EPNI is offering Entrepreneur Training Classes this fall at the Finnegans office. EPNI has contracted with the nonprofit Neighborhood Development Center to conduct the classes.
NDC has been promoting and developing small businesses in low income neighborhoods throughout the region for over 20 years. They also provide ongoing support to small business owners – from developing the seed of an idea to start-up to business loans to ongoing advice and counsel.
Students do not need to live in the neighborhood to take the class, nor do they have to be low-income themselves, but they should be interested in opening a business in the Elliot Park Neighborhood or in other low-income communities in the twin cities area.
The class includes 12 two-hour sessions and it is expected to start late-September/early October. The fee is $650 with a sliding scale for payment. EPNI has some people who are interested in sponsoring students, so they may be able to get help financially. The class size will be limited, 8-12 people.
EPNI is offering two informational meetings (flyer below): August 8th at Segue Coffee at 811 11th Avenue and August 21st at Jaur Café, 609 10th Street South. Both sessions are 6-7 p.m.
As a member of the East Town Business Partnership, your voice and your insight are critically important to our leading our efforts to make this a better district for your business to thrive and a great place to live, dine, recreate and enjoy our wonderful city.
East Town is thriving and continues to become the place we have all for many years wished it could be: The Commons park is at our heart; our big, gleaming stadium stands proud over the city skyline; new large and small corporate offices bring thousands into our midst every day; there is a richness of restaurant and entertainment options that never existed before; and our district is the welcome sign into downtown for tens of thousands of light rail riders every day. We are now in the thick of the city life and it is a great place to be located. Our organization is working harder than ever – more effectively than ever – to advocate for your business’s success in this growing, prospering district each and every day. Our goal is to help you to create the long term economic vitality and opportunity that benefits you as well as everyone who lives, recreates and works here.
So today we are asking you to continue to provide the leadership we all rely upon in our district by renewing your membership in the East Town Business Partnership. When your business is a member of ETBP you and all of your employees are members as well, entitled to the full range of ETBP resources designed to help your business thrive. The value and tangible benefits you receive include:
- Official representation for Downtown East and Elliot Park businesses
- Direct access to civic leaders
- Enhanced business visibility via logo link on website and directory listing
- Educational presentations at members’ locations
- Influential representation on area development plans and initiatives
- Economic development support via collaboration with area neighborhood associations
- Wide reaching networking opportunities
- Eligible to serve on the East Town Business Partnership Board of Directors
Today we are asking you to consider membership at Gold, Diamond or Platinum levels so you can be a leader by working with us to better facilitate our communication, technology, and collaboration capacities. Your leadership will help us in the coming years to complete The Commons, to actively bring a focus on economic opportunity for small businesses, and minority and woman owned businesses in our district and to promoting the Park and Portland Avenue Corridors as mixed use successes that bind the vitality of the Downtown East/The Mill District and Elliot park together.
Renewing your membership is simple. Please follow this web link and renew today http://easttownmpls.org/etbp-membership/ to work with us to make this district as great as it can be.
Paul C N Mellblom Dan Collison
ETBP Board President ETBP Executive Director
2017-2018 Business Forum season kicks-off September 21.
Please join us for our Summer Happy Hour Networking Event on Thursday, June 29, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Radisson Red – OUI bar+ktchn – 609 S. 3rd Street. A short program will start at 5:00 p.m. Melissa Wisniewski will introduce the Minneapolis Virtual Safety Network, and representatives from the Minneapolis Area Chamber of Commerce will provide an update on the new Sick and Safe Time Ordinance. There will be light appetizers available and a cash bar. This is a great after work networking opportunity for East Town Business Partnership members.
Please RSVP via Eventbrite.
The next East Town Business Partnership Business Forum is on June 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Millwright Building – 513 S. 3rd Street. The title for the June forum is the “Business Case for Regional Equitable Development.” This month’s forum will feature Shauen V.T. Pearce-Lassiter, the Director of the Center Cities Competitiveness Initiative and City of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges.
