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Starting a Business

Bring your idea to life

Do you know that you want to run a small business, but you are looking for help bringing your idea out of your head and bring it to fruition? Work with advisors who specialize in supporting early-stage entrepreneurs, they will walk you through the steps and help you prioritize actions on key items such as:

  • Creating your business plan
  • Exploring the pros and cons of different possible business ventures
  • Assessing risks and opportunities to confidently start your own business

Elevate HennepinSM advisors offer strategic guidance for your business to get to the next step. While they may support some implementation activities, business owners are responsible for ongoing maintenance and day-to-day operations. Businesses should be prepared to engage their own resources for complex projects that are anticipated to take more than 25 hours. 

Contact an advisor 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.

Starting a Business resources

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

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,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
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,
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

Build Wealth, MN, Inc.

Community-based wealth creation and financial literacy advising.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
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 Now

CEO Now is a new cohort-based opportunity for established, growth-minded business owners and founders with employees to build and strengthen systems to keep growing.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Cohort learning and networking, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Startup businesses (0 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)

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.
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Specialties

Financial management, Strategic planning, City specific resource, Advisors and consultants, Government resources, Lending resources,
Specialization
African American or Black; Asian and Pacific Islander; Disadvantaged businesses; Immigrant; Indigenous / Native American; Latinx; Social impact businesses; Restaurant sector; Veteran; Women; LGBTQIA+
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Clear Talk Accounting

Kathy Pyle with Clear Talk Accounting is an accounting specialist that offers financial literacy, cost analysis, financial management, and bookkeeping training.
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Specialties

Financial management, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Women; LGBTQIA+
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

CLUES Inc.

Advising to promote economic equity in the Latino business community.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Immigrant; Latinx; Nonprofit sector
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Somali; Speaks Spanish

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

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

Community Reinvestment Fund, Inc. (CRF)

Loans that meet unconventional needs to finance job-creation and provide essential services.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, 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

ConnectUP! Institute

ConnectUP! Institute is a social finance and enterprise development center. We provide education, consulting and collaboration on innovative social finance.
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Specialties

Financial management, Access to Capital, Advisors and consultants, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Specialization
African American or Black; Asian and Pacific Islander; Social impact businesses; Women
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language

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

Davis Law Office

Armed with this experience and knowledge of legal solutions used by large entities, Davis Law Office set out to bring the same level of service to smaller organizations and individuals.
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Specialties

Legal, Certification, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Construction; LGBTQIA+; Nonprofit sector
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; 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

Enviro-Tech Construction Services

Enviro-Tech Construction Services offers up to 25 hours of advisory services free of charge to eligible Hennepin County contractors.
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Specialties

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

Equity Builder Loan Program

Cohort education opportunities and forgivable loans for arts and cultural nonprofits.
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Specialties

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

Grow Minnesota - MN Supplier Match

Database of supply partners seeking to connect with the Minnesota supply chain.
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Specialties

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

Hmong American Partnership

Hmong American Partnership Economic &amp; Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that promotes economic and community development in Minnesota&#39;s Hmong and other refugee and immigrant communities.
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Specialties

Financial management, Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Asian and Pacific Islander; Disadvantaged businesses; Immigrant; Nonprofit sector; Social impact businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language

Hortensia Law Office

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

Legal, Certification, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses; Immigrant; Latinx
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks another language; Speaks Spanish

IFRI-TRYV

We serve our clients by providing access to resources and capital to empower their businesses.
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Specialties

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

Impact Hub MSP

Impact Hub Minneapolis-Saint Paul is a locally rooted, globally connected, 501c3 nonprofit organization that inspires, connects and empowers people working to solve social problems in our city and beyond.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Cohort learning and networking, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Social impact businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Spanish

JLLB Media

JLLB Media is an Elevate Hennepin advisor offering up to 25 hours of marketing services at no cost.
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Specialties

Marketing, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses; Immigrant; Latinx
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Spanish

