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Events and resources for small businesses

Events and resources for small businesses

Find the resources your business needs

Hennepin County is committed to connecting business owners to the resources they need to recover and thrive long-term. On this page, businesses can search for free local events, business advisory organizations, and learn about partner organization offerings.

If you have questions or would like guidance on a particular topic, please reach out to our team of business success navigators at

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Local events

Business owners can search for free local events offered through Elevate HennepinSM and county, state, and local organizations by using the search tool below.

Hennepin County business support resources

Hennepin County invests in resources to support business owners.

Please browse our program page to learn about different opportunities and resources Hennepin County offers to support your business.

Partner programming

The following agencies provide resources to help Hennepin County businesses grow and thrive.

Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business administration provides opportunities for small businesses throughout the United States. To learn about their loan programs and federal contracting opportunities, visit their website.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

DEED is the state agency supporting businesses at every stage. DEED continues to support businesses through local partners. Learn more about their business support programs on their website.

Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program

DEED’s Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program provides loan capital for businesses that are owned and operated by minorities, low-income persons, women, veterans and/or persons with disabilities.

Learn more about ELP.

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce – Supplier Match

The Minnesota Chamber’s Grow Minnesota!® Partnership program provides a database for members seeking connections to Minnesota’s robust supply chain. Find suppliers of many of the critical goods that can help your business reopen safely.

Learn more about the partnership program.

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

Lending institutions throughout Minnesota provide financial products and services to business owners not fully served by traditional financial institutions. Many of the CDFI’s that serve our region specialize by culturally based communities or type organization. For example, Propel Nonprofits serves nonprofit organizations and First Children’s Finance serves childcare providers. Many CDFI and community based lending organizations are part of the Elevate HennepinSM network.