The West 7th Business Association was founded in 1966.
Our neighborhood commercial strip is one of the earliest in the State of Minnesota. American settlement began with the Historic Fort Snelling of the 1820′s at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, and developed along old Fort Road towards downtown Saint Paul when “squatters” of its military reservation were expelled in 1840. Today we strengthen our commercial, professional and marketing interests and opportunities in the West End through representation/advocacy, networking, promotion, and community outreach. We are a prosperous, diverse network of innovative and established businesses working through a series of committees and task forces. “Mouse over” the above image to scroll through features of our commercial strip!
September continues “W7BA Membership Month”!
This past year,
thanks to member businesses, we enjoyed hospitality at local W7BA Members Claddagh Coffee, Tavern on the Avenue, Seventh Street Social, Joe and Stan’s Sports Bar and Lounge for our seven networking events. Three membership meetings featured information sessions on healthcare options for small businesses, W7BA business canvassing survey, two sessions on commercial safety and security, and several on transit along West 7th/Mississippi River Corridor. W7BA committees include communications and events, promotion/marketing, West 7th enhancement and clean up, and community outreach.
we are redesigning our Website to reflect an innovative and member-centric approach to promote and feature you, our members. Through geolocation, we will feature each of you with links, texts and images that bring your services or products to an extended audience. Enhanced functionalities will enable you to improve search engine marketing and optimization with some interactive elements that highlight you as members in addition to our organization, the W7BA.
These in addition to our regularly scheduled program of networking and information sessions.
Founded in 1966, there has never been a better time for us to come together to build, advocate for, and enhance our business district.
Events of 2013 – 2014
2014 – 2015 events:
You are welcome to join us for our West 7th Business Association General Membership and Networking Meetings!
Next general membership meeting is September 23, 3 p.m. at the West 7th Community Center, Room 204!
The Meeting will be followed by the West 7th Community Center “Spaghetti Dinner” Fund Raiser.
The W7BA will buy tickets for all its members who attend the general membership meeting. Join us, but RSVP your attendance!
Next networking is Tuesday, October 21, 4 p.m. at Patrick McGovern’s Pub, 225 Seventh Street West.
A W7BA board meeting will precede the meeting at 3 p.m.
Summer is rapidly approaching and the W7BA encourages all West End businesses to hire youth, whether as interns or staff.
STEP UP: help us, help out:
Nearly 40 new or gently used winter coats hats mittens gloves boots were donated to Joseph’s Coat through our community outreach committee. Since 1989 the free store provides clothing, household items, personal hygiene products, and children’s items. Our thanks for W7BA members Paula Faughender of NatureWise Chem-dry and Joe McKenzie of Jewish Community Service for their efforts!
You are welcome to contact the board with issues. Email firstname.lastname@example.org; 651 297 9000. The board generally meets the third Tuesday of the month, 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the C.S.P.S. Hall, 383 Michigan:
Next meetings to be announced.
Joe Landsberger, President representing Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota;
Kent Petterson, Secretary representing Terrace Horticultural Books;
Steve Zaccard, Treasurer representing the Saint Paul Fire Department;
Joe McKenzie, Immediate Past President, representing Jewish Family Service;
Jerry Rothstein representing the Community Reporter and Gestalt Work;
Shelly Boone representing deZinnia;
Paula Faughender, representing NatureWise ChemDry;
Ken Rubenzer representing Kessler & Maguire
Ex-officio: Betty Moran representing the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation
and Kathy Carruth, representing the Highland District Council