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Events and resources for small businesses

Events and 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.   

On this page: 


Elevate Business webinar series 


Cómo decidir la categoría de impuestos que va a pagar su LLC. / What things to consider when deciding how your LLC will be taxed

Hortensia Law
July 28, 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
La LLC puede escoger pagar como individuo asociación o compañía.  Le explicamos cuáles son las ventajas de cada una.  Seminario Web en Castellano.
An LLC can choose to be taxed as a disregarded entity, a partnership, or a corporation.  We explain the advantages of each.  Webinar in Spanish.

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Hennepin County resources


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.


Hennepin County Library

The Hennepin County Library has a number of free resources available to entrepreneurs and business owners, including the Gale Business Plan Builder, demographic and market research data, company and industry profiles, and more. The Patent and Trademark Resource Center, located on the second floor of Minneapolis Central Library, provides access to search tools for researching patents and trademarks, as well as a collection of reference materials and guides. It is the only patent and trademark resource center in Minnesota.

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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)

Additional county COVID-19 resources can be found at



Partner events 


US Small Business Administration

New COVID EIDL: Small Business Loan Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Capital Access will host a webinar series for small business owners to discuss the COVID EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) program’s small business loans. The COVID EIDL program is a Federal small business loan program designed to support small businesses to recover from the COVID-19 economic recession by providing accessible and borrower-friendly capital. Note that times shown in the registration link is Eastern Daylight Time. The majority of the information in each webinar will be the same.



Marketing 101: Learn the Basics


Minneapolis Business Mentors
July 29, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

In this session you'll learn the 4 Ps of the marketing mix: 1) Product - the goods or services. 2) Price - What the customer pays. 3) Placement - Location of where the product goes. 4) Promotion - Advertising the four essential factors are key to any marketing strategy. Here’s your opportunity to learn from a master marketer!



US Small Business Administration

Steps for Starting a Small Business

August 11, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This webinar will give you a step-by-step overview of what you will need to do to start a small business.

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US Small Business Administration

Ready, Set, Go with Your Business

August 12, 19, 26, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The SBA's Minnesota District Office is hosting a three part series to help lay the groundwork for new and aspiring entrepreneurs like you to launch a business idea and to understand the steps to building a small business. All classes will be held virtually and must be registered for separately.

US Small Business Administration

Veterans Resource Brief

August 6, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Information on SBA resources and resource partners for active duty military, reservists, and all era veterans and their family members.

Learn more and register



Partner resources


Small Business Administration

Funding for businesses impacted by COVID-19

Funds are still available to help eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operator Grant (SVOG), and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). 

Follow the links below for more information about these programs, including eligibility, guidelines, and fund availability:

Shuttered Venue Operator Grant 
Economic Injury Disaster Loans

National Endowment for the Arts

American Rescue Plan Grants for Art Organizations
The National Endowment for the Arts has announced plans to competitively award American Rescue Plan funds to eligible organizations nationwide. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 


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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Minnesota State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program

The STEP program provides financial and technical assistance to qualifying Minnesota small businesses with an active interest in exporting products or services to foreign markets. Small businesses may apply for reimbursement of up to $500 for export-training that will result in the development of an export strategy or up to $7,500 for approved export-development activities.

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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.


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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.

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,, 612-454-0785
  • Businesses in all other cities in Hennepin County: John Endris,, 612-843-3278 

Propel Nonprofits

Recovery Capital Loans are available to eligible 501(c)(3) organizations in response to the disruption of COVID-19 to help with recovery and rebuilding. A portion of the loan amount is forgivable and will convert to a grant during the term of the loan.

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City of St. Louis Park Climate Champions

For eligible St. Louis Park businesses
Climate Champions is St. Louis Park’s new energy efficiency assistance, cost share and recognition program. The city is collaborating with Xcel Energy, CenterPoint Energy and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Energy Smart program to help local businesses understand their energy use, navigate energy efficiency upgrades, pursue financing and rebates, and get recognized for their efforts.

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Other federal, state, and local agency resources



City of Minneapolis businesses

Federal COVID business programs