Expand Your Business
Thank you for doing business in Minneapolis! In this global economy, the City realizes your options are virtually limitless when choosing a location for your business. We are proud of our City and believe that it offers many advantages to new and established business owners.
Looking for resources to grow or expand your business? Check out the City of Minneapolis’s new Grow North program.
Business Consultation Assistance
- Technical Assistance is available to Minneapolis businesses and entrepreneurs through the Small Business Technical Assistance Program.
- Several other organizations offer business consultation services and events to help you succeed, including SCORE, the Twin Cities Small Business Development Center at St. Thomas University, MCCD, and the University of Minnesota Office for Business & Community Economic Development.
- Read information and guidance from the State of Minnesota on managing a business in Minnesota.
- The City offers a wide array of financing programs, ranging from $1,000 to $10 million, for Minneapolis businesses as well as staff assistance in selecting the appropriate program.
Workforce Recruitment and Training
- The City's Minneapolis Employment and Training Program provides a variety of tools for employers and can assist businesses with employment, training, and recruitment.
- With 95% of the world’s population and 75% of the world’s purchasing power outside the United States, Minneapolis businesses must embrace global trade to support sustained growth.
- Trade is crucial to the region’s long term economic growth as well. Exports account for approximately 117,200 jobs annually in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. For every $1 billion exported, there are 6,250 jobs in the manufacturing sector created or retained.
- Exporting isn’t just for large, multinational companies. More than two-thirds of exporters have fewer than 20 employees.
- Organizations exist in Minneapolis to help companies with:
- Market Intelligence to help exporters target the right market(s) for their products and services.
- Export Counseling to provide firms with the information they need to navigate the export process from beginning to end.
- Business Matchmaking services to connect businesses with the right partners and prospects.
- Trade Event Support helps exporters expand global sales at international trade fairs
- Finance and Insurance Support helps explore opportunities for businesses
Get started: Minneapolis-Saint Paul Export Resources
Business and government leaders have developed a strategy to grow the region’s economy through increased exports.
- "Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli is owned by over 8,000 area residents. The co-op has experienced five expansions during its 37 years in the Seward neighborhood. The City of Minneapolis has been part of our ability to grow and prosper. The City was instrumental in making our move to 2823 E. Franklin possible, doubling our store size, creating 50 new jobs, and redeveloping a blighted property in Minneapolis."—Sean Doyle, General Manager, Seward Co-op
- The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce has programs and a diverse member network to help your business succeed.
- Connect with neighborhood business associations (pdf) and other business owners to stay informed.
- The Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers is an association of community development organizations committed to expanding the wealth and resources of neighborhoods through housing and economic development initiatives.
The Minneapolis Downtown Council is the central business district association that works to preserve and enhance a vital and attractive downtown for the people who invest, work, shop, visit and live in Minneapolis.
City Staff Contacts
The City’s Department of Community Planning & Economic Development has a variety of resources to help your business succeed. Call us for information on:
- Business Licensing: Call 612-673-2080.
- Permits for construction, remodeling, and renovation projects and zoning questions: Call 311 or 612-673-3000 or visit the service center downtown.
- Business financing programs: Call 612-673-5072.
- Workforce and training assistance: Mark Brinda at 612-673-6231.
- Site selection and general business questions: Miles Mercer at 612-673-5043.
- Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP)
We look forward to working with you!
Last updated Sep 2, 2016