“SCCA is a dynamic organization that is responsive to the business community.”
SCCA Member: Suzanne Weinstein, Coastal Seafoods

September Business Buzz

SCCA Fall Social

This month, join your fellow SCCA members for a Fall Social at Coastal Seafoods.

Take this opportunity to meet new members of our Seward business community, and to catch up with old friends at our annual Fall Social! We’ll enjoy amazing food, great conversations, and a review of the past year from a business perspective!

Eventbrite - SCCA Annual Fall Social - September 17, 2014

Have questions about SCCA Annual Fall Social?   Contact Seward Civic and Commerce Association



Give a Pint, Get a Pint Blood Drive

Garland’s and Welna II Hardware are co-sponsoring an American Red Cross Community Blood Drive on September 23rd from 8:30a until 2:30p. The drive is in memory of Sam Floyd former Operations Manager at Welna II Hardware. The blood drive will take place at Garland’s at 2501 26th Avenue.

For an appointment to donate visit redcrossblood.org. Enter sponsor code Garland’s or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Appointments are preferred; walk-ins are welcome. All presenting donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of paint from Welna II Hardware.


Small Business Energy Coach Training

You can help small businesses in your area to reduce overhead costs and improve customer satisfaction. This training will teach you:

  • How to help business owners make smart energy-related decisions.
  • How to identify and reduce a businesses’ energy use.

The training will include both classroom time and a site visit to a local small business. Attendees will also receive a printed guidebook on small business energy resources and programs in Minneapolis.

Training will be provided by Carl Samuelson, Michael’s Energy

This training is being offered through a collaboration of the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team, Great Plains Institute, Lake Street Council, Latino Economic Development Center, and Michael’s Energy, with funding from Wells Fargo.

Date & Time: Thursday, September 11 from 8:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Midtown Global Market


For questions, contact Trevor Drake, Project Coordinator at the Great Plains Institute, at 612-767-7291 or tdrake@gpisd.net.


Grow your Business like a Garden

Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey and Scott Counties are now starting the Fall 2014 Economic Gardening program, a multi county effort offering free Economic Gardening services to second stage growth companies. Economic Gardening® represents a new way of thinking about supporting growth companies and letting business owners know how important they are to our local economies. Sessions will start later in October 2014 and have room for 45 companies. Right now, they’re recruiting potential company participants.

To be eligible for the program, companies must be second stage, and generally have sales between $1 and $50 million. They also must have between 10 and 100 employees, with facilities in either Anoka, Hennepin, Ramsey or Scott Counties. CEOs of the selected companies must commit to attending eight CEO roundtables, each lasting about 4 hours, once a month from October 2014 to June 2015. The roundtables are comprised of 12-15 CEOs from like size companies across varied business sectors. There will be three separate CEO roundtables operating. The companies will receive up 60 hours of research based on their specific questions and needs. In addition there will be 8 business forums with speakers from local companies which have passed through second stage.

Find more information here…


Free Trees for Minneapolis Businesses


Minneapolis businesses and non-profit organizations are eligible for free tree(s) planted on their properties. Tree Trust will help choose, place and plant the tree(s).

The business owner’s only obligation is to care for the tree(s) over the years.

Review the tree choices for fall planting.

Complete the Free Tree Survey. Note which tree(s) you prefer.

To qualify, businesses must:

  • Pay a pollution control annual bill (a “PCAB” or pollution registration for equipment such as air conditioning units, public restrooms, restaurant hoods, etc.)
  • Have enough green space to accommodate a tree or trees.
  • Maintain and water the trees (especially the first two years).

In each planting season tree(s) will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact Margaret Tyler at 612-673-5815 or margaret.tyler@minneapolismn.gov for more information or to reserve tree(s) for your business.

Source: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/environment/green/WCMS1P



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