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If you are looking to start a business or grow your existing business in Brooklyn Center, you may be interested in the following resources.

Open to Business
If you are an entrepreneur, check out Brooklyn Center's Open to Business Program. The program provides one-on-one assistance for new and expanding businesses.  Business advisors can provide assistance with: 
  • Business planning
  • Feasibility
  • Marketing strategies
  • Development of financial documents 
  • Financial assistance is available for those who qualify

Visit for more information on starting or expanding a business to put the experts on your side or contact:

Rob Smolund, Business Advisor
3137 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 789-7337 Ext 260

Arrange a Meeting
You can meet with a representative from Open to Business the third Thursday every other month from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at Brooklyn Center City Hall, Council-Commission Conference Room. Please contact Rob Smolund to schedule an appointment.

These services are offered by the City of Brooklyn Center in collaboration with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers.

Positively Minnesota
The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) offers information on some of the most common questions regarding starting or expanding a business.
  • Starting a Business
  • Managing a Business
  • Financing a Business
  • Finding Workers
  • Exporting and International Trade
  • Locating in Minnesota
Visit Positively Minnesota  for comprehensive information about starting a business and learn about State requirements.

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Provides capital access and technical assistance through the following programs:

  • Business plan development
  • Loan Packaging
  • Cashflow and financing projections
  • Marketing Plans

Visit Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers for more information about services available for starting or expanding your business. Open to Business is one of the programs.