Midway Chamber of Commerce May 9, 2023

Midway Chamber News

Register for:

May Member Luncheon: Business Success Story - Tameka Jones, Lip Esteem 5/17

Midway Chamber Coffee Club @ Dogwood Coffee Co. 5/18

Economic Development: Office Real Estate Update 5/23

LOTL @ The Finnish Bistro 5/25

SAVE THE DATE 86th Annual Midway on the Fairway 6/9

SAVE the Date 2023 Leadership Summit ft Rosie Ward @ Augsburg University 6/21

Support the Midway on the Fairway Fundraiser!

We're Seeking Auction Items!

Donating an auction item is a great way to promote your organization and support the Chamber. Donations will be accepted up until the event but we prefer donated items to be received by Friday, June 2! Contact [email protected] to learn more. Click here to access the donation form.

Use Up Your Luncheon Passes

Attention luncheon pass holders

There are two more member luncheons left this fiscal year to apply your passes to! Join us at the May 17 member luncheon or the upcoming June 21 Leadership Summit. Invite your colleagues or clients and join us for the some great programming to round out the end of our fiscal year. Wondering how many passes you have left? Please reach out directly to [email protected] who can also help you apply your remaining credit. We look forward to seeing you soon!

May Member Luncheon:

Business Success Story - Tameka Jones, Lip Esteem

Lip Esteem LLC is a quality plant based, gluten and cruelty free lipstick and lip care cosmetic line created right in the midst of Covid 19. Founder and CEO, Tameka Jones also holds her BA in Youth Development and facilitates self esteem groups, empowers and mentors adults and young ladies in inner beauty vs. outer beauty. As a black owned and woman owned local business, she aims to highlight and show how lipstick can not only brighten your smile, but how it can also be empowering. A born-and-raised Rondo girl she is pleased to keep her roots in the Midway. 

About Tameka Jones

After decades as a makeup artist, Tameka Jones used her downtime during the pandemic to rethink her path. The result? A line of her own, Lip Esteem, a Black woman–owned beauty start-up

“My friends represent all shades of beauty,” says Jones, whose company won the 2022 New Kid on the Block Award from the City of St. Paul. “It’s important to me that everyone can wear my hues.”

As a born-and-raised Rondo girl, it was essential for Jones to come back and open her store in the community she holds close to her heart. Lip Esteem is located at 876 Selby Avenue.


Wednesday May 17, 2023

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT


Carondelet Center

1890 Randolph Ave

St Paul, MN 55105


$40 members

$60 non-members

~Please inform the chamber directly if you will be using a luncheon pass for this event~

***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 48 hours of the event will be charged an additional $10


Thank you to our Sponsors

Midway Chamber Coffee Club @ Dogwood Coffee Co.

Established in 2010, Dogwood Coffee Company is a small craft roaster dedicated to delicious coffee and the good things that come with it. They call Minneapolis & St. Paul home. Dogs are their preferred companions, washed their preferred coffees, and gratitude their preferred posture. This small quality focused roaster concentrates their efforts on developing relationships in the sourcing process, learning about and executing the craft of roasting, exploring the science of brewing and sharing delicious coffee with their customers.


Thursday May 18, 2023

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT


Dogwood Coffee - St. Paul

825 Carleton St

St Paul, MN 55114


Free to attend


Economic Development

Office Real Estate Update

Place yourself in the role of a business owner who needs to lease office space. It may be for accounting, legal, or general office use, but the challenges are the same. Our panel will walk you through the process to lease a new office and provide insights into market statistics such as lease rates, vacancy, new development, and future trends. You will have a front row seat into the challenges and process to secure a new lease. You will also learn how to anticipate the pitfalls and plan ahead to meet your schedule and budget. 

The panel will cover:

• Planning ahead and milestones to stay on schedule

• Budgeting for a new facility and improvements to the space

• Pitfalls and challenges

• Strategic decision making to get the best value


The panel will include:

• Kou Vang – Owner at JB Vang

• Katie Travena – Vice President Office Advisory at Forte Real Estate Partners

• Jeff Hart – Senior Vice President-Principal at Suntide Commercial Realty

• Tina Gassman- President, Greater Saint Paul BOMA

Moderated by John Young, Forte Real Estate Partners 


~Following the panel, stay for a tour of the newly expanded Minnetronix facility~


Tuesday May 23, 2023

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT


Minnetronix Medical

1635 Energy Park Drive

Saint Paul, MN 55108




LOTL @ The Finnish Bistro

Take your tastebuds on a trip through Europe by visiting The Finnish Bistro. This quaint cafe is a special gathering place set in the charming St. Anthony Park neighborhood. They specialize in authentic European cuisine and many Minnesota favorites with a down home flair for flavor with the highest quality ingredients! Along with the amazing cuisine is an awesome patio with eight big awnings to keep your furry friends comfy. With patio season approaching, grab your four legged friend or some colleagues and head over for a delectable cheesecake or torte.


