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.
February 13: TBD
January 9: Deni Lorenzi, EA with Serenity Tax & Bookkeeping Svcs LLC.
December 12: Russ Salgy, Spirit Valley Youth Center. The youth center is in need of funding. Join the discussion of proactive financial solutions to keep the youth center open and serving the community. Mike Devney, Denfeld Varsity Basketball Coach and teacher of Business and Economics at East/Denfeld High Schools will also present on the Denfeld Hoops Club being developed to support Denfeld basketball. All money raised goes directly back to the Denfeld basketball program at all levels. QUESTIONS? Call Mike Devney at 218 310-3968.
November 14: Mimi Stender , Dementia Friendly Duluth Coordinator and Peter Hafften, Training Coordinator Age Well Arrowhead will be presenting on Dementia Friendly Duluth – The Why, What, When, Where of DFD, and A Dementia Training Primer for businesses. Questions call Mimi at (218) 390-7533.
October 10: Debbie Isabell-Nelson, Morgan Park SAFE & FUN Task force. Bill Gronseth will also be presenting information on the Duluth Schools referendum and answering questions to keep you informed before November voting. Recognition of the new Entrepreneurs in the Western Area of Duluth including T’Icy Roll Ice Cream Parlor, North Shore Track and Viking Electric will take place at Oct. 10 meeting.
September 12: Peter Samuelson, Senior Director at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota speaking on TEEN homelessness in Duluth area.
August 8: Richard “Dick” Haney, retired faculty and administrator at University of Minnesota Duluth, and current citizen activist with the Friends of Western Duluth Parks and Trails, and Riverfront Community Development.
July 11: Mark Boben with GND Development (Gary New Duluth Recreation Area) on the revitalization of the area and other community projects.
June 13: Kristie Buchman, Executive Director of CHOICE Unlimited discusses how the agency empowers people with disabilities to discover and achieve their life goals.
May 9: Kristi Stokes, Greater Downtown Council on revitalization projects.
April 11: Tobbi Stager from JS Print Group moved his business to Western Duluth to expand and is employing more people at very aggressive wages.
March 14: Duluth Huskies Baseball owner Michael Rosenzweig and General Manager Greg Culver to discuss the 2018 baseball season and WDBC evening at the WADE on June 29.
February 14: Superintendent of Duluth Schools, William Gronseth
January 10: Police Lieutenant Ken Zwak, our West Duluth Police Department Liaison.
Board members meet the fourth 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.
Winter West Market
Shop West Duluth businesses December 7th and 8th for an opportunity to win prizes.
Annual Children’s Christmas Party
The annual WDBC Children’s Christmas party will be held at Laura MacArthur Elementary School (720 N Central Ave, Duluth, MN) on December 19th from 5:30 to 7:30. Santa will visit with all the good boys and girls. Gifts, games & treats will also be provided.
Spirit Valley Days
The WDBC is proud to sponsor Spirit Valley Days. Spirit Valley Days 2018 were held August 1-5. Some of the activities include the annual parade, street dance with live music, Miss West Duluth pageant and more! Click here for more information on Spirit Valley Days.
Past Club Special Events
Melvin Stelten Memorial
The WDBC held a memorial and candle light vigil for Melvin Stelten at Wesley Residence (corner of 56th Ave. West and Grand Ave.) on Jan. 20, 2018 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.
For more information on other events in the West Duluth area, please view our West Duluth Community Event Calendar.