Mobile app highlights deals at local shops

The Southwest Business Association has a new free app available for download.

It’s called XSW, and it maps local businesses by category, provides a calendar of events, lists job openings and features local coupons.

The Business Association has also partnered with the city of Minneapolis to offer $50,000 in matching grants for façade improvements. Since 2008, the organization has received $375,000 in “Great Streets” grants, matched by $675,000 in additional funding. The organization typically finalizes grant funding within a year, often distributing money to businesses within six months.

Though improvements usually focus on aesthetics, the organization can find ways to incorporate energy efficiencies as well.

An upcoming Southwest happy hour hosted by the business association is Tuesday, July 26, 4-6 p.m. at Red Wagon Pizza. Happy hour deals come with no cover charge, and the event provides a chance to connect with other Southwest Minneapolis residents.

For more information, visit experiencesouthwest.com.