Small businesses like the ones found in Victory are integral to a community’s vitality. The provide opportunities for neighbors to connect, contribute to a community’s sense of place, and help residents spend money locally. It is for this reason that the Victory Neighborhood Association prioritizes finding ways to support the businesses operating here and works to bring new businesses into the neighborhood. Often ViNA advocates on behalf of businesses to bring improved infrastructure to the neighborhood and support in the licensure and variance process.
ViNA provides storefront businesses with up to $5,000 in matching grant funds for façade improvements like signage, new windows, or patios. Most of Victory’s facade improvements are eligible for match funding through Minneapolis’ Great Streets Program.
The organization also operates the Camden Farmers’ Market. The market runs on Thursday afternoon/evenings from July-September at the intersection of 44th and Penn Avenues. Vendors sell produce, baked goods, eggs, chicken, canned goods, and crafts.
ViNA’s Business Committee oversees the organizations’ business support activities. New members are welcome at any time. The committee meets the second Saturday of most months at 8am at Emily’s F&M Café.