NEON Awards

Toast of Northside Business Awards

The Toast to Northside Business Awards is an annual event celebrating outstanding Northside businesses and entrepreneurs. Businesses were nominated by their peers with 2018 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


Business spotlights videography and photography by Farrington Llewellyn of the West Broadway Business & Area Coalition (WBC) with interviewing and website design by Anna Schmiel of NEON. 



These awards were 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, with additional sponsorship by North MPLS and the Northside Neighborhoods Council (NNC).

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Kenya McKnight Ahad of the Black Women's Wealth Alliance

Paper Maker of the Northside

Chris Webley of New Rules

Paper Maker of the Northside

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Teto Wilson of Wilson's Image

Business Rock of the Northside

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