Open to Business
To support the growth of small businesses
Who can participate
Applicants can include entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Entrepreneurs, small business owners, or people thinking about starting a business in suburban Hennepin County can receive one-on-one business consultations.Financing and loan applications are administered by Open to Business.
Access technical and financial assistance including business plan development, feasibility studies, marketing, loan request preparation, finance projections, and other services.
Financing and loans
Work with advisers to identify borrowing needs and financing options. These can include direct financing and loans for:
- Working capital
- Asset and equipment purchases
- Real estate
- Start-up costs
Open to Business is a program of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers. Please contact an Open to Business advisor to learn more:
Businesses in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center:
Kadra Abdi (firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-454-0785)
Businesses in all other cities in Hennepin County:
John Endris (email@example.com, 612-843-3278)
Funding for cities
Hennepin County has limited matching grants up to $12,500 available for cities who wish to start or grow an Open to Business program. Contact Mary Matze at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-348-9812.
Since 2012, the program has supported 2,465 businesses.
In 2019, of the businesses who received financing or loans through the program:
- 40% were women entrepreneurs
- 43% were minority entrepreneurs
- 53% were low income entrepreneurs