Category Archives: Community

2022 Bridge Square Block Parties Recap

Thank you all so much for stopping by and supporting our 2022 Bridge Square Block Parties. We had a wonderful summer series with fantastic performances by Northfield Community Band, Louis and Dan & the Invisible Band, and Mark Ross. Thanks for our partners Northfield Community Education and Fifty North for helping out.

Check out  a gallery of some of our images here:

If you took pictures at the events, please feel free share and tag us on Facebook or Instagram.

The 2022 Bridge Square Block Party series is made possible with generous support from the City of Northfield and our programming sponsors. The Friends of Downtown Northfield would specifically like to thank the following local businesses:

Gold level:

Keith Pumper Plumbing & Heating

Silver level:

Forget-Me-Not Florist

Merchants Bank

Bronze level:

Premier Bank Minnesota

Schmidt Homes

 

Stay tuned for the return of this event series in 2023!

2022 Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The Friends of Downtown Northfield are excited to sponsor the 2022 Hispanic Heritage Celebration on September 15, 2022.

The day will include entertainment, a zumba class, food vendors, and arts and crafts activities for all. El día incluirá entretenimiento, clase de zumba, vendedores de comida así como actividades de arte y artesanía para todos.

2022 Schedule of Events:

  9:30 a.m. Zumba
11:00 a.m. Puppet Show (ASL Interpreted)
Martina the Cockroach and Perez the Mouse
11:30 a.m. Kalpulli Ollin Ayacaxtly
12:00 p.m. Mariachi Alma de México
 1:00 p.m. Northfield Guatemala Dance Group
  1:20 p.m. Bienvenidos – Welcome
  1:30 p.m. Samba DeMure Dance Academy 
  2:00 p.m. Aldo Tributo
2:30 p.m. Danzas Colombianas en Minnesota
3:30 p.m. Away Runakuna
  4:00 p.m. Los Chicos B
4:30 p.m. Latin Dance Instruction

The event will take place in Central Park (421 Fourth St E). Stop by for food, dancing, music, and fun! More information about the celebration can be found on the Northfield Public Library event page. 

Friends of Downtown Northfield Seeks Board Members & Volunteers

If you are interested in making downtown more vibrant, please come learn about volunteer and board member opportunities with our organization. We welcome everyone – whether you are a student or a downtown renter, just moved here or are a long-time resident, own a downtown business or just like to shop downtown. We have openings for short-term volunteers, long-term volunteers, and 3-year terms on our board of directors.

Join us for a casual gathering on Monday, August 29, 2022 at the Riverside Kitchen & Bar patio of the Fairfield Inn (114 2nd St W, Northfield, MN) from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Meet current board members, learn more about our mission, and explore opportunities for how you can help contribute to the vitality of downtown.

If you are unable to make it, but are still interested in volunteering or becoming a board member, please contact us and we will follow-up with more information.

Bridge Square Block Party August 18, 2022

Join us in Bridge Square on Third Thursdays this summer for FREE and fun get-togethers. Our series continues on Thursday, August 18 from 5:00 -7:00 PM.

Bring your families and join your friends and neighbors with various games and activities in the Square. We’re excited to welcome local singer/songwriter Mark Ross, from the band Mark Ross & the Three-Nineteen (https://markrossandthethreenineteen.com/), for a solo acoustic set from 5:30 – 6:30. And you won’t want to miss Sadie’s Taste of Love food truck (https://www.facebook.com/Sadies-Taste-of-Love-106721188407549/) selling their renowned vegetarian and vegan soul food in the Square. Grab some food, take advantage of “Third Thursday” shopping deals, stroll along the riverfront, or just put out a blanket and enjoy celebrating summer in the Square.

Free Business Coaching Available for Minority Entrepreneurs through SMIF

Northfield entrepreneurs who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC), women, veterans, low-income persons, and/or persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for free business coaching. The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is seeking entrepreneurs for their Prosperity Prosperity Initiative program.

According to SMIF’s website, “Prosperity Initiative clients commit to a six-month period of working directly with an experienced business coach for a total of 40 hours. Additionally, clients connect monthly with other entrepreneurs participating in the program through peer network meetings to discuss challenges and successes. All resources are free for participating businesses.

When the Prosperity Initiative was created in 2016, its mission was to help remove barriers to success for BIPOC entrepreneurs. This is the first year that the program has expanded its eligibility to also include entrepreneurs who identify as women, veterans, low-income and/or a person with disabilities. More than 80 clients have graduated from the program.

“We are excited to work with a new cohort of Prosperity Initiative businesses this fall,” said Pam Bishop, vice president of economic development. “This is a great opportunity to gain resources to support high-priority areas in your company.”

The Prosperity Initiative is supported, in part, by State of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Partners serving on the advisory committee include Community Economic Development Associates (CEDA)Collider FoundationHispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER)Region Nine Development CommissionMerchants Bank – WinonaMinnesota Council of Churches – Tapestry Project.

Apply to become a Prosperity Initiative client at smifoundation.org/prosperity by August 19, 2022. The program will begin in early September 2022 and run through February 2023. Contact Christopher Mazziotto, director of business development, at christopherm@smifoundation.org or 507-214-7018 with questions.”

Northfield businesses needing assistance with their application or a community letter of support can reach out to Main Street Director, Revee Needham, via email or 507-645-3041.