Midway Chamber of Commerce September 12, 2023

Midway Chamber News

~Next Week~ September Member Luncheon: A.I. Artificial Intelligence 9/20

Midway Chamber Coffee Club @ SK Coffee 9/28

Business After Hours @ Burning Brothers Brewing 10/19

2023/2024 All Access Luncheon Pass

Save big and be part of this year's lineup of great programming coming your way with this exclusive deal. Bring along colleagues or clients to check out the wide array of speakers and topics, as well as experience various local venues including those of your fellow Midway members! 

Access Level

Full Year Pass $450

12 Luncheons (July-June)

Includes full entrance into our 1/2 day summits 

1/2 Year Pass- $225

6 Luncheons (July-June)

Includes full entrance into our four 1/2 day summits.

3/4 Year Pass- $337.50

9 Luncheons (July-June)

Includes full entrance into our four 1/2 day summits

Place your order and reserve your passes with our luncheon application form

Sign up yourself on the website here

Questions may be directed to ana@midwaychamber.com

September Member Luncheon:

A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence


A.I. Expert Panel

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, is a hot topic everyone is talking about. What exactly is AI, and how can you use it to become more productive? What are the legal questions and concerns? Find out more from a panel of experts who can help answer questions and let you know how you can use it in your everyday life.

Panelists include:

Andrew Eklund

Ron Lancaster

Michelle Tran Maryns


Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT


Amherst H. Wilder Foundation

451 Lexington Pkwy N

St Paul, MN 55104


$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 sponsor

Nicholas Monson Agency Inc.

Midway Chamber Coffee Club @ SK Coffee

The Midway Chamber continues it's new Coffee Club in the fashion of our Lunch on the Line events! This is a fun, casual networking program to kickoff your morning on the way to work. This month we will be at SK Coffee, a specialty coffee roastery at Vandalia Tower.  


Thursday Sep 28, 2023

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT


550 Vandalia Street

St Paul, MN 55114


Free to attend


Business After Hours @ Burning Brothers Brewing

This October we invite you to meet us for Business After Hours at Burning Brothers Brewing, for some gluten free beer! There's no special filters, enzymes or other gluten-free gimmicks, just a grain free glass of beer that will hit the spot. End the day with the Chamber as you sit back and enjoy your favorite cold beverage! Thank you for supporting your local taprooms and breweries!


Thursday Oct 19, 2023

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CDT


1750 Thomas Ave W.

Saint Paul, MN 55104


Free, but please register to let us know you are attending!


Visit Saint Paul names Jaimee Lucke Hendrikson as new president and CEO | Visit Saint Paul

CEO Next Business Institute

Slice Brothers Grand Opening This Thursday!

New member Slice, will be opening their doors in frogtown for the first time! See their brand new space this Thursday, September 14 at 12pm inside the NDC building. Come attend their Grand opening celebration as they introduce the new Slice Brothers Frogtown to the community. They will have a ribbon cutting ceremony with lots of giveaways and other specials throughout the day!

When: Thursday, September 14, 2023 @ 12pm

Where: 641 University Ave W.

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

Ain Dah Yung Center

Asian Economic Development Association

Macalester College

Ned's Park Service LLC

Park Bugle

Share your thoughts on the Rethinking I-94 alternatives. 

Join @MnDOT at a public meeting to ask your questions, learn more about the alternatives, and help shape the corridor’s future: https://bit.ly/47AVUpg

Celebrating 40 Years of Service with Ain Dah Yung Center

Ain Dah Yung Center relies on the generosity of individuals like you to continue our mission of providing a healing place within the community for American Indian Youth and Families.

Your contribution of $40 will go a long way in helping us cover the event's costs and create a memorable experience for all attendees. Your support will not only contribute to the success of the event but also enable us to continue our mission.

