Economic Policy & Development

We provide services to reduce barriers for people and businesses.

What we do

We reduce barriers for people and businesses by providing:
  • Workforce skill building
  • Small business support
  • Help for commercial real estate and business development
  • Licensing information
  • Education
We seek to support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. In the past, these communities have been cut off from economic opportunity.
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Our services

Business development

We help businesses grow in Minneapolis. We focus on populations and neighborhoods that have been marginalized.

See our programs

Small business assistance

We help businesses launch and grow in Minneapolis. We connect small business owners and entrepreneurs to:

  • Information
  • Resources
  • Support

Find business assistance

License and consumer services

We provide education and ensure that businesses follow City and State codes and regulations.

Learn about businesses licenses


Career support

We provide career support services to low-income Minneapolis residents:

  • Adults
  • Young adults
  • Youth

See Minneapolis Employment and Training

Contact us

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED)


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