September | Celebrating the East End Development!
A joint business forum with the mpls downtown council celebrating the transformative East End mixed-use project bringing new housing, hotel, expanded commercial space, and a Trader Joe’s grocery store, the first of its kind in downtown!
October | The Joys and Burdens of Starting and Building a Business in Minneapolis
This forum will explore the contours, threats and opportunities of entrepreneurialism in the City of Minneapolis through the unfolding experience of a premier and growing business in East Town. Jeff Sommers, Co-owner of Izzy’s Ice Cream, will be the feature presenter.
November | What is the Difference Between Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?
A panel of economic, social enterprise, and policy leaders will be discussing the important field of investment in the growth of human capital at all levels of business.
December | Downtown Demographics: Who Are We Becoming?
The downtown residential population continues to surge year over year. This shared forum with the mpls downtown council will feature the State of Minnesota Demographer and residential development professionals exploring who we are becoming together.
January | Car Lanes, Bus Lanes, Bike Lanes—Oh My!
Figuratively speaking it seems that modes of transportation do not always get along. This forum will feature a panel of transportation design experts talking frankly about downtown street design, emerging trends in multi-modalism and potential disruptive technologies such as autonomous vehicles.
February | Ways the Social Determinants of Health are Transforming Institutions
The World Health Organization defines the social determinants of health as “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age.” In this forum East Town and Hennepin Healthcare’s Upstream Health Innovation Team will discuss cutting edge research, measurements, and health care programs that are changing the very nature of health care itself.
March | The Economic Opportunities of Engaging Homelessness
Downtown Minneapolis is home to nationally recognized thinkers and organizations that work to end homelessness. This joint forum with the mpls downtown council will feature People Serving People CEO Daniel Gumnit moderating a panel focusing on where economic innovations meet human need.
April (Annual Meeting) | Advancing Arts and Entertainment in East Town
East Town is known for the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music, and the US Bank Stadium. Are you also familiar with Gamut Gallery, Good Arts Collective, Armory Event Center, and neighborhood art venues? This season’s Annual Meeting will feature our growing arts and entertainment scene!
May | Crime and Safety, Sentencing and Restorative Justice
This forum will feature a candid panel conversation about the intersection of downtown crime, modern policing, sentencing, incarceration, and restorative justice.
June | Toward an Inclusive Downtown
This joint forum with the mpls downtown council will unveil the results from the yearlong “Inclusive Downtown Think Tank” co-sponsored with the YMCA that set out to cast a bold new vision for an increasingly welcoming downtown.
Thank you to everyone who attended the joint business forum on June 21, at the new FINNovation Lab / Impact Hub located within the new Kraus Anderson headquarters block. Between ETBP and minneapolis downtown council members, we had over 90 people at this event.
Thank you to our great line up of guest speakers, including Council Member Lisa Goodman, Jacquie Berglund from Finngans, Mary Rick from the FINNovation Lab / Impact Hub and John Campobasso from Kraus Anderson.
On July 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Minneapolis is going up to $10.25 for small employers and $11.25 for large employers.
The Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance defines small businesses as 100 or fewer employees and large businesses as more than 100 employees.
Tips and gratuities do not count toward payment of a minimum wage.
The City’s Department of Civil Rights oversees enforcement of the municipal minimum wage, and workers are encouraged to report violations online.
Minneapolis’ minimum wage ordinance comes as inequality climbs nationally, and more than 84,000 people in Minneapolis earn incomes below the federal poverty level. Inaction by federal and state governments has prompted more cities throughout the country to enact their own laws.
Increases in Minneapolis’ minimum wage will benefit tens of thousands of families. Forty-one percent of all black workers and 54 percent of all Latino workers (compared to only 17 percent of all white workers) in Minneapolis previously earned less than $15 per hour and will receive raises.
The ordinance supports the City’s goals of promoting economic inclusion and reducing economic and racial disparities.
For more information about the ordinance, visit minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov. For additional questions call 311 or email email@example.com.
Our final business forum of the 2017-2018 season is coming up on Thursday, June 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This will be a joint event with the minneapolis downtown council. It will be a special celebration of the Kraus Anderson block. The event will take place in the FINNovation Lab/Impact Hub space. Please RSVP via Eventbrite.
The redevelopment of an entire block of East Town is a celebration of urban innovation and best practices for mixed use development. This shared forum with between the East Town Business Partnership and mpls downtown council will introduce us to all that is new on this block including new housing, the Elliot hotel and restaurant, the Finnovation Center, and the new Kraus Anderson headquarters.
- John Campabasso, VP and Director of Marketing, Kraus Anderson
- Jacquie Berglund, CEO Finnegans
- Mary Rick, CEO Impact Hub/Finnovation Center
11:30 am – registration and lunch
12:00 pm – program begins
1:00 pm – program concludes
Thank you to everyone who attended the business forum on May 17, at the Wells Fargo Campus in Downtown East. We had over 50 members at this event. Thank you to our great line up of guest speakers who shared invaluable information with us about upcoming events and activities taking place in The Commons, the work of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the status of The Falls Initiative.
Commons Park Programming Spotlight
Beth Shogren, Executive Director, Green Minneapolis
Bruce Chamberlain, Parks Fellow, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
Janette Law, Director – Communications & Strategic Partnerships, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
Kjersti Monson, Manager, The Falls Initiative
Mark your calendars. The next ETBP Happy Hour Networking event is scheduled for Thursday, June 14, from 4:30 p.m., to 6:00 p.m., at McKinney Roe . This event will feature Kevin Warren, the Chief Executive Officer with the Minnesota Vikings.
This event is free to attend. McKinney Roe will provide complementary appetizers with a cash bar. Please RSVP via Eventbrite, so we have an idea about how many people to expect.
Please help us welcome our new Social Media Intern Ben Kvale. Ben is a student at North Central University, majoring in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He will be helping grow the East Town Business Partnership’s social media presence. He will be updating our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and providing material for Website posts. Ben will be doing some profiling of our members, so don’t be surprised if you get an email from him. He will also be attending some of our upcoming business forums and happy hour networking events, as well as be out and about in the East Town Business District at summer events and activities. For more info about Ben, please check out his LinkedIn profile. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next East Town Business Partnership Business Forum will take place on Thursday, May 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Wells Fargo Headquarters in the 4th Floor Crews and Wetzel Room – 550 S. 4th Street. Registration, lunch and networking will start at 11:30 a.m., and the program will start at noon. Please register for the event by no later than Monday, May 14, at 4 p.m. via Eventbrite.
The City of Minneapolis recently passed a resolution supporting
The Falls, a redevelopment initiative to transform the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock into a visitor and interpretive center. The Water Works project continues to move ahead adjacent to this new project. Collectively, this forum will feature leadership from the Riverfront Partnership and the Minneapolis Park Foundation giving us a comprehensive look at projects transforming the riverfront for generations to come.
- Bruce Chamberlain, Parks Fellow, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
- Janette Law, Director – Communications & Strategic Partnerships, Minneapolis Parks Foundation
- Kjersti Monson, Manager, The Falls Initiative
- Beth Shogren, Executive Director, Green Minnepolis with Commons Park programming spotlight
11:30 am: Registration and networking
12:00 pm: Welcome + Introductions – Paul Mellblom
12:05 pm: Announcements and Updates – Dan Collison
12:15 pm: Commons Park Programming Spotlight—Beth Shogren
12:25 pm: Feature Presentations—Tom Evers & Kjersti Monson
12:55: Wrap up – Dan Collison
1:00 pm: Program ends