The West Duluth Business Club (WDBC) regularly hosts a variety of events, providing opportunities for members to network, learn skills to advance their business, and stay informed about initiatives in the community. Current WDBC events include:
WDBC monthly speaker meetings are at Mr. D’s on the second Wednesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Cost: Cost of lunch ordered from the menu.
November 11 – James Forsyth, West Duluth Community Officer for the City of Duluth Police Department
October 14 – Lee Homan, Lake Superior Community Health Center – Chiropractic Services and Dr. Kara McGillivray.
September 9 – Chris Fleege, Director of Planning and Economic Development
August 12 – AJ Axtell with WLSSD to address questions about recycling and waste disposal.
May 13 (Cancelled due to Covid-19): AJ Axtell with Western Lake Superior Sanitary District. Bring your questions about waste removal, recycling, composting, efforts to keep the St. Louis River healthy, and overall sustainability!
April 8 (Cancelled due to Covid-19): James Forsyth, West Duluth Community Officer for the City of Duluth Police Department. Officer Forsyth will be our second guest for the “WHO’S YOUR NEIGHBOR” SERIES. Come meet your community police officer and hear about the health of our community from the perspective of the Duluth Police Department!
March 11: U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialist (and Lincoln Park neighbor) Sarah Priest will share information about the 2020 Census, including operation plans and timelines as part of the Community Partnership Engagement Program. The Census count determines the number of representatives each state gets in Congress and is the basis of distributing over $675 Billion in resources annually. Government, business, nonprofit, education, emergency/medical service, and transportation leaders make critical decisions based on Census data. Learn about how you and your business can be an important partner in the effort to get a complete count for 2020!
February 12: Ben Hansen with the St. Louis County Assessor’s Office; the commercial/industrial appraisal team. Don’t miss this opportunity to get your questions answered about the tax valuations of your commercial property!
January 8: Greg Benson, CEO of Loll Designs. Loll Designs is our first Guest for the WHO’S YOUR NEIGHBOR SERIES. Come learn about this exciting business in our community! We will also be announcing the winner of the Seasonal Window Display competition!
December 11: Hansi Johnson, Director of Minnesota Land Trust
November 13: Pastor Elizabeth (Liz) Davis of Our Saviors Duluth
October 11: Ian B. Johnson, J.D. Code Compliance Officer – Business Outreach on implementing and administering the city’s new Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) ordinance
September 11: R W Fern Associates – Bob Fern, new West Duluth Architect, remodeled the Joyce’s Kitchen/Focus on Living building.
Ashley Grimm of Merritt Community Club will also be presenting. Merritt Park Community Club is making plans to update the park and partner with local businesses to make this project happen
August 14: Keith Hamre – Retired City of Duluth Director, Planning & Economic Development
July 10: UDAC – on moving to West Duluth and positive impact on community.
June 12: Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce , President David Ross
May 8: – Duluth Huskies – 2019 Season and West Duluth Business Day at Wade.
April 10 – Adolfson & Peterson Construction – Patrick Sims
March 13: Anna Nelson, Small Business Account Developer with Members Cooperative Credit Union, will be talking about money, budgeting, planning, etc. for small businesses.
February 13: Janet Kennedy and Martina Melling with Bridging Health Duluth will facilitate an interactive, engaging focus group conversation about a relevant community issue identified in the Community Health Needs Assessment. Using the Results Based Accountability model together we will explore the story behind the curve, factors pushing-up/pushing down, community partners and some solutions that could be implemented over the next three years.
January 9: Deni Lorenzi, EA with Serenity Tax & Bookkeeping Svcs LLC.
Board members meet the last Tuesday of every month at Dungeon’s End from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Guest comments and ideas are welcome at the beginning of every board meeting from 11:35 to 11:45. Contact the club president for more information.
Member Appreciation Event
The Western Area Business and Civic Club board would like to
express our appreciation for your membership and support of our
club’s goals and activities. Come join us for an informal gathering
to meet other business owners or community partners, and share
your thoughts about what you would like to see happen in the
Western Area of Duluth. We want to celebrate YOU!
Appetizers and the first round of drinks are on us! Win some door
WHEN: Postponed due to Covid-19 Concerns. Tentatively rescheduled for April 30th.
WHERE: GB Schneider and Co.
TIME: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
PLEASE RSVP IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, WITH A BOARD MEMBER
OR VIA EMAIL AT: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spirit Valley Days
The WDBC is proud to sponsor Spirit Valley Days. Spirit Valley Days is held the first weekend in August. Some of the activities include the annual parade, street dance with live music, Miss West Duluth pageant and more!
Unfortunately due to Covid-19, the 2020 festival has been cancelled. Read our official statement here. We look forward to a bigger and better event in 2021!
Click here for more information on Spirit Valley Days.
Past Club Special Events
Melvin Stelten Memorial
The WDBC holds an annual memorial and candle light vigil for Melvin Stelten at Wesley Residence (corner of 56th Ave. West and Grand Ave.) every year on January 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Melvin Stelten was a gentleman who lived at Wesley Assisted living for the last nine years of his life. He was a paragon of our community because he was kind hearted and loved to joke around with everyone. He loved the outdoors and walked for miles every day in West Duluth in order help keep the area clean and return stray grocery carts back to the correct businesses. Melvin passed away January 20, 2016 due to an accident while walking across Grand Ave.
The West Duluth Business Club would like to recognize his contributions to our community with an annual memorial. The public is welcome to join us in remembering Melvin.
Winter West Market
The first Winter West Market was held in December of 2018. The event is a great way to kick off the holiday shopping season by supporting West Duluth businesses. The event also included opportunities to win prizes and enjoy great food and entertainment. Check back for details on the 2019 event.
Annual Children’s Christmas Party
The annual WDBC Children’s Christmas party is held in mid-December. Santa will visit with all the good boys and girls. Gifts, games & treats will also be provided.
WDBC Holiday Party
The WDBC Holiday Party is held annually to celebrate the season typically in early January. It’s a great way to connect with other business owners, and enjoy some food on us!
For more information on other events in the West Duluth area, please view our West Duluth Community Event Calendar.