Midway Chamber of Commerce May 14, 2024

Avenues Newsletter

~FREE to ATTEND~ Legislative Wrap-Up 5/22

~Location Change~ Midway Chamber Coffee Club @ SK Coffee 5/30

Midway on the Fairway @ Como Park Golf 6/7

2024 Leadership Summit @ Augsburg University 6/12

2024 Annual Patio Party & Recognition Event 7/17

Legislative Wrap-Up

Join the Midway Chamber as we visit with our local legislators as they discuss what happened during the Legislative Session, and how it can impact your organization and our community. Find out about their priorities and let them know what matters to you. 


Wednesday May 22, 2024

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT


Rafiki Coffee & Cafe, LLC

540 Fairview Ave. N

Suite 101

Saint Paul, MN 55104


This event is free to attend, but please let us know if you plan to attend.


Thank you to our Sponsor

***Location Change***

Midway Chamber Coffee Club @ SK Coffee

Established in 2010, Dogwood Coffee Company is a small craft roaster dedicated to delicious coffee and the good things that come with it. They call Minneapolis & St. Paul home. Dogs are their preferred companions, washed their preferred coffees, and gratitude their preferred posture. This small quality focused roaster concentrates their efforts on developing relationships in the sourcing process, learning about and executing the craft of roasting, exploring the science of brewing and sharing delicious coffee with their customers.


Thursday May 30, 2024

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT


Vandalia Tower

550 Vandalia St

St Paul, MN 55114


Free to attend


87th Annual Midway on the Fairway Golf Tournament

Presented by

8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

1:30 p.m. Lunch & Prizes

Catered by

Lunch by TST Creative Catering, Breakfast by Sarah Janes's Bakery and Cupcakes provided by David Dominick.

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email chad@midwaychamber.com to learn more!

Contact ana@midwaychamber.com to register your foursome today!

Donating an auction item is a great way to promote your organization and support the Chamber. Please mail or schedule a drop off/pickup by May 31. Donations will be accepted up until the tournament. Click here to access the donation form.


Friday Jun 7, 2024

7:00 AM - 2:30 PM CDT


7:00 Check-in & Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start

1:30 p.m. Picnic and Prizes


Como Park Golf Course

1431 North Lexington Parkway

St. Paul, MN 55103


$700 per foursome Early Bird Rate

$750 after May 15

$175 per individual player Early Bird Rate

$190 after May 15


Premier Sponsors

2024 Leadership Summit

Your Organization is a Forest- Make it Thrive


Is your organization a forest? Is it growing, thriving, and set up to last generations?

In this talk, Vikas and Priya Narula, will discuss the incredible parallels between forests and organizations and how to know if yours is thriving or not (beyond just financials).

Combining technology, real-time experiential exercises, with cutting-edge research in the field of leadership, team development, and forest ecosystems, Vikas and Priya take their audiences on a journey into the forest of the workplace and beyond.

Leave this session feeling empowered, renewed, and illuminated. Come away with clear, actionable steps to make your life and organization richer and more vibrant.

Grow the forest – in your life, work, and neighborhood.

Vikas Narula ~ entrepreneur, speaker, facilitator, blogger and author

Priya Narula ~ entrepreneur, speaker, bridge builder, community creator



Do you have a company who help can make businesses more efficient? The Midway Chamber is hosting a resource fair for members at our Leadership Summit. For one hour, vendors can share information with our attendees on services they provide companies. Vendors can help make companies more efficient, reduce costs and increase output. Contact ana@midwaychamber.com to learn more!

Summit Workshops

Learn more about our 3 morning workshops on our event page!

  • Workplace Cultures of Belonging as a Key Employee Retention Strategy

Led by Jenni Bratulich and Andrew Zhao

A sense of connection and belonging is a basic human need, and a lack of belonging is a key reason why employees leave their places of employment, even if they enjoy the work they do. This workshop will explore the significance of workplace cultures of belonging that are rooted in trust and collaboration, leveraging insights from the successful AmazeWorks/KeyHubs partnership. We will introduce Keyhubs Matrix software as a tool for examining workplace relationships and team dynamics that inhibit or contribute to belonging. Participants will gain practical tools, strategies, and real-life examples to enhance employee well-being and retention in your workplace. 

  • Seeing Things Whole: A Threefold Perspective on Organizational Challenges

Led by Keri Clifton and Tom Morgan

Seeing Things Whole is a leadership framework that cultivates whole leaders and thriving organizations to positively impact the common good. Through this framework, leaders learn to consider their values and strengths while seeking input and perspectives in order to best understand, reflect, and make decisions on the challenges they face. During this presentation, we will introduce the framework for thinking about our work built on three interconnected dimensions. We will also engage in dialogue around common organizational challenges (like artificial intelligence) and how this leadership model can create organizational success across multiple bottom lines.

  • Making Connections through Community Engagement

Led by Jenean Gilmer

Knowing your community is essential for growing and advancing your organization. Augsburg University has worked to cultivate deep and meaningful relationships with neighbors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits and community development organizations. Many of those relationships are with the large East African community in Cedar-Riverside, with people hailing from Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea. We’ll walk the neighborhood to learn how it has changed over time, how we remain responsive to ongoing changes, and talk with people to learn more about their experiences. Cultivating community connections creates cultural and economic wealth and can help build your organization in ways that are sustainable and enduring.


