K.C. Kye, owner of K-Mama Sauce

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African Development Center


ADC is an Elevate Hennepin Specialist offering Hennepin County businesses up to 25 hours of services at no cost, including:

  • One-on-one business advising or coaching
  • Loan and grant advisory services
  • Navigation of Elevate Hennepin resources and referrals

The African Development Center (ADC) is the first community development corporation in the U.S. started by and for African immigrants. ADC was launched because existing economic development organizations lacked the resources needed to address the financial, cultural, and language barriers that hinder African immigrants from achieving self-sufficiency. The mission of the African Development Center is to grow businesses, build wealth, and increase reinvestment in the African communities of Minnesota. ADC delivers services to the African immigrant population in three key areas of asset building: financial literacy, homeownership, and business development.


  • Hennepin County
  • Minnesota
  • Lending Resources
  • Advisors and Consultants
  • Business & Strategic Planning
  • Loans, grants, access to capital
  • African American or Black
  • Immigrant
  • Disadvantaged businesses
  • Early growth businesses (1-9 employees)
  • Startup businesses (0 employees)
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Amharic
  • Somali
  • Oromo


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