Growing Minneapolis August: News and Information from the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development

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August 2018

Innovative and Emerging Small Business Pilot Permit

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Minneapolis' first mobile flower truck, called Ma Jolie Marché Mobile and owned by Amy Abt, cruises in a Volkswagen pickup as beautiful flower arrangements are sold. (Source: Christina Schneider)

Friday, July 20, the City Council approved an Innovative and Emerging Small Business Pilot Permit Ordinance. This new permit will help innovative business models to launch that would not have been previously allowed under current ordinances, such as the prohibition on outdoor retail. This permit allows small business owners with novel ideas to operate for up to a year as a pilot while the City considers the changes that would be needed for long term operation. While food and alcohol related businesses are excluded from this pilot, entrepreneurs are encouraged to be creative in bringing their ideas to market. Testimony from the public hearing included a mobile flower truck, among others. For questions or to get started with your innovative business idea, contact the Small Business Team.  

Connecting with the Small Business Team

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Small Business Team Program Assistant, Angie Earley, at the Hennepin County Central Library assisting small business owners and entrepreneurs. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

So far this summer, the Small Business Team has responded to over one hundred requests for assistance from business owners and entrepreneurs on everything from adjusting to the new minimum wage, to understanding the process for opening a restaurant, to dealing with disruptions from road construction. If you would like to connect with the Small Business Team for help with your business issue they are available by phone, email, and in-person at community office hours hosted at libraries across Minneapolis. 

You may also get a visit from the team. Staff and interns will be out visiting restaurants to share information about the minimum wage and convenience stores regarding tobacco ordinances, as well as sharing how the City can help businesses adapt to these changes.

You can find the schedule for community office hours on the Business Portal here. For questions, call (612) 673-2499 or email the Small Business Team.  

Weigh in on the Redevelopment Draft of Upper Harbor Terminal

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During the last several years, the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) development team did extensive community outreach to gather input as to how they would like to see the UHT site redeveloped. This engagement was followed by several months of work to research practical considerations and explore options. The draft redevelopment concept that has resulted from this process is now ready for more specific community participation. The team wants to hear from you how well the draft plan responds to earlier input.

photo: Upper Harbor Terminal aerial view. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

Community Input Meetings
Wednesday, August 15
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Park Board headquarters, 2117 W. River Road N.

Thursday, August 16
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Park Board headquarters, 2117 W. River Road N.

Tuesday, August 28 (hosted by Above the Falls Community Advisory Committee)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Park Board headquarters, 2117 W. River Road N.

Saturday, September 8 (hosted by Council Member Phillipe Cunningham)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
North Market, 4414 Humboldt Ave. N, Community Room

Staff Open Hours
Monday, August 20
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Good Deal Oriental Foods, 1800 Lowry Ave. N.

Tuesday, August 21
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Webber Park Library, 4440 Humboldt Ave. N.

Wednesday, August 22
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Serendripity Spot, 3300 Lyndale Ave. N.

The meetings will include a presentation of the draft plan followed by a Q & A opportunity and discussion. Stay informed with resource materials and an online survey posted on the project website. And you can sign up for email updates here.

Tour the New Mercado Central Murals and Meet the Artist

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Join Urban Land Institute (ULI Minnesota) for a tour of the new murals that decorate Lake Street’s Mercado Central on August 16, 2018 starting at 3:45 p.m. Along with touring Mercado Central itself, which is a wide variety marketplace of 35 businesses, the tour features the talented Chilean-Venezuelan muralist, Pablo Kalaka. Mercado Cooperative and Lake Street Council selected Pablo Kalaka to paint the mural for the Mercado Central Façade Improvement in South Minneapolis. Meet the artist and hear his inspirational story behind the lively mural titled, “Todos Vuelven,” (meaning “All Return”) which explores the collective soul of Latino culture. GoodSpace Murals and Lake Street Council will be present to address the importance of community-based public art and community cultural development. After the tour, Shaw-Lundquist Associates and Roehrschmitt Architecture will sponsor a happy hour. 

