Andrea Jenkins

Andrea Jenkins

 A first for Minneapolis, the city is celebrating Black Business Week.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins announced the city will host Minneapolis Black Business Week running until Saturday (July 27). The City of Minneapolis along with local nonprofits and businesses will host a series of events for employers, would-be entrepreneurs, and jobseekers. Frey and Jenkins kicked off the 13-event, nine-day stretch with a panel discussion at Mama Sheila’s restaurant in South Minneapolis. City officials will also highlight procurement opportunities along with restaurant, retail, and professional service businesses throughout the city. 

This past week Frey met with staff and leadership from H&B Elevators, a participating business on the Northside, and discussed the what to expect during Black Business Week. Jenkins stressed the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses.

“This is a historic endeavor in the city of Minneapolis, and we invite you to help us lift up these businesses,” said Jenkins.

Black businessowners can sign up to have their businesses highlighted in an online directory at Frey will attend several events for Black Business Week, including Monday at 6 p.m. at Sabathani Community Center, 310 East 38th St., the Black Business Expo & Career Fair, Tuesday, (July 23) at 9 a.m., 800 W. Broadway Ave., Wednesday (July 24) a workout and breakfast at 8 a.m. at WeRow, 34 13th Ave. N.E. and a Black women networking event at 5 p.m. at Gold Room, 528 Hennepin Ave., a Thursday (July 25) movie night at 7 p.m. at The Commons Park, 425 Portland Ave. S., FLOW Northside Arts Crawl on Penn Avenue and Lyndale Avenue on Friday and the Creative Minneapolis Business Resource Fair Saturday at Lyndale and Girard Avenues.

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