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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 economic.development@hennepin.us.

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Local events

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

Hennepin County business support resources

Hennepin County has many resources to support business owners, including resources that will:

Please browse our program page to learn about different opportunities and resources Hennepin County has 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. An active program to support businesses through relief and recovery includes EIDL, listed below.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program

Major enhancements were recently announced to the COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This includes raising the cap from $500,000 to $2 million, expanding the eligible use of funds, and implementing a deferred payment period. The last day that applications may be received is December 31, 2021.

All eligible applicants should file their applications as soon as possible.

Learn more about program changes and apply.

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 (CDFI)

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 Business network.

Recovery Rebates from Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2021

The deadline to enroll in the special Recovery Rebate programs for both Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy has been extended to the end of 2021. Eligibility is limited to CenterPoint and Xcel customers making repairs and purchases as a result of acts of property damage in the Twin Cities area in 2020.