"Deciding to move our North American headquarters to Minneapolis was largely based on the fact that the Twin Cities has a high concentration of medical device companies and is home to a world class medical community. Being here gives us access to a highly skilled talent pool for workforce recruitment, and in addition, Minneapolis is an exceedingly livable city with a outdoor activities as well as having a first rate education system." --Lars Rasmussen, CEO, Coloplast
- Why do business in Minneapolis? The City boasts a healthy economy for industry and businesses of all kinds, both large and small.
- The Compare Minnesota tool lets you see how Minneapolis-St. Paul stacks up against other major metropolitan areas in the United States.
- Review facts and data on Minneapolis.
- The Economic Strengths of Minneapolis are outlined in this Department of Employment and Economic Development publication.
- Meet Minneapolis is the official website of Minneapolis tourism.
- The Line is an online magazine on economic development in Minneapolis-Saint Paul.
- The Downtown Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization is a valuable source of information on all forms of transportation within the city.
- The Citys coordinated development review will help you successfully navigate the regulatory process which includes Planning/Zoning, Building Plan Review, Permitting and Licensing, and other regulatory review agencies.
- The City of Minneapolis website contains detailed fast facts based on census data.
- In 2007, the Minneapolis City Council approved the Great Streets Neighborhood Business District program to help businesses develop and succeed along commercial corridors and at commercial nodes throughout the city.
- Explore all neighborhoods in Minneapolis and Saint Paul and view real estate listings, discover landmarks, history, amenities, housing types and styles, and how to get active in city life.
- Search for available land, commercial or industrial properties in the metro via an online tool from the Minnesota Commercial Association of Real Estate or Miles Mercer at (612) 673-5043.
- 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.
- Besides City support, other loans and grants for businesses may be available.
- The City's Minneapolis Employment and Training Program provides a variety of tools for employers and can assist businesses with employment, training, and recruitment.
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) helps companies locate to Minnesota, finance business expansions, and help businesses find and train employees.
- Several regional Chambers of Commerce have 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.
- Good things are happening in Minneapolis every day! Read about what other businesses are doing to succeed in the City.
"Relocating to downtown Minneapolis increases our market share opportunities, enables us to broaden our talent recruitment, and allows our employees access to multiple modes of mass transit."—Matt Johnson, AIA, LEED AP, office leader, DLR Group
City Staff Can Help!
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) 673-3000.
- General Business Questions and Site Selection: Miles Mercer at (612) 673-5043.
- Business Financing: Call (612) 673-5072.
- Employment and Training Assistance: Mark Brinda at (612) 673-6231.
We look forward to working with you!
Online information from the City of Minneapolis at MinneapolisMN.gov
Last updated Jan. 22, 2013