May 17, 2022

"What's getting you up in the morning and pulling you into your business... and what concerns are keeping you up at night?"

We asked everyone who visited our table on Saturday May 14 at the AAPI Small Business EXPO this question and what they are hearing from their business peers across sectors. We got some great responses to talk over as we continue to listen to you and build power on the East Side. And we heard good feedback from the East Side Black Business Network meeting last week as well. We'll take what we learn right into engagements this week and next. Join the conversation! And while we're chewing on that, catch these reflections on the East Side from our Metro State New Media students.

Coming up:
Asian American Business Owners meeting May 25 - details coming soon
That's PABA President Molly Murphy from Brunson's and the board of interests (in green) and concerns (in orange) we heard on Saturday. Thanks for a great EXPO!

ESABA and partners LEDC and MN Hmong Chamber are teaming up to bring businesses together to work on issues impacting them on the East Side. We're starting with a request from MnDOT around their E. 7th and Arcade corridor redesigns. Join us to learn more or contact Paris.

Find out more about the $1 Million Comcast has committed to Small Business owned by Women and People of Color...

Let's make sure some of this money makes it to the East Side by encouraging our businesses to apply.
That's the new hub in Dayton's Bluff!
Connect with Paris to see how you can combine the services of BizRecycling and our Preferred Hauler Deal to maximize savings on your solid waste bill. Nobody should be paying more than they need to. ESABA members, that means you. Click the BizRecycling logo below to learn more about how to get started.

May 21-22 - Grill Fest - St. Paul Fire Foundaiton

May 25 - Asian American Caucus - MN Hmong Chamber & ESABA

May 25 - Hillcrest Master Plan goes to City Council

May 26 - Latinx Caucus - MnDOT Meeting - LEDC & ESABA

City of St. Paul - Director of Economic Development - Department of Planning and Economic Development

East 7th - Front Mngr, Store & Deli Clerks, and more!
If you have employment opportunities and need help getting the word out, please submit them to our website here.
Board of Directors:
Steve Ledin
Ledin Law PLLC

Vice President:
Juan Cervantes
Juan Cervantes State Farm Agency LLC


Khue Yang
Hiway Federal Credit Union

Board Members:
Tonya Bauer
Saint Paul Port Authority

Randy Bloom

Chelsea Fey
Visit Saint Paul

Shateka Flowers
Family Values For Life

Taelor Johnson
Mueller Memorial

Marv Koppen
Party Time Liquor

William Schultz
Vivid Concepts

Darren Varley
Paris Dunning, Executive Director
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