Come to the Mayoral Candidate Forum being held under the tent at Plymouth Church, hosted by Steven Square Community Organization! Get to know your candidates for Mayor of Minneapolis before the November 2nd election. We're also welcoming Fair Vote and Charter 4 Change to provide insight on ranked-choice voting and charter amendments!
October 4th, 2021
Plymouth Church Parking Lot (1900 Nicollet Ave)
Rain Date: October 11th, 2021 6pm-7:30pm
Brought to you in partnership with Elliot Park, LHENA, Phillips West, and Whittier Alliance
The Coliseum, a community commercial center since 1917, was almost destroyed following the civil unrest after the murder of George Floyd. In order to restore this historic 80,000 square-foot building, Redesign, a non-profit community development corporation, has closed on the acquisition of the space. This completed acquisition will allow Redesign to restore the building, which would have otherwise been demolished by its previous owners. Redesign has partnered with a number of Black-owned businesses to own and operate the building once restored. Read more via news from our partners at REACH.
Charles Dight, a former council member, was the chief proponent of the eugenics movement in Minnesota, which resulted in the forced sterilization of hundreds of residents. He also urged Minnesotans to adopt eugenics programs modeled on those in Nazi Germany and praised Hitler for his efforts to “stamp out mental inferiority among the German people.”
Having a street named after someone is a significant way to honor their legacy, and given what we know about Charles Dight, we should not continue to honor him in this way.
Residents living on Dight Ave were recently invited to choose an individual to honor that better reflects our community, which is one that welcomes and values all residents. The name which received the most votes is Cheatham Ave, in honor of Captain John Cheatham, one of the first black firefighters in Minneapolis who was stationed at the first all-black fire station (located at 45th Street & Hiawatha Ave). The formal legislative action will take place this fall and new street signs should be up this winter.
CEO Next Business Institute provides practical tools and techniques designed specifically for growing regional second stage companies through free research, peer learning, and topical webinars.
Learn more about CEO Next and the SBA Emerging Leaders program, two regional resources for established, growing businesses at an upcoming information session:
Thursday, October 7, via Zoom
Noon – 1 p.m.
Learn more about CEO Next Business Institute
More Minnesota workers will soon be able to request and receive pregnancy accommodations and stay on compensated time to express milk in the workplace due to an expanded law that strengthens workplace protections for expectant and new parents.
Gov. Tim Walz signed into state law this year legislation that expands provisions of the Women's Economic Security Act, which was passed in 2014 to strengthen workplace protections and flexibility for expectant and new parents, among other priorities.
The changes, which go into effect Jan. 1, 2022, include:
You can review employer assistance materials about expectant and new parent employees here and further details about these upcoming changes or contact DLI’s Labor Standards at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-284-5075. The Minnesota Department of Health’s Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces program also helps businesses figure out the practical steps to implement these legal requirements and also recognizes those that do.
Our partners at Redesign will administer a new round of facade storefront improvement grants for the City of Minneapolis! Now is a great time to spruce up and improve your street-facing storefront. This is a matching grant program with a 1:2 match, up to $5,000, which means that this grant can reimburse one-third of the total cost. To learn more about eligible improvements and apply, contact Brigid.
On Friday, September 10, the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced major enhancements to the COVID EIDL program to better support small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Key changes include the following:
More than $150 billion in COVID EIDL funding is still available through the end of the year. Plus, eligible businesses in low-income areas can apply for up to $15,000 in grant funding through the COVID EIDL Targeted Advance and Supplemental Advance programs. Interested businesses can apply for all three programs at once through one streamlined application. Visit www.sba.gov/eidl for more information about all COVID EIDL programs.
Comcast is awarding 100 small businesses owned by people of color in the Twin Cities with $10,000 grants totaling $1 million.
Applications for the Comcast RISE Investment Fund will be open October 1 through October 14. 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. Learn More
Businesses interested in ways to manage their energy use can contact Joe Krekeler for free assistance with an energy audit. The energy audit includes a walk-through of your property, bill history analysis, and identification of potential energy saving projects. Joe lives in Longfellow, is a professional engineer at the University of Minnesota with over a decade of energy experience. He has offered to volunteer with local businesses interested in fighting climate change. Contact Joe here.