MN Hospitality Advocate

Business Day at City Hall a Major Success

Posted in City Council, General Advocacy, Restaurant Issues, Uncategorized by hospitalityminnesota on October 13, 2009

Last March, Travis Bunch, Government Affairs Director of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce attended our Hospitality Day at the Capitol. Travis was impressed with the event, and it occurred to him that he could port the overall concept to a Business Day at City Hall.

He brought together a wide coalition of business associations as an advisory group and we set about planning the day. The Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging and Resort & Campground Associations were among those asked to serve on the planning team. The work of that planning task force culminated in a very successful Business Day at Minneapolis City Hall on September 25. Some 200 Minneapolis business folks were on hand for a general session with the Minneapolis City Council followed by breakout sessions organized by topics.

Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging and Resort & Campground Associations’ Executive Vice President led the breakout session with Council President Barb Johnson discussing regulatory affairs. Several members of the Minnesota Restaurant Association were on hand to discuss the impact of regulations on their business. Other members attended the breakout session on health issues, which included a robust discussion of the menu labeling concept and allergen awareness.

We now hope to make Business Day at City Hall an annual event. And as far as Travis can tell, no other city’s Chamber of Commerce hosts a similar event. It is noteworthy that the Greater St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce attended, and is giving consideration to a similar event on its side of the river.

David Siegel, CAE, IOM
Minnesota Restaurant, Lodging and Resort & Campground Associations

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