MBCC News Headlines
December 2015

Entrepreneur Breaks Ground for New Venture in North Minneapolis
Minneapolis - On a brisk October morning, Minnesota Senator Bobby Joe Champion and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges recognized the hard work and perseverance of entrepreneur Gloria Freeman amidst the affirmations of business, government, and community leaders who gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of Olu's Center at the old City Inc. building in North Minneapolis. Olu's Center, the vision of Ms. Freeman, will be an inter-generational care center that brings children and seniors together in a nurturing environment, expects to create 25 new living wage jobs. Olu's Center is expected to open in January, 2015.

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(MBCC Board Member, Gloria Freeman)
MSP Airport Leasing Opportunities
We are pleased to announce the dates for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Retail and Restaurant Leasing Information Series. These two special sessions will provide valuable information about leasing opportunities and the Request for Proposal process at MSP Airport. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other members of the business community and explore possible partnerships. Both sessions will be hosted at MSP International Airport, Terminal 1-Lindbergh.

Session 1: Understanding the RFP Process and Lease Structures
• November 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Session 2: Business Outreach and Networking
• December 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Questions? Contact Liz Grzechowiak at liz.grzechowiak@mspmac.org
We must take Advantage of the new Energy Sector Growth
Congress recently returned to Washington from its month-long August recess with a short - but vital - to-do list for the two week work period prior to adjournment and full-time focus on the midterm elections. Passing a continuing resolution to keep the government funded beyond the election is a must, and the consideration of heady questions related to military intervention in the Middle East will keep lawmakers' hands full as well.                   
But beyond these immediate agenda items, Congress must also retain and intensify its focus on keeping our economic recovery on track. After a decade of sluggish growth, maintaining a positive trajectory for the American economy is a full time job - and among the most important priorities facing policymakers at all levels of government.

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National Black Chamber of Commerce Progress Report
Legislative Update: Congress Recognizes Importance of Internet Tax Fairness

Congress recently enacted a continuing resolution, which - among a handful of other provisions - will extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) through December 11, 2014. As you may know, the moratorium on Internet access taxes was due to expire on November 1, and we commend Congress for recognizing the importance of ITFA by temporarily extending the moratorium.
However, this continuing resolution is only a short-term fix.
When Congress returns to session in November, it must continue its support for fair and affordable Internet access by banning Internet access taxes by enacting a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act.

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