Open to Business

New Program to Help Existing & Prospective Business Owners

Looking for a trusted adviser for your business? Maybe you've wanted to secure financing to start or expand your business? If so, a new program offered by Anoka County may be just what you’re looking for.

Thanks to a partnership between the County and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), business owners or those looking to start a new business can access a new program called Open to Business.

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Free Technical Assistance

Open to Business will provide prospective and existing entrepreneurs in with free one-on-one counseling with a business adviser. The program provides assistance in the following areas:

  • Financial management
  • Loan packaging
  • Business plan assistance
  • Real estate analysis
  • Marketing assistance
  • Strategic planning
  • Business regulations
  • Professional referrals

Small Business Loan Program

Open to Business advisers can also assist entrepreneurs to identify borrowing needs and accessing financing options. Advisers work with clients to help them find the financing that best meets their own unique needs. MCCD also provides direct financing and loans in partnership with banks and nonprofit lenders. Funds can be used for inventory, working capital, asset and equipment purchases, real estate acquisition, and start-up costs.

How it Works

For information, contact:


Or, visit the Open to Business website at Open to Business Minnesota.