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Business Development and Financing

Homegrown Small Business Fund

The City of Minneapolis, through the department of Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) in partnership with Homegrown Minneapolis, has established the Homegrown Small Business Fund  to provide financing and technical assistance for Minneapolis-based businesses that process and manufacture local food products.

The purpose of this program is to foster the development and expansion of business ventures that promote sustainable agriculture and food production within Minneapolis and the surrounding region. The program has been recently updated and additional details will be available soon.

Business Health and Safety Loan Program

The Business Health and Safety Loan Program provides financing to: businesses to make minor improvements to achieve health and safety code requirements; businesses participating in the Minneapolis Health Department’s Green Business Program; and energy efficient coolers for fresh produce and healthy food for businesses participating in the Minneapolis Health Department’s Corner Store program. Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to general repairs, flooring, grease trap installation, floor drains, automatic roof vents, food service equipment such as walk-in coolers, warewashing equipment and cooling equipment, and pollution reduction upgrades as part of the Green Business Program. Loans are up to $10,000 for a 5 year term at 7% interest. For more information, contact Daniel Bonilla (B-TAP, City of Minneapolis, 612-673-5232) or Kris Maritz (MCCD, 612-843-3262).

Business Technical Assistance Program (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. Through B-TAP, the City contracts with local non-profit organizations focused on entrepreneur training and economic development to provide direct services to new and existing small and medium-sized businesses located in Minneapolis. Program information and service providers.

Report: Business Development and Financing Resources

An inventory was created in response to one of the recommendations that emerged from the first phase of the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative: to expand and promote existing City-sponsored small business financing opportunities and training/business development services to entrepreneurs interested in urban agriculture.

View the report: Business Development and Financing Resources for Micro and Small Urban Agriculture and Local Food Entrepreneurs.

Green To Go! Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance

The Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance requires food and beverages prepared for immediate consumption and to-go to be placed in environmentally acceptable packaging. In addition, recyclable materials must be recycled and compostable materials must be composted.

Informational handouts describing the requirements of the of the Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance are available in English: Green To Go Flyer, Spanish: Ordenanza para Envases Ambientalmente Aceptables, Hmong: Siv Cov Ntim Khoom Kom Zoo Rau Tej Chaw Puag Ncig, Somali: Xeerka Konteenarada Deegaan-Ahaan La-Aqabli Karo, and Chinese/环保包装条例. For more information about the ordinance, visit the Green To Go! web page.

Last updated Feb 2, 2018



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