Midway Avenues Newsletter April 11,   2017
April Monthly Membership Meeting: Barbara Hunn, Keys Cafe
In 1973, a restaurant opened up on Raymond Avenue near University. That one restaurant is now the first of nine locations in the Twin Cities for the popular Keys Cafe. Find out how this restaurant in the Midway started one of the most beloved restaurants in the Twin Cities. Hear from Keys Cafe founder/owner Barbara Hunn about the importance of family in this (now) multi-generational family business. 

Wednesday, April 19
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Town and Country Club
300 North Mississippi River Blvd. 
St Paul, MN 55104

Thank you to our presenting sponsor:                      Thank you to our supporting sponsor:

Want to learn more about the Snelling -Midway & Ford sites?
 Attend work session for the City Comp Plan

At the recent Midway Chamber of Commerce mayoral forum, candidates referred to both the Snelling/Midway site and Ford site as "once in a lifetime opportunities." Find out updates and provide input to City staff on both of these important projects that will help shape Saint Paul for generations.

The City of Saint Paul is planning work sessions throughout the City for the Comprehensive Plan.  The Comprehensive Plan is the City's "blueprint" for guiding the physical development of Saint Paul over the next 20 years.  It contains 6 chapters (land use, transportation, parks and recreation, housing, historic preservation and water resources), and is adopted by the City Council as official City policy.  The Plan is used to guide the City's capital improvement budget and other public investments (e.g. housing financing), zoning and land use decisions, and private development.  Click here to view the current plan. 

Attendees will get to learn about plans for the next Comprehensive Plan and to provide necessary input from the business community.  
The BRC is hosting a focus group conversation with our member businesses to discuss the following questions:
1.     Should the City allow rezoning of industrially-zoned land for other uses, such as housing, office and retail?
2.     How does transportation (including transit, bikes and pedestrian facilities) impact your business - e.g. how does it impact your ability to recruit and retain employees, or to move product, or to attract customers?
3.     How does the availability of affordable housing choices impact your business?  Is there a relationship between transportation and housing costs for your employees or customers?

Thursday, April 13
8-9:30 a.m.
Midpointe Event Center
415 N. Pascal St.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
RSVP HERE- This is a free event

Reservation Required- Space is Limited!!

The HHH Job Corps
Please join us for a very special Lunch on the Line.

We will gather at the HHH Job Corps for a delicious meal prepared  by the culinary students.  

The menu is as follows:
  • Your choice of Ribeye or Quarter Chicken
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Dessert
Luncheon fee is just $20 & will benefit the Student Government Association.
Make your reservation today as there are only a few remaining spots. 
Thursday, April 13
Noon-1:00 p.m.

1480 Snelling Ave. N.
 Saint Paul, MN 55108

Join us as we celebrate and support our local businesses .  Every two weeks we visit a restaurant and encourage our membership and the community to take transit and join us in our effort to 
"Keep it green, Keep it local."

Economic Development Meeting- April 25
Join us for the April Economic Development meeting! This month, we will hear updates from 
1919 University Ave., the Riverview Corridor and learn more about the impact of the newly renovated Midway YMCA. Thank you to Goodwill/Easter Seals for hosting and for lunch provided by MetroPlains.

Tuesday, April 25
11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Goodwill/Easter Seals
553 Fairview Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Cost: FREE

Thank you to our sponsor: 
    St.Paul Port Authority Logo
Ask a Millennial
How do you attract and retain young employees? In what ways do you make them feel valued so you can get the most out of them and their talents? The Midway Chamber's Higher Ed Committee wants to help bridge the gap between young adults and employers. At the upcoming event, Ask A Millennial, students and young alums will be asked what qualities they seek out (and which ones make them run away) from employers. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how to attract and retain young employees, while finding their talents.  

Friday, April 28
7:30-9 a.m.

American Engineering Testing
550 Cleveland Ave. N.
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Cost: FREE

A Can Can Celebration
Have you been wanting to check out the newly opened Can Can Wonderland? Now's your chance! 

Spend the night with friends from the Midway Chamber at this special opportunity which will include a buffet dinner and a round of mini-golf. This is a family friendly event, so bring your kids.
 Sign up fast- space is limited!

