2016-17 cycle of W7BA events:

February 16 Annual Membership Meeting
4 – 6 p.m. at Bad Weather Brewing Company (225 7th St. West)
Featuring Pajarito’s (605 7th St. West)  appetizers


More:

Board meetings are generally scheduled for the second Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
For questions, agenda items, and information contact our President Kent Petterson [terrace@winternet.com]

2016 Annual Membership Meeting

2015 Annual Membership Meeting

Past monthly meetings: with great appreciation to these W7BA members:
W7BA monthly networking meetings are generally scheduled for the third Thursday of the month
(but not August and December!). At our networking events, we enjoy complimentary appetizers, beverages, and good conversation
–often with an invited guest!

  • January 19: W7BA Networking hosted by Rudy’s Event Rentals, 1044 Seventh Street West, Suite B
  • November 17: W7BA networking hosted by Artista Botega in their Mural Room, 937 7th Street West
  • October 17: W7BA “early bird” networking at Fresh Grounds’ Hospitality Room
    September 15: W7BA networking hosted by Wellington Senior Living
  • July 21: W7BA networking hosted by Chris and Robs Chicago Taste Authority
  • June 16: W7BA networking Pizza Party hosted by Tav on the Ave
  • May 19: W7BA networking hosted by Rudy’s Event Rentals, 1044 7th St West
  • April 23: West End Clean Up Campaign
    Thanks to Kristi Kasl for our graphic and Ruth Ann Smith (651 340 7966; norut@comcast.net) for organizing on behalf of W7BA’s Enhancement Coalition!
  • April 21: W7BA Networking catered by Mississippi Market and hosted by the Saint Paul Fire Station meeting room 645 Randolph Ave.
  • March 1: The Saint Paul Fire Department and the W7BA co-hosted a Community Meeting on transit options through West 7th Neighborhoods and the Riverview Corridor toward a Federally mandated recommendation this fall on the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for mode (e.g. light rail, streetcar, bus) and alignment through our neighborhoods. Included presentation and update by Mike Rogers, RCRRA Transit Project Manager, along with Q&A.
  • February 11, 2016: General Membership Annual Meeting
    The W7BA wishes to thank Emily Linbo and Dominium of the Schmidt Artists Lofts, Brew House Club Room and Performance Hall, for hosting our annual Membership Meeting Thursday, February 11, and all our 40+ attendees! The agenda included a social (half) hour, introductions, board elections, introduction of the W7BA micro-grants program; and Certificates of Appreciation to ten local businesses and organizations, followed by a brewery complex tour by Phil Gagne, Wellhouse Manager and a former brew master at Schmidt.. Check us out at the General Membership Annual Meeting link!
  • January 21, 2016 Networking: hosted by McGovern’s Pub
  • November 12, 2015 Breakfast Networking: hosted by Mississippi Market
  • October 21, 2015 Networking Meeting hosted by Tav on the Av on their outdoor patio!
  • October 14, 2015: the Ward 2 Candidate forum hosted by Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota at the historic C.S.P.S. Hall attended by over 150 citizens.
  • September 24, 2015: Networking Meeting hosted by Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub
  • June 30, 2015: Membership and Networking Meeting hosted by the Schmidt Artists Lofts
  • May 21, 2015: Networking Meeting hosted by Seventh Street Social
  • March 19, 2015: Board of Directors and Membership Networking Meetings
    Many thanks to Erin Shvetzoff Hennessey and Highland Chateau Health Care Center for hosting. HCHCC is a St. Paul landmark for rehabilitative and skilled nursing care, and recently remodeled its facility (a 64-bed, all-private room community) at 2319 Seventh Street West. As per usual, W7BA will be provided appetizers and beverages! Join us in exploring another member’s vital contribution to our commercial district in April.
  • February 19: 2015 General Membership Annual Meeting:
    The W7BA wishes to thank Emily Linbo and Dominium of the Schmidt Artists Lofts, Brew House Club Room and Performance Hall, for hosting our annual Membership Meeting Thursday, February 19, and all 70+ attendees! The agenda included a social (half) hour, a meeting with by-laws up date; board elections; recognition of the Joseph’s Coat winterwear program and recognition certificates for businesses that enhanced their storefronts and streetscapes. See committees/outreach for more information! The meeting concluded with two special presentations, W7BA member Amy Zellmer on “Marketing for Small Business” and “Google Business View” by Tara Loftus, followed by networking social hour and a brewery complex tour by Phil Gagne, Wellhouse Manager and a former brew master at Schmidt.
  • January 2015 Networking Meeting hosted by Rudy’s Event Rentals
  • December 2014 Board Meeting festively hosted by Seventh Street Social
  • November 2014 “early bird” Networking Meeting hosted by Burn Unit Coffee Ward
  • October 2014 Networking Meeting hosted by Patrick McGovern’s Pub

Commercial Recycling

Minnesota’s new commercial recycling law goes into effect in just under three months. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is created a short summary of the law

By January 1, 2016, owners of commercial property in the seven-county metro area will need to make sure their buildings have recycling services along with garbage collection. The new law (Minn. Stat. 115A.151 <https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=115A.151> ) applies to most commercial buildings that have service for 4 cubic yards (or more) of trash per week, and requires that a minimum of three material types be collected for recycling.

Even if the law does not apply to a particular commercial property, it is an opportunity for all businesses to increase their recycling. Unlike many other aspects of running a business where spending is examined regularly, businesses frequently set up their disposal services and then rarely think about it again. However, with a 17 percent state tax on garbage, and sometimes an even higher fee assessed by the local county, trashing recyclables can be expensive. Minnesotans spend a good deal of money throwing away recyclable material every year, but they have great potential value to the economy – recycling directly and indirectly supports nearly 37,000 jobs, and the materials have a value of over $250 million. In addition, many businesses are finding it is good for business to recycle, as customers are more interested in knowing that the companies they support are committed to sustainable practices in their operations.

Implementing a successful recycling program can take some work, but many cities and counties offer assistance to business owners, sometimes in the form of financial support to set up new or improved collection systems. There are also several local resources for signage and training, including the Recycling Association of Minnesota and Rethink Recycling. All of these resources, and more, can be found on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Commercial Recycling page www.pca.state.mn.us/dyw6yry <http://www.pca.state.mn.us/dyw6yry> . Questions can be directed to Emily Barker, Organics and Recycling Specialist, MPCA: emily.barker@state.mn.us <mailto:emily.barker@state.mn.us>  or (651) 757-2030.