Business Development Fund

Assistance for City business redevelopment projects that can create jobs for residents.

About the Business Development Fund

The BDF is a financial tool provided to Minneapolis based businesses for assistance in redevelopment projects that have a potential for the creation of jobs that will be filled by Minneapolis residents. The BDF provides Minneapolis business loans of up to $75,000 and the opportunity for prepayment credits to be earned for each Minneapolis resident hired (during the first three years of the loan) and employed at least one year.

BDF loans, provided by the City of Minneapolis through participating lenders, can be used in tandem with other City business assistance programs, such as Industrial Revenue Bonds and Capital Acquisition Loans. BDF loans are also provided to companies building or expanding on City industrial sites. BDF loans are intended to provide gap financing and must be leveraged with other financing.

Terms and conditions

Businesses receiving BDF loans must sign a Job Linkage Agreement that the business will attempt to fill vacant positions with Minneapolis residents. For each resident hired (during the first three years of the loans) and employed full-time for a year, the business may receive a prepayment credit toward the principle balance of the loan.

  • A business with a $75,000 BDF loan may receive a maximum of $37,500 in prepayment credits.
  • Prepayment credits are based on the amount of the BDF loan.
  • Prepayments are credited 18 months after closing the loan and every 12 months over the next two years.
  • Interest rate equal to matching bank lender rate.
  • Interest rates shall not exceed participating lender’s interest rate.
  • Maximum term is 10 years.

Who is eligible

Businesses located within the city limits of Minneapolis or moving into Minneapolis may apply. BDF loans are targeted at companies that will provide full-time jobs that pay a minimum of $14.72 per hour plus benefits. Most participating BDF businesses have at least 20 employees and expect to add 10 jobs within the first three years of the loan.

BDF loans cannot exceed $75,000 or 50 percent of total project costs, whichever is less.

Eligible uses

  • Inventory
  • Production equipment
  • Acquisition of business assets
  • Move-In Costs
  • Leasehold improvements
  • Real estate or building expansion

How to apply

All programs and guidelines are subject to change without notice.

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Contact us

Jennifer Schultz

Community Planning & Economic Development





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