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SCCA Member: Jim Welna, Welna II Hardware

Author Archives: Hillary Oppmann

Franklin Open Streets

Get ready for Franklin Open Streets!
Sunday, August 27th
11am – 5pm

Open Streets returns to Franklin on Sunday, August 27th from 11 am – 5 pm.  We have a great line of up local businesses, activities, and entertainment all up and down Franklin from 27th Ave to Portland.Thanks to a Great Streets grant from the City of Minneapolis, SCCA is coordinating an East African Street Festival as part of Open Streets this year … More

Façade Improvement Matching Grants and Business District Support 

Interested in working with Redesign to improve your business? Learn more about these programs and contact Program Manager Shaina Brassard.

Façade Improvement Matching Grants

Since the City of Minneapolis launched the Great Streets Façade Improvement Program in 2008, Redesign has overseen more than 75 projects. Using our expertise in design and development, we work with business and property owners to implement improvements that increase business visibility, attract customers and contribute to a more … More

2016 Honor Roll Awards

At the Annual Meeting & Celebration in December, SCCA gave out the annual Honor Roll Awards, which include a beautiful wooden plaque created by Wood From the Hood. The 2016 Awardees were the Seward Towers Corporation and Kayf Ahmed & Scot Isqoox, the owners of Capitol Café. In addition, Pizza Lucé and Garland’s Inc. received letters of recognition for their community work. We are also pleased to welcome Kayf Ahmed to the … More

Small Business Saturday – November 26th


Submit your events and promotions to SCCA!
Saturday, November 26, 2016 is Small Business Saturday® – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for our communities. Is your small business planning an event or special promotion? Send details to Hillary at info@sewardbusiness.org and SCCA will send out a special edition of the newsletter and post on our website. Looking for ideas? Click here. Please join the SCCA and
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Franklin Open Streets Returns August 21!

Open Streets returns to Franklin for the third year on Sunday, August 21st from 11 am – 5 pm. The deadline to register is July 22nd so don’t delay. Register here.

This year, thanks to Great Streets funding, SCCA is offering mini grants to help Seward businesses participate in and enhance their presence during Franklin Open Streets. This event attracts 4,00 – 5,000 people to Franklin Avenue, and is a great opportunity … More

Join our new Facebook group!

In partnership with the Longfellow Business Association, we have launched a new Facebook group for local businesses: Seward+Longfellow Business Community. This is a private group for business owners and community leaders to share information and ideas and support each other. We hope you will join the group and use it as a resource. Members can post links to events, sales, job postings, etc. at your business or organization. Have exciting news to … More

Welcome New Board Members

The SCCA 2015 Annual Celebration was a great success as over 30 members gathered at Joan of Art Gallery on East Franklin Avenue to elect Board Members and socialize. Surrounded by the creative works of Kimber Fiebiger, owner of Joan of Art, we were treated to delicious food, including appetizers and desserts from the Seward Co-op, Enchiladas and hot cider from Chef Shack, salmon from Coastal Seafoods, and macaroons and cookies from … More

2015 Business Honor Roll Recipients

Each year the SCCA Board of Directors selects two businesses from the Seward Neighborhood to honor with the SCCA Business Honor Roll Award. The 2015 awards were announced at the Annual Celebration in December and went to Suzanne Weinstein of Coastal Seafoods and Bethany Lutheran Church for the Soup for You program.

Honor Roll Award Suzanne Weinstein Coastal Seafoods

(Photo: SCCA President Joe Buck with Suzanne Weinstein)

Suzanne Weinstein of Coastal Seafood’s accomplishments include:

  • For 30 years your business has
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Soup for You Café Celebrates 1st Anniversary

Soup for You singers 1st Anniversary

Pastor Mike and Judah with 1st Anniversary Cake pic by Jim Welna

2015 Business Honor Roll recipient, Soup for You Café at Bethany Lutheran Church, celebrated its first anniversary on February 2, 2016 with singing, cake, prizes and a community celebration. They set a new record for attendees that day, serving 104 members of the community five different kinds of soup. They also passed a major milestone, serving the 10,000th bowl of soup during the anniversary meal, marked by ringing a bell. There were More

February Business Buzz

Business Advisory Meeting: Plastic Bag Ban and Working Families Agenda

February 19, 2016: 2:00–3:30 P.M. Calhoun Square: Former Republic Space #2200 2nd Floor / NW Corner | 3001 W. Lake Street

Does your business use plastic bags? Join us at this Business Advisory Meeting to learn from Minneapolis City Council Member Cam Gordon on how the proposed ban would affect your businesses. Plus provide feedback about how the proposed ban would affect your businesses.… More