Every third Thursday from 11:30am - 1pm at the Gathering Space next to Sammy's Ave Eatery (1101 W Broadway Ave.). These FREE catered lunches are open to everyone and are opportunities for current and prospective business owners to connect and learn business best practices through a different topic each month. They’re a collaboration between NEON and the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC). Follow NEON on Facebook, twitter, or Instagram for information on upcoming luncheons. See below for the 2020 luncheon schedule through December and for recorded luncheons starting May 2020.

In light of the pandemic, luncheons are currently being held virtually via Zoom from 12pm - 1pm. Register via Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. Catered lunches available for pick-up at various locations on West Broadway.

Learn more

Contact Anna Schmiel (Community Engagement Coordinator) at anna@neon-mn.org.

Recorded luncheons


"Prepping for Pop-ups," April 2020

Panelists go through a checklist of everything you need to do to prepare for being a vendor. Panelists will also discuss which marketplace opportunities are still available and changes they've made since the pandemic has shifted how we do our work.



Have additional questions about pop-ups? Visit this luncheon's resource sheet.

"Social Media Marketing," May 2020

Panelists give presentations on how to properly set-up your social media to maximize its impact, creating an effective social media campaign, and PR. Special focus is given to the importance of social media marketing to stay connected to customers in light of the pandemic.



Looking for marketing tips & tricks? Visit this luncheon's resource sheet.

"Cultural Districts," June 2020

Rather than a traditional panel, community members and business owners asked questions regarding cultural district funding and support to those involved in creating the policy.



Wondering how to engage with the local political process? Visit this luncheon's resource sheet.

Video credit

Bruce Williams of Human Luminous.

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How to reach us

1007 West Broadway Avenue North,

Minneapolis, MN 55411


Phone: (612) 302-1505

Email: info@neon-mn.org

Business Hours

Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday


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