Open to Business
Starting or Expanding a Business
Trusted Business Advisors
Open to Business provides free, confidential business counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs. Our experienced consultants work with you to develop a strong business plan, identify challenges and opportunities, and tailor solutions to your business needs.
We also work with entrepreneurs to find financing that best meets your unique needs. Whether it’s from a bank, a community lending program, or through direct Open to Business funding, we’ll help you assess your options and chart the best path.
No-Cost Business Consulting
Our experienced advisors offer FREE, confidential business consulting & lending options:
- Business & strategic planning
- Marketing & communications planning
- Regulatory, tax, licensing, & accounting training
- Financial assessment
- Direct lending
- Access to governmental & community financing
- Loan packaging for private financing
- Referrals to critical professional services
As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), MCCD provides capital to entrepreneurs including those who face challenges in accessing the commercial banking system, with a focus on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), women, low-wealth individuals, and geographic areas of underinvestment. Low 5%-7% interest RATES & flexible terms for qualified applicants. Rates are subject to change.
Open to Business offers on-site business advising in cities and counties around the Twin Cities region.