Register here and use event code 8117-1942. If you have questions, call 1-800-321-5011. Click here to watch a short interview with artist Pablo Kalaka about his Mercado Central murals.

image: Mercado Central rendition of the murals created by artist Pablo Kalaka. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

13-Year-Old Receives City and Community Support for his Hot Dog Business

photo of Jaequan and his uncle

Jaequan Faulkner, the owner of Mister Faulkner’s Old Fashioned Hot Dogs, is a 13-year-old entrepreneur who has been in business since 2016 selling hot dogs outside his Minneapolis home. When Jaequan was reported for operating his hot dog stand without a license, the Minneapolis Department of Health and B-TAP partner, Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) joined together to assist Jaequan. Instead of shutting down his hot dog stand, they helped him obtain a license and provided business assistance. The inspectors even chipped in to cover the cost of Jaequan’s permit. NEON offered business advice on how to work a cash register, ordering a bigger hot dog machine, helping fill out paperwork for the City, and setting up an actual business. NEON will continue their assistance by helping Jaequan develop an advisory board, as well as provide help with strategizing. They are also helping manage the GoFundMe page that was created by a group of Minnesota Business owners who came together to support Jaequan’s business.

This summer, Jaequan will be selling his hot dogs Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1510 Penn Avenue North. Stay updated on other events and places Jaequan will be selling his hot dogs at on his Facebook page.

Read more from CNN.

photo: Jaequan and Uncle Jerome Faulkner work with NEON for more guidance on how to start and grow a business. (Source: NEON Blog)

Eco-Friendly Project: Hook & Ladder Groundbreaking Celebration

photo rendering of the Hook & Ladder Apartments

The groundbreaking ceremony for the development project, Hook & Ladder, was held on June 21, 2018. Construction for the Hook & Ladder apartments began in early July and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. Hook & Ladder will provide two buildings with 118 units of sustainable, energy-efficient and affordable rental housing. One of the buildings will have Passive Housing certification, which is an ultra-tight building requiring little energy for heating and cooling and a high quality air ventilation system. This is the first Passive House apartment building in Minnesota. Both apartments will use green building techniques and have an exterior with aesthetic unique to the Northeast Arts District.

Along with being eco-friendly, the apartments include 108 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units affordable to households with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income (AMI) (about $36,000 - $46,000 per year). And ten three-bedroom units will be affordable to families earning 30% or less of the AMI (about $20,000 - $25,000 per year).

The City supported the project in many ways: $3,625,000 from the Affordable Housing Trust, $15.9 million in bonding authority; and allocation of Low Income Tax Credits that generated $10 million in private equity investment, as well as $1.9 million grant funding from Met Council and Hennepin County for environmental cleanup, solar array, and storm water management. 

image: Rendering of the Hook & Ladder Apartments located at 2212-2320 Jefferson St. NE; will provide energy efficient and affordable housing for families earning 30%, 60% and less of the AMI.

Minneapolis 2040 Public Comments are Online

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Public comments received online through July 22 are posted on the Minneapolis 2040 website. The webpage presents an unedited raw data report, and serves as an interim look at public comments.

With the public comment period over, staff are now reviewing the public comments and revising the draft plan. A revised draft will be released in late September, with consideration by the City Planning Commission in late October and the full City Council in December. The approval process will include a formal public hearing, where anyone can submit written comment or speak in person. 

Comments that have been collected through emails, meetings, and the online mapping tool will be published at a later date. 

Worksite Walking Tour Gives a Glimpse into what STEP-UP Interns are Accomplishing

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STEP-UP interns, STEP-UP employers, and CPED staff visiting Coen + Partners on the Worksite Walking Tour. (Source: City of Minneapolis)

On Tuesday, July 17, STEP-UP staff guided elected officials, program partners, funders and others on the annual tour of STEP-UP worksites, giving them a glimpse into the STEP-UP intern experience. 

The focus of this year’s tour was Downtown Minneapolis. This summer, there are over 200 interns employed at worksites in Downtown Minneapolis. The tour included three sites, all located on or near Nicollet Mall, including Damon FarberCoen + Partners, and Xcel Energy, with special presentations from two worksites , Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and Fashion With A Cause, an innovative partnership with Target Corporation, UMN Design School, and Minneapolis Community Education that teaches fashion design.

From working as a design and marketing intern to being an office assistant, interns shared the highlights and challenges of their summer job experiences. Their employers and supervisors also shared what they have taken away from the experience. 

This summer, over 1,500 youth and young adults aged 14-21 are employed by STEP-UP at one of 209 government agencies, nonprofits, small businesses, and top corporations throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area.                 

Learn more about STEP-UP

STEP-UP End of Summer Celebration

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The 16th annual STEP-UP End of Summer Celebration will be on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 2:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. It will be held in the Guthrie Theater on 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis at Wurtele Thrust StageAttend the event to celebrate the accomplishments of over 1,500 interns and their supporters citywide. The program will include a special welcome from Mayor Jacob Frey, live entertainment, reflections from interns, and Supervisor and Employer of the Year awards.

Register here.

