Midway Avenues Newsletter March 21,   2017
April Monthly Membership Meeting: Barbara Hunn, Keys Cafe
In 1973, a restaurant opened up on Raymond Avenue near University. That one restaurant is now the first of nine locations in the Twin Cities for the popular Keys Cafe. Find out how this restaurant in the Midway started one of the most beloved restaurants in the Twin Cities. Hear from Keys Cafe founder/owner Barbara Hunn about the importance of family in this (now) multi-generational family business. 

Wednesday, April 19
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Town and Country Club
300 N Mississippi River Blvd. 
St Paul, MN 55104

Thank you to our sponsor:

Save the Date: Leadership Summit May 24
The Annual Leadership Summit is fast approaching! Held once again at Augsburg, the Leadership Summit will feature Diana Pierce and keynote speaker Sylvia Bartley. 

Morning Session: Diana Pierce "Mentoring Emerging Leaders in an Uncertain World"
Lunch Keynote: Sylvia Bartley "The Power of Leading From Your Heart: An Authentic Form of Innovation and Progressive Leadership." 

Wednesday, May 24
8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Augsburg College

Click here to read a bio of Sylvia. 

Sylvia Bartley

The Dubliner
2162 University Ave.
 Saint Paul, MN 55114

Thursday, March 30
Noon-1:00 p.m.

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


Ujamaa Place  is an  African American  culturally specific organization focused on young men who may suffer multiple barriers to becoming stable. Ujamaa Place engages these young men to foster their development within the Ujamaa Place community and assist them in becoming stronger, more responsible, employed, prosperous men and fathers who provide and contribute positively to their families and community.

Ujamaa Place
Otis Zanders 
1821 University Ave. Suite N257
Saint Paul, MN 55104

  Started in 1945, The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library is a nonprofit, community membership organization dedicated to supporting the Saint Paul Public Library. Their members advocate for a strong library. They believe that Saint Paul is the best and most-used library system of its size in the country, and that it deserves an engaged organization that represents the community's interests on library issues.

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library
Greg Giles
1080 Montreal Ave. #2
Saint Paul, MN 55116

Save the Date: Midway on the Fairway Golf Tournament June 9
Join us at Como Golf Course for the 80th Annual Midway Chamber Golf Tournament on June 9. Presented by Warner's Stellian, the tournament sells out fast so watch for registration in the coming months! Sponsorship's are available, so please contact the Chamber office for more information. 
2016 Winning Team Midway Express Car Wash

Como golf course 

Ribbon Cutting: Knoke's Chocolates & Nuts and Park 24
The Ambassadors cut the ribbon for two neighboring businesses last Thursday. Knoke's Chocolates & Nuts is located at 2305 Como Ave., while the apartment complex Park 24 is located at 2301 Como Ave.

The Chamber is Looking for a few good men & women 
to join our Ambassador program. 
As the public relations arm of the Midway Chamber of Commerce, Ambassadors are often the first contact for new and prospective members & encouraged to select the most effective activities to meet their personal and professional objectives.  All of the activities can be conveniently worked into your schedule.

Ambassador Activities Include:
  • Attending  Ribbon Cuttings for new organizations within the Midway area
  • Greeting & registration help at Monthly Membership Luncheons 
  • Delivering membership packets to new & renewing members
Ambassador Benefits: 
As an Ambassador, you have extensive opportunities to network and get your name out to new and existing members. The following is only a sampling of the ways this is done:
  • Recognition on the Midway Chamber's website.
  • Profile will be included in the chamber's online newsletter 
  • Marketing to members by including your business cards or brochures in the membership packets 
  • Opportunity to be the initial point of contact for new and prospective members at luncheons& events
Want to learn more? I'd love to chat. Contact Beth at  Beth@midwaychamber.com or 
call the office at 651-646-2636.

It's tax season. Use a Chamber member!
Trying to find an accountant to do your taxes?  Ask a Chamber member to help:

Perfetti, Oberg & Horn
Economic Development Summit Recap
Thank you to everyone who attended last Wednesday's Economic Development Summit. It was the largest summit in the 4 year history, with over 170 in attendance. The morning began with a forum of all five declared candidates in the Saint Paul mayor's race. Click here to read the article from the event's media sponsor, Finance & Commerce

The nine breakout sessions were recorded by an assigned note taker; the Chamber is compiling the reports and will distribute to attendees. Breakout sessions included topics focused on the Midway, such as on the Snelling-Midway site and the perceptions of the Midway, and were more broad (including Access to Capital and on how to pitch the media). 

Kathryn Correia, CEO, HealthEast presented on anchor institutions, and how they can be economic development engines. She also assured the audience the recent news of a merger between HealthEast and Fairview would not interfere with the service provided to the Midway neighborhood and Saint Paul. 

The Summit concluded with the luncheon, where Sunrise Banks CEO David Reiling was the keynote speaker. Reiling gave a presentation, followed by an interview with Finance & Commerce reporter Clare Kennedy.  

Congratulations to our Nonprofit of the Month, African Economic Development Solutions/Little Africa.

Rent Space from the Midway Chamber!
The Midway Chamber's subleasers are moving out & you can move in!  Our office includes:
  • 1 or 2 private offices
  • In-office conference room for 12
  • Free access to state of the art conference room which accommodates 50
  • Attached covered parking ramp with one parking spot for you
  • Wifi, internet, copier
  • Storage room
  • Workout facilities for an additional $25/ year
  • We are conveniently located at the corner of Snelling & University, just steps away from light rail & various bus routes
  • Contact Chad at chad@midwaychamber.com to learn more. 


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Thank You New Members!

- The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library

- Ujamaa Place

Thank You Renewing Members!

- Bearance Management Group- Tom Farnham
- Comcast Business
-Jennings Community Learning Center
- Meineke of St. Paul
- Vision Loss Resources

Midway Chamber of Commerce
1600 University Avenue West, Suite 301, Saint Paul, MN 55104

President's Circle

    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