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Elevate Business HC

Resources to rebuild, reestablish and reignite your business

Elevate Business HC offers businesses in Hennepin County free advising and other resources to help them recover from the pandemic and build for future growth. A collaborative effort between Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, Elevate Business is committed to providing equitable and inclusive support to meet unique needs of businesses, while driving long-term economic growth for our region.


Who can participate

  • Any business owner in Hennepin County with a commercial or home-based location
  • Residents of Hennepin County that need guidance on how to start a business in Hennepin County


Business advising 

Up to 25 hours of one-on-one consultation with private and nonprofit business advisors and consultants to provide practical business support in a variety of areas including:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Social media
  • Web development
  • Human Resources
  • And more

Businesses can access up to 25 hours of consulting from one or more service providers, to access multiple different skills across industries.

Peer-to-peer roundtables

Reoccurring and facilitated small group discussions segmented by industry and areas of participant interest with a focus on sharing best practices and problem solving

Topic-driven webinars

Industry and subject matter experts discuss issues facing employers to help them meet workforce needs, grow their business, and solve the everyday challenges of owning and operating a business.

Connect with a business advisor

Hennepin County has contracted with 25 professional business advisors, consultants, and service providers to offer free expert support to local businesses in a wide range of areas. 

How it works


1.) Explore business advisors and consultants listed in the table below

2.) Find a service provider that meets your needs

3.) Click on the registration link below, select a consultant, and complete the form. Your selected consultant will follow up with you via email.


Click here to register


Need help finding a business advisor that meets your unique needs? Contact for assistance.

*Asterisk indicates business advisor offers small business lending

Business advisor

Contact information



African Career and Education Resource, Inc.

Denise Butler

Business planning, starting and growing a business, financial counseling, cost analysis, marketing and branding


African Development Center*

Habtamu Gana,
Ayan Abdinur,

Technical assistance, loans, culturally sensitive financing, and financial counseling and education

English, Somali, Amharic, Swahili

Asian Media Access
Chinese-American Chamber of Commerce

Ange Hwang

Financial support, consultations on access to financing, IT and web support, small business consulting and entrepreneur development

English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hmong

Davis Law Office PLLC

Davis Senseman

Legal services, financial services, entrepreneur development, small business consulting


Harun Law Office

Amiin Harun

Legal services, employment law, insurance policy review, lease negotiation, succession planning, business planning

English, Somali

Hortensia PLLC

Miluska Novota

Legal services, lease negotiation, succession planning, business planning for small businesses

English, Spanish

Impact Hub

Keith Ischer

Financial consulting, IT and web support, marketing and communications, entrepreneur development, small business consulting, human resources with a focus on social impact businesses


Khoo Consulting

Poh Lin Khoo

Marketing and communications, website development, entrepreneur development, diversity, equity, and inclusion training, human resources

Khoo Consulting is not accepting new clients through Elevate Business at this time. If you would like to be placed on a waitlist for Khoo Consulting, please register your interest using the registration link. 

English, Hmong

Latino Economic Development Center*

Enrique Blanco, Ph.

Access to financing, business training and one-on-one consulting

English, Spanish

Liberian Business Association of the Diaspora (LIBA)

Jackson K. George, Jr

IT and technical support, general business support


Minneapolis Business Mentors

Art Shore

Financial consultations, marketing and communications, general business support, entrepreneur support


Neighborhood Development Center*

Liv Williams

Entrepreneur training, technical assistance, small business loans, business incubators, and capacity building

English, Spanish

Next Stage

Lee Hall

Financial services, financial consulting, general small business consulting

English, Spanish

Nexus Community Partners

Christina Nicholson

Succession planning, employee ownership models

English, translation available

Northside Economic Opportunity Network

MayPa Yang

Business development consultations, loan packaging, and lending for small businesses


Open to Business
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD)*

Khadra Abdi,
John Endris,

Access to technical and financial assistance including business plan development, feasibility studies, marketing, loan request preparation, finance projections, and other services

English, Spanish, Somali


Neal Wozniak

IT and website support, website development, entrepreneur support, general small business consulting


SCORE Twin Cities

Laura Hamilton

Business mentoring and learning opportunities


Social Impact Strategy Group

Pang Xiong

Financial services, legal services, IT support, entrepreneur support, general small business support, human resources

English, Hmong

Springboard for the Arts

Zaraawar Mistry

Consultations for artists that focus on career planning, project support, artist resources, or specific questions around marketing, promotions, grants, tech, writing, web support


The Activate Network

Charlene Dobbs

Peer-to-peer small business services


The Coven, Inc

Alex Steinman,
Erin Farrell,

Peer-to-peer small business support services


Victor Jones Consulting

Victor Jones

Expertise in multiple facets of the restaurant industry, including assessment, project management, financial expertise, operations, human resources, franchise development


Women Venture*

Kathy Pyle

Business training, consulting, and loans for startups, existing businesses and expanding businesses

English, Spanish


Upcoming webinars 

Alternative Financing - The Lending Circle (Hui) 

Learn how century-old Asian Hui (Lending Circle) is gaining popularity, what has improved and what's the same, and how you can involve and access this alternative way of financing for your business. 

  • Presented by Chinese American Chamber of Commerce - Asian Media Access
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Online 

    Learn more and register 

Building the Plan to Support Your Pivot

Explore and develop sustainable strategies and pivot towards business growth in this workshop designed to help entrepreneurs. 

  • Presented by Social Impact Strategies Group 
  • Wednesday, November 17, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Online 

    Learn more and register 


Visit our business events and resources page for more upcoming webinars


Why Elevate Business HC

Elevate Business HC began as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guided by a diverse Business Advisory Council convened by Hennepin County during the height of the pandemic, Hennepin County teamed up with the Minneapolis Regional Chamber to partner with trusted experts that could help businesses meet the challenges of the pandemic and civil unrest.

The initiative has since grown into an innovative model to help diverse businesses in Hennepin County not only recover from the impacts of the pandemic, but to grow and build for success long into the future.

The business advisors and resources available through Elevate Business serve entrepreneurs at every level and represent the diversity of Hennepin County businesses. It is our goal to provide business resources that support all business owners, especially people of color, women, and other underserved business owners that have historically experienced disparities and were further disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

Together, we’re creating a business support ecosystem that will help our region emerge from the pandemic with an even stronger, more inclusive, and resilient economy over the long-term.

Related links and materials 

Download the Elevate Business HC handout

Click here to register

Need help finding a business advisor that meets your unique needs?