Midway Chamber of Commerce September 21, 2021
Midway Chamber News
LOTL @ The Naughty Greek
(University Ave location)

The Naughty Greek quickly became a popular hot spot of the avenue. Offering an array of salads and gyros, they remained open during the pandemic providing take-out to help feed the neighboring community. Help us return the generous support that "TNG" provided for our Taste event and as a generous auction donor. If you register and then find you're unable to attend, we ask that you please let us know. 

Thursday Sep 23, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

The Naughty Greek (University Ave location)
2400 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55114

Please register to let us know you are attending! 

Economic Development Meeting: The Supply Chain

Ever wonder how items go from a raw material to a finished product on the store shelve? Learn more about how the supply chain works- right here in the Midway! Moderated by the Minnesota Commercial Railway, we will also hear from Eureka Recycling, Impressions Inc, and WestRock. Join us at Lake Monster Brewing for this interesting conversation and learn more about the importance of connections in your own neighborhood.

Your first beer is on WestRock!
Tuesday Sep 28, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CDT

Lake Monster Brewing Company
550 Vandalia St #160
St. Paul, MN 55114

Sponsored by
LOTL @ Hodma

Looking for a completely new restaurant to tryout? Come check out Hodma, a Somali-Mediterranean fusion restaurant. Hodma offers a menu boasting many options to expand your palate and excite your taste buds. This new restaurant is run by multiple generations of a family with longtime Midway roots. After the turbulent year restaurants have endured, the site of new openings and re-openings is so refreshing, and we're pleased and eager to support them. If you register and then find you're unable to attend, we ask that you please let us know. 

Thursday Oct 7, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

1197 University Ave W
Suite 100
St Paul, MN 55104
October Membership Luncheon ft. Janet Johanson

Janet Johanson is the founder of BevSource. Janet is always looking for what's next and her passion has driven clients across North America and overseas to launch their beverage creations. Janet's commitment to excellence exists not only in the work place, but in the community, as evidenced by her volunteer work and mentoring. Her drive to fulfill the needs of the beverage industry resulted in The Lab — a place for makers and tasters to come together.

In 2019 BevSource launched The Lab, LLC, a first-of-its-kind pilot production and quality testing facility with an adjacent taproom where tasters and makers can co-create the next generation of innovative beverages. In 2020, Johanson also started the Black Business is Beautiful Market, an outdoor space where the local community can come together to purchase goods and services from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) businesses on the second Saturday of each month outside The Lab.
Midway Chamber Safety Policy:
The Midway Chamber of Commerce adheres to the guidelines set forth by each event venue and any additional government policy in effect. 

The Midway Chamber will have facemasks available, as well as hand sanitizer available at all in-person events. 

Minnesota State Fair Grounds Safety Stance 
Face coverings are strongly encouraged (not required) indoors when 6' distance can not be maintained

Wednesday Oct 20, 2021
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

Minnesota State Fairgrounds
History & Heritage Center
West End Market
1841 W Dan Patch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

$35.00 members/ $50.00 non-members
This includes networking, program and lunch.

***Please note: Cancellations must be received three days in advance to receive a full refund, substitutions are welcome. Reservations made within 24 hours of the event will be charged an additional $10
DEED Rolls Out Main Street Covid Relief Grant Program

As the Covid-19 pandemic grinds on, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has stepped up with another program to help struggling businesses. The Main Street Covid Relief Grant program offers $64.2 million to aid Minnesota-owned and -operated businesses that can demonstrate that they have suffered financial hardship due to Covid-19. Learn more here.
America’s new COVID-19 rules for international travel

The Biden administration is rolling out new international travel policies affecting Americans and noncitizens alike who want to fly into the U.S. The goal is to restore more normal air travel after 18 months of disruption caused by COVID-19. Read more here.
Awarding $1 million in Grants to BIPOC Small Businesses

Comcast is awarding 100 small businesses owned by people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian Americans owners, among others, in the Twin Cities, with $10,000 grants totaling $1 million to be distributed in late November. 

We are thrilled to share the announcement of the Comcast RISE Investment Fund with you. On behalf of Comcast, thank you for your continued support of small businesses and the lives they touch every day. I invite you to spread the Comcast RISE grant announcement and link on your social media networks, newsletters, and web sites, as you see best, to ensure as many small business owners as possible are aware of this great opportunity. The press release is available here, for additional information.

The window to apply for the Comcast RISE Investment Fund is October 1 – 14, 2021. Recipients will be announced at the end of November. To qualify, grant applicants must have been in business for three or more years, employ a staff of between 1-25 employees, operate in the seven-county Twin Cities metro, and meet other Comcast RISE eligibility requirements, which is attached. This information is available in other languages, upon request, for your members.

Independent small businesses are the backbone of communities across the country. Today, more than ever, small businesses owned by people of color are hurting. We know that Comcast alone cannot remedy complex, systemic issues, but we are deeply committed to playing a role in driving change.
Tech Dump is turning 10 and we’re having two parties to celebrate!

Join us on Friday, September 24, or Saturday, September 25, as we celebrate the past decade and look forward to the future.

