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Lake Street businesses in Minneapolis to get surprise boost under Urban Venture plan


Jerry Holt – Star Tribune

"It would be a big help," Olivia Rodriguez, owner of El Rey Car Audio on East Lake Street, said of fast financial aid, which is now in the works from Minneapolis nonprofit Urban Ventures.

Olivia Rodriguez spent the week sweeping up the shattered remnants of the car audio systems that she sold in her small Lake Street store before it was ransacked in the violence following George Floyd's death at the hands of police.

She didn't know it yet, but she and her neighboring small-business owners on Lake Street were in for a much-needed surprise.

In the weeks ahead, about 140 businesses are expected to receive stipends of several thousand dollars to help replenish inventory, repair broken glass and rebuild under a new project of Urban Ventures, a nonprofit supporting children and families in south Minneapolis.


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