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Small Business Programs

updated: Friday, April 21, 2017

The following are links to local organizations that specialize in providing assistance to businesses in the Twin Cities area:

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.

BusinessUSA 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. 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.

Job Creation Fund
The Job Creation Fund provides financial incentive to new and expanding businesses in manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, technology-related industries and other eligible activities. Companies deemed eligible to participate may receive up to $1 million for creating ore retaining high-paying jobs and for constructing or renovating facilities.

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.

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development- Business Services
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)  is the state's economic development agency. DEED's Business Services can provide the tools and expertise to help explore, start, manage and grow your business.  Business Services Representatives specialize in helping Minnesota's businesses succeed by providing customized solutions to meet your business needs. To contact a Business Service Representative, call 1-888-GET-JOBS.

Minnesota WorkForce Center
The MN WorkForce Center partners to help job seeker find employment and area businesses find the skilled workers they need.
Minnesota is a service of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. This is a no-fee online job bank to for finding employees in Minnesota. Employers can find candidates with a range of experience, search a database of resumes, post job openings and receive e-mail notifications on new resumes. 


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.

NDC- Neighborhood Development Center
NDC provides business training, loans, technical assistance and business incubators to low-income individuals around the Twin Cities. NDC strives to eliminate the barriers within low-income, minority and immigrant communities by providing long-term relationships culturally competent programs. They provide entrepreneur training & small business workshops, small business loans & Islamically acceptable financing, one-on-one business assistance, and small business incubator development and management.

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.

TwinWest Chamber of Commerce
TwinWest is an advocate for business. Through a mixture of programs and initiatives, TwinWest helps businesses grow.

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.

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St. Louis Park City Hall
5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
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