Small Business Assistance
The small business page of the USA.gov website is a national clearinghouse for small business resources. It helps users find grants and loans, choose a business name, access tax information, get started in government contracting, hire a new employee and more.
Connect2Capital is powered by Community Reinvestment Fund, USA (CRF). CRF, a national non-profit community development financial institution, is a leader in bringing capital to underserved people and communities. Since 1988, CRF has injected more than $2.0 billion into communities in 48 states across the country to help stimulate job creation and economic development, provide affordable housing, and support community facilities.
The U.S. Commercial Service(CS) is the trade promotion arm of The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Commercial Service Minnesota staff provides a gateway for Minnesota companies to connect with highly skilled international trade specialists in over 75 countries. By leveraging the CS global network, Minnesota businesses receive expert assistance and information in exporting goods and services to increase sales in the global marketplace.
Meda is a nonprofit organization that empowers Minnesota’s minority entrepreneurs. Meda provides the best in business consulting, access to capital, and market opportunities for minority entrepreneurs. Please visit www.Meda.net for the most up-to-date information on Meda’s services.
MCCD is an association of nonprofit community development organizations. It is committed to expanding the wealth and resources of Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County neighborhoods through economic development and housing initiatives. Among other initiatives, it manages a micro-loan program designed to improve capital access for new and growing neighborhood-based businesses.
SCORE is a national nonprofit dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses. Its volunteer counselors are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders. They provide free and confidential advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners in every industry. SCORE has branch offices across Greater MSP.
As one of 90 NAWBO chapters in the US, the Minnesota chapter gives women business owners the opportunity to network with other women entrepreneurs, educate government officials on business issues related to women, and benefit from leadership training.
NDC is a community-based nonprofit organization that helps emerging entrepreneurs develop successful businesses that build stronger neighborhood economies. It invests in low-income neighborhoods in the Greater MSP region and greater Minnesota.
The SBA is an independent agency of the federal government. Its mission is to protect the interests of small businesses, preserve free enterprise, and strengthen the US economy. Minnesota's district office, located in downtown Minneapolis, offers numerous programs to help Minnesotans start, build and grow businesses – including small business planning assistance, free online training, and online business consulting.
SBDCs provide business consulting services at no charge to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Minnesota SBDCs are located at Minnesota DEED, the SBA, the University of St. Thomas, and St. Cloud State University.
The SBDC at the University of St. Thomas has provided no-cost consulting to more than 10,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities area since 1981. It helps business owners develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve profitability. Consultants have extensive, practical experience in marketing, finance, accounting, operations and/or business planning. Most have advanced degrees and have been business owners.
SPEDCO is a nonprofit certified development company dedicated to helping Minnesota small businesses obtain financing for job creation or business expansion. As a registered agent of the SBA since 1981, SPEDCO is certified to provide long-term, fixed-rate loans through the SBA 504 Loan program and 7(a) loan packaging consulting services to banks and their customers.
Twin Cities Metro is a nonprofit certified development company that stimulates the growth of small businesses by providing access to SBA loan programs. Founded in 1990, it has become one of the largest CDCs in the country. It partners with business owners and financial institutions throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
WomenVenture provides the technical tools and emotional support to help Minnesotans start and grow a business, find a new job, or develop a new career path. It serves women and men of all economic and ethnic backgrounds. It provides career planning, small business development assistance and loans, training in financial literacy, and GirlVenture training to help girls become healthy adults.