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April 2019

Join Minneapolis Tech Month

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Join Mayor Frey and the City in celebrating Minneapolis Tech Month. There is a full calendar of more than 40 exciting, hands-on events for everyone. Start a career in technology, learn to code, dig deep at a drone camp, explore how financial technology is paving the way to a better life and more.

Minneapolis' vibrant tech scene welcomes all to participate and celebrate. The City's goal is to make tech accessible to all, whether you want to learn more about how to use tech in your life, see if a career in tech is right for you, or find out about tech resources in your community. Check out the web page to find an event for you and join the tech scene in Minneapolis! 

This month, there will be:

  • Family and kid-friendly events
  • Job training
  • Networking
  • Speakers
  • Tours

Minneapolis Tech Month Calendar
#MplsTechMonth #TechforAll #TechforTomorrow

Enroll in the Target Market Program

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Top (L to R) Inside Midtown Global Market, Fueled Collective collaborative workspace. Bottom (L to R) Small business team review planning efforts, small business owner helping customers and building relationships with the community. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

Enrolling in the Target Market Program means you will have opportunities to take the City of Minneapolis as a client for your business. A City contract can provide the certainty of guaranteed work and income that a small business needs to sustain and grow. When you are an approved business in the Target Market Program, you will be notified about City contracts that your business is equipped to take on. You will compete for contracts alongside other similarly-situated businesses, increasing your likelihood of winning a contract.

The Target Market Program is also an opportunity for new, small businesses located in the 13-county metro area to get a foot in the door. If you have questions, please email the City’s Target Market Program.

Minneapolis Homes featured in MSP Home Tour

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Rehab of 2227 Grand St. N.E. (Source: owner, David Moir)

A series of homes developed through Minneapolis Homes programs will be featured in the upcoming Minneapolis Saint Paul Home Tour on April 27 and 28.  

Homes featured include: 

  • 2227 Grand St. N.E. – a vacant and boarded single-family home that was acquired by the City as a tax forfeit property and then sold to a resident, who is rehabilitating the home and will owner occupy upon completion. 
  • 4000 12th Ave. S. – multi-generational home with an attached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), developed by City of Lakes Community Land Trust as a long term affordable home for a homebuyer below 80% of area median income. 
  • 3329 Nicollet Ave. S. – vacant land that was sold to Pocket Properties LLC and developed into a total of 12 residential units in two separate buildings. Each building has three townhomes and three apartments. There is a shared courtyard between the buildings for parking. All townhomes have a ground floor “workshop space” with large roll-up glass doors connected to the courtyard. The ground floor workshops are fully insulated and finished spaces that can be used for enclosed vehicle parking and/or live-work studio space. The development can accommodate up to 12 on-site parking spaces. 

Stable Homes, Stable Schools

Stable Homes, Stable Schools is a new partnership among the City, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), the County and Minneapolis Public Schools–with additional assistance from the Pohlad Family Foundation

Beginning in 2019, the City and MPHA will jointly fund direct rental assistance to families of elementary students experiencing homelessness. The program is designed to grow gradually over time, with funding to serve as many as 320 families over three years. It is considered a pilot program during these three years, and the partners will evaluate its success with help from University of Minnesota researchers. 

Business Training & Resources

Thinking about Vending at Farmers Markets? Try It! Workshop 1
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Try It! Program seeks to give small businesses an opportunity to try a farmer's market experience at the Midtown Farmers Market with limited financial investment. Two free workshops (workshop 2 on May 18) will cover how to complete a farmers market application, how to become market ready, business readiness, food safety and details about the Try It! Program. 

Planning for Profitability
Three sessions are offered *only need to attend one: Tuesday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Friday, April 19, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or Tuesday, April 23, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

This training will help restaurants plan for and comply with the new minimum wage. The City is hosting free, interactive sessions to help business owners understand rising costs and build a financial plan to support them. 

