There are also several resources available for minority business owners, women's business enterprises and small businesses. Click the titles below for more information.
African Development Center (ADC)
ADC provides training, lending and technical assistance to guide African immigrants and refugees in Minnesota along the path to economic prosperity.
Business.usa.gov is the U.S. Government's official website for small businesses. It helps small businesses understand their legal requirements, and located government services supporting the small business community. Business.gov offers tools to help start and run a small business, find grants and loans, access tax information, find required licenses, learn steps to operating a business and more.
Latino Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
LEDC is a non profit organization that was founded by Latino leaders in different fields of community development to establish, stabilize, and grow businesses through orientations, classes, business development consulting, technical assistance, and access to capital for new and existing entrepreneurs.
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD)
MCCD is an association of nonprofit community development organizations. It is committed to expanding the wealth and resources of Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County neighborhoods through economic development and housing initiatives. Among other initiatives, it manages a small business loan program designed to help new and early stage businesses access the capital and the technical assistance they need to grow and prosper.
National Association of Woman Business Owners, Minnesota Chapter
As one of 90 NAWBO chapters in the U.S., the Minnesota chapter gives women business owners the opportunity to network with their peers, educate government officials on business issues related to women, and benefit from leadership training.
SCORE“Counselors to America’s Small Business”
SCORE is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Its volunteer counselors are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders. They provide free and confidential advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners in every industry. SCORE has a branch office in St. Louis Park.
Small Business Administration (SBA), Minnesota District
The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government. Its mission is to protect the interests of small businesses, preserve free enterprise, and maintain and strengthen the U.S. economy. Minnesota's district office, located in downtown Minneapolis, offers numerous programs to help Minnesotans start, build and grow businesses – including small business planning assistance, free online training, and online business consulting.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC), University of St. Thomas
The University of St. Thomas’ SBDC provides no-cost consulting to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities area. It helps business owners develop business plans, strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve profitability. Consultants have extensive, practical experience in marketing, finance, accounting, operations and/or business planning. Most have advanced degrees and have been business owners.
Winmark Business Solutions
This Minneapolis-based website provides small-business owners with answers to business questions that users can research by topic or by search, discussion forums and online communities where owners can give and receive advice.
WomenVenture provides the tools and support to help Minnesotans start and grow a business, find a new job, or develop a new career path. It serves women and men of all economic and ethnic backgrounds. It provides career planning, small business development assistance and loans, and training in financial literacy.