Training and Support

Supportive resources to get you started

Training and Support

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.

Business Resources

Business Technical Assistance Program

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:

  • Writing a business plan
  • Business registrations, license applications, and navigating regulations
  • Financial management and applying for loans
  • Real estate and leasing issues
  • Pursuing certification as a Minority- or Woman- Owned Disadvantaged Business
B-TAP website
Current list of B-TAP Service Providers

Cooperative Business Development Support

Through the Cooperative Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP), the City of Minneapolis aims to leverage the community benefits of the co-op model to:

  1. Support economic development and job creation, reduce poverty, and promote social cohesion
  2. Increase racial and ethnic diversity and community ownership among local businesses
  3. Promote innovation, community building, and local investment through a collaborative business model

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.

C-TAP Program Information

Small Real Estate Developer Support

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:

  1. To build capacity and diversify the pool of small developers in Minneapolis.
  2. To educate new and inexperienced small developers in risk management and the real estate development process.
  3. To increase the likelihood of successful projects.
  4. To educate community partners and City officials on the real estate development process and help connect them to small developers.

The program is targeting, but is not limited to, the following audiences:

  • Small, women and/or minority-owned developers with no or limited experience
  • Businesses or nonprofits considering owning and occupying their own real estate
  • Neighborhood groups, City decision makers and staff, and foundations seeking to understand how real estate projects work.
D-TAP website
Download the class curriculum (PDF)

Find a Mentor

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

SCORE Website
SCORE Mentor Minneapolis
8700 West 36th St, St Louis Park, MN 55426

Hennepin County Library

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.

Library resources
Library events
Hennepin County Library Locations

Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office

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.

Small Business Assistance Office
Small Business Development Center
1000 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Procurement Technical Assistance

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), provides one on one counseling assistance to help small businesses secure local, state, and federal government contracts.

PTAC website
50 Sherburne Ave, St Paul, MN 55155

Small Business Administration

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.

SBA Website
US Small Business Administration
330 2nd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55403