Food business resources

We have many programs and tools that support you to start and grow a food business in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Business Portal

The Minneapolis Business Portal is designed to give local entrepreneurs and small business owners all of the information needed to plan, launch, and grow businesses in Minneapolis, the site offers:

  • Resources for obtaining City authorizations such as business licenses and building permits.
  • Customized checklists for operating a variety of business types.
  • A directory of useful City departments and resources with contact information.

If you work with any business owners, please take the time to check out the portal and pass it along to them.

Visit Minneapolis Business Portal

Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP)

The Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) was created to provide consulting support to businesses located in the City of Minneapolis. Through B-TAP, the City contracts with local non-profit organizations focused on entrepreneur training and economic development to provide direct services to new and existing small and medium-sized businesses located in Minneapolis.

Visit Small Business Technical Assistance Programs  

Cooperative Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP)

The Co-operative Technical Assistance Program (C-TAP) was launched to support the development of new Minneapolis co-operatives. This program offers a free co-op feasibility training for potential and new cooperatives and one-on-one technical assistance (consulting). 

 Visit C-TAP Co-Operative Technical Assistance Program

Two Percent Loan Program

The Two Percent Loan Program provides financing to small Minneapolis businesses (retail, service or light manufacturing) to purchase equipment and/or to make building improvements.

A private lender provides half the loan at market rate and the City provides the rest, up to $50,000 at 2 percent interest (up to $75,000 in designated neighborhood commercial districts). 

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