About the Open to Business Program for Small Businesses

The Carver County CDA is pleased to announce that it has added a new program to assist new and existing small businesses in the County.

Open to Business

The program– called “Open to Business”– provides one on one business counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs.  Open to Business consultants work with entrepreneurs to develop a strong business plan, to identify challenges and opportunities, and to tailor solutions.  The service is available free of charge to all County residents, and any business located in Carver County.

In addition to consulting, Open to Business program can link entrepreneurs to financing for a variety of business purposes, including equipment financing, inventory, cash flow/working capital needs and start-up costs.  Open to Business has capital available to make loans directly to small businesses, and can assist entrepreneurs in creating an attractive loan package to apply to banks and other lending institutions.

Partners with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD)

The Carver County CDA has partnered with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) to bring the Open to Business program to Carver County.  MCCD, a non-profit community development corporation, brings more than 20 years of experience providing technical assistance and small business loans to entrepreneurs.

Whether an entrepreneur has been in business for 20 years, or is in the early stages of exploring a business idea, Open to Business is available to help.  Consultants are available at the Carver County CDA offices (705 Walnut St., Chaska) every Wednesday, and by appointment. 

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For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Lee Hall at (612) 789-7337 ext. 817, or e-mail Lee Hall.

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