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NextStage is an Elevate Hennepin business advisor offering up to 25 hours of services at no cost, including:

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

NextStage is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support entrepreneurs at every stage. Our experienced business advisors are passionate about helping entrepreneurs refine their business plans, start exciting new enterprises, and thrive in a competitive and constantly changing business landscape.
For entrepreneurs in the beginning stages, we can help you put all the pieces in place to start your business with confidence, including evaluating start-up financing opportunities. For those who are ready for the next stage, we can help you grow your revenues and create new jobs through sound planning and competitive financing.

We collaborate with clients to manage risk and prepare their businesses for robust growth.

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Meet one-on-one with NextStage to assess your best next step.

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Access to Capital, Advisors and consultants, Coaches and mentors, Financial management, Strategic planning



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


Speaks English, Speaks Hmong, Speaks another language, Speaks Somali

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Upcoming NextStage events

Financing for start-ups and small businesses

Looking for Financing to start or grow a small business? Interested in learning more about what lenders are looking for? Join us at this month's Welcoming Wednesday event at the City of Bloomington.