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Growing MPLS

September 2017

CPED's Mission: Grow a vibrant, livable, safely built city for everyone. 


Eat Street at 20

September 7 - February 25
Hennepin History Museum

How did "Eat Street," the length of Nicollet Avenue famous for its range of delicious destinations, develop? Who were the men and women who built these businesses, and how did they shape the street? How has the neighborhood changed over the years? And why "Eat Street," anyway? This exhibition turns the spotlight on the evolution of one of Hennepin County's favorite streets.
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Open Streets - West Broadway

Saturday, September 9
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Explore your neighborhood and local businesses as you bike, walk, or roll on streets closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to community! 

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*Visit our Minneapolis 2040 booth at the corner of West Broadway and Dupont

Hospitality Job Fair

Wednesday, September 13
1-4 p.m.
Minneapolis Downtown/Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (2nd Level)

Meet employers with openings in the hospitality industry looking to fill high in demand positions now including culinary/catering, customer service and operations and facilities positions.  Great opportunity to meet employers that will be hosting large events conjunction with the upcoming Super Bowl - such as the Minneapolis Convention Center.

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King's Fair

Saturday, September 16

12-5 p.m. 

Matthews Park
Every other September, the Seward neighborhood celebrates a much anticipated festival at Matthews Park known as King’s Fair. This eclectic family-friendly event features costume parade, artwork by our creative community, interesting history about our neighborhood, and plenty of fun activities organized by our local businesses and neighbors.

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Open Streets - Nicollet

Sunday, September 24
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Explore your neighborhood and local businesses as you bike, walk, or roll on streets closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to community!

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Twin Cities Startup Week

October 9-15, 2017

In every corner of the Twin Cities Metro Area there is a hacker, maker, artist and entrepreneur whose efforts power the future economic vitality of this great state. During this week, we say thank you in the form of attention, praise and money... if you feel so bold. It's an entire week of startups on display. Welcome to #TCSW.

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New & Expanding Businesses








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105 Fifth Avenue South
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Public Service Center
Development Review
Customer Service Center
250 South Fourth Street
Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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City Hall
Business Licensing
350 South 5th Street
Room 1C
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Business Profile: Mrs. Sano All-Inclusive Nanny Services

Mrs. Sano Business Profile Collage
Left to right, top to bottom: Mrs. Sano Daniel, white board fun, Nanny Pamela Whittaker and sleepy baby, Mrs. Sano with some of her young friends. (Source: Mrs. Sano All-Inclusive Nanny Services)

Sano Daniels’ love for children has become a growing business. 16 years ago, while raising her own four children, Sano became a Licensed Day Care Provider in her Near North home. Over the years, she also became a crisis nursery provider and does respite care for kids with special needs. Her work took on a new dimension when she began caring for the children of a professional athlete. As word traveled, she became the team’s official nanny during home games and even traveled with some families during away games and vacations.  After years of her business growing, and with more requests than she and her daughter, Jada, could juggle, a friend referred Sano to City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Provider (B-TAP), NEON (Northside Economic Opportunity Network) for assistance. With help on everything from creating a business plan, logo and calling cards to setting up a website and finding subcontractors to hire, Mrs. Sano All-Inclusive Nanny Services was born in 2016. Along with nanny services, light housekeeping, overnight care and nanny vacation assistance, Sano has plans to offer transportation service, more sub-contractors and nanny services at other large Minneapolis events.

City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Summer Employment Program Celebrates Another Successful Summer

STEP-UP Celebration Photo Collage
Top Left to Right: Ashley Yang, STEP-UP alumnus and event emcee; City of Minneapolis and AchieveMpls STEP-UP teams; Bottom Left to Right; STEP-UP interns celebrating prior to the event and Asian Media Access dance performance.

On Thursday, August 17, STEP-UP held its 14th annual End of the Summer Celebration at the Guthrie Theater. Over 750 STEP-UP interns, supervisors, employers and supporters came together to celebrate another successful summer of STEP-UP, the City’s youth employment program.  This summer, nearly 1,700 Minneapolis young people completed internships with 230 Twin Cities employers.

The event was hosted by STEP-UP Alumna Ashley Yang with reflections from current STEP-UP interns Destiny Rollie and Badrudin Aden. The celebration featured a welcome by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Park Pathways Program and a performance by Asian Media Access.

