Important resources and links

I-94 West Chamber of Commerce

The I-94 West Chamber of Commerce helps make connections, increases visibility, and makes an impact. The chamber meets business needs through programming, events, marketing and promotions, committees, and advocacy.

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) 

MCCD is an association of nonprofit community development organizations committed to expanding the wealth and resources of neighborhoods through housing and economic development initiatives. MCCD operates the Open to Business program and provides small business loans for emerging entrepreneurs who face challenges in accessing the commercial banking system. Many borrowers are from low-income, minority, and new arrival communities. As part of a financing plan, their borrowers can receive help in planning, organizing, and managing their businesses. Since 2003, MCCD had loaned over $6.7 million to over 550 entrepreneurs for business start-up or expansion projects.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

The Minnesota DEED works to promote business recruitment and expansion, retention, in addition to workforce and community development. This mission is employed through their program and seminar offerings.

Starting a business in Minnesota

The Minnesota DEED provides a step-by-step guide to starting and operating a business in Minnesota. Starting from the inception of the business idea to the management of the facility, this guide serves as a handy tool to make your business dreams a reality.

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of CommerceThe MPLS Regional Chamber of Commerce exists to champion growth and prosperity through catalytic leadership and dynamic partnerships by inspiring communities, investing in people, and promoting and protecting a business. The chamber offers resources, programs, and events to the business community.