Small businesses are a big deal. They drive our economic growth. Minneapolis-Saint Paul has the fourth highest concentration of small businesses in the nation. Why do business in Minneapolis?
The metro has many up-and-coming companies on the Russell 2000 Index –
more small business per capita than just about any other city.
- Technical Assistance is available to Minneapolis businesses and entrepreneurs through the Small Business Technical Assistance Program.
- Several organizations have business start up tools available to help you succeed, including SCORE, St. Thomas University, MCCD, MNTAP and University of Minnesota Northside Partnership.
- The City of Minneapolis Practical Guide to Starting a Business is helpful for those interested in starting a business in Minneapolis.
- The City's coordinated development review will help you successfully navigate the regulatory process which includes Planning/Zoning, Building Plan Review, Permitting and Licensing, and other regulatory review agencies.
- Search for available land, commercial or industrial properties in the metro via an online tool from the Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate or call Miles Mercer at (612) 673-5043.
- The City offers a wide array of financing programs for Minneapolis businesses, ranging from $1,000 to $10 million, as well as staff assistance in selecting the appropriate program.
- Besides City support, other loans and grants for businesses may be available.
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provides useful tips on starting a business in Minnesota.
- Several regional Chambers of Commerce have programs and a diverse member network to help your business succeed.
- Connect with neighborhood business associations (pdf) and other business owners to stay informed.
- The Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers is an association of community development organizations committed to expanding the wealth and resources of neighborhoods through housing and economic development initiatives.
- Good things are happening in Minneapolis every day! Read about what other businesses are doing to succeed in the City.
City Staff Can Help!
The City’s Department of Community Planning & Economic Development has a variety of resources to help your business succeed. Call us for information on:
- Business Licensing: Call (612) 673-3000.
- General Business Questions and Site Selection: Miles Mercer at (612) 673-5043.
- Business Financing: Call (612) 673-5072.
- Employment and Training Assistance: Mark Brinda at (612) 673-6231.
We look forward to working with you!
Online information from the City of Minneapolis at MinneapolisMN.gov
Last updated Jan. 22, 2013