Small Developers Technical Assistance Program

The Small Developers Technical Assistance Program (D-TAP) supports the development of small, women and/or minority-owned developers in the City.

In every neighborhood in Minneapolis, there are small and medium size opportunities to enhance the built environment, improve the community, and earn a profit. In 2016 the City of created the Small Developers Technical Assistance Program (D-TAP) to promote the development of small, women and/or minority-owned developers and to take advantage of those opportunities available in the City. D-TAP offers a small developers training course to help expand the pool of real estate developers in Minneapolis. 


The program has four main objectives:

  1. To build capacity and diversify the pool of small developers in Minneapolis.
  2. To educate new and inexperienced small developers in risk management and the real estate development process.
  3. To increase the likelihood of successful projects.
  4. To educate community partners and City officials on the real estate development process and help connect them to small developers.

Target population

The program is targeting, but is not limited to, the following audience:

  • Small, women and/or minority-owned developers with no or limited experience

  • Businesses or nonprofits considering owning and occupying their own real estate

  • Neighborhood groups, City decision makers and staff, and foundations seeking to understand how real estate projects work.

The D-TAP Small Real Estate Developers Training Class has instructed 229 small developers since the program was launched in 2016. Next course dates will be posted when available. We are looking to diversify our pool of course instructors. If you are interested in becoming an instructor please email us.Below you can download the Small Developers Training curriculum created by the City of Minneapolis.

Small Developers Training Course Curriculum

Presentation from the Small Developers 101 Training

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Small Business Team

Community Planning & Economic Development




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