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Resources for small businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest have impacted local businesses. Hennepin County is committed to connecting business owners to the resources they need to recover and thrive long-term. Resources on this page are a collection of county, state, and local resources available to Hennepin County businesses. 

Small Business Administration- Restaurant Revitalization Fund info session- Monday, May 10

The Small Business Administration will be hosting a webinar to help restaurants, bars, and other eligible business learn more about applying for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund info session:

  • Monday, May 10, 2021
  • 4:00 p.m.

Register for the info session

 

Certified Access Academy- kick off Wednesday, May 12

Hennepin County is partnering with Fearless Commerce and The Activate Network to offer the Certified Access Academy, a virtual cohort to support women of color business owners. The Academy provides8 weeks of strategic consulting designed to advance certification and increase opportunities to do business with government and corporate entities. 

If you or anyone you know would benefit from the cohort, please contact economic.development@hennepin.us.

 

Asian Media Access and Chinese Chamber of Commerce, COVID 19 Support and Asian Food Giveaway- Friday, May 21

  • 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 12160 Technology Drive
  • Eden Prairie, MN

Asian Media Access and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce will be providing technology support and assisting businesses with applying for the SBA’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) at their COVID 19 Support and Asian Food Giveaway event on May 21. Information about COVID-19 and testing will also be available.

Call 612-376-7715 or email amamedia@amameida.org for more information or to pre-register.

Small Business Administration- Restaurant Revitalization Fund- opened Monday, May 3

Restaurants, bars, and other eligible businesses are eligible to apply for funds through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. $28.6 million is available to assist eligible businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic. See the SBA’s press release for more information.

Lean more and apply

 

Small Business Administration, Shuttered Venue Operators Grant- opened April 24

Applications are still being accepted for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG). Venues and organizations that produce and perform live shows, movie theaters, museums, and other eligible businesses with up to 50 employees may apply for funds equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue in 2019, with a maximum grant award of $10 million. 

Learn more and apply

 

The Coven and Lunar Startups Present: Fix-It Friday

Fix It Friday is a weekly video call for entrepreneurs, changemakers, and leaders to get help with a burning question or listen in to learn from our peers. Here's how it works: The Coven and Lunar Startups invite a panel of experts to join a Zoom call. Our experts share their perspective on a weekly theme, and then we take questions from the audience. Our goals? To inspire, to fill your tank, and to provide useful connections and resources.

Learn more about Fix It Friday

 

SCORE Twin Cities

SCORE Twin Cities is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE Twin Cities delivers mentoring and learning services at no charge, including free, confidential business mentoring with SCORE certified business mentors and Free business workshops (locally) and free webinars (online 24/7). SCORE Twin Cities offers free access to an online resource library with free business tools, useful templates and business development resources.

Learn more about SCORE Twin Cities

 

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 www.elevatebusinesshc.com, to learn more and register your business.

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.

Contact information

Businesses in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center: Kadra Abdi, kabdi@mccdmn.org, 612-454-0785

Businesses in all other cities in Hennepin County: John Endris, jendris@mccdmn.org, 612-843-3278

City of Minneapolis business contact: info@mccdmn.org, 612-789-7337 

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, 2020 with the latest information and resources.

Download toolkit version 2.0 (PDF)

Other state and local agency resources

Additional county COVID-19 resources can be found at hennepin.us/covid-19.