring, and there is exciting news to share. For the first time, the directory will feature color ads throughout the publication and not just on cover spots. Interesting in learning more? Contact the Monitor with the information below.


Demera Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar
832 University Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Thursday, March 3

  Presented By: 
 Seven Corners Printing Logo

 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.



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.
Advertise Job Openings 
on Chamber Website
Do you have a job opening or volunteer opportunity to promote? Submit it to the Chamber to be profiled on our website. This week, you can find out about Concordia University's Advancement Associate position. Click here to learn more. 


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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