A tour will be available of the Millwright Building (Ryan Companies new corporate headquarters) at 11 a.m., prior to the start of the business forum. Please RSVP for the tour and the business forum at Eventbrite.
Business Forum Description
Economic research is telling us that a diverse workforce creates stronger connections with a more diverse customer base, diverse senior management teams are more innovative and produce superior outcomes as compared to homogeneous teams, and the financial returns of companies in the top quartile for racial/ethnic diversity were 30% more likely to outpace industry peers’ financial returns.
This forum will feature Shauen Pearce-Lassiter, Director of the Center Cities Competitiveness Initiative, discussing regional perspectives and
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges discussing the how Minneapolis can be transformed to capture economic acceleration through greater equitable outcomes.
- 11:00 a.m. Optional tour of the Millwright Building (please RSVP)
- 11:30-Noon Registration & Networking
- 12:00-12:10 Welcome / open / announcements/ Introductions (Dan Collison + Paul Mellblom)
- 12:10-12:15 Development Spotlight, “The Iron Clad” Development (Varun Kharbanda)
- 12:15-12:25 Regional Equity Perspectives (Shauen V.T. Pearce-Lassiter)
- 12:25-12:50 Speaker: Mayor Betsy Hodges
- 12:55-1:00 Wrap Up / Close (Dan Collison)
Thank you to Ryan Companies for hosting the June Business Forum!
The next East Town Business Partnership Business Forum is a joint event with the Minneapolis Downtown Council on May 18, at St. Olaf Catholic Church – 215 S. 8th Street. The title for the May forum is “Women in Business,” and will feature Becky Roloff, the President of St. Catherine’s University. This is a free event, but please RSVP via Eventbrite.
This joint forum between the Minneapolis Downtown Council & East Town Business Partnership features Becky Roloff, former CEO of the YWCA and current President of St. Catherine’s University, who will discuss a range of topics related to women in business and education.
11:30am – registration, networking & lunch
12:00pm – welcome & announcements (Dan Collison + Steve Cramer)
12:10pm – sponsor spotlight, Cynthia Froid Group
12:15pm – speaker: Becky Roloff + q&a
12:55pm – program concludes
The East Town Business Partnership Annual Meeting is coming up Thursday, April 20, at the Best Western Normandy Inn.
Registration and networking start at 11:30 a.m. with the program starting at Noon. Please register for the business forum via Eventbrite. We prefer payment by credit card in advance of the meeting, but will accept cash or check at the door. If you RSVP and say that you will pay at the door, but cancel less than 72 hours prior to the event, or do not show, we will send you an invoice to cover the cost of your lunch.
We invite East Town Business Partnership members and guests to our 2017 Annual Meeting! It has been an astonishing year of growth for East Town and our partnership. At this meeting we will elect the board of directors, celebrate of all that has been accomplished, and cast vision for the future.
Steve Cramer, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council will provide a partnership update followed by the two feature presentations: “Park and Portland Avenue Vision for Development” by the BKV Architecture Group and “The Commons Park: Now and in the Future” by the staff of Green Minneapolis.
- Call to Order (Paul Mellblom)
- Introductions, Sponsor Recognition, Announcements (Dan Collison)
- Board Candidate Election (Paul Mellblom)
- ETBP Progress and Strategic Plan Report (Dan)
- Year in Review (Christie Rock Hantge)
- MDC-DID Partnership Update (Steve Cramer)
- “Park and Portland Avenue Vision for Development” by the BKV Architecture Group
- “The Commons Park: Now and in the Future” by the Beth Shogren, Executive Director, and Amanda Wigen, Director of Programming and Events for Green Minneapolis.
- Adjournment (Paul Mellblom)
Please RSVP via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/east-town-business-partnership-annual-meeting-april-20-tickets-33306419397
We prefer payment by credit card in advance of the meeting, but will accept cash or check at the door. If you RSVP and say that you will pay at the door, but cancel less than 72 hours prior to the event, or do not show, we will send you an invoice to cover the cost of your lunch.