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Area of Support — Government Resources

Explore state and county business resources

Government programs to power your small business

We offer a convenient listing of government-run resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Find information about:

  • City-based low-interest loan programs 
  • Workforce development
  • Incentives for energy efficiency, recycling, and foreign trade
  • Library resources
  • Guides to opening and scaling a business, and more

Connect with a resource below to help you identify and plan for your next critical step.

Not sure where to start? Schedule a one-on-one consultation with a Business Navigator.

Government resources

Alternative Financing

Alternative financing for Minneapolis retail, service or light manufacturing.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources,
Specialization
African American or Black; Immigrant
Language
Speaks English

Ascent Online Digital Learning Platform

A digital, on-demand platform designed to help women entrepreneurs learn critical information.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Women
Language
Speaks English

BETA

Guidance and connection for Minnesota-based tech startups.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Technology, Cohort learning and networking, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Idea stage businesses
Language
Speaks English

Brooklyn Center Revolving Loan Program

Low-interest loans to incentivize Brooklyn Center businesses to update their buildings.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Brooklyn Center Small Business Microloans

Commercial and private microloans for small businesses in Brooklyn Center.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Brooklyn Park real estate/equipment loan

Alternative real-estate and fixed-asset loans for Brooklyn Park businesses.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Business Development Fund

Financial support for job-creating redevelopment projects.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Central Certification (CERT) Program

Small business certification for minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses.
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Specialties

Certification, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Women
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

CEO Next

CEO Next Business Institute is a regional county partnership program that provides practical tools and techniques for CEOs, designed specifically for growing regional second stage businesses.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Cohort learning and networking, Coaches and mentors, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

CEO Start

Explore, validate, and develop a plan to turn your idea into a viable business.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Cohort learning and networking, Government resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Certified Access Academy

Cohort opportunity to guide Women of Color-owned businesses through certification to work with governments and enterprises.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Certification, Government resources, Cohort learning and networking, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses; Women; African American or Black; Latinx
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

City of Dayton Revolving/Low Interest Loan Fund

Low-interest loans for high-priority areas in the City of Dayton.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

City of Hanover Low-Interest Loan Program

Low-interest loans for startups, expansions, and retentions in Hanover.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

City of Hanover Matching Grant Program

Matching grants to promote economic development and retention in Hanover.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)

Central Minnesota Development Company (CDMC)

Certified lender for business loans and financing advice for Minnesota business owners.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Commercial Property Development Fund

Patient debt capital and favorable terms for commercial real estate development and acquisition.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources,
Stage
Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

Common Bond Fund revenue program

Loans for growing manufacturing companies.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

Community Entrepreneurship Program

Community Entrepreneurship Program
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Cohort learning and networking, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Contracting with Hennepin County

Hennepin County buys goods and services through a cost-effective, competitive, and fair process accessible to all businesses.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Cultural Districts Interior Improvements-Forgivable Loan Pilot Program

Forgivable loans for building owners and commercial tenants along the Central Avenue Cultural District to improve interiors.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program

Loans for businesses and entrepreneurs from disadvantaged groups.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Veteran; Women
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Employer Reasonable Accommodation Fund

Reimbursement for Minnesota based small and midsize employers who provide reasonable accommodations to disabled job applicants and employees.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

First Children's Finance

Financing support for child-care entrepreneurs to start, manage and grow sustainable businesses.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Foreign Trade Zone

Reduce your cost of doing business internationally through the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ #119).
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)

Great Streets Facade Improvement Program

Matching grants to revitalize and sustain economic vitality in Minneapolis commercial districts.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources,
Language
Speaks English

Hennepin County Business Navigator

New to Elevate Hennepin? Connect with a Hennepin County Business Navigator to evaluate your needs.
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Specialties

Government resources, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Hennepin County Environment & Energy Hazardous Waste Training and Resources

Training, tips, templates, resources, and licensing information to help businesses that work with hazardous waste. <br/><br/>
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Hennepin County Food, Beverage, and Lodging Inspections

Hennepin County Environmental Health Services provides food, beverage, and lodging inspections as well as informational resources for those programs.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Restaurant sector
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Hennepin County Library

Resource bank for patents and trademarks, industry reports and consumer profiles. Also find business planning tools. Hennepin County librarians additionally are available to help business owners access and navigate these resources.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Hennepin County Workforce Resources

Hennepin County workforce representatives can help your business connect with potential employees. Learn about resources throughout Hennepin County and receive in-depth analysis on employment data and trends that impact your business.
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Specialties

Human resources, Government resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Indian Business Loan Program

Loan program to support Indian-owned businesses across Minnesota.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Indigenous / Native American
Language
Speaks English

Main Street Economic Revitalization Grants

Revitalization grants for businesses impacted by COVID-19 and unrest along key business corridors.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