Join Ain Dah Yung Center at the Bell Museum as we celebrate 40 years of service to youth and families. We will be showcasing two documentary short premieres. One documents the ADYC Legacy, highlighting our mission to provide a healing place within the community for American Indian youth and families to thrive in safety and wholeness. The second documentary illustrates youth homelessness through the lens of American Indian, Black, and BIPOC youth challenges and successes as they move through systems to be the advocacy changemakers for future generations.

Appetizers and refreshments will be catered.

Questions? Please E-Mail: Admin@adycenter.org

Schedule for the Evening:

5:00, Doors Open

5:00 - 5:45, Networking & Appetizers

5:15 - 5:45, First Viewing Documentary

6:00 - 6:15, Program Overview and Welcome

6:15 - 6:45, Second Viewing Documentary

7:00, Adjourn


Bell Museum

2088 Larpenteur Ave W

St Paul, MN 55113


Oct 04, 2023 05:00pm - 07:00pm

Free Registration


Check out highlight video of our 2022 Block Party 😊 

Any question please contact Rachael Borman at: Rachael.Borman@pauldavis.com

Looking for something fun to do with your family this fall? Registration is now open for FamilyWise’s 2023 Family Fun Fest Scavenger Hunt!  

Making time for family fun is not only joyful, it is essential for keeping families safe and strong. When families come together to connect through fun, they can take a break from the stress of their day. Seemingly simple actions like slowing down, playing games, taking deep breaths, and laughing together nurture the wellbeing of parents and children, and have the power to prevent family violence.


Gather a team of family or friends to participate in fun and enriching scavenger hunt activities September 21st – 25th. The event is open to all ages and you can play from anywhere in Minnesota. Learn more and register for the event today! www.familywiseservices.org/family-fun-fest

The anniversary of 9/11 has become the largest day of service in America, recognized under federal law. The observance, widely known as “9/11 Day,” now engages more than 30 million Americans, many of whom participate by taking time to volunteer, donate to charities and perform other “good deeds.”  

This year HandsOn Twin Cities is thrilled to partner with 9/11 Day to support our local 9/11 Day Meal Packing event, which will take place at the University of Saint Thomas Schoenecker Arena in St. Paul. Nationally more than six million meals will be packed, engaging 20,000 volunteers. Local meals will be distributed to individuals and families right here in the Twin Cities through Second Harvest Heartland!

We need your help to make it happen! 

We’re looking for Event Support Volunteers to help orchestrate the event experience. All volunteers will receive a 9/11 Day Volunteer T-shirt and refreshments.

This is a perfect opportunity for Employee/Business Resource Groups, teams, or individuals to help out! The shifts are approximately 3-4 hours and we will coordinate parking for all support volunteers. They include:

  • Event Set-up (Sunday, September 10 from 2-6 pm)
  • Table Captains (shifts on September 11 from 7:30 am – 11:30 am or 11:00 – 3:00 pm)
  • Heavy Lifters, to help replenish meal ingredients (shifts on September 11 from 7:30 am – 11:30 am or 11:00 – 3:00 pm)
  • Runners to help move boxes (shifts on September 11 from 7:30 am – 11:30 am or 11:00 – 3:00 pm)

Volunteers can register for the shift and role of their choice at https://www.handsontwincities.org/911dayofservice2023-1, or if you have a team you can be in touch with Sheila Her at sheila@handsontwincities.org and we can help get teams easily registered. There is no cost or fee associated with this opportunity. 

Help Keep Our Program Going

Just before the start of the 2023-24 school year, students and families in St. Paul are facing significant cutbacks and outright eliminations of after-school programs for the upcoming year - once again due to funding issues. These youth development programs have been vital to the ability of St. Paul families to access equal opportunity for their children, not to mention simply having healthy outlets for youth to develop and maintain faith in the St. Paul school system. 


Programs supported and led by Chops, inc. are also facing cut back. Chops, with the support of the Midway Chamber and Commerce, has made huge strides in supporting SPPS in restoring healthy youth outlets shaken by waves of inconsistent funding and decimated in the aftermath of the Coivd-19 pandemic. As St. Paul families again receive the news their children’s opportunities may disappear, Chops seeks to fight back. 


