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ACER Inc.

General business coaching and grant navigation with cultural competence to serve the African diaspora.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
African American or Black; Immigrant; Disadvantaged businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS)

Wealth building via coaching and business advising in African immigrant communities.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
African American or Black; Immigrant
Stage
Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali

African Development Center

The African Development Center (ADC) is the first community development corporation in the U.S. started by and for African immigrants.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Certification, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
African American or Black; Immigrant
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali

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
Stage
Language
Speaks English

A.M. & Associates

One-on-one general business advising and human resource support.
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Specialties

Human resources, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks Spanish

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
Stage
Language
Speaks English

Asian Media Access

Asian Media Access and the Chinese American Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota have joined hands and worked together to support Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) entrepreneurs with cultural/linguistic appropriate technical assistance.
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Specialties

Financial management, Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Technology, Advisors and consultants, Lending resources, Coaches and mentors, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Asian and Pacific Islander; Immigrant
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language

Backpocket Strategy

For over 25 years I have worked with entrepreneurs, career professionals and Fortune 100 companies to increase their profitability and maintain their sanity.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Coaches and mentors, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Better Business Bureau of MN & ND

Marketing, social media training, marketing skills development for startups through second-stage businesses.
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Specialties

Marketing, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Spanish; Speaks Hmong

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,
Specialization
Stage
Idea stage businesses
Language
Speaks English

Black Women's Wealth Alliance

Technical support, professional development and financial assistance to help Black women business owners build generational wealth.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants,
Specialization
African American or Black; Women
Stage
Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
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,
Specialization
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English