Monday, September 10, 2018
Minneapolis neighborhood restaurants fight for the right to serve cocktails
Minneapolis residents will get the chance this year to remove an outdated “blue law” from the city charter. Ballot Question 1 will remove a requirement that establishments that serve liquor be within seven square blocks of commercial property. Through the years, bars and restaurants have gone to the state of Minnesota to get exemptions written into state law to allow them to operate if they do not meet that requirement. That onerous process is unfair to small businesses and restaurants, and limits the growth and success of our local dining and food scene.

Learn more in this article from the Star Tribune .
Walz, Johnson diverge on how to pay for opioid fight
Minnesota’s next governor will face a number of difficult and controversial policy issues. The Star Tribune recently published an article highlighting many of the differences between the two candidates, but also showing the important role that counties and local governments play in our state. It is important that our governor and legislators work collaboratively with local governments to solve some of the most pressing problems facing our state. Without collaboration, we will not be able to achieve the future economic success that we strive for and will lose our regional competitiveness.

Read more in this Star Tribune article .
Wednesday, October 3 | 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. | City of Bloomington

Many Bloomington businesses are planning to hire in the next year. City Manager Jamie Verbrugge will discuss how a new survey shows that 44 percent feel the lack of a qualified workforce limits their operations to a large or moderate extent. Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead suggests that embracing diverse populations helps local businesses achieve the growth they want by engaging all the talent in the region. This can make the difference between keeping up with the demographic and economic realities of our region, and your business being left behind.

The Center for Economic Inclusion connects communities excluded by race, place and income with business leaders to build an inclusive economy that leverages our region's diversity. CEO Tawanna Black will discuss how we are poised for long term transformational change within our region and the possibility of having a regional economy that works for everyone.

Normandale Celebrates its 50th Anniversary During 2018-19 Academic Year
The first day of classes for Normandale took place on Monday, September 23, 1968. To commemorate the 50 th Anniversary, Normandale will be hosting of events throughout the academic year. The primary events during the 2018 fall semester are the Jubilee Open House on Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the Student Jubilee on Monday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Jubilee Open House will feature a Magical History Tour, delicious foods from the decades, a program featuring the evolution of Normandale in five stories, musical performances, a photo booth and other activities.

Thursday, October 4 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. | Insperity

Growth and scaling are terms often used when talking about small to mid-sized businesses, but what do they mean, and what is the best strategy to expand your business? At this SMART for Business, successful local entrepreneurs will discuss the various avenues a business can take to increase revenue, build their workforce and advance their customer base.

  • Dana Swindler, CEO, Martin Patrick 3
  • Nila Chakrabort, CEO, ShopBollyWear

Thank you to our sponsors UPS and Northeast Bank and our host Insperity.
Comcast has now helped connect more than six million low-income Americans to the internet
Comcast recently announced that it has connected more than six million low-income Americans to the Internet through its Internet Essentials program, which is the largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program for low-income families in the U.S. The company connected more than two million people in the last year alone, which is the largest annual increase in the program’s history. They also announced they will significantly expand eligibility – for the eleventh time in seven years – to low-income veterans, nearly one million of whom live within the Comcast footprint.
Thursday, October 4 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Gasthof's

Clink your steins at the joint DRIVE/MNCPA’s fall social at Gasthof's. Network with members of both young professional groups in the legendary Kellar Bar. Admission includes an Oktoberfest feast. We’ll have a ziggy-zoggy good time.

Thank your to our sponsors Xcel Energy and Be The Match .
Public hearing set for revisions to the recycling ordinance
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners set a public hearing to receive testimony from the public on proposed revisions to Ordinance 13 – Recycling .

The hearing will be held before the Public Works Committee of the county board.
  • When: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as practicable
  • Where: A-2400 Hennepin County Government Center Board Room, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis

This affects how your business recycles food, so be sure to stop by and make your voice heard.

  • Lakeside Woods
Last week we were with owners Casey Bloemke & Ed McNamara celebrate their newly opened Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping in the North Loop.

Check out their website here .
The Minneapolis Regional Chamber and Sprint
Office Depot and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber have partnered to provide exclusive savings on all of your business needs, including deep discounts on:

  • Office Essentials
  • Cleaning and Breakroom Solutions
  • Copy & Print Services
  • Technology
  • Furniture

Let Office Depot save you time and money! Whether you're a company of five or 10,000 employees we can help! 

Learn more and see the deals here .