Discover a New Career at the Northside Community Job and Resource Fair

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On Tuesday, September 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., meet local employers, learn about job opportunities and other helpful resources. Whether you’re job searching, looking for a new career path or needing assistance to take the next step, this Fair is for you. No registration necessary and no cost. The Fair will be held at the Minneapolis North Workforce Center on 800 West Broadway Avenue. 

Business Training & Resources

Planning for Profitability Workshop
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Doty Board Room
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall

Are you a restaurant that needs help planning for and complying with the new minimum wage? In the session facilitated by Cue the Accountant, you will learn how to plan for wage increases and look for ways to offset additional costs, creatively and efficiently schedule labor, build a model to support paying minimum wages, and get connected to free, one-on-one financial consulting through the City of Minneapolis. Register here.

Small Business, Big Impact: Telling Strategic and Compelling Stories
Saturday, September 8, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Brandspeak Communications | 201 6th Street #200

Are you a small business in Minneapolis looking to attract customers, inspire employees, and build your brand? Learn to better target an audience, develop a communications strategy with key messages that resonate with each audience, communicate stories online, and more. You will walk away with a communications plan, messaging template, immediate feedback about current and planned communications, and up to two hours of post-workshop follow-up with the trainers. Capecci Communications will be facilitating the workshop. Registration closes Tuesday, August 14.

10 Things You Should Know for People Management
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 
Fueled Collective at the Grain Exchange
400 South 4th Street, Suite 401

The session is facilitated by Davis Law Office and will focus on managing the people involved in your organization: employees, partners, vendors, and independent contractors. Specific topics include employing non-citizen workers, setting up successful partnerships, and adjusting to recent changes in wage and earned sick and safe time regulations. Registration closes Monday, September 10. 

Developing Capabilities Statements for DBE Construction Businesses
Spanish session: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
English session: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Crown Roller Mill Building - Innovation Center
105 5th Ave South

The workshop is facilitated by Socios Consulting. Learn how to draft a capability statement, gain the ability to market your products and services with the statement, access the latest information on the City of Minneapolis’ major construction projects, and improve your understanding of government contracting and procurement. Registration closes Monday, August 27.

Co-operative Technical Assistant Program (C-TAP)
Co-op Feasibility Training: Thursdays, September 20 - November 8 
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., location TBD

C-TAP provides the basic tools needed to assess a cooperative idea and outlines the appropriate steps to form a cooperative in Minneapolis. The program includes Co-op Feasibility Training and technical assistance for new and existing co-ops (feasibility, retention and expansion). The Co-op Feasibility Training enables participants to complete a Co-op profile, which is a tool used to evaluate the feasibility of a co-op idea and/or to refine the model for cooperatives already in the process of incorporation. The class meets one night per week for eight weeks.  Registration closes Thursday, August 30.

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The services are provided by the City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP).


Make On Lake: Art Walk + Party

Saturday, August 11, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
East Lake Street

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Join the art walk block party and enjoy food, art, music, activities and paletas. Read more about the projects and the artist's bios here

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Welcome to North Minneapolis: Explorations of a Rich Heritage Bus Tour

Saturday, August 25, 2018
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Utepils Brewing 
225 Thomas Avenue North
Minneapolis, 55405

Learn about the unique tapestry of people, cultures, and events on “The Northside” as you are guided on a bus journey by a historian and story teller. You will become familiar with notable places and events that have impacted the lives of residents through generations. Struggles for social justice and other past and present issues on the forefront of our daily life will be shared. Hear about individuals who continue to live in, or have returned to, their North Minneapolis roots to develop enterprises that provide a promising future for upcoming generations.

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Open Streets Franklin

Sunday, August 26, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Franklin Ave E
from Portland Ave to 28th Ave S

Enjoy a family fun weekend outing and be engaged with your community and your city by walking, biking, community building, and playing at the Open Streets Minneapolis event. The event is powered by over 100 volunteers. 

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In the News

Minneapolis ranked top tech talent market in Midwest 
Read in the Finance & Commerce

Reports: Minneapolis drawing more bank office space 
Read in the Finance & Commerce

Dockless bikes coming to Minneapolis after Nice Ride, Motivate deal 
Read in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Electric scooter startup Bird launches in Minneapolis and St. Paul 
Read in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Lime, Another Scooter Rental Company, Launches In Minneapolis 
Read in the CBS Minnesota

Neighbors: THOR Companies makes a giant investment in the place Richard Copeland calls home
Read in the North News

Hi-Lake intersection will soon sprout wings with lift from GoodSpace 
Read in the Messenger

APWA Awards City of Minneapolis, SEH with 2018 Project of the Year 
Read in the OA Online

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