The Open to Business program provides direct technical assistance and other forms of support to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Through a partnership between Hennepin County and the community development organization Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), Hennepin County offers financial support to suburban Hennepin County cities to launch or expand their own Open to Business initiative.
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Services available through Open to Business include:
- Business plan development
- Feasibility studies
- Cash flow and financing projections
- Loan request preparation
- Advocacy with lending institutions
Hennepin County cities with Open to Business initiatives: Hennepin County, including: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Independence, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medina, Minnetonka, New Hope, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Anthony and St. Louis Park, Wayzata.
Effective outcomes for small business
Since 2012, Open to Business has supported more than 1900 small businesses with technical assistance, consultation and financial support, including $59.4 million in direct and leveraged financing to businesses in Hennepin County. The program has preserved or added new employment for 932 workers as a result of financing. In 2017, 47% of Open to Business clients were women, and 38% were minorities.
What funding is available?
Hennepin County has limited matching grants up to $12,500 available for municipalities who wish to start or grow an Open to Business initiative in their community. Funds are available on a one-time basis.
Who do I contact for more information?
Patricia Fitzgerald at email@example.com or 612-543-0864, economic and community development manager, Hennepin County Community Works Department.
If you're a business looking to learn more or participate in Open to Business, you can contact the MCCD directly at (612)789-7337 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If your business operates or is based in one of the cities with an established Open to Business program (listed above), you can also contact your city directly to signup.