NEON Awards

The Toast to Northside: Business Awards is an annual event celebrating outstanding Northside businesses and entrepreneurs. Businesses are nominated by the community, with awards given in the following categories:


  • Business Rock of the Northside: In recognition of the vital role they play in the community and their rock-solid support of those around them

  • Paper Maker of the Northside: In recognition of their business saavy and building wealth in North Minneapolis

  • Scissor Business of the Northside: In recognition of their innovation and ability to CUT through expectations and create change. 

These awards are made possible by the newly restarted Northside Business Lunches. These monthly gatherings are opportunities for local businesses to connect and learn about business best practices. These lunches are a collaboration between NEON and WBC.

2nd Annual Toast to Northside Business Awards 

December 19th, 2019

NEON's Recognition Luncheon is a launching point to communicate NEON’s aspirations for North Minneapolis. This annual event recognizes NEON clients, volunteers, funders and partners who help sustain the work we do in the community. In 2019 awards were given in the following categories:

  • Youth in Business Award: given to a young entrepreneur that exemplifies the next generation of business leaders and the positive impact they're making in their communities.

  • Key Partner of the Year Award: given to a partner organization whose collaboration helps NEON further their goals of creating a culture of entrepreneurship in North Minneapolis.

  • Volunteer of the Year Award: given to an organization whose behind the scenes support makes our work here at NEON possible.

  • Supporter of the Year Award: given to a funder whose support helps sustain NEON's work.

  • Champion Awards: given to 4 NEON clients who use their business success to better their community.

1st Annual Recognition Luncheon

July 23rd, 2018

2019 Sponsors

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