Friday, September 24, 11AM - 1PM

Our Friday party is aimed at our business community partners. Tour our warehouse, celebrate the wire-cutting of our new St. Paul retail location, learn about how Tech Dump can support your business, and meet special guests! Grab-and-go lunch will be provided.

We’ll offer tours at 11:15 am and 12:15 pm, and comments from our CEO Amanda LaGrange at 11:45 am.

As we celebrate the last 10 years, we’d love your support towards the next 10! We invite you to make a donation that feels meaningful for you.

  • $10 to celebrate a decade of Tech Dump
  • $37 to recognize the 37 million pounds of electronics we've processed
  • Choose your own adventure!

Saturday, September 25, Noon - 2PM

Our Saturday party is a family-friendly event. Tour our warehouse, be one of the first to visit our new St. Paul retail location, play some games and win raffle prizes!

Tours will be available throughout the event, and at 1 pm we’ll hear comments from our CEO Amanda LaGrange and other special guests!

As we celebrate the past 10 years, we’d love your support towards the next 10! We invite you to donate at a level that feels meaningful to you:

  • $10 to celebrate a decade of Tech Dump
  • $37 to recognize the 37 million pounds of electronics we've processed
  • Choose your own adventure!

Kick Childhood Cancer Top

During September, Major League Soccer and Continental Tire will team up to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer. Now in its 7th year, the Kick Childhood Cancer campaign aims to find better cures for all types of childhood cancer, and now more than ever, provide support to one of the most vulnerable populations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Available now is the 2021 Kick Childhood Cancer Top. This AEROREADY creation is comfortable and stylish, with a unique design created for Kick Childhood Cancer month.

Kick Childhood Cancer Month
In partnership with MLS Clubs, players, coaches, staff and fans, the Kick Childhood Cancer campaign will aim to raise funds for Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Foundation, and provide comfort and inspiration to the patients and families within the pediatric cancer community.

MLS and Continental Tire will Partner with MLS Clubs, players and/or MLS Greats to “surprise & delight” pediatric cancer patients and health care providers with unique experiences and acts of kindness throughout the month. Continental Tire will also provide Kick Childhood Cancer care kits to patients in addition to donating Tire certificates for patient families and/or hospital workers to help with travel needs related to treatment.

Why Childhood Cancer
  • Every day, 40 children in the Unites States are diagnosed with cancer
  • 1 out of 5 children who are diagnosed with cancer dies
  • 3 out of 5 who survive children’s cancer suffer late-effects, such as infertility, heart failure and secondary cancers
  • Across all ages, ethnic and socio-economic groups, cancer remains the number one cause of death by disease in children
  • And cancer does not pause during unprecedented times.

The Children’s Oncology Group Foundation supports the Children’s Oncology Group, the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research, uniting more than 10,000 experts in childhood cancer at more than 200 leading children’s hospitals around the world.
New location allows Minnesota Bank & Trust to better serve East Metro customers

Minnesota Bank & Trust is opening a new office in the St. Anthony/Midway neighborhood of St. Paul on September 27.

According to Steve Bishop, Minnesota Bank & Trust President and CEO, the new office will house a team of bankers that “will allow us to better serve our commercial and small business clients and prospects on the east side of the metro along with the core cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.”

“This office will be led by two seasoned commercial bankers, Heath Stanton and Eric Britt, who are well known in the market and committed to further establishing Minnesota Bank & Trust in the community via active involvement in local service organizations, volunteer efforts, and serving on nonprofit Boards or in advisory roles,” said Bishop.

Heath and Eric will be joined by a team of Minnesota Bank & Trust partners to offer Treasury Management, Private Banking, Wealth Management and other products and services to the Midway area and East Metro market.

“We are actively adding talent to the team and continuing to build upon our strong culture at Minnesota Bank & Trust.” said Bishop. “We are excited about our prospects for this new location and the future of this market.”

Minnesota Bank & Trust’s new office is located in the Court International Building at 2550 University Avenue West, Suite 259S.
Ribbon Cutting

SAVE THE DATE! The Midway Chamber will do a ribbon cutting at Minnesota Bank and Trust on October 13. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
Sign Up For The Saints 2-Day Blood Drive

On Wednesday, September 29 and Thursday, September 30 from 10 AM - 4 PM the St. Paul Saints and partner Regions Hospital will be holding a two-day blood drive at CHS Field with the Red Cross.

The American Red Cross is facing critical shortage due to COVID, wildfires, Hurricane Ida, and other natural disasters. As a thank you to our incredible fans, all donors will receive a special Saints gift for donating.

Join us for our Annual Breakfast!


Yearly, more than 300 young African American youth and men come to Ujamaa Place. Most have been involved in our criminal justice systems. They arrive hopeless – without stable housing, education pathways or trained for gainful employment. Mental and chemical health issues suffocate their lives. Ujamaa Place and its Theory of Transformation program provides these enrollees HOPE. 
Please become a part of that HOPE. 

The morning will feature music from T. Mychael Rambo and accompanist Tom West. Thank you to 3M Innovation Center for hosting our program.

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