Business Meeting Monday, February 16, 2015
Join us for the next NEHBA business meeting!

Date: Monday, February 16, 2015

Time: 4 – 5:30 pm

Location: Robin’s Nest, 5456 Nicollet Ave S 

Featured Speaker – Anita Motolinia of Anita Motolinia Mediation. Anita Motolinia is on the Minnesota Supreme Court roster of Qualified Neutrals under Rule 114. She helps people resolve conflict for the benefit of everyone. Anita has been mediating workplace, business and family disputes since 2007.

Topic – Anita will speak about how to use conflict resolution programs to improve your bottom line. She will also demonstrate mediation in a mock session.

Featured Business – Douglas Stewart, Producing Artistic Director at The Matchbox Theater (underground @ Robin’s Nest) 5456 Nicollet Avenue, S.
Do you have an event happening? The monthly business meeting would be a great opportunity to share this information with other businesses..

NEHBA welcomes both members and nonmembers of storefront and home based businesses to it’s monthly meetings. 

SBA Emerging Leaders Free Training
The Minneapolis office of the federal Small Business Administration is offering qualified business owners and managers the opportunity to participate in a free Emerging Leaders training program.

The Emerging Leaders initiative helps small businesses reach the next level of growth and success, becoming stronger self-sustaining employers. Participants will learn practical skills and ideas from peers and local experts. In addition to new expertise, strong relationships and a better understanding of resources available, small business owners taking part will walk away with a tangible three-year business growth plan.

This training is open to owners of small businesses with annual revenues between $400,000 and $10 million. This is not for new start-ups; businesses have to have been around for at least three years. This program is considered to be a mini-MBA type of training with the case study being the owner’s business.

Thirteen classes will begin in April and run through early November. Space is limited to one C-level executive per business. There is no cost for the training, but participants should anticipate committing to 100 hours of combined classroom, homework and peer-to-peer mentoring. A complete list of past Minneapolis businesses that have participated, the application form and Q&A can be found here. Applications are due March 6.

To learn more about the initiative and request an application, contact Nancy Libersky or 612-370-2324.

NEHBA Business Meeting Monday, January 26, 2015

Due to the holiday on Monday, January 19, the January Monthly Business Meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, January 26.

Join us for the next NEHBA business meeting!

Date: Monday, January 26, 2015

Time: 4 – 5:30 pm 

Location: The Bead Monkey, 4959 Penn Ave S, Lower Level

Featured Speaker – Linda Roberts, the City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Business Licensing.


  • 70/30 Food/Alcohol Sales Ratios Changes        In the 2014 November election, Minneapolis voters eliminated the city’s 70/30 Rule. Although it went into effect immediately, the legal change goes into effect January 16, 2015. Linda will explain what this means for restaurants that were under the 70/30 rule prior to the November 2014 vote.
  • Proposed Licensing Changes for Vintage, Antique and Second Hand Stores.

Do you have an event happening? The monthly business meeting would be a great opportunity to share this information with other businesses..

CM John Quincy, our scheduled January Featured Speaker has been rescheduled to April 20, 2015

NEHBA welcomes both members and nonmembers of storefront and home based businesses to it’s monthly meetings. 

Health Inspection Reports Become Available Online

The Minneapolis Health Department expects to have restaurant inspection information available online by mid-year 2015.  This is part of the City’s open data policy.
Restaurant owners, managers, and chefs are invited to talk with Health Department staff about:

  • Ideas for providing context for health inspection information to the community.
  •  How online access to health inspection information will affect you.

Monday, March 2, 2015

9 – 10 am

Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Board Room

300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis

The discussion is free. Please let them know if you plan to attend. Contact Leslie Foreman at or call 612.673.3544.

Click here to read the City’s Open Data Policy. Learn more about the Open Data Policy here.


Updating the Minnesota Food Code

The current State Food Code, enforced by the Minneapolis Health Department, was written 20 years ago. Many of the practices were not envisioned at that time making this out of date code difficult today for business owners.

Stay up to date on the state’s progress. Visit the MN Food Code Rule Revision webpage here to view the existing and proposed language, make a comment, or sign up for email updates.

If there are things in the Food Code you feel need to be changed, send your comments to Leslie Foreman at or 612-673-3544.

We will keep you updated as things progress


Signarama Offers Holiday Promotion To NEHBA Members Only
Attention NEHBA Members!
Signarama has a holiday gift for NEHBA members only! They are offering you 50% off all banner orders between now through January 2nd.
Stop in, place your banner order and check out all the services they offer businesses.

Increase Your Business Visibility “Like” NEHBA Business’ Facebook Pages!

Be sure to “Like”  NEHBA area business’ Facebook pages to increase the visibility of all Southwest Minneapolis businesses including YOUR OWN! Just think of how many people could be viewing your Facebook posts if every business would “Like” each other’s pages!

