“It’s great to be with folks who are facing similar challenges and want to make our community better.”
SCCA Member: Jim Welna, Welna II Hardware

Monthly Archives: February, 2014

Teen Job Fair & STEP-Up

There is finally a hint in the weather that summer might actually come again. And as the season change approaches, now is a great time to consider whether your business might benefit from having a young person help out for the summer. There are two great ways to pursue this idea, and its many benefits:

STEP-Up is a City of Minneapolis program that trains potential interns ages 14-21 and connects them with employers who … More

Birchwood Cafe and Verdant Tea Collaborate for Breakfast

Following the success of its Kickstarter campaign last fall, the Birchwood Cafe closed its doors for final construction and renovation on Saturday, February 22nd. Construction shutdown is expected to last 10 weeks.

The “Closing Time” celebration took place that final Saturday in which they served complimentary Peace Coffee all day, offered a “Burgers & Beer” special, and also its “Saturday Night Pizza Party” special. The community paid tribute to the original cafe by literally … More

Chakra Khan – New Member Profile

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Jesse Haas, of Chakra Khan

As Chakra Khan set out to move in 2008 from their original North Loop location, Seward had some magnetism for them. Founder Jesse Haas had worked at the Birchwood (part of her path to full engagement in the whole foods movement), had befriended the Growing Lots farmers, taught classes at the Seward Coop, and just felt drawn to the identity and feel of this neighborhood. Along with the four More

Welcome: Steady Tattoo!

IMAG0264_1The front of house at Steady Tattoo – 2621 East Franklin

Development in the Stadium Village neighborhood displaced Don Barton of Barton Player Piano 2012, and in 2013, Steady Tattoo was given notice that their home of over a decade was slated to be demolished for a new student apartment complex. Owner Alex Levine worked tirelessly for several months to identify a good location for their move, which was complicated by the way tattoo … More

February Business Buzz

SCCA has been hard at work identifying the best energy programs for our members over the last several months. The culmination of this work so far is this round of Made in Minnesota solar rebates, due February 28th. So far, we know that Welna II Hardware, Birchwood Cafe, 2111 East Franklin (Shega Foods, Verdant Tea and Rebecca’s Bakery), Shabelle Grocery & Deli, and Franklin East (ArtiCulture, … More

Free Mini-MBA from the Small Business Administration to Minneapolis Businesses

The Minneapolis office of the SBA is offering a free intensive training course to area businesses. A few of the past 22 Minneapolis participants include: Alexander’s Import Auto Repair, CorAzon, Gandhi Mahal, Guaranty Commercial Title, Manny’s Tortas, Mother Earth Gardens, Olu’s Home, On-Demand Group, and Saffron restaurant. The full list is online here.

WHAT: The US Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program is an intensive training initiative to accelerate growth of high potential small … More