Thursday, April 27
4:30-7:30 p.m.
755 Prior Avenue N.
Cost: $25 a person- this includes a dinner buffet & a round of putt putt

Bocce After Business/ Business After Hours
Our first installment of this program was great fun! What are you waiting for?
Grab a beverage and join the fun whether you play or cheer from the sidelines.  Bocce is an easy & fun game to play, but rules and instructions will be shared prior to the game.  Stick around for Irish Night and enjoy free live music and homemade corned beef specials
Wednesday, May 10
4-6 p.m.

Half Time Rec
1013 Front Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55103

Cost: Free
Join Mendoza Law and the Midway Chamber of Commerce on May 12 for the fourth installment of this program.  You will leave with a toolkit of ideas on how to protect your organization from a cyber attack.
Friday, May 12
8:15-9:30 a.m.

Spruce Tree Center
1600 University Avenue, first floor conference room
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Cost: Free
MN United vs. LA Galaxy
Minnesota United is playing its first season of Major League Soccer! Join in on the fun and attend a
 game with the Midway Chamber. Friends and family are welcome to come and cheer on the 
United vs. the LA Galaxy. With a game against the team made famous by David Beckham and 
Landon Donovan, this game is expected to be the second most popular game of the year- 
second only to the home opener. 
Sunday, May 21
4 p.m.

TCF Bank Stadium

Cost: $30 (ticket value= $38)

Leadership Summit May 24
The Annual Leadership Summit is fast approaching! Held once again at Augsburg, the Leadership Summit will feature Diana Pierce, a hands experience of making connections through community engagement followed by luncheon keynote speaker Sylvia Bartley. 

Morning Session: Diana Pierce "Mentoring Emerging Leaders in an Uncertain World"   
Mentoring has long been recognized as a powerful tool in personal career development. It is an essential element in any organization's leadership success. Mentoring is a dynamic process for both mentor and mentee. Diana will bring her personal experience and expertise to this workshop by including  examples of what a mentor does; identification of personal mentor style;and tools that can be used to create a personal mentoring plan

Diana Pierce, Chief Creative Officer at  Diana Pierce Productions
MAL, Augsburg College

Morning Session: "Making Connection Through Community Engagement" 
Understanding how to make connections is critical if your organization is to grow and advance.  The Cedar/Riverside neighborhood is home to a unique array of emerging small businesses, and entrepreneurs - especially East Africa immigra nt businesses and non-profits.  Using Augsburg's connections to Cedar/Riverside (one of the most diverse communities in this region) participants will have a walking tour - exploring and engaging local business and nonprofit groups to learn about the rich mosaic that makes up this area.  Mary Laurel will introduce participants to local businesses and organizations to learn more about how knowing, understanding, and connecting to your neighborhood will have a positive impact on your organization.

Mary Laurel True, Director of Service Learning and
Community Engagement at Augsburg College

Lunch Keynote: Sylvia Bartley "The Power of Leading From Your Heart:  
An Authentic Form of Innovation & Progressive Leadership." 

Sylvia Bartley, BSc (Hons), Pharmacology; PhD, Neurophysiology
Global Director, Medtronic Philanthropy

Sylvia's a lifelong seeker of spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. She strives to hold these values in all aspects of her life, both as a Global Director at Medtronic and in her community-service work.  Developing and exceeding strategic goals is a hallmark of Sylvia's work at every position she has held from academia to sales and global marketing.  During 15 years with Medtronic Sylvia has convened global cross-functional teams to disseminate neurosurgical techniques for Deep Brain Stimulation therapy. She is now a Global Director in Philanthropy, a position that perfectly blends her business acumen, influential leadership style, dedication to community service and quest to elevate compassion and humanity at work. She's a recipient of several awards for her extraordinary achievement in business, her potential to lead change and strengthen communities; including Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 2017 Women in Business Award, 2013 Diversity in Business Award and 2014 Bush Foundation Fellowship. 

