“We joined SCCA to learn from and work with other successful businesses in the Seward neighborhood.”
SCCA Member: Jim Welna, Welna II Hardware

Monthly Archives: April, 2012

Scholarships Available for Productivity and Teambuilding Consulting

Have you ever looked up at the clock at 3:00 and wondered where your whole day went? Struggle with getting big picture projects done when you face constant interruption from phone calls and drop in visitors? How well do you delegate tasks to reduce your stress and get the best out of your employees?

At our March membership meeting, we were visited by consultant Lisa Negstad of Negstad Consulting. She gave attendees tips … More

Burglaries in the Area

According to the most recent report from the 3rd Precinct, there has been a series of burglaries in and near Seward over the past week. Between March 27 and March 29, six different businesses were targeted, and everything from copper pipes to electronics were reported missing. Burglaries occurred between 4:30pm and 7am, with the majority happening after dark. Most break ins were south of Lake Street, but two occurred in our neighborhood. Almost all … More

News: Growing Lots Goes Viral

As social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter become increasingly vital in the visibility and marketing of small businesses, finding the right hook to catch potential customers is critical to successful use of these tools. In today’s hi-tech, online world, if the right image or display catches someone’s eye, it can go viral in a matter of hours. Our own “Urban Farmer of Seward” from Growing Lots Urban Farm recently struck Internet gold with … More

Member Profile: Articulture

One way to increase the versatility and endurance of a business to offer a thoughtful and broad variety of programs and services that can appeal to a large number of people. ArtiCulture is a local Seward business that has done just that.

Started in 2000 by Elizabeth Greenbaum, ArtiCulture aims to educate, enrich, and nurture through the arts. Greenbaum had been working at the Bloomington Art Center when she realized that a majority … More

Restorative Justice Facilitator Training

Seward-Longfellow Restorative Justice Project (featured in our February Newsletter) is holding a training for new facilitators for their restorative justice conferences. These conferences bring low-level, juvenile offenders into a discussion with community members and facilitators to talk about how the youth’s actions caused harm and to make a plan to repair the harm. The training will be held April 20-22 and will cover the restorative justice concept and practice and will prepare new facilitators … More

Webinar Series about Online Marketing

The University of Minnesota Extension has announed a five week series of lunch hour webinars on how to maximize your use of online marketing. The presentations will be held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 11:00 to noon starting on March 28th, and will address a variety of issues ranging from search engine optimization to the use of Pinterest as a marketing tool. Registration for the full series is just $20, and you can pick … More