Kharis Consultants

Kharis Consultants, LLC, lends support to existing small and micro, especially minority businesses, organizations, and individuals desiring to start their own organizations, by helping them establish sustainable, competitive, accountable and profitable institutions, geared toward the betterment of their families and communities.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Stage
Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Khoo Consulting

Khoo Consulting, LLC, helps organizations solve their business problems through 20 years of comprehensive marketing and communications experience.
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Specialties

Marketing, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language; Speaks Spanish

Lake Street Council

Advocacy and support for businesses along the Lake Street business corridor.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants,
Specialization
Nonprofit sector; Social impact businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Somali; Speaks Spanish

Latino Economic Development Center

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) was created in 2003 and is the only Latino-led and Latino-focused economic development organization as well as CDFI in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.
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Specialties

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

Launch Minnesota Business Operations

Grants for business operations including research, development, and other business expenses.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Lending 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

Led by TRUTH

Led by TRUTH invests in founders of color by co-creating a learning experience that provides an inclusive space for founders to be the catalyst that turns their dreams into reality.
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Specialties

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

LegalCORPS

To increase access to the legal system LegalCORPS assists entrepreneurs, small businesses and nonprofits, especially those that strengthen low-income communities, by providing individuals and organizations with business law services they could not otherwise afford.
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Specialties

Legal, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language

Lunar Startups

Education, support and connectivity for BIPOC, women, and LBGTQ founders building high-impact ventures.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Cohort learning and networking, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
LGBTQIA+; Nonprofit sector; Women
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

MaKee Company

MaKee Company is a construction-focused advisor that supports construction companies with systems and processes to grow sustainably.
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Specialties

Financial management, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Construction; Disadvantaged businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

MBMentors

MBMentors is an Elevate Hennepin advisor offering access to mentoring, webinars, business planning, a women&#39;s collective, and more.<br/><br/>
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Women
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
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

Minnetonka Code Compliance Loan Program

Low-interest loans to help property owners in Minnetonka make repairs, improve safety, and structural integrity, address accessibility issues or address other identified areas of concern by city officials.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, City specific resource, Hennepin County,
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 Business Finance Corporation

Financing for small businesses across Minnesota.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Lending resources, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
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 Inclusive Growth Fund

Increasing access to flexible and affordable capital and support services for businesses across Minnesota.
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Specialties

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

New American Development Center

New American Development Center builds a strong and vibrant community through sustainable community and economic development programs by levering resources and addressing cultural needs. NADC provides business development and financial literacy through culturally appropriate mechanisms to serve the East African Immigrant community.
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Specialties

Financial management, Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Lending resources, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
African American or Black; Disadvantaged businesses; Immigrant; Nonprofit sector
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali

NewPublica

NewPublica is a full-service public relations and strategic communications firm focusing on new audiences and new communications.
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Specialties

Marketing, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses; Latinx
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks another language; Speaks Spanish

NextStage

NextStage is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support entrepreneurs at every stage.
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Specialties

Financial management, Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Advisors and consultants, 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; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali

Open to Business

MCCD Open to Business is an association of nonprofit community development organizations committed to expanding the wealth and resources of neighborhoods through housing and economic development initiatives.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
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; Speaks Hmong; Speaks Somali; Speaks Spanish

Raven Construction

At Raven Construction Inc, our work is fueled by our passion for strengthening small construction businesses, non-profit organizations.
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Specialties

Financial management, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Construction; Women
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Sigma Consulting

Sigma Consulting &amp; Training is a consultancy and training provider specializing in advising and guiding BIPOC-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs.
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Specialties

Financial management, Strategic planning, Certification, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
African American or Black; Immigrant
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali

Springboard for the Arts

Springboard for the Arts&#39; mission is to support artists with the tools to make a living and a life, and to build just and equitable communities full of meaning, joy, and connection.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali; Speaks Spanish