Thursday May 25, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT


Finnish Bistro Coffee & Cafe

2264 Como Ave

St Paul, MN 55108


Please register to let us know if you plan on attending and contact the chamber for any cancellations or substitutions/replacements. 


86th Annual Midway on the Fairway

Fundraiser Tournament

Friday, June 9


We are returning to our pre-COVID format of a shotgun start at 8 am. Following the tournament, join us in the clubhouse for a BBQ picnic where awards and prizes will be announced.

Interested in reserving a foursome? How about sponsoring? Contact [email protected] for more information.

Presented by

2023 Leadership Summit

ft. Rosie Ward

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Become an Irresistible Employer by Rehumanizing Your Workplace

The past three years have brought a constant stream of crises that has contributed to an environment where people are stressed, struggling and have a significantly reduced capacity to handle change and disruption. Yet our world and rate of change is not slowing down anytime soon. People are reevaluating what matters to them when it comes to work; and top of the list is having a workplace culture that honors and treats them as human beings, not just a cog in the machine. The good news is that there are things you can do today to future-proof and rehumanize your workplace so you become an irresistible employer.

About Rosie:

Rosie serves as CEO and co-founder of Salveo Partners, LLC, a consulting and professional development firm focused on equipping organizations to find success while putting people back at the forefront of their business. They focus on leveraging The Fusion (the inextricable interconnectedness of organizational and employee wellbeing) to help transform workplaces and support people in integrating their personal and professional lives. Find out more about Rosie at drrosieward.com

Morning Sessions

Whole Leaders: A Threefold Perspective on Leadership Development

with Tom Morgan and Keri Clifton

Collaborative Leadership

with Ken Simon

Making Connections through Community Engagement

with Jenean Gilmer

Thank you to our Sponsor

Xcel's plans in Becker would create one of largest solar plants in country

Minnetronix LEAP program pairs engineers with students and community members

Kickoff to Summer at the Fair | Minnesota State Fair

Buy Your Bash for Mental Health Tickets!


Join us at CHS Field for our 21+ party for social good! We’ll have retro arcade games, Trivia Mafia, drinks, food, music, and dancing.

WHEN: July 22, 2023 • • • 6:30 pm 


        360 North Broadway Street

        Saint Paul, MN 55101 

Bash for Mental Health celebrates the present moment while playing into nostalgia for a perfect summer night out! Celebrate with friends and family, as we end the stigma around mental health.



Bywater Business Solutions

Creative Enterprise Zone

Ferdinand F. Peters, Esq. Law Firm

Ideal Printers Inc.

Northland Staffing Solutions

Saint Paul Police Foundation

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Warners' Stellian

New Member, Jeff Perry Music who played at this year's annual celebration does upcoming Beatles show at the Dakota at the end of May

New Midway Chamber member and curator The Beatles Reimagined, Jeff Perry is again bringing together accomplished Minnesota musicians to perform at the Dakota on Monday, May 29 at 7pm. The Beatles Reimagined show features four prominent guitarists, backed by upright bass and drums, performing classic Beatles songs in their own unique ways. This show will delight you with songs you know well but have never heard like this before and give you a sonic tour of the many different approaches to playing the most popular and impactful instrument of our time. For more information and tickets, go to: https://www.dakotacooks.com/event/the-beatles-reimagined/ 

The Saint Paul Port Authority is offering up to nine commercial real estate continuing education credits before the June 30 deadline. Each event will be held at Urban Growler with a taco buffet from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Did we mention there is absolutely no cost to you (unless you join others happy hour at 4 p.m.) Please pencil the following dates into your calendar: April 4, May 16, and June 20, and then click this link to RSVP today! We'd love to see you at all three, but if that doesn't work, you can mix and match three credits per session.

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