NEON in the News

Recent News:

Summer 2020

Press and Media Contact:

Anna Schmiel

Community Engagement Coordinator

or call 612 (302)-1505

"NEON Lifts Up Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) Businesses in Healing from the Trauma of Injustice"

By Carrigan Miller

Jul 6, 2020


"On June 1, Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), an NWAF grantee, posted a statement of solidarity in response to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the ensuing unrest in Minneapolis."

"5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week"

By Liv Martin

Star Tribune

Aug 7, 2020

In light of the pandemic, they've shifted their focus from catering to their frozen empanadas, which has resulted in unprecedented sales. This has allowed them to grow their staff from two to six.

"These Black Women Are Leading the Plant-Based Movement in North Minneapolis"

By Liv Martin

Minnesota Monthly

Jul 29, 2020

Big congrats to NEON clients The Zen Bin, NYUM, and Keiko's Kitchen for the wonderful article by Minnesota Monthly on their innovative plant-based food collaborative! These three Black women are leading the way in the plant-based food movement, making it a space for community healing.

"Helping north Minneapolis rebuild — and putting businesses on more solid ground"

By Melissa Townsend

MPR News

Jul 20, 2020


"North Minneapolis was hit hard in the uprising following the police killing of George Floyd in May. The destruction spread to more than 100 businesses. Many of them, like Yuan Yuan, are locally owned shops that were already flat on their backs from the economic fallout from COVID-19. And there are significant barriers to some businesses getting back on their feet."

"Twin Cities black retailers see jump in sales as consumers 'buy black'"

By Nicole Norfleet

Star Tribune

Jun 28, 2020

"Black-owned businesses' consumer influx brings revenue - and challenges, for business owners."

"West Broadway will rebuild, but who will benefit from it?"

By Carrigan Miller

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Jun 18, 2020


"The people leading economic rebuilding efforts are working to safeguard North Minneapolis from gentrification and lowball land offers."

"FOX 9 'Voices For Change' discusses racism, prejudice and social inequity"

Fox 9 News

Jun 7, 2020

Thanks Fox 9 News for bringing together community leaders for a 4 part series to discuss racism, prejudice, and social inequity as well as how we can effect real change following the death of George Floyd. 

Watch part 1 to hear NEON President Warren McLean discuss what needs to be done to help Black-owned businesses build wealth.

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