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St. Louis Park recognizes that businesses are essential for a strong local economy. The city has provided external resources and assistance below to help businesses succeed.  

General business resources

Business Council

Offers members an opportunity to meet and discuss issues and events specific to a community. The St. Louis Park Business Council meets the first Thursday of each month (except July) at 7:30 a.m. at Citizens Independent Bank, 5000 W. 36th St.

CMDC business financing

Assists businesses with financing needs, including providing loans and financing services.

GreaterMSP

A regional economic development agency that promotes job creation, provides regional marketing and assists in business expansion and recruitment.

Minnesota Business Finance Corporation (MBFC)

Originates SBA 504 loans for small businesses across Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) 

DEED provides tools and expertise to help explore, start, manage and grow your business, including: 

SCORE

Provides free and confidential advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners in every industry.

Small Business Administration, Minnesota District

Offers numerous programs to help Minnesotans start, build and grow businesses, including small business planning assistance, free online training, loans and online business consulting.

Small Business Development Center, University of St. Thomas

Provides no-cost business consulting to help develop business plans and strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve profitability.

SPEDCO

Dedicated to helping Minnesota small businesses obtain financing for job creation or business expansion. Provides long-term, fixed-rate loans through the Small Business Administration 504 Loan program and 7(a) loan packaging consulting services.

St. Paul Port Authority (SPPA)

Provides business capital needed for metro area companies to expand, contributes to equipment financing and provides advice on getting local lenders to serve a company's needs.

Twin Cities Metro

Provides access to Small Business Administration loan programs.

TwinWest Chamber of Commerce

Works to improve the business environment and provides networking and professional development services.