Tech Essentials

Tech Essentials is a new suite of business support designed to help business owners strengthen their technology understanding and innovate with efficient, digital tools.
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Specialties

Technology, Cohort learning and networking, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)

Technologist Computers SBC

Technologist Computers is a leading provider of high-quality computer hardware, software, ecommerce, websites and cybersecurity services. We are a social enterprise that delivers customized IT solutions.
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Specialties

Technology, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
African American or Black; Disadvantaged businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
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

The Coven


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Specialties

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

Victor Jones Consulting

Victor Jones is a business coach and strategist who specializes in concept development, management, planning, operations, human resources, and finances.
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Specialties

Financial management, Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Restaurant sector; African American or Black; Disadvantaged businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; 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

Mni Sota Fund

Fund that provides training and access to capital to promote entrepreneurship among American Indian people across Minnesota.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Lending 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

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

Neighborhood Development Center

Helping business owners enhance their technology skillset for general business, accounting, and marketing.
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Specialties

Financial management, Marketing, Strategic planning, Technology, Advisors and consultants, Cohort learning and networking, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali; Speaks Spanish

Northside Economic Opportunity Network

Training, workshops, financing, and marketplaces designed to build wealth for entrepreneurs across North Minneapolis.
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Specialties

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

Nexus Community Partners

Helping create community wealth by providing success planning support and guidance on forming employee-owned cooperatives.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants,
Specialization
Co-op businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 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

SCORE Twin Cities

Mentorship, business support, and technical assistance to promote a vibrant small-business community.
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Specialties

Financial management, Human resources, Marketing, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Coaches and mentors, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Nonprofit sector
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 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

Seward Redesign, Inc.

Nonprofit community developer dedicated to living-wage jobs, affordable housing, and a vibrant local economy.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Lending 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; Speaks Somali; Speaks Spanish

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

Sunrise Banks

Commercial lending, leasing support, and a Small Business Administration (SBA) lender.
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Specialties

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

WomenVenture

Tools to help women-owned businesses achieve economic success through planning and assessment, accounting best practices, and financial advising.
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Specialties

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

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

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,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
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

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

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

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.
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Specialties

Financial management, Strategic planning, City specific resource, Advisors and consultants, Government resources, Lending resources,
Specialization
African American or Black; Asian and Pacific Islander; Disadvantaged businesses; Immigrant; Indigenous / Native American; Latinx; Social impact businesses; Restaurant sector; Veteran; Women; LGBTQIA+
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 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

ConnectUP! Institute

ConnectUP! Institute is a social finance and enterprise development center. We provide education, consulting and collaboration on innovative social finance.
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Specialties

Financial management, Access to Capital, Advisors and consultants, Lending resources, Hennepin County,
Specialization
African American or Black; Asian and Pacific Islander; Social impact businesses; Women
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language

Davis Law Office

Armed with this experience and knowledge of legal solutions used by large entities, Davis Law Office set out to bring the same level of service to smaller organizations and individuals.
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Specialties

Legal, Certification, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Construction; LGBTQIA+; Nonprofit sector
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
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 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

Hmong American Partnership

Hmong American Partnership Economic &amp; Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization that promotes economic and community development in Minnesota&#39;s Hmong and other refugee and immigrant communities.
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Specialties

Financial management, Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Asian and Pacific Islander; Disadvantaged businesses; Immigrant; Nonprofit sector; Social impact businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language

Hortensia Law Office

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

Legal, Certification, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses; Immigrant; Latinx
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks another language; Speaks Spanish

IFRI-TRYV

We serve our clients by providing access to resources and capital to empower their businesses.
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Specialties

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

Impact Hub MSP

Impact Hub Minneapolis-Saint Paul is a locally rooted, globally connected, 501c3 nonprofit organization that inspires, connects and empowers people working to solve social problems in our city and beyond.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Cohort learning and networking, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Social impact businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Spanish

