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Neighborhood Business Events, Seminars, Programs and Information

To Business and Neighborhood Leaders ~

Special thanks to Michelle Petersen and Maude Bauschard for her help compiling some of information shared below. This may be duplicated for some of you and new info for others so it is included.

Please share event and program information with your association members or with others who may be interested.

Best ~

Lisa Otke

Commercial District Manager

Wards 7, 9, 12, 14, and 20

St. Louis Development Corporation Neighborhood Business Development 1520 Market Street, Suite 2000 St. Louis MO 63103 ph 314-657-3775 fax 314-613-7011

LRA Commission Meeting originally scheduled for September 30, 2015 IS RESCHEDULED FOR October 7, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

Wells Fargo Partners with the City of St. Louis to Provide $15,000 Gants to Homebuyers HomeLIFT event on September 25 - 26

The partnership brings $4.75 million to the City’s HomeLIFT program for new home buyers. HomeLIFT will offerforgivable $15,000 grants for down payment assistance on homes for sale typically $200,000 or less in the City. 219 eligible low-income and averrage-income famililes and individuals who qualify will receive these loans.

Prospective homebuyers can register and learn more about the program at or by calling (866) 858-2151. Pre-registrations is strongly recommended for the opportunity to reserve the down payment assistance grant. The event also includes a Wells Fargo Affordable Home Tour viewing center where attendees can preview homes available for sale throughout the City.

St. Louis Green Business Challenge Thursday, September 10, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Ameren Corporate Headquarters, 1901 Chouteau

A St. Louis Regional Chamber Event

Networking, Updates and Refreshments. Presentation topics:

  • Energy efficiency incentives

  • Ameren’s Renewable Energy Initiatives

  • Employee transportation alternatives

Fundraising Institute Hosted by UMSL’s Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program September 15-18, Sessions held at the UMSL Campus

The Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program’s annual Fundraising Institute has trained hundreds of development officers, staff and volunteers from across the state over the last decade. Learn the most up-to-date information on current fundraising practices and ideas. Sign up for individual sessions or all five. Sessions:

  • Successful Grant Writing – September 15

  • Planning and Managing Successful Special Events – September 16

  • Strategic Fundraising – a Road Map for Fundraising Success – September 17

  • Grants Research: An Introduction to Data Resources and Grant Prospect Research – September 18

  • Pursuing Significant Fundraising Opportunities Through a Planned Giving Program – September 18

Sessions priced separately or for the week. To register or for more info, click here.

OUR TOWN Grants through NEA Application Deadline September 21, 2015

The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life and opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, and create a distinct sense of place.

Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Our Town requires partnerships between arts organizations and government, other nonprofit organizations, and private entities to achieve livability goals for communities.

Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:

  1. Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects. These projects represent the distinct character and quality of their communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000.

  2. Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. These projects are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Through Our Town projects, the NEA intends to achieve the following objective: Livability: American communities are strengthened through the arts.

Seminar: Techniques for Designing and Leading Better Meetings for Volunteer Managers through UMSL’s Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program Friday, September 25, 9 a.m. at the UMSL Campus

Working with volunteers means planning and attending a lot of meetings, so why not become a pro at designing and leading them? In this half-day workshop, get hands-on with techniques to learn ways to:

  • Plan and prep agendas for fewer, better meetings

  • Overcome common challenges of different personalities and meeting pitfalls

  • Get every participant involved in idea creation and exploration

  • Make action plans and decisions as a group.

Cost $65. To register or for more info, click here.


Mayor Francis G. Slay and St. Louis Development Corporation invite you to attend the City of St. Louis Annual Business Celebration Awards Luncheon 2015 Friday, October 9

Reception at 11:00 A.M. Reception, Luncheon & Awards from Noon – 1:30 p.m. at The Marriott St. Louis Grand, Majestic Ballroom, 8th and Washington Avenue. Register online @ or you can contact the Events Hotline @ 314-657-3709.

Go Local Indie Showcase Sunday, October 11, Noon – 4 p.m. at the Corner Gates, 1821 Cherokee Street 30 vendors to show their stuff, sample their wares, and show the St. Louis consumer market that there is a rich variety of resources in the City to meet local needs and desires.

Vendors: Food and drink available for purchase. Right across the street from the St. Louis Swap Meet. Free for the public to attend. List of exhibitors to be distributed at the door. Vendor space available for up to $10 table fee for Go Local members and $25 fee for qualifying local businesses who are not members. Register now to save a space. Contact Terry at 314-680-3445 for questions or more information.

For more info about Go Local St. Louis, visit their website. Go Local is the local affiliate of the American Independent Business Alliance (Amiba)

SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Anniversary NextDoor Celebration and Awards October 16th marks the second anniversary of the City of St. Louis officially adopting Nextdoor as a means of improving communication among neighbors and between City Hall and residents. In this short time enrollment has grown tremendously and today we have nearly 19,000 resident users citywide! That's something we should all be proud of! On October 16th, in recognition of our 2nd anniversary, we will again honor neighbors and City employees who are using Nextdoor as a tool to build community, as a platform for keeping residents informed, to solve problems, to share resources and improve quality of life in neighborhoods. We're setting up an event planning committee to help us recognize the 'Nextdoor Heroes' of St. Louis. If you'd like to be involved, send me a direct message here on Nextdoor or email This committee will assist with all aspects of the event - food, decor, promotion and much more!

SAVE THE DATE: St. Louis Association of Community Organizations Conference Saturday, November 14 at Harris-Stowe State University (Stay Tuned for more information as it become available)

Once again the annual Saturday conference for all St. Louis metro area neighborhoods will be held at Harris-Stowe State University. This conference is appropriate for anyone who wishes to understand more about how to elicit positive change in a neighborhood or make a neighborhood association more effective. In addition to current and aspiring neighborhood leaders, neighborhood businesses, non-profits serving the City, concerned congregations, youth and students interested in community development, and subdivision trustees also would benefit from attendance.

Because of the outstanding energy and participation in 2014, the plenary sessions will move to the Emerson Performance Center, with breakout sessions in the nearby Clay Early Childhood Center. Planning is underway. Anyone who would like to volunteer to assist should contact the SLACO office, 314-361-9406.

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