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Below are a number of external local and state resources available to help minority-owned businesses.

Central Certification (CERT) Program

Small business certification program recognized by Hennepin County, Ramsey County and the City of St. Paul for Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE).

LegalCORPS

Provides free assistance in non-litigation business law matters to low-income owners of small businesses in Minnesota.

Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce

The organization is dedicated to the economic growth, job creation and advocacy of its member business and the community.

Minneapolis Minority Business Development Center (MBDA)

Helps ethnic minority businesses create or retain jobs and build economically vibrant entrepreneurs and businesses.

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD)

Provides small business assistance and loans for emerging entrepreneurs.

National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC)-Upper Midwest

Addresses the needs and concerns of minority contractors and services Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.

North Central Minority Supplier Development Council

Provides business development services to corporate members and certified MBEs to enhance relationships and maximize business opportunities.

Neighborhood Development Center (NDC)

Provides flexible, risk-tolerant loans and Sharia-compliant financing and other financial tools for start-ups and existing businesses.