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Resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Get help navigating resources

Hennepin County has contracted with a number of small business technical assistance providers that can answer questions and assist you in connecting to resources:

Small business resource navigators

In addition, many organizations offer low or no cost business consulting and technical assistance in Hennepin County: Business technical assistance providers (PDF)

Elevate Business HC

Hennepin County in partnership with the Mpls Regional Chamber, is pleased to announce Elevate Business HC, a new public/private initiative offering pro bono services to businesses located in Hennepin County. The COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest have impacted local businesses and economic recovery is a priority. The goal of the program is to provide resources to help re-build, re-establish and re-ignite business.

Visit, to learn more and register your business.

Business 4 Business MSP

Business 4 Business MSP is a broad coalition of public and private partners in the Twin Cities committed to building a local support network to help small businesses survive and recover from COVID-19 and other challenges facing our small business community.

Learn more

Business district COVID-19 toolkit

To help businesses and communities navigate changing landscapes and challenges, Hennepin County is working with partners to collect and share best practices for business districts. 

This toolkit has been updated as of June 19 with the latest information and resources.

Download toolkit version 2.0 (PDF)

Business district survey

We want to know what challenges we should direct our attention and creativity to help you and small businesses the most. Please take this 5 question survey to let us know what you'd like us to focus on and share out to the broader community.

Take the survey

Business consulting available through Open to Business

To access one on one assistance from trained small business consultants free of charge, contact Open to Business. Open to Business is an approved lender for the State of Minnesota Small Business Emergency Loan Program.

Suburban Hennepin County business contact: Quoc Vo at qvo@mccdmn.org763-464-6432

City of Minneapolis business contact:, 612-789-7337 

How to reopen businesses safely

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Safely Returning to Work site is the best source for guidance about how specific business types can safely be open to customers, requirements for reopening and guidance on safe operations.

Other state and local agency resources

For state and federal resources, go to

Additional county COVID-19 resources can be found at

Resources for businesses affected by civil unrest