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Business Support

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The City of St. Louis Park is committed to providing assistance to businesses and helping them succeed.

DEED open house for startups and entrepreneurs

Oct. 14, 9 a.m. - noon
First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., St. Paul (first floor conference area)

At the open house, program managers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will explain and answer questions about grants, loans and technical advice that the state offers entrepreneurs and startup businesses.

You can walk from table to table to get information about programs and services, including:

  • Launch Minnesota
  • Angel Tax Credit Program
  • Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program
  • Small Business Assistance Office
  • Small Business Development Centers
  • SBIR/STTR grants
  • SciTechsperience internship program
  • Other business assistance programs and services

Small business liaison

The city's small business liaison can assist and be a resource to anyone thinking about starting, expanding or relocating a business in St. Louis Park. The liaison can:

  • Explain and help navigate the city approval process effectively and efficiently, so you avoid expensive surprises or delays
  • Assist in communicating with city departments
  • Answer questions regarding city policies and programs, processes, permits, services and licensing
  • Search available properties
  • Provide contact information for additional helpful resources

Contact: Julie Grove, 952.924.2523,

Open to Business program

Get free business advice from an advisor through the Open to Business program.

St. Louis Park residents and businesses can schedule appointments with a business advisor for free.  Meetings can be held at St. Louis Park City Hall the fourth Monday of each month from 9 - 11 a.m. or are also available at other locations and times throughout the month by appointment.  

To schedule a meeting contact: Rob Smolund, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, 612.789.7337 (ext. 260)

Regulatory solutions consultant

If you are unfamiliar with the government approval process, need help completing required applications or lack the time to go through the process yourself, the city’s regulatory solutions consultant can help.

The consultant can:

  • Assist in obtaining city licenses, permits or zoning approvals
  • Complete city applications
  • Attend meetings with city officials on your behalf
  • Advocate for your approvals

The city will pay for up to two hours of consulting services.

Contact: Donna Sanders, JBS Business Solutions, 612.703.4092

Diversity commitment

Advancing equity is a priority in St. Louis Park. In 2010, the City Council adopted a resolution supporting minority-owned business, women’s business enterprises and small business. The city will provide information and support to these businesses, and encourage contracting, professional services and purchasing with them.

Learn more about the city's efforts to advance race equity.