Urban Ventures

Support small businesses on Lake Street - Better Together MPLS is an initiative of Urban Ventures


Bring back small businesses.
Support families & youth.
Create opportunity.
Restore hope.

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Better Together Coffee Mug


A sturdy ceramic mug and a great reminder to start the day. The mugs are produced by one of our local Better Together partners.

Together, we're raising money to raise up lake street's small businesses.

By coming together as a group of small businesses across the Twin Cities and sharing what we have, we can lift up small businesses, support families, and restore hope in communities left heartbroken.

Your donations will go directly to rebuilding and community support efforts being led by Urban Ventures - a nonprofit anchored on Lake Street for 27 years and a leader in providing critical services to businesses, families and youth in the community.

For every donation of $30 or more, you’ll get a Better Together Minneapolis t-shirt.

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Who you're helping

Theft, fire, smoke, and water damage. For over a decade, Camacho and Isa have owned adjoining small businesses on Lake Street. Both were destroyed by recent unrest. Yet, both are standing by each other as they seek a path to rebuild.

They are standing by each other. Now, it’s our turn to stand by them. 

To all of our donors, thank you for your amazing generosity!

Proceeds are administered by Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation – 501(c)(3).

Urban Ventures––anchored on Lake Street for 27 years––uses a resident-driven, relationship-based approach to develop youth, strengthen families, and build healthy communities.

Proud to partner

Elpis Enterprises, a local nonprofit that provides job training, work experience, and job placement for homeless or precariously-housed youth, is printing the Better Together t-shirts. During a time when many youth are facing countless challenges, we are proud to support an organization that is working hard every day to end youth homelessness.

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