Midway Chamber of Commerce March 8, 2022
Midway Chamber News
Winner Spotlight on Nonprofit of the Year
(From left to right: LeeAnn Rasachak, CEO WomenVenture and Stevenson Morgan, Ujamaa Place (last year's winner)
Congratulations to WomenVenture!

WomenVenture equips women with the skills and resources to create and grow profitable and sustainable businesses. With this support, our clients become catalysts for positive economic change by providing for themselves and contributing to vibrant communities in the Twin Cities greater metro area. Nationwide, women own 40% of businesses, but those businesses tend to be less productive and pursue growth less aggressively than their men-led counterparts. Lack of access to capital, gaps in business knowledge, and deficient support networks are still major barriers to launch and profitability for women entrepreneurs. WomenVenture's programs open women's access to entrepreneurship by surmounting these hurdles. Our seven core training programs, microloans up to $50,000, business coaching, and community of support ensure our clients are prepared to lead successful businesses.
March Member Luncheon
Finding the Courage of a Chicken:
Conscious Conversations
in Challenging Times
ft. Tom Esch

Do you find that important things go unsaid and business productivity suffers?

Do you need to have a talk with someone but are not sure how to start the conversation?

Is it extra awkward to have a candid conversation during the craziness of Covid-19?

Come and acquire the tools for a new approach: 

  • A new understanding of the brain science behind emotional moments and practical tools to deal with over reaction
  • Tested ways to be careful yet direct, even in cultures where indirectness is the norm
  • How to improve real and virtual communication 
  • Where you can find your courage to have that needed conversation, without burning any bridges
  • Innovative tricks to use your rank and power skillfully to generate better result

Speaker Bio:
Tom Esch has been having courageous conversations since a wiffleball game ended badly in 1968.  Since then he has inspired over 25,000 leaders to become more effective communicators and to live with a bolder level of personal accountability. He has been the prime consultant for many organizations working on critical people skills. 
He superpowers include:
Understanding social and professional pecking orders, 
Helping business leaders have successful conversations that build the bottom line.
Tom has two master’s degrees: one in Conflict Resolution and Organizational Development and the other in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. He is a former Catholic priest.

His new book is a culmination of 25 years of training, consulting and coaching people from a variety of cultures and all walks of life.  Tom Esch is President of Esch Consulting, LLC based in St. Paul, Minnesota. You can learn more at www.EschConsulting.com.

Como Safety Stance:
Face masks, both indoors and outdoors, are recommended for ALL visitors.

Wednesday Mar 16, 2022
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN, 55103

$35 members
$50 non-members

~This includes program and lunch

***Please note: Cancellations must be received via written notice. Substitutions are welcome or you may use your credit toward a future event per chamber approval. Reservations made within 24 hours of the event will be charged an additional $10

March Event Sponsor:
Economic Development- Rent Control
(What You Need to Know)

As Saint Paul enacts rent control, what will be the impact? From renters, landlords, future developers, and tax payers, this issue will touch many residents. Find out more details about proposed changes, ordinance timeline, and a community stakeholder group working on implementation recommendations. 

Tuesday Mar 22, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT



LOTL @ Peking Garden

Longstanding family-owned Peking Garden faced an uncertain future after being forced to relocate. But, with the help of grants and supporters, the much-loved restaurant has reopened in the former Mai Village location in a building shared and leased by the Hmong American Partnership (HAP). Join us in supporting a restaurant that has been a staple of our Taste! of Lunch on the Line event. If you register and then find you're unable to attend, we ask that you please let us know.

Thursday Apr 7, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

Peking Garden
394 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103 

Please register to let us know you are attending! 

Food Support

March is Food Share Month! In 2021, nearly 39,000 people received food support from Keystone Community Services through our food shelf, Foodmobile, grocery delivery, or Meals on Wheels programs. Food support is needed every month of the year, and we’d love to partner with you! Interested in organizing a donation drive at your company? Keystone created a toolkit to support businesses wanting to support Keystone: www.keystoneservices.org/donate/food-goods/. The toolkit include flyers, hunger stats, social media content, and more. Questions? Contact our Community Engagement Team who are eager to help you make your drive a success: 651-645-0349 or at info@keystonservices.org
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