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ConnectUP! offers Hennepin County businesses up to 25 hours of the following services at no cost through Elevate Business:

  • Business planning and assessment
  • Strategic financial analysis and management 
  • Assistance with loans, grants
  • Preparation for angel and seed round investors
  • Navigation of Elevate Business resources and referrals

*Note: Elevate Business advisors provide professional consulting only. Any fees associated with websites, technology, or ongoing costs of implementing advisor recommended strategies such as marketing, websites or software the sole responsibility of the business owner. 


Additional Information

Creating Connections. Building Relationships. Making Money Moves. ConnectUP! Institute is a social finance andenterprise development center. We provide education, consulting and collaboration on innovative social finance as well as enterprise development for entrepreneurs from underestimated communities. We curate connections among entrepreneurs, investors, and the business ecosystem to advance equitable access to capital, resources and networks (for underinvested communities) with an emphasis on Black and Brown women and their lived experiences.

We collaborate with clients to manage risk and prepare their businesses for robust growth.

Health - City of Minneapolis

Free technical assistance services are available to businesses in Hennepin County from this provider  through Hennepin County investment in Elevate Business and City of Minneapolis Small Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP). Contact this provider via the “connect” button above or visit Elevate Business HC and Minneapolis BTAP to learn more.


CI! was instrumental to the successful pivot of my business after the COVID shut down. With their timely weekly webinar sessions, they gave me the hope, the courage and the tools that made it all feel doable to move quickly and efficiently. My Business tripled and I can't thank the staff enough. –Founder/CEO VF Health Fitness Solutions



Accounting & Finance Management,
Funding, Development, & Capital,
Team, Talent, & Human Resources,
Strategic Planning,
Management & Operations,
Organizational Planning & Development


Arts, Entertainment, & Creative Economy,
Consumer Products & Services,
Education & Training,
Restaurant & Bar,
Impact & Social Enterprise,
Management & Consulting,
Marketing & Communications,
Professional Societies & Associations


1 - 5 Employees - Micro Enterprise,
6 - 20 Employees - Early Growth

Communities of Interests:

Middle Eastern North African (MENA),
Returning Citizen,
Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander


Legal Services, Legal - Business Registration, Licensing & Certification, Finance - Financial Counseling & Cost Analysis, Finance - Tax Guidance, Finance - Bookkeeping Training, Legal - Payment Negotiations to Lenders & Creditors, Technology - Quickbooks, Finance - Education & Literacy, General Services, Loans and Grant Services, Loans and Grants - Lending Institutions, Loans and Grants - Loan & Grant Application Assistance, Loans and Grants - Loan & Grant Sourcing, Loans and Grants - Credit Counseling