35W@94 Construction Project Information Session
Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
EME ANTRO BAR, Second floor of Plaza Mexico
417 E Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55408 

The City of Minneapolis Small Business Team, the Lake Street Council, and MnDOT's Outreach office are planning an Open House to inform and update Businesses on Lake Street about the street reconstruction and landscape modifications as part of the 35W@94 construction project. Project email 

Small Real Estate Developers Training
Saturday, May 11 and Saturday, May 18, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Registration closes May 1. 
Phillips Community Center 
2323 11th Ave S 
Minneapolis, MN 55404 

Participants will attend two sessions of this introductory course, which will explain the basic tools used to consider a real estate development project. Participants will be notified of acceptance by May 3. 


Chameleon Consortium pop-up retail space: Chameleon Shoppes
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through April 26
Ground and skyway levels of Gaviidae Common (651 Nicollet Mall)

Chameleon Consortium's work focuses on the experimental and economic vitality of downtown Minneapolis. Its purpose is to create vibrant downtown experiences by transforming empty retail spaces into equity opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses.

Chameleon Shoppe

Chameleon Shoppes provides unique, interesting and dynamic shopping experiences for downtown workers, residents and visitors; including food, snacks, sauces, candles, soaps, art, woodworking, jewelry, apparel, pet accessories, spices and more.
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South Minneapolis Green Fair
Saturday, April 13, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Roosevelt High School, 4029 S 28th Ave

A free, family-friendly event for an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. Visit with environmental organizations and groups, listen to special presentations and get your questions answered in a friendly atmosphere. Hosted by Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, Longfellow Community Council, and Standish Ericsson Neighborhood Association.
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Homegrown Minneapolis Community Food Forum
Wednesday, April 17,  5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Public Schools David Center
1250 West Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Program to feature Mayor Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council Member Jeremy Schroeder, University of Minnesota professor Anu Ramaswami, and Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council and staff. Share your insights in breakout sessions and learn about opportunities to stay engaged. RSVP encouraged but not required. 
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Construction Trades Hiring Expo. 
Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
The Armory
1025 Broadway St. NE

The 6th Annual Construction Trades Hiring Expo is one of the largest construction hiring events, with 45 contractors, union training partners and hundreds of positions available. To prepare for the event, visit the Minneapolis CareerForce location at 800 West Broadway. Prepare your resume, research companies you will meet at the event and get ready to interview. Plan to meet with construction contracting firms, trade unions, and employment and training resource providers. Learn about how you can get started in training and apprenticeship to become a construction professional.
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Lake Street Council 2019 Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. 
American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Ave

The Lake Street Council’s Annual Meeting is a morning breakfast and networking event that brings together business leaders and stakeholders from throughout the corridor. Learn about recent accomplishments and future projects, and enjoy hearing from this year’s guest speaker, Adrian Ho.
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Midtown Farmers Market moves to Moon Palace Books 
Saturdays, May - October, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Opening Day - Saturday, May 4) 
Tuesdays, June - October, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
3032 Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Moon Palace Books owners Jamie and Angela Schwesnedl, once Midtown vendors, are thrilled to be hosting the market for the 2019 - 2020 seasons. Their entrepreneurial spirit and community leadership ensures that the market will remain a strong pillar of neighborhood excitement and a vibrant space that facilitates economic and cultural exchange. 

Opening Day on Saturday, May 4th will involve sheep shearing, food trucks and visits from elected officials - Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley, City Council member Alondra Cano and mayor Jacob Frey. 
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In the News

Minneapolis to open more than 100 buildings to the public for civic celebration
Read in the Star Tribune 

38th Street revival rooted in history 
Read in the Southwest Journal 

Tim Niver expands Meyvn's bagels to Kowalski's, ramps up frozen pizza distribution  
Read in the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal  

Sioux Chef CEO Sean Sherman wins James Beard leadership award 
Read in the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal 

Minneapolis' first black-led credit union plans to open this year 
Read in the Star Tribune  

Regis will move its headquarters to former Target West campus in Minneapolis  
Read in the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal 

3 Twin Cities chefs honored with James Beard award nominations  
Read in the Star Tribune 

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