Elevate Business HC
Elevate Business HC
Entrepreneurs and business owners are re-imagining and re-building their businesses daily with Elevate Business.
Elevate Business draws together experts, tools and programs intentionally designed to help new and established businesses gain their footing, plan for their next steps, and take their success to a new level. Through Elevate Business, Hennepin County is investing in a business support ecosystem that is shaping the region to become even stronger and resilient.
More than 900 businesses in Hennepin County have worked with Elevate Business consultants since January 2021 for help with social media, marketing, web development, legal and financial guidance.
On this page
- Connect with a business advisor today
- A path of success
- A new model of business support
- Related links and materials
Connect with a business advisor today
Any Hennepin County business owner or resident who owns or is starting a business can access 25 hours of free consulting. Hennepin County has contracted with 23 professional business advisors and specialized consultants to offer free expert support to local businesses in a wide range of areas including:
- Planning and evaluation
- Access to capital
- And more
In practice, this could look like help researching and writing a business plan, financial or legal guidance, accessing classes and cohort-style learning, or tapping into our network of community-based lenders.
Explore the advisors below and select one that best fits your needs. By clicking "Connect with an advisor," you will be taken to an online registration form. To look through advisors and view events directly in the platform, check out www.elevatebusinesshc.com.
Need help navigating the tool or finding an advisor? Contact a business resource navigator at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
A path of success
Vanessa Drews, owner of Cheesecake Funk, says that Elevate Business has been “helpful to my business for my peace of mind, knowing that there’s somebody else in my corner that’s rooting me on and helping to guide me down a path of success.”
A new model of business support
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, with a focus on the economic empowerment of 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
- View the program handout in English (PDF)
- View the program handout in Spanish (PDF)
- No-cost topic-driven events and webinars
- Afric Sauce profile video (YouTube)