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Programs that power growth

We invest in people, places, and businesses through a series of targeted programs. Each are designed to help our region grow and our communities thrive.

Search programs available to businesses, developers and cities.

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Active Living

Helping cities create healthy, livable, and people-centered communities

Learn moreabout the Active Living
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Affordable Commercial Incentive Fund

Place-based investments to support small business growth and local economic prosperity

Learn moreabout the Affordable Commercial Incentive Fund
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Affordable Housing Development

To create or preserve long-term affordable housing for very low-income households

Learn moreabout the Affordable Housing Development
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Business District Initiative

To maximize the potential of main streets and commercial nodes

Learn moreabout the Business District Initiative
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Certified Access Academy

Increasing opportunities to do business with government and corporate entities

Learn moreabout the Certified Access Academy
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Elevate Hennepin Talent

Develop a talent strategy that will take your HR tactics to the next level

Learn moreabout the Elevate Hennepin Talent

Love Local campaign

Shop local, love where you live marketing campaign

Learn moreabout the Love Local campaign
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A woman using a point of sale in a hair salon. Tech Essentials offers guidance and technical support for small businesses in Hennepin County looking to keep up with digital change. This program is part of Elevate Hennepin.

Tech Essentials

Professional consulting, workshops, and technology reimbursements for small businesses looking to thrive in a digital economy

Learn moreabout the Tech Essentials
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Business Recycling Grants

To help your organization reduce waste and boost your bottom line

Learn moreabout the Business Recycling Grants
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CEO Start

Validate your business idea and get started in CEO Start

Learn moreabout the CEO Start
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Cohort-based executive education for growth-oriented business owners

Learn moreabout the CEO Now
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CEO Next

Advanced research and CEO resources for established businesses

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Work with Hennepin County

Learn moreabout the Contracting
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Elevate Hennepin

Entrepreneurs and business owners are re-imagining and re-building their businesses daily with Elevate Hennepin.

Learn moreabout the Elevate Hennepin

Environmental Response Fund

Cleaning up contaminated land for development

Learn moreabout the Environmental Response Fund
cities developers
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Foreign Trade Zone

To reduce your cost of doing business internationally

Learn moreabout the Foreign Trade Zone
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Hennepin Planning Grants

To support Hennepin County cities’ planning efforts

Learn moreabout the Hennepin Planning Grants
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Hennepin County Library

Library resources collected specifically for business owners

Learn moreabout the Hennepin County Library
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To help make energy efficient upgrades to your property

Learn moreabout the MinnPACE
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Transit Oriented Communities

Creating walkable, mixed-use, human-centered communities

Learn moreabout the Transit Oriented Communities
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