Join the City in celebrating Minneapolis Black Business Week, July 24-30

July 18, 2023

Leading into the nationally recognized National Black Business Month in August, the City of Minneapolis is amplifying, celebrating, strengthening and supporting Black business development in Minneapolis with Black Business Week, July 24-30.

The theme of this year’s event is generational wealth and ways the financial successes of our current Black entrepreneurs can be passed to future generations.

Events include:

  • Black Business Week kickoff event
    5-8 p.m. Monday, July 24
    56 Brewing, 3055 Columbia Ave. NE
    Leaders from the local business community join organizations and City staff in discussions on building generational wealth and a Black middle class in Minneapolis. People who come by can also check out a Black Market featuring a variety of Minneapolis vendors and resource tables that include the City’s Small Business Team and the Civil Rights Department’s procurement and contracting division. 
  • Ward 5 job fair
    3-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 25
    Workforce Center, 800 W. Broadway Ave.
    Youth (ages 14+) and adults can learn about opportunities for internships, jobs and entrepreneur mentorship.

  • Certified Access information session
    11 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, July 25
    Virtual event 
    Learn about Certified Access and how it can support entrepreneurs in getting certifications as minority-owned businesses, woman-owned businesses or other disadvantaged business enterprises.

  • East African panel discussion and resource fair
    2-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 26
    Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Ave. S.
    This event is geared toward helping businesses in the city’s East African community and highlighting the resources they can access to start or grow a business. At 2 p.m., hear about entrepreneurship among young, East African women at a panel discussion. Then at 4 p.m., participants can connect to community resources for businesses.

  • Real estate project tours and emerging developer happy hour
    • 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 26
      Two separate tours take participants through Black-led real estate development projects, with social hour to follow.
      • The McNair Avenue tour is of twin homes recently constructed by real estate developer Alex Frank, who also serves as an advisor with The City’s Developer Technical Assistance Program (DTAP). Alex Frank has developed multiple homes through The City’s Minneapolis Homes program since 2016 and also participates as a mentor in ULI Minnesota’s Real Estate Diversity Initiative Program for BIPOC and Women real estate professionals.
      • The 42nd Avenue tour is of a redevelopment being led by emerging real estate developer and entrepreneur Anissa Keyes. A founder of Arubah Emotional Health Services, Anissa Keys is also a DTAP participant and a recipient of The City’s Ownership and Opportunity Fund. Her renovation of the historic Camden Bank building is currently underway and will provide 20,000 square feet of commercial space to BIPOC small business owners when completed.
    • 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26: Emerging developer happy hour at Graze Provisions+Libations, 520 N. 4th St.

  • Protecting your Legacy
    5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 26
    NEON, 1007 W. Broadway Ave. 
    Legal Workshop hosted by Just Law, LLC for businesses focusing on protecting business assets for the future.  Succession planning, wills/trusts, and more tools to support eventual retirement and generational wealth building. 

  • Doing Business with the City   
    12-2 p.m. Thursday, July 27
    Sabathani, 310 E. 38th St.
    Business owners can learn how they can get contracts with the City as a vendor. Includes information on certifications.

  • Chameleon Pop Up
    11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, July 27
    Nicollet Avenue between 7th and 8th streets.
    This pop up market on Nicollet Mall features Black vendors.

  • The Black Market Summer Series Pop Up Event
    4-8 p.m. Saturday, July 29 
    Farmers Market Annex, 200 East Lyndale Ave. N.
    This pop up market at the Farmers Market Annex focuses on Black vendors.

Get the latest updates, register for events and find more information on the City’s website.