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”.

2018 Downtown Streets Projects Hearing Nov. 14

Street Improvement Hearing Nov 14

The Northfield City Council will hold a a street improvement hearing on November 14th and there will be an opportunity for public input. The Council has approved the design concepts for 2018 projects at 7th and Division and on Washington Street from Woodley to 2nd Street. The proposed plan is designed to calm traffic and improve pedestrian safety, but it also reduces downtown parking spaces. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Learn more about the projects here and give feedback at the hearing November 14th. The City Council meeting begins at 6 pm at City Hall.

Give to the Max Day is November 16

Thursday, November 16, is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. A donation to the NDDC on or before Nov. 16 has the chance of securing additional funds through daily and hourly drawings and matching funds.

Schedule your gift

Every day from November 1 -15 one organization will win $500 because one or more supporters scheduled their gift in advance. That could be the NDDC!

Each hour on Give to the Max Day, a drawing will determine the winner of a $1,000 Golden Turkey award. The winner can choose which cause will receive the $1,000.

Donor Advised Fund

Donations from donor advised funds or other appreciated assets may now count toward Give to the Max Day. Help your favorite causes rise up the Leaderboards and have the chance to win a Golden Ticket by making a gift from your donor advised fund or financial portfolio.

 

 

Your Vote Counts Nov. 7

Vote on November 7
Tuesday, November 7, is election day in Northfield.  Voters will elect one at-large City Councilor and vote yes or no on a Northfield school district referendum, which includes two questions. According to the Northfield Public Schools website,

“The first question will revoke the current operating levy of $1,497.17 per student and replace it with an operating levy increased by $470.15 to $1,967.32 per student for 10 years with an inflationary factor included. The second question, contingent on the passage of the first question, would authorize the District to sell $109 million in bonds to be paid for over 25 years for the purpose of implementing the Master Facilities Plan.”

The bonds, which are essentially loans, would pay for a new high school, a new elementary school and renovations to several of the other schools in the district. The bonds would be paid for by increased property taxes on all property owner within the school district. Property taxes of both commercial and residential property owners will be impacted by the outcome of this referendum.

Residents of Northfield may check their voting location here. Voters not residing inside Northfield city limits, but living within the Northfield school district can find their polling locations here.

Your vote counts! Please go to the polls on November 7th and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.