Plan to start a new business

Work with us to take your new business from dream to reality.

Planning milestones

We explain the milestones in the business planning process.


Learn about entrepreneurship

Small businesses are a big deal. They drive our economic growth — but being an entrepreneur isn't for everyone.

Make sure you're ready for all the hard work it's going to take to start, launch and manage a business.

See what makes a successful entrepreneur


Research the process

Planning, launching and running a business is a lot of work. Review the necessary steps required to start a business.

View 10 steps to start your business


Connect with a small business consultant

Building a relationship with a small business consultant can be a crucial step in your journey as an entrepreneur. As you prepare to open your business, the Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) provides:

  • Training
  • Support
  • Advice

Find out if you qualify for the Small Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP)


Choose your location

Minneapolis is a great place to do business. Find out why Minneapolis is the right place for you:

Decide on your property type

There are different types of physical locations to conduct your business:

  • Mobile
  • Co-working
  • Home-based businesses
  • Commercial property

Read about property types for your business

Business plan

Write a business plan

A well-prepared business plan increases your chance for success and can help you avoid pitfalls.


Finance your business

There are variety of financing options available for entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to start or expand businesses in Minneapolis.

Two key steps for financing your new business:

  • Make financial projections
  • Find a funding source

Read what to know about financing a business


Expand your network

Getting plugged in to a network of entrepreneurs and small business owners can help you:

  • Navigate and overcome the challenges of entrepreneurship
  • Grow your business

These groups can help you connect with other entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities:

Contact us

Small Business Team

Community Planning & Economic Development




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415