The West Bank Gives Back

Door donations are greatly appreciated at Crash Course ossions, almost all of which are free. 100% of collected donations will go to stocking the food shelf at the Coyle Center. No one should ever have to miss a meal, and our friends at the Brian Coyle Center work tirelessly to ensure all individuals and families have access to culturally relevant and nutritious food.


Southern Theater: Arch Lights Celebration

Join The Southern Theater for Arch Lights as they celebrate their 2017 artists and welcome the artists of 2018.

Mingle with artists and art-lovers as under arches of one of West Bank’s oldest theaters.

Monday October 9, 6pm-10pm

The Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave South


Bookkeeping Basics for the Non-Bookkeeper

When you’re a small business, your speciality is not always bookkeeping – but it’s in your best interest for you and your business to keep a clean set of books. Learn some of the basics you can use as a starting system for bills, receipts, and calendars as you start and grow your small business so you can keep better track of your expenses – and income!

WBBA’s small business services team.

Tuesday October 10, 10:00am-11:00am

Brian Coyle Center

420 15th Ave S


Hot Dog Heaven – Mini Mob

Who has the best hot dogs in Minneapolis? Where did the West Bank Burger originate? And who is Edna and why is there a park named after her? Guy Fieri knows what’s up, and you should too! Join us for a Mini-Mob lunch at The Wienery to support one of our favorite diners, grab some grub, and learn a little bit more about the history of the West Bank. Free drink with your $10 meal order!

Tuesday October 10, 12pm-1pm

The Wienery

414 Cedar Ave S


West Bank Art – Walking Tour

The West Bank is known for great eats, great bars, and great institutions – but did you know it’s home to a wide variety of art as well? With galleries, theaters, and cultural institutions as well as murals, pop-ups, and sculptures, art on the West Bank has an interesting and storied history. Join us as we talk about the artists that helped create the art on the West Bank, the history of the murals, and more.  We’ll meet on the Plaza of Cedar Cultural Center and tour the neighborhood from there. The tour will be about 1 1/2 hours and about 2 miles of walking.

Tuesday October 1o, 1pm-2:30pm

Meet at Cedar Cultural Center’s Plaza

416 Cedar Ave S



Who REALLY gives back more on the West Bank? You might be surprised! on Tuesday October 10th nonprofits will join restaurant and bar staff to hit the streets, picking up trash and removing graffiti. The team with the most trash and grafifiti removed will take home the golden trash trophy and the trash crown – until next year’s battle!

Tuesday October 10, 3pm-4pm

Meet at Edna’s Park (Next to the Wienery)

414 Cedar Ave S


Bocce Basics (also beer.) 

Want to try Bocce without joining a league, or just drink outdoors in great company before winter comes? Join your West Bank friends for a Bocce-themed happy hour at the Nomad World Pub – voted Best Bocce Courts by City Pages!

Tuesday October 10, 4:30pm-6:00pm

Nomad World Pub

501 Cedar Ave S


The 94: Reconnecting Communities

The I-94 corridor is a major part of the regional transportation system, but has created a physical and emotional barrier between neighborhoods, including Seward and the West Bank. A group of stakeholders from The West Bank and Seward communities are working towards repairing these structural divisions. Join the Reconnecting Neighborhoods Team as we present conceptual designs of 25th/26th avenues to the community and gather feedback. Following the presentation and weather permitting, we will take a walk to the overpass and site itself.

Hosted By Seward Redesign and the Reconnecting Neighborhoods Team

Wednesday October 11, 9:00am-11:00am

Augsburg College – Lindell Library

630 22nd Ave S


Bicycle Commuting 101

Looking to commute but a little nervous to take the first pedal? Join OurStreets MPLS for a FREE Commuting 101 Class! This comprehensive class that covers all aspects of commuting. They will cover basic skills, gear, and get more complex — so whether you’re a beginner or just looking to learn something new, this class is for you. Are you a seasoned rider but know someone who’s thinking about commuting? Bring them along! Grab your co-workers, your neighbors, your friends, your lunch – and head over.

Hosted by Our Streets MPLS

Wednesday October 11, 12:00pm-1:00pm

The Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave S


Grow your customer base using Bicycle Benefits! 

Tired of the parking crunch? How do you encourage more citizens to get to your business by bike? Bicycle Benefits has a great solution! Join us for a session where you can learn how to use the power of crowdsourcing on two wheels to build up your bicycle traffic by offering incentives to cyclists. Participating businesses see more bike traffic, increased customer loyalty amongst bike riding customers and instantly become a bike-friendly establishment through participation.

Bicycle Benefits and Our Streets MPLS

Wednesday October 11, 1:00pm-2:00pm

The Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave S


Sportsball, Conferences and Festivals – Oh My! 

Minneapolis is host to hundreds of events every year – from major sporting events to international conferences.  What are the basics businesses need to do to get ready for guests? Join Meet Minneapolis to find out more about what your business needs to do to be ready.

Hosted by Meet Minneapolis.

Wednesday October 11, 2:00pm-3:00pm

The Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave S


West Bank Stories

Palmer’s Bar is one of the oldest on the West Bank and patrons have seen and shared many stories over the years. Join us for a Happy Hour at Palmer’s from 4:00-6:00 PM for a casual evening of West Bank story-telling and pints!

Hosted by Preserve the Historic West Bank, Palmer’s Bar

Wednesday October 11, 4:00pm-6:00pm

Palmer’s Bar

500 Cedar Ave S


Breakfast Mob: Keefer Court! 