JLLB Media

JLLB Media is an Elevate Hennepin advisor offering up to 25 hours of marketing services at no cost.
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Specialties

Marketing, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses; Immigrant; Latinx
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Spanish

Kharis Consultants

Kharis Consultants, LLC, lends support to existing small and micro, especially minority businesses, organizations, and individuals desiring to start their own organizations, by helping them establish sustainable, competitive, accountable and profitable institutions, geared toward the betterment of their families and communities.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Stage
Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Latino Economic Development Center

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) was created in 2003 and is the only Latino-led and Latino-focused economic development organization as well as CDFI in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.
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Specialties

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

MBMentors

MBMentors is an Elevate Hennepin advisor offering access to mentoring, webinars, business planning, a women&#39;s collective, and more.<br/><br/>
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Specialties

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

New American Development Center

New American Development Center builds a strong and vibrant community through sustainable community and economic development programs by levering resources and addressing cultural needs. NADC provides business development and financial literacy through culturally appropriate mechanisms to serve the East African Immigrant community.
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Specialties

Financial management, Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Lending resources, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
African American or Black; Disadvantaged businesses; Immigrant; Nonprofit sector
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali

NextStage

NextStage is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support entrepreneurs at every stage.
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Specialties

Financial management, Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Advisors and consultants, 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; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali

Open to Business

MCCD Open to Business is an association of nonprofit community development organizations committed to expanding the wealth and resources of neighborhoods through housing and economic development initiatives.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
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; Speaks Hmong; Speaks Somali; Speaks Spanish

Sigma Consulting

Sigma Consulting &amp; Training is a consultancy and training provider specializing in advising and guiding BIPOC-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs.
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Specialties

Financial management, Strategic planning, Certification, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
African American or Black; Immigrant
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali

Springboard for the Arts

Springboard for the Arts&#39; mission is to support artists with the tools to make a living and a life, and to build just and equitable communities full of meaning, joy, and connection.
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Specialties

Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Disadvantaged businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English; Speaks Hmong; Speaks another language; Speaks Somali; Speaks Spanish

Tech Essentials

Tech Essentials is a new suite of business support designed to help business owners strengthen their technology understanding and innovate with efficient, digital tools.
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Specialties

Technology, Cohort learning and networking, Hennepin County,
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)

The Coven


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Specialties

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

Victor Jones Consulting

Victor Jones is a business coach and strategist who specializes in concept development, management, planning, operations, human resources, and finances.
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Specialties

Financial management, Strategic planning, Coaches and mentors, Advisors and consultants, Hennepin County,
Specialization
Restaurant sector; African American or Black; Disadvantaged businesses
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 employees)
Language
Speaks English

Northside Economic Opportunity Network

Training, workshops, financing, and marketplaces designed to build wealth for entrepreneurs across North Minneapolis.
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Specialties

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

Nexus Community Partners

Helping create community wealth by providing success planning support and guidance on forming employee-owned cooperatives.
Learn more →

Specialties

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

SCORE Twin Cities

Mentorship, business support, and technical assistance to promote a vibrant small-business community.
Learn more →

Specialties

Financial management, Human resources, Marketing, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Coaches and mentors, Hennepin County, Minnesota,
Specialization
Nonprofit sector
Stage
Early growth businesses (1-9 employees); Idea stage businesses; Second stage businesses (10+ employees); Startup businesses (0 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

Seward Redesign, Inc.

Nonprofit community developer dedicated to living-wage jobs, affordable housing, and a vibrant local economy.
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Specialties

Access to Capital, Strategic planning, Advisors and consultants, Lending 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; Speaks Somali; Speaks Spanish

Small Business Development Center

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

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

WomenVenture

Tools to help women-owned businesses achieve economic success through planning and assessment, accounting best practices, and financial advising.
Learn more →

Specialties

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

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Meet with a representative from City of Minneapolis Small Business Team to learn about their resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs. No appointment necessary.