With the help of a matching grant from Hennepin County, the City of Hopkins has contracted with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers to provide free one-on-one business consultation to Hopkins residents or entrepreneurs who want to start a new business or grow an existing business in the community.
This is a free service. Participants can meet with certified “Open to Business” consultants by appointment and get help planning and working through small business challenges such as:
Accounting, book keeping set-up and training
Business plan development
Cash flow, financial and business analysis
Commercial real estate analysis
In addition, “Open to Business” advisors can assist entrepreneurs in identifying borrowing needs and financing options. Direct financing and loans up to $25,000 are also available through the “Open to Business” program.