Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP)
Supporting business development in the City of Minneapolis
What is B-TAP?
The Business Technical Assistance Program or B-TAP program was created to provide consulting support to businesses located in the City of Minneapolis.
How does it work?
Through B-TAP, the City contracts with local non-profit organizations focused on entrepreneur training and economic development to provide direct ser¬vices to new and existing businesses.
Who is eligible to receive the services?
Small- and medium-sized businesses located in Minneapolis.
What kind of services can small-and medium-sized businesses receive?
B-TAP can assist entrepreneurs who are:
- Considering starting a new business in Minneapolis,
- Looking to expand business operations in Minneapolis,
- Pursuing certification as a Minority- or Woman- Owned Disadvantaged Business,
- Need general business advice (i.e. guidance on payroll withholding, ensuring their business licenses are in order, creation or improving their business marketing strategy) to retain their existing business operations in Minneapolis.
How can businesses access the services?
For 2014-2015, the City contracted with 11 service providers, several of which specialize in serving particular ethnic groups or geographic areas.
Minneapolis businesses interested in receiving services can contact the service provider of their choice directly. Details about services provided and contact information for each organization listed is provided in the attached matrix. City staff may also provide guidance on which organization to contact.
Funds for Start-Ups
Funds for Expansions
|African Development Center||Nasibu Sareva |
|Business training, consultations, workshops and loans|
|Asian Economic Development Association||Va-Megn Thoj|
|Asian entrepreneurs||In-language business development consultation to Asian small businesses|
|Lake Street Council||Allison Sharkey|
|Businesses located in the Lake Street area, South Minneapolis.||Financial and location analysis, business planning, marketing, merchandising and other technical assistance aiding attraction, opening, maintenance and expansion of businesses|
|Latino Economic Development Center||Mario Hernandez |
|Latino immigrant community||Micro-entrepreneurship classes, group technical assistance workshops and one-on-one technical in Spanish to Latino entrepreneurs|
|Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers||Kris Maritz|
|Small and medium size businesses||Provide one-on-one small business technical assistance and access to capital|
|Metropolitan Economic Development Association||Jan Jordet|
|Entrepreneurs of color seeking government contracts||Access to comprehensive business consulting services, access to financing and access to both corporate and government contracting opportunities|
|Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council||Duane Ramseur|
|Minority owned businesses||Access to comprehensive business consulting services, access to financing and access to both corporate and government contracting opportunities|
|Neighborhood Development Center||Brian Singer|
|Entrepreneurs of color||Provide entrepreneur training, technical assistance, small business lending, business incubators and capacity building|
|Northside Economic Opportunity Network||Zayka Gazey|
|New and existing businesses located in North Minneapolis||Provide three core services including business feasibility assessment, entrepreneur training and outreach, and technical assistance.|
|Seward Redesign||Brian Miller|
|Businesses located in Seward Neighborhood and Hiawatha Corridor in South Minneapolis||Technical assistance to businesses and property owners to facilitate real estate development projects from concept through design, financing, construction and lease-up or sale|
|Women Venture||Call 651-346-3808 to be connected to appropriate resource||Low- and moderate-income women||Women Venture helps women to start and grow their small businesses through education, business consulting and micro-loans up to $50,000|
Last updated Mar. 31, 2014