Shhh – we’re letting you in on one of the West Bank’s best-kept secrets and best deals – Keefer Court! Serving Chinese food and pastries in this location since 1983, Keefer Court offers a variety of delicious buns, cakes, and pastries. Everything is made fresh daily and they offer both a dine-in and take-out menu for more traditional Chinese meals. Join us for a breakfast mob on Thursday morning before our accounting session at Brian Coyle. (Note: Keefer Court is Cash Only)

Thursday October 12, 10:00am-11:00am

Keefer Court Bakery & Cafe

326 Cedar Ave S


Swipe not! 

Petty theft and Burglary of Business on the West Bank – it’s an unfortunate issue for many of our small businesses and their customers. What are things you can do to prevent it? What’s the best way to catch a thief, and how can you keep yourself safe? Join us for a crash course in small business safety, led by Carla Nielson of the Cedar Riverside / West Bank Safety Center.

Hosted by the Cedar-Riverside / West-Bank Safety Center and the Red Sea

Thursday October 12, 11:00am-12:00pm

Red Sea Bar & Restaurant

320 Cedar Ave S


Building Your Board’s Financial Leadership

This workshop will help you build your board’s fiscal effectiveness. You will learn how boards use financial information to make decisions and how you can provide them with the right information at the right time. Led by our friends at the Nonprofits Assistance Fund, this workshop is right for you if you are a program or finance staff person or executive director with financial responsibilities and a direct reporting relationship with the board of directors. Bring your lunch and join us!

Hosted by the Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Thursday October 12, 12:00pm-2:00pm

The Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave S


Connecting Campus and Community on the West Bank – Walking Tour

The West Bank boasts the largest community of immigrants in the Twin Cities, continuing a long history of ethnic and cultural diversity. The history is a living one, always changing to meet the needs and dreams of its residents.

Join staff from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs for an informative walking tour of the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Meet with community leaders and learn more about this densely populated, civically active community that is packed with venues offering live theater performance, music, and dance. University staff will share examples of student engagement that aims to create new and effective partnerships between the Cedar Riverside neighborhood and university. The walk will take about an hour and a half and be about two miles of walking. Tour will begin outside Mapps and will end at The Southern Theater.

Hosted by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Thursday October 12, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Meet at Mapps Coffee

1808 Riverside Ave S


Faculty, Staff, and Student Appreciation Night

The people of our institutions are doing so much to support the small businesses of the West Bank, and we’re so grateful! Join us for a night of celebration at The Southern Theater – we’ll have gifts, snacks, hugs, and high-fives for our friends from our local institutions.

Hosted by the West Bank Business Association!

Thursday October 12, 4:30pm-6:00pm

The Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave S


Tax Education for the Self-Employed    

What are the laws around self-employment, and what are best practices for filing taxes? Join our friends at Prepare + Prosper for an informative, helpful session that’s sure to help even the least organized take a step in the right direction. Prepare + Prosper is a non-profit organization that provides free tax assistance and financial services each year to thousands of low- and moderate-income individuals and families, including sole-proprietors who have $55,000 or less in income. Learn about deductions you might not have thought of. Utilize our tools to better run your business or service.  Bring your brown-bag lunch and your questions!

Hosted by Prepare + Prosper

Friday October 13, 12:00pm-1:30pm

The Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave S


Crash Course in Branding and Marketing in Music

What are some tips and tricks on social media marketing, branding, and building a better web presence for your band? Join Lizz Brazen (Best Buy, The Nerdery) for session on marketing in music.

Hosted by Lizz Brazen Design

Friday October 13, 2:00pm-3:00pm

The Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave S


Self Management 101

Looking to refine your self management skills, manage your data, send out press emails? Need to know what the hell an EPK is? Join Emily Peck of Hotdish Records and The Garage for a 1-0-1 on self management and self producing. Bring your notebook and your questions!

Hosted by Hotdish Records

Friday October 13, 3:00pm

Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave S


West Bank Music History Walking Tour

Did you know that in addition to the West Bank’s beautiful cultural history, it’s also home to a rich and storied music history as well?

Join us as we take a music-themed walking tour of the West Bank neighborhood. We’ve crafted a guided tour featuring some of the most fun and interesting West Bank trivia tidbits and stories. We’ll kick off from The Southern Theater and walk around the West Bank. Walk will cover about 2 miles.

Friday October 13, 4:00pm

Meet at The Southern Theater

1420 Washington Ave S


Mothers in Minneapolis Music – Meet-And-Greet

Parenting is hard enough – but can be doubly hard for artists and working moms in the industry! Join MIMI for an informal breakfast to meet others in the local music biz. Share projects, ambitions, struggles, and triumphs as not only women, but as kick ass child rearers in the music industry.

Hosted by: Triple Rock Social Club, Mothers in Minneapolis Music

Saturday October 14, 10:00am  – 12:00pm

Triple Rock Social Club

629 Cedar Ave S


West Bank Insider Walking Tour

The West Bank neighborhood packs many stories and experiences into a small space. On this tour, join neighborhood guides to learn about the history and people that have shaped the character of the West Bank/Cedar-Riverside area, including stops at the Cedar-Riverside Towers and KFAI radio station. At the tour’s end, the group will gather to share highlights and discuss the many experiences that make the West Bank unique.

Presented in partnership with the West Bank Business Association as part of its West Bank Crash Course program. This program is made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on Nov. 4, 2008.

The tour involves up to 2 miles of walking at a moderate pace on uneven terrain. Led by the Minnesota Historical Society and local tour guides, this walking tour is $25/$20 MNHS members.

Hosted by the Minnesota Historical Society

Saturday October 14, 1:00pm

Meet at Mapps Coffee

1808 Riverside Ave S


The 2017 Crash Course event made possible thanks to the support of the McKnight Foundation, the City of Minneapolis’ Great Streets Program, the University of Minnesota’s Good Neighbor Fund,  West Bank Businesses and the WBBA business members.