Wednesday Jun 12, 2024

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT


9:30 am - 10:00 am - Registration/Check-in

10:00 am - 11:00 am- Morning Sessions 

11:00 am - Noon - Resource Fair

11:30 am - Networking/Luncheon Registration

Noon - 1 pm- Luncheon & Keynote ft. Vikas & Priya Narula


Augsburg University 

Hagfors Center

2211 Riverside Ave.

Minneapolis, MN 55454


Summit Pricing

$50 for members

$75 for non-members

Luncheon Only Pricing

$40 for members

$50 for non-members


Please inform the chamber directly if you will be using a luncheon pass for this event~

***Please note: Cancellations must be received via written notice. Substitutions are welcome or you may use your credit toward a future event per chamber approval. Reservations made within 48 hours of the event will be charged an additional $10


Thank you to our sponsor

2024 Annual Patio Party & Recognition Event

Summertime is here, which means it's time to celebrate as we kickstart a brand new year of chamber programming coming your way. Join us at Urban Growler Brewing Company outside in the beer garden to catch up with food, fun, and drinks! We will recognize our outgoing board members, executive committee members, ambassadors and more. We look forward to seeing our members and friends in person as we kick off our new fiscal year!

(In the event of inclement weather, party will move to Barrel room.)


***Transit Note: For those traveling by transit, the closest bus stop is on the 87 route, near the Raymond/Hampden intersection.***


Wednesday Jul 17, 2024

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CDT


Urban Growler

2325 Endicott St.

Saint Paul, MN 55114


$40.00 members/ $60.00 non-members

This includes networking, program, a beverage of your choice and food

***Please note: Cancellations must be received three days in advance to receive a full refund, substitutions are welcome. Reservations made within 4 days of the event will be charged an additional $10


Blaze President Dave Boden To Retire On July 1

Mighty Consulting Welcomes Amy Brendmoen 

Internet Subsidy Ending Could Lead to Digital Divide Increase 

With Congress and the Administration failing to come to an agreement to extend additional funding for the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), April was the last month in which participating households received the $30 credit that they have come to rely on. 

As the ACP winds down, a variety of internet service providers are working with customers and partners to offer support. For example, Comcast is offering a range of affordable options to meet the needs of every budget. To learn more about what Comcast is doing check out this blog article.

If you know of households or home businesses that will be impacted by the expiration of the ACP, encourage them to call their provider. For Comcast, folks can call 1-800-XFINITY.

Together we can all do our part to help families and businesses get and stay connected to the internet.

Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union

Associated Bank

Augsburg University Center for Leadership Studies

Northland Staffing Solutions

Pearle Vision

St. Paul Midway YMCA

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Native Nonprofit Day is May 17th, 2024! 

The Native Nonprofit Day campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of supporting Native-led organizations. We hope you’ll consider contributing to our fundraising efforts leading up to and on Native Nonprofit Day! 

Be sure to follow us throughout the month!

donate here

Celebrating 15 Years

2024 is a special year for Open Hands Midway. This year they are celebrating 15 years of serving their neighbors in need. They have set a goal of raising $15,000.00 and they are asking for your help. They have created a donation link which you can access by clicking here. Once you are on the donation page there will be various categories of donation amounts to select from. Scroll down to select the box that says '$15 for 15 years campaign'. You can even make your donation a recurring donation by selecting the 'Monthly Donation' button at the top of the page. If you would rather support this awesome milestone with a check payment you can do so by making a check payable to Open Hands Midway, indicate '15th Year Celebration' in the memo line, and mail it to: Open Hands Midway, 436 Roy St. N., St. Paul, MN 55104. 

Save the date

2nd annual Community Night of Light celebration

for feeding neighbors in need


Delta Hotels Client Appreciation Night 

An Event to Honor You

Location: Delta Hotels by Marriott Minneapolis Northeast

1330 Industrial Boulevard Northeast Minneapolis, MN 55413

Duration: 2 Hours

Doors @ 4:00 PM. Your evening begins at 4:30 PM with a catered reception in our courtyard, followed by entertainment in the St. Paul Ballroom.

Join us for a delightful early evening of libations, delectable treats, and entertainment as we express our heartfelt appreciation to our exceptional clients and esteemed vendors. This exclusive gathering guarantees an unforgettable experience, featuring innovative meeting concepts and our diverse, globally inspired culinary offerings. Don't let this chance slip by to connect with fellow clients, vendors, and the Delta Hotels team.

It's our sincere gesture of gratitude for your unwavering support. 

We eagerly await your response!


Midway Chamber member Jeff Perry and his Sonic Dream trio are kicking off the Hewing Hotel Summer Rooftop Concert Series on Sunday, May 19th at 7pm. You'll hear the group's signature "hip retooling" of pop songs spanning from the Beatles to Dua Lipa while enjoying fabulous Minneapolis skyline views. For more information and tickets, go to: https://hewinghotel.com/events/sonic-dream-rooftop-concert-series-may-19/ (Note: in the event of a rain-out, full refunds will be provided). 

My Very Own Bed's 4th Annual Steps for Sleep

Walk & Wellness Event

Saturday, May 18, 9:30 – 11:30 am

DeLaSalle High School

1 DeLaSalle Drive, Minneapolis

Or Walk Anywhere May 1 – 18

Get ready for an exhilarating morning filled with music, movement, and community spirit, all while making a meaningful difference in the lives of children. My Very Own Bed’s 4th annual family-friendly walk and wellness event celebrates the connection between physical activity and healthy sleep while building community around its work to provide 1800 kids with new beds and Dream Kits this year. Join us at DeLaSalle High School on May 18! Can’t make it? You can still register and Walk Anywhere to support kids! 

This year’s family-friendly event features DJ D-Mil, the Minnesota Vikings Table food truck, local authors reading from their children’s books, a hula-hooping contest, art activities, and much more!

Register, donate, or start a fundraiser at bit.ly/stepsforsleep.

$5 off Code for Midway Chamber members:


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