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Help recruit new retail to Corcoran

Get Involved at 6:00pm on Thursday, May 1

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Measuring the economic activity of the Midtown Farmers Market

As we’re gearing up for our 12th season at the Midtown Farmers Market, we’ll also be looking to measure the economic activity that takes place at the market each week and throughout the course of the season. This past winter the market received a Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota to a conduct a study that will measure the economic activity that takes place both at the market, and in the surrounding community. For the past four months market staff have been working with Terence Qin, a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, who will be receiving his master’s degree this spring with a double major in statistics and applied economics. Terence has been working on designing and planning a customer driven survey to help us measure and understand the economic benefits of the market that we can use throughout the course of the season and in to the future.

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Mujeres en Accion micro-entrepreneur program

This May, in preparation for the upcoming opening of the Farmer’s Market, the neighborhood Latina women’s group Mujeres en Accion will be starting a program focused on how to start a business.

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Taking a step towards reopening Nicollet Avenue

Nicollet and Lake reevelopment area

In April the City of Minneapolis took its first formal step towards reopening Nicollet Avenue by creating a Redevelopment Plan for the area around Nicollet and Lake. According to the City the plan’s purpose is to “to facilitate redevelopment activities that support the City of Minneapolis’ goals for the area, including re-opening Nicollet Avenue across Lake Street and the Midtown Greenway, improving access to Interstate I-35W from Lake Street, blight removal and revitalization of the commercial area.”

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Minneapolis to consider sidewalk sales

Barbara Saunders eats outside of Kafe 421 in Dinkytown on Sunday. City lawmakers are considering expanding outdoor marketing and sales for area businesses. (Photo by Lisa Persson)

Hardware stores are among the few businesses allowed to peddle goods on Minneapolis sidewalks, but others across the city may soon be able to do the same.

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Chris Mitchell to speak at American Independent Business Alliance Conference, May 8 - 11

The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) brings the 2014 Go Local, Grow Local Conference to downtown Minneapolis May 8 - 11. Christopher Mitchell will speak at the conference on Friday, May 9, at 3:45 central. Chris will speak on creating local environments that help entrepreneurs thrive, including community networks.

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Little Mekong Night Market: Coming soon to St. Paul

Little Mekong Plaza (Photo by Hanna Lieberman)

The Little Mekong Night Market is coming to St. Paul on June 14, from 5-10 p.m. Common in Southeast Asia and throughout the United States, night markets are similar to traditional farmer’s markets, but they include more food and entertainment, offering visitors the opportunity to stroll and enjoy the sights and sounds at a more leisurely pace.

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Examining small business property tax relief plan

What if we could provide significant property tax relief to small businesses with only a minimal increase for large businesses. Would you take that tradeoff?

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Ha Tien Grocery Store: Video

This video features Ne Dao, owner of Ha Tien Grocery Store. This article is part of the series, Along the Corridor: University Avenue business owners navigating change.

(Video produced by José Luis Morales Alegria)

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Bangkok Cuisine: Video

This video features Jai Vang, owner of Bangkok Cuisine. This article is part of the series, Along the Corridor: University Avenue business owners navigating change.

(Video produced by José Luis Morales Alegria)

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