Chops is calling fellow Midway Chamber of Commerce members to join us in fundraising to cover our operating costs for the 2023-24 school year. This will not only empower St. Paul schools to have confidence the restorative music programs will continue but to have more funds to avoid cuts to other youth programs this year. With the cost of an instructor for the entire year at approximately $4800, Chops believes that the stability of these programs is well within reach. Each time this fundraising benchmark is met, another program is saved from being taken away from St. Paul youth yet again. 


If you are able to support Chops in reaching its goal, please email Michael at Michael.finney@chopsinc.com.


See here for more information: https://www.chopsinc.org/sppsdrumlines

2023 Leaders in Local Government Awards

Join the East Metro chambers as we honor five organizations, an Elected Official of Note and a Rising Star in the East Metro who exemplify and demonstrate innovation, excellence, and success in local government! 

Congratulations to our finalists!

Business Retention and Expansion:

  • City of Oakdale
  • Dakota County Career Fairs 


Communications and Marketing:

  • Dakota County Bison Reintroduction Campaign
  • Farmington "Unexpectedly Bold"
  • Oakdale Parks and Recreation



  • Dakota County Juvenile Services Center Garden
  • Dakota County Provider Shortage Workgroup
  • Woodbury Police Department- Otis the Community Support Dog


Planning, Land Use, and Public Works:

  • City of Maplewood Parks and Natural Resources
  • Dakota County Cliff Road Wildlife Tunnel Project
  • Washington County Parks


Public Safety:

  • City of St. Paul HART team
  • Eagan Police Department
  • Ramsey County Juvenile Justice Initiative (Board, Attorney, Sheriff)


Rising Star:

  • Jared Johnson, City of Farmington
  • Eric Petersen, City of St. Paul
  • Kristin Seaman, City of Woodbury

Congratulations to our Elected Official of Note: Amy Brendmoen, Saint Paul City Council President

New this year!

Learn more about the finalists of the Department/Local Government Awards at our Finalist Exposition, where each finalist will have the opportunity to host a table. This is a great opportunity to learn, ask questions, and make connections while networking with other attendees. 

Event Schedule:

11:00 am: Networking and Finalist Exposition 

12:00 pm: Program begins; lunch is served.

1:00 pm: Event concludes.


Wednesday Sep 13, 2023

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT


The Oaks at Eagan Community Center

1501 Central Parkway

Eagan, MN 55121


Register at 2023 Leaders in Local Government Awards (stpaulchamber.com)

Individual Ticket, Member $40.00

Individual Ticket, Non Member $60.00

Member table of 8 $320.00

Non Member table of 8 $480.00

We know that once the sun comes out, people are eager to explore the city’s best patios, so we’ve put together a list of 20 spots throughout Saint Paul neighborhoods with awesome outdoor ambiance. The passport is free to sign-up for and includes the option to check-in when you visit a new location. Each check-in gets you points that can be redeemed for fun prizes like stickers, socks, gift cards and the chance to win a weekend in Saint Paul. Visit ALL of the patios and get added to the Patio Pro wall of fame. And for extra fun, each of the restaurants submitted a song to be included in the Saint Paul Patio Playlist. 

Patio Passport Media release

Sign-up for the pass here

Patios include:

  • Apostle Supper Club
  • Bad Weather Brewing
  • Bang Brewing
  • Brunson’s Pub
  • City House
  • Dark Horse
  • Dock & Paddle
  • El Burrito Mercado
  • French Meadow Café
  • Hope Breakfast Bar
  • Iron Ranger
  • Lake Monster Brewing
  • Moscow on the Hill
  • Saint Paul Brewing
  • Taste of Rondo
  • The Gnome Craft Pub
  • The Lexington
  • Urban Growler Brewing Company
  • WA Frost
  • Waldmann Brewery

Now Hiring

Full Time:

The Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) 

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