B-TAP (Business Technical Assistance Program)
What is B-TAP, how does it work, and who is eligible to receive the services?
- The Business Technical Assistance Program or B-TAP program was created to provide consulting support to businesses located in the City of Minneapolis.
- Through B-TAP, the City contracts with local non-profit organizations focused on entrepreneur training and economic development to provide direct services to new and existing businesses.
- Small- and medium-sized businesses located in Minneapolis.
What kind of services can small-and medium-sized businesses receive?
B-TAP can assist entrepreneurs who are:
- Considering starting a new business in Minneapolis,
- Looking to expand business operations in Minneapolis,
- Pursuing certification as a Minority- or Woman- Owned Disadvantaged Business,
- Need general business advice (i.e. guidance on payroll withholding, ensuring their business licenses are in order, creation or improving their business marketing strategy) to retain their existing business operations in Minneapolis.
How can businesses access the services?
The City contracts with service providers, several of which specialize in serving particular ethnic groups or geographic areas.
Minneapolis businesses interested in receiving services can contact the service provider of their choice directly. Details about services provided and contact information for each organization listed is provided below. City staff may also provide guidance on which organization to contact. View the B-TAP brochure.
Questions? Contact Us! Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP), (612) 673-5095, [email protected]
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2016 Program Highlights
B-TAP core business support program served 413 entrepreneurs
- B-TAP+ 101 Series trained 26 participants to help businesses, City staff and non-profits learn about how the City works
- Launched the Small Developers Training (D-TAP), with 36 participants who learned the basics of real estate development, and some of the opportunities to work with the City of Minneapolis properties
- Cooperative Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP), trained 8 groups (24 participants) interested in forming co-ops
B-TAP provides specific services to respond to Minneapolis business needs more efficiently. View a list of current trainings opportunities (PDF).
- The B-TAP+ offers a 101 Series training for businesses, City staff and non-profits participants to navigate the City departments and learn of its interaction with businesses.
- The Cooperative Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP) focuses on interested individuals and groups in forming co-ops.
- The Small Developers Technical Assistance Program (D-TAP) include training for participants to learn the basics of real estate development, along with opportunities to work with City of Minneapolis properties.
- The Energy Technical Assistance Program (E-TAP) helps business owners reduce their energy needs and utility costs by performing energy assessments and creating and implementing an action plan (coming July/August 2018!)
- The Business Opportunity Fair is a networking event that highlights what products and services businesses can sell to City departments.
- The B-TAP Professional Series sponsors a series of events in 2018 where local professional experts provide training or technical assistance on a variety of topics.
B-TAP Service Providers Only
Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Program (E-TAP) Solicitation
The City of Minneapolis is seeking proposals from local non-profit organizations to provide direct outreach and energy cost-savings support to small businesses located in Minneapolis. The total funding available for the Energy Business Technical Assistance Program (E-TAP) in 2018 is $75,000 and we expect to make multiple awards.
Last updated Jun 7, 2018