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City of St. Paul small business resources

Saint Paul is a vibrant city and a fantastic place to do business. The Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) provides a variety of financial and technical assistance programs and resources to help businesses of any size start, grow and thrive across all neighborhoods of Saint Paul.

Our Business Resources team is ready to work with you to determine the best connections and resources to meet your needs and set your business up for success.

Financial Resources:

The City of Saint Paul can offer financing to new and existing business owners that have been unable to access adequate financing from other sources to improve or grow their business.

  • Neighborhood STAR and Year-Round STAR funding for capital improvement projects
  • Gap financing and low-interest loans
  • Referrals to other small business financial products offered by community partners
  • Referrals to county, state or federal programs

Technical Assistance:

City staff can connect local businesses to a variety of training and technical assistance resources.

  • Custom referrals to business development partners
  • Site selection assistance
  • Restaurant Resiliency Project (specialized digital technical assistance)

Ready to connect? The first step to access support from the City of Saint Paul is to submit an intake form. Access the form at the link below:

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Advisors and consultants, African American or Black, Asian and Pacific Islander, City specific resource, Disadvantaged businesses, Financial management, Government resources, Immigrant, Indigenous / Native American, Latinx, Lending resources, LGBTQIA+, Restaurant sector, Social impact businesses, Strategic planning, Veteran, Women


African American or Black, Asian and Pacific Islander, Disadvantaged businesses, Immigrant, Indigenous / Native American, Latinx, Social impact businesses, Restaurant sector, Veteran, Women, LGBTQIA+


Early growth businesses (1-9 employees), Idea stage businesses, Second stage businesses (10+ employees), Startup businesses (0 employees)


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