What is an easy way to get this done?
All NEHBA member businesses listed in the left column are linked to their page which includes their facebook link (when a facebook exists). Click on the link to their facebook page and then click on “Like” located in the business banner at the top of the page. Make sure you are signed into your facebook account as your business.

If you have a business facebook page and it is not listed on your page, send the link to right away and it will be updated.

First Annual Holiday Mexican Jewelry Trunk Show at Zinnia Folk Arts Dec. 11

Zinnia Folk Arts, 826 W 50th St,  the only store in the Upper Midwest selling high quality Mexican folk art, will celebrate the holidays with a Mexican jewelry trunk show on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 4-8 pm. Join us at the corner of 50th & Bryant  to purchase or add to your wish list! New and vintage Mexican jewelry will be available for you to purchase or add to your wish list. Refreshments and more!

Zinnia Folk Arts offers a range of folk art, from the simple to the sophisticated. Our folk art includes, decorative and useable ceramics, nativities, Christmas decorations, textiles, wood carvings, jewelry, paper mache and many other delightful pieces from all over the great country of Mexico. Every piece we offer is hand-made and hand selected from the work of emerging and contemporary Mexican masters.

Photos available. Contact Anne at

Diamond Lake Rd & Nicollet Ave Holiday Shopping Events Dec 11
The businesses at Diamond Lake Rd and Nicollet Ave will be hosting open houses and happy hour events Thursday, December 11.
Participating Businesses:
5456 Nicollet Ave S
4-8 pm
20% off all merchandise
Check out our new community Theater, Matchbox Theater, located in the basement of Robin’s nest!
We will be showing classic films during the event!
Lolamax Salon Mingle and Jingle
5452 Nicollet Ave S
3-8 pm
20-50% off retail including gift sets. Check out the entire list of gift items on sale here.
5460 Nicollet Ave S
4-8 pm
Stop by and say hello to the owners of this new business at DLR & Nicollet Ave S. Free doggie treats for your furry friends!
Simply Jane Holiday Happy Hour Salon and Sale
5411 Nicollet Ave S
Thursday, Dec. 11 – 4-9 pm
Friday, Dec. 12 – 4-9 pm
Paintings, prints, wrought iron work, cards, animal rocks, holiday gifts and more! The Elias sisters and other Fabulous local artists work will be featured for sale. Drinks and snacks provided. Shop local!

Unwind Within Annual Open House

Saturday, December 13, 11-4
Come by for treats, chair massage and discounted gift certificates!


Signarama After Hours December 4
You are invited to join Signarama, 5451 Nicollet Ave S, for an after-hours open house on
Thursday,December 4th 4:30pm ’til 7:30pm.
Enjoy drinks and appetizers, special giveaways,as well as a tour of our facilities and a Q&A session.
Please RSVP to 612-315-3406 or All are welcome!Signarama’s owner, Alexander Lund opened the doors to his new full-service sign center, Signarama at the end of September.  His aim is to help other businesses in Twin Cities grow by offering creative signage solutions to fit any business at any budget.

Signarama is located at 5451 Nicollet Avenue and is open Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm and by appointment. Visit their website for a list of products and services.  Follow them on Facebook and on Twitter@signaramampls for design and marketing ideas and tips including photos of recent projects.

CenterPoint Energy Work on Bryant Ave. So. between 43rd & 46th Streets

We have just been made aware of an upcoming traffic disruption that we wanted to let you know about right away. Centerpoint will be doing some natural gas main work beginning October 16 and going through the end of November on Bryant Ave. So. between 43rd & 46th street.

We have requested that blue “businesses open during construction” signs be placed in the area and will be in close communication with both CenterPoint and the council member’s office on this issue as it moves forward.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Jen (Borger) Schmid at or 612-860-2444.

More information and updates can be found on the construction project website.

From CenterPoint Energy:

“I wanted to inform you of high profile construction project CenterPoint Energy will be starting later this month in Minneapolis. We will be replacing roughly 1/3 of a mile of natural gas distribution pipe along Bryant Avenue S., from 43rd Street W. to 46th Street W.Construction is expected to begin the week ofOctober 16th  and  be completed by late November to early December. Please anticipate traffic delays and potential lane closures in the areas of construction.

Last month, we mailed out customer letters to homeowners and businesses in the affected areas. Prior to construction, CenterPoint Energy will have signs directing the public to our construction zone website in the areas of construction.

I have attached the CenterPoint Energy Letter and Map to Residents and Businesses of the construction zone area. It would be great if you could spread this information to whom you see fit. If you are interested in receiving periodic updates regarding our progress, you can click here.

Please feel free to contact me with any further questions.

Best regards,

Ashley Osteraas | Communications Specialist