Lunar Startups is creating equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems by providing education, support, and connectivity to leaders who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), women, LGBTQ and are founding high-impact ventures with the goal of building community wealth and developing entrepreneurial capabilities.
Hennepin County Libraries have multiple resources for businesses, including
- Patent and Trademark Resource Center
- Industry reports and company profiles
- Customer information and demographics
- Business plan tools
Hennepin County's Business Librarian is available to help business owners access and navigate these resources.
NADC is a resident- or constituent-driven nonprofit organization that works with the East African/Somali community in Minnesota. Its programs and services are a direct response to the needs, concerns, and changing circumstances in the lives of the East African/Somali immigrant community in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Inclusive Growth Fund (MIGF) is a fund designed to increase access to flexible and affordable capital and support services for small businesses across the State of Minnesota, with an emphasis on long-term recovery and growth- particularly in under resourced and underbanked communities.
The goal of the MNUCP Disadvantaged Business Enterprise DBE program is to make sure there is equal opportunity in the award of US DOT-FTA-FAA-FHWA assisted contracts for highway, transit, and airport projects. The program is intended to create a “level playing field” on which DBEs can compete fairly with larger non-DBE firms.
Redesign engages the energy and creativity of residents and businesses to implement development that responds to community priorities and creates living-wage jobs, affordable housing, and a vibrant local economy.