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Northfield EDA Awards Micro-Grants

The Northfield Economic Development Authority has approved three Clem Shearer Micro-grants since the beginning of 2018. Congratulations to these fine Downtown Northfield businesses for attaining these awards!!

A $5,000 grant was provided to Hot Spot Music, LLC for building re-model and business expansion efforts. Hot Spot Music is at the corner of Division and 8th Streets.

Hot Spot Music

A $5,000 grant was provided to Northfield Physical Therapy for business expansion efforts. Norhfield Physical Therapy is in the Phoenix Building on the corner of Division Street and 7th Street.

Northfield Physical Therapy

A $4,995 grant was provided to Northfield Yarn for remodel and business expansion efforts. Northfield Yarn is at 314 Division Street.

Northfield Yarn
Clem Shearer Micro-Grant Program

The Micro-grant Program is part of the EDA’s progressive business support program. It is designed to strengthen emerging businesses and position them for future growth by helping them take a significant step in developing their technical, management, or marketing capabilities. The maximum micro-grant award is $5,000.

Micro-grant funds can be used for a wide variety of purposes including, but not limited to:

  • Leasehold improvements
  • Gap financing
  • Working capital

The Northfield Enterprise Center (NEC) continues to provide coaching opportunities for new business and coordinates initial discussions on micro-grant opportunities. For more information, reach out to Chris Whillock at 507-339-0336 or at the Northfield Business & Tourism Center at 19 Bridge Square.

Division Street Closed from 6th to 8th Beginning April 30

7th and Division–before

The City of Northfield will begin the reconstruction of Division Street between 6th St and 8th St on Monday, April 30. Washington St. will be the marked detour route. Read on for more details about the this summer’s entire downtown streets project. Bookmark the following link on the City’s website for complete information and updates .

Stage 1- Division Street from Sixth Street to Eight Street
Crews expect to begin work on Stage 1 on Monday April 30, 2018. Work expected next week include the closure of Division Street to thru traffic from Sixth Street to Eighth Street first thing Monday morning. A detour will be posted around the closure utilizing Washington Street. Additional work included next week will be bituminous and concrete street removals, curb and gutter removals, and driveway removals. Crews expect to begin utility installations the week of May 7.

Stage 2 – Seventh Street from Water Street to Washington Street
Staff also held individual meetings with the affected property owners on Stage 2 late this week to discuss the proposed schedule submitted by the contractor, and the affect to each individual property. The contractor expects to begin work on Stage 2 sometime mid-July, when Stage 1 is complete.

Stage 3 – Washington Street Mill and Overlay and Parking Lot Construction
No work is scheduled on Stage 3 until late July. Staff will send letters requesting property owner meetings on Stage 3 once construction is closer to beginning.

Nate Becker, City of Northfield, will be the project representative. Nate can be reached by phone at (507) 291-6490 or via email at Nate.Becker@ci.northfield.mn.us

7th and Divison-after

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.