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Starting, expanding, or rethinking a business may not be easy, but it can be very rewarding -- and the City of Minneapolis wants to help. Explore the resources below to learn more about food-related business development and potential financial and technical assistance.

Minneapolis Homegrown Business Development Center

The City of Minneapolis, through the department of Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) in partnership with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), has established the Homegrown Business Development Center to provide financing and technical assistance for Minneapolis based businesses that process and manufacture local food products.

The purpose of this program is to foster the development and expansion of business ventures that promote sustainable agriculture and food production within Minneapolis and the surrounding region. To be eligible for loan funds, a minimum of 10% of the business’s product must come from local ingredients. For the purposes of this program, a ‘local ingredient’ must be produced, grown or raised in Minnesota or within approximately 200 miles of Minneapolis.

Guide to Starting a Local Food Business in Minneapolis (2011)

This publication was produced for use by local food entrepreneurs interested in using the funding and technical assistance available through the pilot Homegrown Business Development Center. The document includes program guidelines, considerations and resources related to starting a local food business in Minneapolis.

Business Development and Financing Resources for Micro and Small Urban Agriculture and Local Food Entrepreneurs (2010)

This inventory was created in response to one of the recommendations that emerged from the first phase of the Homegrown Minneapolis initiative: To expand and promote existing City-sponsored small business financing opportunities and training/business development services to entrepreneurs interested in urban agriculture.

Last updated Jun 5, 2014

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