Save the Date – First Friday Art Night June 1

First Friday Art Nights are a popular celebration in many communities–from Phoenix to Boston to Kansas City. We’re bringing this monthly art experience to Downtown Northfield, beginning June 1, 2018! The fun will continue throughout the year on the first Friday of each month from 5-9pm. As you walk through our historic downtown, you’ll encounter art of all kinds–everything from live bluegrass music in Hogan Brothers to visual art exhibits at the Historical Society to dance performances in the NDA studio and poetry readings at Imminent Brewing. Mark your calendars now for this FREE event! Check out the tentative lineup here.

Are you an artist who would like to participate? Register here. Coming from out of town? Stay overnight and enjoy the Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday morning! Do you love the arts and want to help make this event possible with a tax-deductible sponsorship? Email jenni@nddc.org or donate online using the Give MN icon on the right sidebar.

Minority Business Development Conference

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) will be hosting a Minority Business Development Conference this spring. This FREE conference is geared toward minority business owners in southern Minnesota. Topics include legal advice, marketing trends, franchising tips, and tax information. Lunch is included. Attendees may choose the location most convenient for them to attend: April 18 in Austin or May 9 in Mankato.

Find more information at smifoundation.org/prosperity. Contact Chad Poitra at 507.214.7011 or chadp@smifoundation.org with questions about the conference or the Prosperity Initiative.

About the Prosperity Initiative

The Prosperity Initiative was designed as a Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation pilot project to provide education and business resources to minority business owners and educate resource partners of the barriers and opportunities these individuals encounter. Prosperity Initiative clients receive support from professional business coaches, technical assistance, and other services to help turn business dreams into reality.

About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in the 20 counties of south central and southeastern Minnesota. The Foundation has provided more than $106 million in grants, loans and programming within the region during the past 31 years. SMIF’s key interests include early childhood, community and economic development. To learn more about our work and mission, visit www.smifoundation.org.

The Northfield Business & Tourism Center

A long-time goal shared by many in the Northfield business community was recently celebrated at 19 Bridge Square. That’s the home of the new Northfield Business & Tourism Center. Tuesday, February 27, was the Grand Opening party in the new space. Nearly 200 people attended the special event and enjoyed great food and beverages served by the staff of the Ole Store Restaurant, The Tavern of Northfield, and the Grand Event Center. Thanks to proprietor Chuck Prior and Chef Olivier for the wonderful spread!

The Northfield Business & Tourism Center houses the offices of the Northfield Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, the Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Northfield, the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, Downtown Northfield MN and the Northfield Enterprise Center. It’s a one-stop shop for anyone looking for information or networking opportunities in the Northfield business community.

The space is also the new home of the Visitor Information Center, a resource containing brochures, maps, visitor guides, business cards and many other publications for visitors. This resource is open 24/7/365. Businesses and organizations that have marketing material like this are welcome to leave it at the center for self-service distribution. Please see the staff during business hours if you have questions.

Stop by the new suite of offices soon and say hi to Todd, Lisa, Jenni and Chris. They look forward to seeing you!

Bridge Square Sports New Lights: Thanks NDDC!!

In anticipation of Winter Walk 2017 and the entire holiday season, the NDDC considered how it might contribute to the festivities in a new way. Conversation turned toward the amenities in Bridge Square and the acknowledgement that the tree lighting array could be better. The call went out for contributions and the call was answered.

As can be seen in the accompanying photos, every tree and lamp post in Bridge Square is now adorned with lights and the cumulative effect is stunning!

In addition to the new lights in Bridge Square, the NDDC is sponsoring the Tree Lighting Ceremony for Winter Walk 2017. Please join us at 5pm in Bridge Square for a brief ceremony followed by the Whoville Christmas Song  sing-a-long from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.