Since 1952, the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA) has been helping licensed beverage retailers in the state of Minnesota with information resources, educational programs and government affairs services designed to promote and protect their business. All our member retailers understand that “with MLBA you’re not alone.”

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St. Paul to Vote to Restrict Tobacco Sales

The St. Paul City Council is continuing to restrict both access and the sale of tobacco products. The new direction the St. Paul City Council is taking will be one of the most restrictive tobacco ordinances in the nation, if not the most restrictive!

The St. Paul City Council is touting this as further controlling the sale of tobacco and vaping products to young people and vulnerable groups. If you recall, St. Paul has been steadily restricting the sale of tobacco products for many years. In 2009 they passed an ordinance to ban the sale of any candy that was imitating a tobacco product. In 2016 they banned the sale of flavored tobacco in convenience and liquor stores and lastly in 2019, increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

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Launch of Main Street Grant Program

Please read the following letter from Steve Grove the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Dear Business leaders,

Starting yesterday, September 20th we began accepting applications for our new Main Street COVID Relief Grants program. I’m asking for your help to spread the word that this program has launched. More information including translated videos and one pagers are below.

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Federal Employee Benefit Programs Ending in Early September

As the federal benefits programs come to an end on September 4, we hope the labor shortage in the hospitality industry improves as people begin to look for work.

Three federal benefit programs will end on September 4, 2021:

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
  • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
  • $300 per week supplemental payments under the Federal Pandemic
  • Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program

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Q4 Issue of PROOF is Online!

The Q4 (October – December) 2021 issue of PROOF is Online:

In this issue:

  • Importance of Local Politics
  • Have E-Tabs Had any Effect on Your Business?
  • SBA Offering Low Interest EIDL Loans
  • Arguments Against Wine in Grocery/Convenience/Bigbox
  • Industry Returns to Pre-Covid Outdoor Regulation
  • New Product Spotlight: “Gedney Pickle Vodka”
  • Allied Spotlight: “Brass Foundry Brewing” and “Summit Brewing”

And much more!

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