Minneapolis: Business Made Simple

In her 2014 State of the City address, Mayor Betsy Hodges announced a new initiative aimed at streamlining and simplifying the process for business owners looking to invest in Minneapolis. While Minneapolis is a great place to start and run a business, Mayor Hodges knew that sometimes obsolete or unnecessary regulations can get in the way of opening or expanding a successful business. She asked City Attorney Susan Segal to take a close look at all of the City’s business regulations to find ways to make Minneapolis even better for businesses to start and grow.

"To realize the promise of growth… we as a city have to do everything we can to make sure we are fostering rather than thwarting investment… Over the years we have made ordinance additions and changes, each one designed to protect the public or solve an individual problem. Over decades, though, the code has become so cumbersome for business that it makes it harder for people to invest here. And if it’s hard for a wizened investor who’s done a score of projects to navigate, then for a first-time business owner – perhaps with another language as her first language – the barriers might be more than she can afford to wade through. So we get to streamline our regulations while still making sure the public interest is protected. The project will take time, but the payoff will be great.
 - Mayor Betsy Hodges, 2014 State of the City Address

Mayor Hodges and Susan Segal hosted several listening sessions throughout the city with more than 40 business owners and entrepreneurs to hear their experiences and suggestions, and gather feedback. Combined with months Segal spent reviewing the City’s regulations and ordinances, she developed a set of initial recommendations focused on reducing barriers for business owners looking to invest in Minneapolis. Mayor Hodges announced these initial recommendations in her 2015 State of the City address.

Read more about Minneapolis: Business Made Simple here.

Last updated Apr 2, 2015



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