Minneapolis Cultural Market Grant Program

The City of Minneapolis has allocated funds to cultural mall operators, to help maintain the vibrancy, security, and commerce of cultural malls located within the City of Minneapolis.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources,
Specialization
African American or Black; Asian and Pacific Islander; Immigrant; Indigenous / Native American; Latinx; LGBTQIA+
Language
Speaks English

Minneapolis Two Percent Loans

Low-interest loans to finance equipment and building improvements in Minneapolis.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

MinnPace

Financing for renewable energy improvements.
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Specialties

Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce

Promoting American Indian businesses with advising and connection.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Indigenous / Native American
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Small Business Support Resources

Lending resources, one-on-one advising, and events to support emerging small business owners.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Government resources, Lending resources, Coaches and mentors, Cohort learning and networking, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Minnesota Investment Fund

Financing for Minnesota companies to expand, add workers, and retain high-quality jobs.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

Minnesota Job Creation Fund

Loan fund dedicated to spurring economic growth by financing job-creating businesses.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

Minnesota Main Street Economic Revitalization Program

Grants for nonprofits helping meet development and redevelopment needs in the wake of COVID-19.
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Specialties

Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Language
Speaks English

The Center for Energy & the Environment

Xcel Energy and the Center for Energy and Environment offer lighting efficiency rebates and support for businesses in Minnesota.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

MN Targeted Group/Economically Disadvantaged/Veteran-Owned (TG/ED/VO) Small Business Procurement Program

Procurement support for economically disadvantaged or veteran-owned businesses working with Minnesota government.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

MNUCP Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program

An organization dedicated to creating equal opportunity for Disadvantage Business Enterprises in highway, transit, and airport projects.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Research and Development Tax Credit

Tax credits for research and development activities across Minnesota.
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Specialties

Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Language
Speaks English

Reservist and Veteran Business Loan Program

Loans to support companies with employees called to active duty and veterans returning from active duty.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Veteran
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

Richfield Displaced Business Grant Program

Grants to support businesses that must move as a result of redevelopment projects in Richfield.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

SBA 504/REAL Loan

Loans to support growing businesses in their acquisition of major fixed assets such as land, buildings, machinery, and equipment.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

SBA 7 (a) Loan

The gold standard of Small Business Administration loans.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

SBA Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program

Loans and grants to fuel small business growth in historically underutilized business zones.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

SBA Microloan Program

<br/>Loans of up to $50,000 through Small Business Administration intermediaries.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Lending resources, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)

SBA Small Disadvantaged Business

Federal contracts for small disadvantaged businesses.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

SBA T.H.R.I.V.E - Emerging Leaders Reimagined

Executive-level training to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Certification, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

SBA Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

Federal contracts for small, women-owned businesses.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Women
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

SBIR-STTR Funding for High-Tech Companies

Support for startups transforming high risk, high-impact technologies into marketable products and services.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English

Scott County Center for Entrepreneurship

Supporting growth of emerging businesses in Scott County.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Government resources, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

St. Louis Park Revolving Loan Fund

Financing and commercial lending for St. Louis Park businesses.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Veteran; Women
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

St. Louis Park Two Percent Loan Program

Low-interest loans for new and existing business and property owners in St. Louis Park.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Small Business Development Center

Statewide network of professional business consultants that offer advising and funding assessment to businesses from startup to growth.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Lending resources, Government resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Small Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP)

Consulting and technical assistance to support Minneapolis entrepreneurs and established businesses.
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Specialties

Financial management, Access to Capital, Human resources, Legal, Marketing, Strategic planning, Technology, Advisors and consultants, City specific resource, Government resources, Lending resources,
Specialization
Co-op businesses; Restaurant sector; Social impact businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Small Developers Technical Assistance Program (D-TAP)

Technical assistance for small, women-owned, and minority-owned business in Minneapolis.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Lending resources, Government resources, Advisors and consultants,
Specialization
Women
Language
Speaks English

STEP Grant Program

Financial aid and technical assistance to Minnesota small businesses exporting products or services to foreign markets.
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Specialties

Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Language
Speaks English

Veteran-Owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Loans and grants to support veteran-owned small businesses.
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Specialties

Government resources, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Veteran
Language
Speaks English

West Bank Business Association

Agency supporting economic development of the West Bank district via advising and connecting.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Government resources, Lending resources, City specific resource, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Nonprofit sector
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali; Speaks Spanish

West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC)

Technical assistance and financial resources to support businesses along the West Broadway Corridor in North Minneapolis.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, City specific resource, Lending resources, Government resources, Advisors and consultants,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)

Upcoming government events

Internet basics class

Fundamental topics to help you understand how the internet works and how to use it safely and efficiently.

 

City of Minneapolis small business support

Meet with a representative from City of Minneapolis Small Business Team to learn about their resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

 

City of Minneapolis small business support

Meet with a representative from City of Minneapolis Small Business Team to learn about their resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs.