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We’re here to support your success

Community-focused from the beginning

Since 2021, Elevate HennepinSM has become an essential platform for a wide range of businesses in Hennepin County, one that connects business owners to a robust group of tools, professional resources, and guidance from experts in various fields. 

With guidance from local business leaders, Hennepin County identified an urgent need for highly specialized technical and practical expertise, as well as a single, credible online source for vetted and reliable information and connections to experts and resources.

Today, Elevate HennepinSM brings together experts, tools, and programs thoughtfully designed to help new and established businesses gain their footing, plan for next steps, and expand upon their success. This solution was only possible because of the relationships and trust already built with local entrepreneurs and small businesses over the years.

Thanks to Hennepin County's investment, Elevate HennepinSM brings a wealth of free advisors, programs, cohort learning, events, and more to small businesses. The only cost is the time you invest in growing your business.

Laying a solid foundation for Minnesota’s future economy

Elevate HennepinSM provides access to customized, professional resources that support business owners in every stage of development. By investing in business owners, Elevate HennepinSM provides a foundation to build a more diverse Hennepin County, thriving economic landscape and strengthen communities. For our economy to work for everyone, it needs everyone – including you.

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Business Navigator

Meet one-on-one with a Business Navigator to assess your best next step.

Building your business can be a balancing act, but it doesn’t have to be a solo endeavor

Elevate HennepinSM is both a platform and a team that connects Hennepin County business owners to resources and tools at no cost. Whether you are new or established, our goal is to assist you in finding opportunities to learn and grow.

Connect directly with expert advisors for support with marketing, access to capital, technology, human resources, financial management, legal support, and certification. Or lean on our Business Navigators, who meet you where you and your business are and connect you with the ideal resources or professional advisors for your business goals.

We believe supporting business owners makes our communities stronger. Part of this community-focused commitment is Elevate Hennepin’s role as a networking hub. We invite you to meet your fellow entrepreneurs and deepen your connections through online and in-person events in the county. We are invested in your success. Together, let’s build a vibrant and thriving Hennepin County.

Char, an elevate hennepin advisor