Open to Business Advising

Promoting Entrepreneurism

Growing or starting a small business is not easy. MCCD’s Open to Business program offers free, one-on-one, confidential business consulting to help entrepreneurs in Open to Business cities through the process of growing or starting their businesses.

“The Open To Business program made my dream come true, helping me apply for financing and publicized my store once we opened.I am excited to see this program help other entrepreneurs with big dreams like mine. Thanks again for changing my life.”
Lara Babalola, Diva’s Ave Boutique – Brooklyn Park

More than Just a Sounding Board

With a combination of academic and personal experiences growing and starting small businesses, Open to Business advisors are available to provide assistance in participating cities to help you plan and work through your small business issues. Equipped with some of the most sophisticated business resources available, the advisors become the entrepreneur’s trusted advisor to help them make strategic business decisions based on their business and personal situations.

Areas of Technical Assistance

We assist entrepreneurs in the following areas, including but not limited to, accounting and record keeping, business acquisition, business start-up, all aspects of business plan development, cashflow financial, and business analysis, loan packaging, networking, operations, strategic planning, and commercial real estate analysis. Ultimately we want to become your trusted business advisor.

Access to Capital

Open to Business advisors can also assist entrepreneurs to identify borrowing needs and accessing financing options. We work with our clients to help them find the financing that best meets their own unique needs. MCCD also provides direct financing and loans in partnership with banks and nonprofit lenders. Funds can be used for inventory, working capital, asset and equipment purchases, real estate acquisition, and start-up costs.

“I am convinced that in years to come, I will be looking back and count you as one of the individuals who helped me to be successful.”
Adelaide Sema, CPA – Minnetonka

For more information about the Open To Business program, please contact Rob Smolund at 612-789-7337, ext 260 or rsmolund@mccdmn.org.