Midway Chamber of Commerce March 7, 2023

Midway Chamber News

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Lunchtime Chamber Connect @ Bole Ethiopian Cuisine 3/9

SAVE the Date: March 23 Member Lunch @ St Thomas

Economic Development - City Budget and Sales Tax Proposal 3/28

Economic Development - Ways to Make Your Business More Energy Efficient 4/25

Small Business of the Year Winner Spotlight!

With over 20 years’ experience in helping companies with human resources, Your HR Navigator founder Kara Sime has worked with a variety of industries, from Fortune 500 companies to solo operators. Your HR Navigator has been very generous in lending expertise to the Chamber this year through programming, membership recruiting, and the contributions of its owner Kara Sime to the Board of Directors. 

Lunchtime Chamber Connect @ Bole Ethiopian Cuisine

Are you new to the Midway Chamber, or want to find out how to best utilize your membership? Attend an upcoming ChamberConnect and meet other new and renewing members. Each month, the Midway Chamber will host a ChamberConnect as a way to interact and meet new people. The get-together rotates from a happy hour, lunch, morning coffee and a virtual meeting.

Chamber Connect is a great way to start you Chamber connections as you network and socialize with fellow members!


Thursday Mar 9, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST


Bole Ethiopian Cuisine

1341 Pascal St.

St Paul, MN 55108


This is a free event, but please let us know that you will attend.


Economic Development -

City Budget and Sales Tax Proposal

What goes into making the City of Saint Paul budget? Learn more on how the budget gets created and what departments get what percentage of the overall budget. Also find out more on the City of Saint Paul's proposed local sales tax to be used for Parks and Rec and Public Works improvements. Stay for a tour of the newly renovated International Institute of Minnesota. 


Madeline Mitchell, City of Saint Paul Office of Financial Services

Sean Kershaw, City of Saint Paul Public Works

~Take an optional tour of the International Institute~

Madeline Mitchell,

City Budget Manager

Sean Kershaw,

City of Saint Paul Public Works

~Take an optional tour of the International Institute~


Tuesday Mar 28, 2023

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT


1694 Como Ave.

St Paul, MN 55108




~SAVE the Date~

March Membership Luncheon

ft. Rob Vischer, President of St. Thomas

Meet the newly appointed president of the University of St. Thomas.


Thursday, March 23

11:30 am - 1:00 pm


University of St. Thomas

2115 Summit Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55105

Economic Development - Ways to Make Your Business More Energy Efficient

Finding ways to make your business or building more energy efficient can help save money and is good for the environment. What ideas can help you? Find out on April 25 when we hear from some field experts! Confirmed presenters include Center for Energy and Environment, Minify Energy, and Xcel Energy. More speakers to be confirmed!


Tuesday Apr 25, 2023

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT


Capitol Region Watershed District

595 Aldine Street

Saint Paul, MN 55104




Ujamaa Place names Christopher Crutchfield new CEO

Help wanted: Tips on how to keep and maintain staff

St. Paul company behind many tourist mugs grows at intersection of art and manufacturing

The founding family of 50-year-old Deneen Pottery of St. Paul is on a growth mission again.

"All dad ever wanted was to make beautiful mugs," said CEO Niles Deneen. "All I want is a good business that supports us."

Deneen was founded by potter Peter Deneen, a Luther College art graduate who apprenticed under the acclaimed late potter Marguerite Wildenhain at her Pond Farm Pottery in California.

But Deneen Pottery is more than an art collective.

"We're trying to step it up a little," said Peter Deneen, 72, in an understatement. "Orders are backed up several months."

Deneen Pottery recently invested more than $500,000 in a new kiln and related equipment that will fire up to 1,800 mugs. The bugs are still getting worked out.

Deneen Pottery plans to grow production from nearly 3,000 mugs per day to 3,400. And increase annual revenue from about $8.5 million to $10 million by 2025.

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Minnetronix Medical

The City of Saint Paul is currently conducting an anti-displacement and community wealth building study. We are looking for input on ideas for investments that the City can make to help support small businesses in Saint Paul.

You can give feedback two ways (and yes, you can do both!):

1. Fill out this short survey.

2. Attend the in-person focus group on Wednesday, March 15 from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Latino Economic Development Center (804 Margaret Street, Saint Paul, MN 55105).

Please RSVP to [email protected]. Have feedback to share but unable to attend the focus group? Email [email protected] to set up a time to talk.

Free Smart Thermostats

Xcel Energy commercial customers are eligible for free smart thermostats installed by Center for Energy and Environment. Smart thermostats allow you to optimize your energy use and adjust your heating and cooling settings from anywhere using your phone. Plus, you'll earn annual electric bill credits for each thermostat installed! Learn more.

Now Hiring

Full Time:

The Arc Minnesota


Hamline Midway Coalition

HandsOn Twin Cities

Little Free Library

Minnesota State Fair

Springboard for the Arts

Suntide Commercial Realty

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library 

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