Former STEP-UP Participant Mentors Wells Fargo Interns
Interns placed at Wells Fargo for their work experience with
STEP-UP have an extra advantage this summer. Champaigne McComb, a STEP-UP
alumnus, will help the new interns learn the ropes at Wells Fargo and mentor
them through their work experience. This spring, Champaigne came to the orientations for new
STEP-UP interns and helped to provide youth and their families with banking
Champaigne worked at Wells Fargo as an intern with STEP-UP
in 2012. After graduating from high school, Champaigne was hired at Wells Fargo
as a teller in their banking operations. After working as a teller, she moved
to a personal banker position, but ultimately liked the customer interaction
and variety as a teller. Champaigne is now a lead teller.
On July 8th, one of Minnesota’s largest
nonprofits, Be The Match, broke ground on a new expanded headquarters in
Minneapolis’ North Loop Neighborhood. The ceremony included comments by Dr.
Jeffrey Chell, Chief Executive Officer, Be The Match; Christine
Fleming, President, Be The Match Foundation; Bill
Katter, Executive Vice President; United Properties, Dave
St. Peter, President Minnesota Twins; Jim Pohlad, Owner Minnesota Twins; and City of Minneapolis Ward 3 Council Member Jacob Frey.
Focused on delivering cures through bone marrow and
umbilical cord blood transplantation, the demand for Be The Match has grown
This new seven-story building with approximately
240,000-square-feet is the largest build-to-suit office to be undertaken in the
North Loop, with Target Field, Target Field Station, and Ford Center serving as
major catalysts for the expansion of the area. The project team includes
developer United Properties, building architect RSP Architects, interior
architect Perkins + Will, and general contractor RJM Construction. The City of
Minneapolis is serving as the projects pollution remediation grants manager.
Visit Be The Match online
Last September, Hennepin County began to offer local
businesses, nonprofits and institutions grants up to $50,000 to start or
improve programs to divert recyclables and organics from the trash. The program
was created because the commercial sector currently generates more than half of
the total waste in the county – of which nearly two-thirds could be recycled. Having
a strong recycling program conserves natural resources and reduces greenhouse
gas emissions, can help your bottom line, and demonstrates your organization’s
commitment to sustainability and the community. The next grant deadline is
October 15, 2014.
Hennepin County also offers signage, technical
assistance and case studies to help business and organizations start or improve
For more information
click here or contact Andre Xiong at 612-543-1316.
On June 19, 2014, City of Minneapolis Employment &
Training co-hosted a successful hiring and resource event with the Ababukar
As-Saddique Islamic Center drawing an estimated 200 jobseekers. This partnership event was the first of its
kind to be held at the Islamic Center and drew most of the jobseekers from the
Cedar Riverside neighborhood. This event
brought together over 20 community organizations and local employers, providing
a dynamic atmosphere for jobseekers to connect and network with local
organizations, City Council representatives, and potential employers. Jobseekers also had an opportunity to hear from a number of speakers including
career specialists on training resources and employability strategies. This was the second RENEW Minneapolis Hiring and Resource Event this year in a series of five events.
More information on RENEW Minneapolis.
Inspired by the intimate Korean dining experiences of the
West Coast and New York, Thomas Kim and his wife Kat Melgaard opened
The Rabbit Hole Restaurant in The Midtown Global Market last
November. Able to seat up to 150 guests in both group and small
private settings like in typical Korean restaurants, The Rabbit Hole
restaurant was designed for people to step out of their daily routine
and lose themselves far, far away. Kim designed the menu to
introduce a new style of cuisine and of eating: shared dining or family
style dining. The result is an offering of global street food mixed
with Korean flavors that are easy to share (e.g. Kimchi Pancakes).
While planning their restaurant, the couple received
business consulting support from the City of Minneapolis Business
Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) through community-based provider
Neighborhood Development Center (NDC). Through the B-TAP program,
they were connected to and approved for a City of Minneapolis
Two-Percent Loan for $30,000. By leveraging these funds, the
Rabbit Hole was able to get a $75,000 market rate loan with Highland
is grateful for the support from the City and
said that in his experience the procedure of opening a small business
in Minneapolis is very simple compared to Los Angeles.
