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Business Tools, Financing, and Assistance

The City of Minneapolis Economic Development team works with businesses to start, stay and grow in Minneapolis. We do this in a variety of ways:

Site Selection

Great Streets Neighborhood Business District Program

  • The City of Minneapolis offers Business District Support Grants, Façade Improvement Matching Grants, Real Estate Development Gap Financing Loans, Small Business Technical Assistance Grants, and Small Business Loans under the Great Streets Program.

Financing Programs

  • 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

Export Assistance

  • The U.S. Commercial Service can provide, for a very nominal fee, a number of services including market research, information on tariff issues and international shipping, due diligence investigations on potential international trade partners, and facilitated introductions to possible international partners. Contact Ryan Kanne at 612-348-1638 for more information.
  • The Minnesota Trade Office organizes trade missions, hosts workshops and networking events and has staff with geographic and economic sector expertise.

Façade Improvements

Business Partners

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:

We look forward to working with you!

Last updated Nov 6, 2014