Business Assistance/Counseling

Open to Business

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Open to Business

3137 Chicago Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Phone: (612) 706-3926 x259
The non-profit Open to Business is available to provide one-on-one business counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs. The program sponsored by the City of Rosemount, Dakota County Community Development Agency and other County cities is at no cost to any County resident or business owner. Consultants work with you to develop a strong business plan, identify challenges and opportunities, and tailor solutions. In addition to direct consulting, Open to Business program staff can link entrepreneurs with additional resources to help them succeed, including training programs, community or governmental services, and industry and business professionals. Call Open to Business for an appointment at your convenience.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Small Business Development Center


University of St. Thomas
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Partners in Higher Education
14200 Cedar Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Phone: (651) 423-8602
The Twin Cities Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides confidential business consulting services at no charge to help business owners develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve profitability. Most consultants have been business owners themselves and have advanced degrees. Main office is in Minneapolis at the University of St. Thomas, with a regional office at Partners in Higher Education in Apple Valley.


Score South Metro

South Metro SCORE

101 W. Burnsville Pkwy
Suite 152
Burnsville, MN 55337

Phone: (952) 890-7020
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) provides FREE and confidential one-on-one business consulting. Their experienced volunteer counselors bring expertise that can help you grow your current business or pursue your dreams of starting your own business. They offer free and low-cost seminars to help you start and manage your own successful business. Counseling is by appointment only and can be requested on their website.




2324 University Ave West
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Phone: (651) 646-3808
WomenVenture is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women-owned businesses by providing microloans, working capital, education, and ongoing consultation through all stages of business. They offer fee-based business consulting and classes for both male and female entrepreneurs. Also offers networking opportunities.



250 Second Ave. S.
Suite 106
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: (612) 332-MEDA
Email Website
The Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) provides assistance to minority owned and managed businesses. MEDA's services are directed toward new and existing businesses whose owners are committed to making an impact through job creation, their firms' growth and profitability, and community involvement. They provide consulting services as well as small-business financing, events, and networking opportunities.