How We Can Help Your Community

MCCD’s Open to Business program brings on-site business services specialists to your city that compliments your economic development staff’s expertise. We provide assistance in such areas as start-up and expansion financing, business plan development, licensing, zoning and regulatory issues, and financial management. We can respond to requests for business assistance when those requests are beyond the range of the services normally provided by your municipal agencies.

MCCD will work with city staff to develop materials that brand this as a program of your city and assist with outreach ideas to the business community. Our staff can meet clients at their place of business or at the MCCD office. In addition, we can schedule on-site hours at your city hall or other public venue for walk-in consultations. This fee-for-service arrangement can provide you with a cost-effective alternative to an “in-house” business development program staffed and funded by your agency.

For more information about the Open to Business program, please contact Rob Smolund at or 612-843-3260.

MCCD operates Open to Business in the following cities and counties:


Hennepin County

Anoka County

























Dakota County

Ramsey County

Carver County

Scott County

Washington County