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SPOKES and Max Duckler Honored

At December’s end-of-the-year banquet, SCCA honored two businesses who have been an essential part of our business association and community for years.

SPOKES, a neighborhood bike/walk center, was honored for its open-door approach, emphasis on healthy living, and intentional commitment to working with immigrant communities in Seward. These values are at the core of SCCA and the Seward neighborhood, and we are proud to have SPOKES as an active business in our community.

Max … More

The Family Business of Bussing

Seward is often thought of as a place where small business can flourish, and the existence of small, family-owned businesses on Franklin and in the surrounding area is an essential part of our vibrant and active business community. But Seward is also home to another type of family business, one that operates on a much larger scale.

In the offices at 2100 26th St, just east of Hiawatha, Jefferson Lines is exactly that. Founded … More

End-of-the-Year Banquet at An Nuur

At our end-of-the-year SCCA celebration, SCCA businesses will have a great chance to check out a new neighborhood restaurant and sample a variety of flavors from around the world. An Nuur International restaurant, which features a dine-in restaurant and an adjacent banquet room that is used for weddings and other celebrations, was opened by owner Abdulcadir Haji earlier this year. Mr. Haji is a former Army veteran and has been a businessman all his … More

Seward Co-op Publishes 40th Anniversary Book

This month, your local co-op published a book called “Growing with Purpose” to commemorate the organization’s 40th year in existence. The book features interviews with a variety of people who have helped the co-op grow from the ground up, and their stories are featured alongside beautiful photographs from local photographer Chris Bohnhoff.

Available for $23.95 from the co-op, the book features stories from the neighborhood and narratives from the natural and cooperative food movement, … More

At Joint Meeting, Energy Efficiency Options for Businesses Abound

At last month’s joint meeting with the Longfellow Business Association and the West of the Rail Business Association, a panel of experts presented on a variety of new opportunities that could allow your business to save money on energy expenses. The following organizations presented on energy efficiency assessments, upgrades, and financing options for businesses:

Based in the Longfellow neighborhood, Affordable Energy Solutions (AES) provides energy efficiency consulting, utility bill analysis, and diagnostic testing with … More

Seward Winter Frolic This Weekend!

On Friday, November 30th, the 2012 Seward Winter Frolic will begin with a Kick-Off Party at the Playwright’s Center on Franklin. The festivities will continue throughout the weekend, ending with an art crawl from 12-5pm on Sunday. The event offers something for everyone, and will feature a number of exciting opportunities throughout the weekend to check out local artists and businesses.

Among the artists featured at the event will be Jenny Larson, whose work … More

November Solopreneurship Meeting: Succession Planning and Retirement

Ever thought about what you are going to do with your business when you retire? Ever thought about your options as a solopreneur at the end of your career? This month, Tom Hubler of Hubler for Business Families will speak about these topics and more at the meeting of Seward’s solopreneurship club on November 28th. The meeting will be at Boneshaker Books at 10 am, and bagels and coffee will be served. RSVP to … More

NACDI Community Workshops November 28th and December 4th

In the next several weeks, NACDI will host two workshops designed to build community, strengthen relationships and provide an opportunity for a community conversation about the upcoming Anpetu Was’te Cultural Arts Market project. Over the next year NACDI will be planning and implementing a visitor gateway and public arts market for the American Indian Cultural Corridor at the Hiawatha LRT Franklin Light Rail Station area. The American Indian Cultural Corridor has become a … More

Fun City Dogs Set to Save $7,000 a Year on Electric Bill due to Light Fixture Upgrade

Since our August meeting about solar power, there has been a lot of buzz in the neighborhood about energy. There are really two ways to look at your electric bill: usage and source. Fun City Dogs is a doggie daycare at 22nd and Snelling which was getting a huge electric bill each month. Emerald Electric was able to determine that they were getting charged a fine from Xcel due to the extremely low efficiency … More

A Community-Oriented Approach for 2nd Moon Café

At 2nd Moon Café on Franklin, the owners and staff are all about people. The business was bought by Jay and Laura Fritzke earlier this year, and the new ownership is very clear about their commitment to rededicating the shop to the community. The shop will soon be reinvented as Precision Grind – a reference to the metalworking shop that previously occupied the space at 2225 Franklin – and Jay and Laura hope to … More