As an entrepreneur, you have the skills and passion for the business you will launch. You may not also be an expert accountant, marketer, tax preparer, IT consultant, and HR specialist. That's ok! There are plenty of resources in Minneapolis to help you learn the skills you need to successfully run a business and connect you to people who can help with the parts you're not an expert in.
Through the Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP), the City funds local non-profit organizations that provide consulting support to small businesses located in Minneapolis.
This means that, as an eligible small business owner, you can connect with the organization of your choice from the list of participating service providers and work one-on-one with a business consultant who can help you with your business needs at no cost to you. B-TAP providers help with things like:
Through the Cooperative Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP), the City of Minneapolis aims to leverage the community benefits of the co-op model to:
The City of Minneapolis offers classes for groups interested in creating a cooperative. The class equips participants with tools to evaluate the feasibility of their co-op idea and/or to refine their approach. Please monitor the C-TAP website for the schedule of the next class.
In every neighborhood in Minneapolis, there are small- and medium-sized opportunities to enhance the built environment, improve the community, and earn a profit. The City’s Developers Technical Assistance Program (D-TAP) promotes the development of small, women and/or minority-owned real estate developers.
The program has four main objectives:
The program is targeting, but is not limited to, the following audiences:
SCORE is a large network of volunteer business mentors who provide free answers to your business questions. SCORE mentors are experienced business professionals who volunteer their time to help entrepreneurs who are just starting out. Mentoring is free and confidential, and can happen face to face, by phone or Skype, or by email. You can connect with your mentor anywhere and anytime that works for you
The Hennepin County Library offers assistance for entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking support. Through the library website, you can access information about business management, company research, and markets and investments. The library also offers events at various library branches to help build your entrepreneurial skills.
The State of Minnesota has a Small Business Assistance Office that provides individual business counseling as well as a set of online guidebooks on a variety of business topics.
The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), provides one on one counseling assistance to help small businesses secure local, state, and federal government contracts.
The SBA website offers extensive information about starting and managing your business. It also offers connections to SBA-funded loan and grant programs, and an online learning center where you can take courses to expand your business knowledge. There are also local SBA offices throughout the country where business advisers can connect you in person to resources and assistance.