Visit The Rabbit Hole
Heard a Subaru commercial lately? Then
you’ve probably heard of, or rather from BWN Music; a growing, full-service
music and sound production company based in Minneapolis. The idea for the
firm came in 2002 when now business partners Ken Brahmstedt and Carl White
started doing post production audio and music for Highwire, LLC. In 2006,
as the owner of Highwire went on to exciting new things, they went out on their
own and incorporated as Brahmstedt White Noise (BWN Music).
Although BWN primarily works with advertising
firms, they are happy to work on productions large and small alike. They can mix the audio for a TV commercial, create sound for a YouTube video, or make a
simple mnemonic (i.e. audio brand, like the Intel sound). They provide
custom music including writing original scores, instrumentals, and TV
BWN has 9 Minneapolis employees and 3 LA
employees. The LA office recruits national business to Minneapolis.
To plan for future growth, the firm closed a $20,000 (market rate) loan with
Venture bank and a $20,000 (two-percent interest) loan with the City of Minneapolis
on Wednesday, July 2. Ken Brahmstedt says that the key to their success is that
they never stop imagining what they can do and focus on building relationships
You can find BWN located at 10 South 5th
Street, Suite 1101 or online here. Or, you can see (hear) their work on TV when you watch (listen to) commercials like Subaru.
toolkit was created by the 13th Ward Office and CPED’s
Development Services Staff in response to multiple requests from residents who
wanted to know their rights when it came to residential construction nearby.
The toolkit provides Minneapolis residents with the information they may need
when living next to a construction site.
- Who's who when it comes to construction in City government
- Steps recommended to prepare for construction
- Handling common construction management issues
- What to do if you experience problems
View Toolkit online
On Saturday, July 12, 2014, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
Seward Community Co-operative will celebrate the groundbreaking of its new
South Minneapolis store to be located at the corner of 38th Street and 3rd
Avenue. This special event will include notable guest speakers, live music,
and, of course, delicious food for attendees.
Remarks and presentations will be provided by U.S. 5th District
Congressman Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Council Member Elizabeth Glidden,
Minneapolis Council Member Alondra Cano, MN State Senator Jeff Hayden, and
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges. The new store will be called the Friendship
Site and it will serve as a full service grocery. Opening is slated for Summer 2015.
Currently, at Seward Co-Op’s 2823 East Franklin Avenue
location, hiring is ongoing! Current positions include cashier, wellness clerk,
baker, bagger, and more! Applications are available here. For questions, please contact Marie Larson with City of Minneapolis Employment and Training at 612.673.5292.
With Minneapolis experiencing a very wet spring and summer, some residents
have been dealing with flooding in their basements that may have damaged their
possessions. For dealing with flooded basements, water-logged/damaged
furniture, carpets and other items, there are options:
The City’s solid waste and recycling crews will pick up large furniture items
like couches, sofas, and recliners on your recycling or garbage day. Items are
also accepted at the South Transfer Station with a voucher.
The City’s website has a What-To-Do-List
if residents need information about how to dispose of certain items.
After the recent heavy rain you may have extra, wet garbage. As part of your
regular garbage service:
- You may place up to two extra garbage bags or boxes of garbage next to your
- Items must not fall apart or break when crews pick them up.
- Each bag or box must weigh less than 40 pounds.
- If you use boxes for extra garbage, these will not be returned.
Some residents may decide to rent a dumpster to get rid of debris and damaged
property. If you do rent a dumpster and decide to have it placed on the street
in front of your home, you will need a permit.
A street use permit is required when placing a dumpster or storage unit in the
street or public right-of-way.
If you are a renter and find that your landlord is not dealing with
problems in your basement, contact 311 or report
the problem online.
If remodeling work is needed in your basement, a permit may be required.
Visit the City’s website to learn more about the permitting