Facilitating business knowledge exchange
B-TAP Professional Series, a component of the City of Minneapolis’ Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP), aims to respond quickly to opportunities to support small business growth. The goal is to sponsor a series of events in 2018 where local professional experts provide training or technical assistance on topics that help entrepreneurs--particularly those that have been underrepresented--take their businesses to the next level.
Professional series goals
- Support the development of businesses with high potential so they can advance to the next level and create additional employment.
- Respond quickly to specific market needs or opportunities that address the well-being of Minneapolis entrepreneurs and small businesses.
- Support the development of entrepreneurs from economically disenfranchised populations.
The reason the City created this program
We believe that our city has vast professional talent and creativity that can benefit our small business community. We want to tap into the innovative ideas of those professionals and respond to the needs of entrepreneurs. We want to provide more specialized assistance beyond that offered in the core B-TAP program to an expanded audience of businesses.
What's going on in 2019
The 2019 B-TAP Professional Series targets diverse business populations, offering free trainings, one-on-one coaching, workshops and networking opportunities. Below is the list of current opportunities, please check back as more will be added throughout the year.
- West Bank Crash Course: Learn about how your business can tackle environmental issues without hurting your bottom line. – Facilitated by the West Bank Business Association
- Small Business Marketing Toolbox – facilitated by Patagonia Visual Solutions
- Capability Statement Workshop and Consulting – facilitated by MaKee Company
- Planning for Profitability - Facilitated by Main Street Alliance and Cue the Accountant (for Minneapolis restaurants)
- Try It! Workshops for Farmers Market Vendors - Facilitated by Corcoran Neighborhood Organization (for entrepreneurs interested in becoming a farmers market vendor) (PDF)
- Creating Successful Social Enterprises for Nonprofits – facilitated by Propel Nonprofits (social enterprises)
- Business Skills for Entrepreneurial Artists – facilitated by Springboard for the Arts (entrepreneurial artists and businesses)
Underrepresented business owners are strongly encouraged to apply/register for these sessions.
Contact Emily Peterson, B-TAP Training Coordinator.