You can request free saliva test kits for your employees from the Minneapolis Health Department. Fill out this easy online request for resources form. Be sure to include information such as:
Thanks for your interest in using the Discord app to communicate with fellow businesses in Longfellow. The Discord app will allow you all to communicate in real-time via text, voice, and video, in the event of any emergencies - riots, tornadoes, fires, or whatever may come our way. It works on smart-phones and computers, and you can also use it through a web browser, so this will allow for communication between businesses "on the ground” so to speak as well as those in other locations.
LBA will not be moderating this app - we really just hope it can be an effective tool for the business community to connect with one another in times of need. Businesses in Longfellow have widely varying views on politics, policing, safety, etc. This is not a forum for ideological views, venting or promoting your specific business. Please use the app responsibly and respectfully.
Currently, there is a Discord group set up for Downtown Longfellow (Lake and Minnehaha area). We will also be adding other groups based on location.
We hope there will be little use for this, but if there is, it will be helpful to have a tool in place. Everything will go easier if we aren't all using this for the first time when something goes wrong, so please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the app and how it works. Download the app and use this link to connect to the Downtown Longfellow Discord group: https://discord.gg/cyVryqZZDQ
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Check out these upcoming March workshops:
Unilever has committed to providing robust capacity-building support to 12 BIPOC-owned small businesses in the Twin Cities, in partnership with Genesys Works. Unilever has partnered with HandsOn Twin Cities to lead the development and implementation of this program.
They're looking to support:
Applications for these funds are due by Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Learn more and Apply Here.
The Fund for Safe Communities was established in 2018 by the Minneapolis Foundation to support tangible, specific, and meaningful actions to address and prevent violence. This funding opportunity is designed to support gatherings and activities to address community trauma and promote wellness among Minneapolis youth and adults.
Funding will be awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, schools, and religious organizations that support youth, adults, and families in Minneapolis neighborhoods. The Foundation plans to award a total of up to $250,000, with grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 and an average award of approximately $3,000.
Here are some examples of activities they're interested in supporting:
Applications for these funds will begin on Monday, March 15, 2021.
This week, the Governor opened up vaccine eligibility for more Minnesotans. Did you know that you or your employees may now be eligible? Persons working in grocery stores and food service (including catering, restaurants, bars, and cafes) are all newly eligible for the vaccine, regardless of age or health status. One of the easiest ways to find a vaccine is to sign up with the MN Vaccine Connector: https://vaccineconnector.mn.gov/
The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization has Stewardship Fund Grants available for local organizations and businesses to help the environment, engage individuals and communities, and build partnerships to improve water quality and habitat.
The MWMO is currently accepting applications for Community Grants and Planning Grants. View the links for program details and March/April application deadlines.
The City of Minneapolis is offering incentives for both solar resources and energy efficient upgrades to local businesses. Download the one-pager with more details on both the 2021 Solar Project and the 2021 Energy Efficiency Project, including deadlines and how to apply.
COVID-19 has created many challenges for small businesses in Hennepin County. Through Elevate Business HC, Hennepin County businesses impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to receive one-on-one business consulting and technical assistance from a variety of professional service providers at no cost. Some of the services offered include:
The Postal Service has made the decision to rebuild the Minnehaha Post Office in South Minneapolis in the same location, 3033 27th Ave S. While there is not a current construction timeline, all services will continue to operate out of the temporary facility at 10 W Lake Street until further notice. They say that it will provide full-service retail and house local mail delivery operations. No plans for the new building have been shared yet and I will be advocating that the community has input into any plans and that they coordinate with local businesses, especially those nearby who are also planning to rebuild, as well as with the business associations, LCC, and Longfellow Rising.