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African Development Center

African Development Center (ADC) is an Elevate Hennepin business advisor 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 reinvestments for all, especially 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.

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Access to Capital, Advisors and consultants, African American or Black, Certification, Immigrant, Strategic planning


African American or Black, Immigrant


Early growth businesses (1-9 employees), Startup businesses (0 employees)


Speaks English, Speaks another language, Speaks Somali

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