Wednesday, May 24
8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.-- Can't make the morning? Then  please join us for our Monthly Luncheon

Schedule of the Day
8:30 - 9 a.m. - Registration & Refreshments
9- 11:30 a.m. - Educational Session 1 or 2
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Monthly Luncheon with Dr. Sylvia Bartley, Medtronic Philanthropy

Augsburg College
2211 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

- Luncheon passes can be applied to the whole event

  Thank you to our sponsors: 


The founders of Larkin Hoffman set out to form a different kind of firm, with a focus on providing truly responsive service to our clients. They adopted four guiding principles that have defined our culture for more than 50 years:
  • Provide excellent client service
  • Create fee structures that our clients find reasonable and appropriate for their businesses
  • Encourage creative thinking among attorneys working in a collaborative environment
  • Give back to our community
Larkin Hoffman has changed a good deal since the firm was founded in 1958, but we have never wavered from our commitment to these principles. They have allowed us to embrace change more readily in technology, diversity, sustainability and other areas that are central to our ability to serve clients. 
These principles guide us today as much as they did at the firm's founding.  We are committed to them, even as we continue to change in response to the changing needs of our clients.
Larkin Hoffman
Bob Long
8300 Norman Center Drive, Suite 1000
Minneapolis, MN 55437
Como golf course
80th Annual Midway on the Fairway
June 9, 2017

Space is  very limited to golf 
( less than 30 spots r

register  HERE  

Not a golfer?  Join us for all of the fun, but non of the work of the tournament.
 The  BBQ, Awards Ceremony & Program will take place again under the big tent at Como Golf Course from 12-2.   Registration can be completed    HERE

Show your support by donating a Silent Auction item by May 10th
  This is a fantastic opportunity to get your organization's name in front of all attendees. New this year- is the popular, user friendly electronic format we've been using at the Annual Celebration. This means more eyes & more time in front of people with your organization's information. The donation form can be found   HERE

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor:


Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors: 
Anchor Bank          

Additional Sponsors: 



Interested in a sponsorship?
 It's a great way to get your name in front of people. Give the office a call at 
651-646-2636 for more information. 

Rent Space from the Midway Chamber!
The Midway Chamber's subleasers are moving out & you can move in! 

  Our office includes:
  • Renovated building & offices
  • 1 or 2 private offices
  • In-office conference room for 12
  • Free access to state of the art conference room which accommodates 50
  • Attached covered parking ramp with one parking spot for you
  • Wifi, internet, copier
  • Storage room
  • Workout facilities for an additional $25/ year
  • Convenient location at Snelling & University, just steps away from light rail & bus routes
  • Contact Chad at chad@midwaychamber.com to learn more. 


The Chamber is Looking for a few good men & women 
to join our Ambassador program. 
As the public relations arm of the Midway Chamber of Commerce, Ambassadors are often the first contact for new and prospective members & encouraged to select the most effective activities to meet their personal and professional objectives.  All of the activities can be conveniently worked into your schedule.

Ambassador Activities Include:
  • Attending  Ribbon Cuttings for new organizations within the Midway area
  • Greeting & registration help at Monthly Membership Luncheons 
  • Delivering membership packets to new & renewing members
Ambassador Benefits: 
As an Ambassador, you have extensive opportunities to network and get your name out to new and existing members. The following is only a sampling of the ways this is done:
  • Recognition on the Midway Chamber's website.
  • Profile will be included in the chamber's online newsletter 
  • Marketing to members by including your business cards or brochures in the membership packets 
  • Opportunity to be the initial point of contact for new and prospective members at luncheons& events
Want to learn more? I'd love to chat. Contact Beth at  Beth@midwaychamber.com or 
call the office at 651-646-2636.

It's tax season. Use a Chamber member!
Trying to find an accountant to do your taxes?  Ask a Chamber member to help:

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- JB Vang
- Minnesota United FC
- Saint Paul Public Library- Rondo
- Seven Corners Print & Promo
- Skinner's Catering
- University Carleton Development

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1600 University Avenue West, Suite 301, Saint Paul, MN 55104

President's Circle

    Warners' Stellian 4 color        


Director's Circle

Anchor Bank            Hamline           St.Paul Port Authority Logo Seven Corners Printing Logo 


Associate Circle

Ally People Solutins:  University Avenue Clean Team   Associated Bank   Bywater Business Solutions Espresso Services FastSigns Roseville   Hubbard Broadcasting Inc.  

Ideal Printers   Mendoza Law Office  Mahoney Ulbrich Christiansen & Russ, P.A.

Mortenson Construction St. Paul Saints Baseball Club