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!

Upcoming 2013 – 2014 events:

Next networking meeting Thursday, April 24: Tavern on the Avenue, 825 Jefferson Avenue!

W7BA complimentary appetizers and Tav on the Ave drink specials! All are welcome!

More networking meetings: Tuesday, June 24, July 29.
The membership of W7BA wishes to thank Claddagh Coffee, Tavern on the Avenue, Joe and Stan’s Sports Bar and Lounge for their generous hospitality for the 2013-14 cycle of networking events. So also Sokol Minnesota for meeting space for our board of directors.

Next general membership meeting is May 22
with an agenda of updates: policing, Ramsey County River Corridor Study, and We Are West 7th Asset Mapping.

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Summer is rapidly approaching and the W7BA encourages all West End businesses to hire youth, whether as interns or staff.

Special W7BA Meeting:  Saint Paul’s Streetcar Feasibility Study, including West7th Street alternatives

Met at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 6 and hosted by Dave Cossetta at Cossetta’s Alimentari. Agenda included a welcome by Joe Landsberger, W7BA President, presentation “Saint Paul’s Streetcar Feasibility Study” by Councilman Dave Thune and Michelle Beaulieu, City Planner, Planning and Economic Development Department. About 70 mostly small business owners of West 7th Street atended

Our January 22 general membership meeting at Seventh Street Social was a great success.
We welcomed Ken Rubenzer of Kessler & Maguire, and Teri Focht of Eyes All Over to our board, who joined all returning members. Lorrie Louder, Senior Vice President,  Business & Intergovernmental Affairs of the  Saint Paul Port Authority presented findings of the SPPA’s study of industry in Saint Paul: The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). Michelle Beaulieu, City Planner, Planning and Economic Development Department display booth presented information on the proposed streetcars along West 7th  and Buy Local Twin Cities a display booth on their organization across the 7-county metro area. Door prizes, from local member businesses sponsored and supported by W7BA, were drawn and over 35 socialized with appetizers and drink specials.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 Summit Brewery hosted our first cycle membership meeting.
The agenda included commercial safety and security within West 7th featuring Commander Paul Iovina and Councilman Dave Thune. In addition the results of our  W7BA Survey results (Powerpoint) were presented, and the roll-out of our w7ba.org Website!

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!

Board meetings:

You are welcome to contact the board with issues. Email president@w7ba.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: February 18 (Tuesday); March 18; April 15; May 20; June 17

Board members:

Joe Landsberger, President representing Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota;
Tina Scheid, Vice Chair representing United Family Medicine;
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;
Brian Singer representing access2tanzania;
Shelly Boone representing deZinnia;
Paula Faughender, representing NatureWise ChemDry;
Ken Rubenzer representing  Kessler & Maguire
Teri Focht representing Eyes All Over
Ex-officio: Betty Moran representing the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation
and Kathy Carruth, representing the Highland District Council