STEP-UP co-chairs R.T. Rybak, President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation; Richard Davis, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Bank; and David Frank, interim Director of CPED announced the 2017 Employer, Intern, and Supervisor of the Year awards.

The Employer of the Year winners are:

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, a STEP-UP partner since 2004, has employed 1,500 STEP-UP interns to date.

Accenture, in addition to being a STEP-UP employer, provides volunteers, curriculum and support for STEP-UP employer engagement.

Learn about the intern and supervisor award winners here

CPED Helping Hospitality Industry to Recruit Workers for Super Bowl

Minneapolis Industry Pop Quiz: Do you know which employment sector provides over 45% of all “first time” job opportunities? If you guessed “hospitality and entertainment,” you’re correct! Beyond a career entry-point, the hospitality sector supports a host of professional-level careers. On-ramps to operations and management professions, culinary arts, and to corporate and international business careers, are surging in popularity.

According to the Minnesota Hospitality Association, the state’s employers are experiencing record-high job vacancies. Likewise, the Minneapolis market is simmering with opportunity, with multiple, large-scale events on the horizon. To support local hospitality employers’ efforts to reach new and diverse candidate pools, the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) is working closely with industry partners to design and deliver a series of talent attraction events this year through our division of Employment and Training. 

The Minneapolis Convention Center hosted an on-site hiring event on August 15th. On September 13th, an event featuring a keynote speaker, employer panel, and on-site application and interview stations is planned at the Minneapolis Downtown Library from 1-4 p.m. This event is to help the Convention Center staff up for the Super Bowl and other big events happening in the near future.

City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to Host 4th Annual Trans* Equity Summit

The 4th annual Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit, hosted by the City of Minneapolis in collaboration with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, will take place Thursday, September 28 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis.

This year the Summit will begin at 9 a.m. Doors open and light refreshments will be available beginning at 8 a.m.

This year’s focus is on health and history, with breakout sessions on meeting healthcare needs, being an ally, health care laws, public policy and more. Community members and organizations interested in learning about and furthering transgender equity, are encouraged to attend.

The Summit will include:

  • A keynote address by Monica Roberts, founding editor of TransGriot, a blog focusing on issues pertaining to transgender women of color.
  • Findings of the U.S. Transgender Survey, presented by the National Center for Transgender Equality.
  • An opportunity to meet members of the City’s newly appointed advisory board, the Transgender Equity Council.

This event is free and open to the public, and lunch is included. 

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In the News

BrightSide produce offers new hope for "food deserts"

Khaled “Mike” Azem admits he was skeptical at first. Why, he wondered, would anyone expect him to stock a lot of fruit and vegetables in a convenience store that sells mostly chips and snacks? “Come on,” he said, “who’s going to buy grapes from me?”

But now Azem, who owns the Fremont Market in north Minneapolis, displays baskets of peaches, apples and bananas on the front counter, right next to the candy. He also hosts a sidewalk farm stand, selling avocados, tomatoes, zucchini and other produce every week throughout the summer.

For Azem, fruit and veggies may not be big moneymakers. But he credits an unusual business venture, run largely by students at the University of St. Thomas, with helping to make all this bounty available to his customers.

Read full Star Tribune article 

In Minneapolis, a call for Somali entrepreneurs, and 'sharks' 

Entrepreneur Shahed Amanullah couldn't help but see slivers of his younger self in the Somali-American youth he'd met over the years at Minneapolis mosques. They were passionate, innovative and wanted to go far in life.

"I've seen that. I've heard their stories," said Amanullah, co-founder of the business startup firm Affinis Labs in northern Virginia. "I've heard their pleas to just have a chance to prove themselves."

So he and his colleague got an idea: They'd invite Somali-American entrepreneurs to pitch their business ventures to investors. The contestants would have the chance to cut deals, as well as tap into the vast networks and expertise of the investors.

The result is a one-day startup competition coming to Minneapolis on Sept. 21. Five finalists will vie for a minimum prize of $25,000 in seed money.

On Twitter, it's been dubbed the Somali version of "Shark Tank."

Read full MPR News story 

New food vendors coming to TCF Bank Stadium include Ikes, Pimento, Jax

Dozens of new food options are coming to TCF Bank Stadium, just in time for football season.

New food vendors Ike's Restaurant, Pimento Jamaican Kitchen and Curds & Cakes will be found in the West Plaza of the stadium. Jax Café will also expand its menu offerings this season.

Read full Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal story