Food business resources

We have many programs and tools that support you in 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 the Minneapolis Business Portal

Homegrown Small Business Fund

Through a partnership between Homegrown Minneapolis, Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development and Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), the Homegrown Small Business Fund provides financing and technical assistance to Minneapolis-based businesses that process, grow and manufacture food products.

Business Health and Safety Loan Program

The Business Health and Safety Loan Program provides financing to: businesses to make minor improvements to achieve health and safety code requirements; businesses participating in the Minneapolis Health Department’s Green Business Program; and energy efficient coolers for fresh produce and healthy food for businesses participating in the Minneapolis Health Department’s Corner Store program. Eligible improvements include, but are not limited to general repairs, flooring, grease trap installation, floor drains, automatic roof vents, food service equipment such as walk-in coolers, warewashing equipment and cooling equipment, and pollution reduction upgrades as part of the Green Business Program. Loans are up to $10,000 for a 5 year term and will not exceed 7% interest. For more information, contact Kris Maritz, City of Minneapolis Business Advisor, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, at 612-843-3262 or 

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. 

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). 

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). 

Green To Go Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance

The Environmentally Acceptable Packaging Ordinance requires food and beverages prepared for immediate consumption and to-go to be placed in environmentally acceptable packaging. In addition, recyclable materials must be recycled and compostable materials must be composted.

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