The Carver County CDA offers several programs for businesses throughout Carver County.  Additionally, many of the cities within the county also have programs for businesses located within their city.  Please visit their websites for more information.  The following programs are offered to any business within Carver County.

Small Business Support Program

The Small Business Support Program through NextStage provides free, one-on-one counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs.  NextStage consultants work with entrepreneurs and businesses to train, launch and grow businesses through a tailored solution.  The services is available free of charge to all Carver County residents and businesses.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact:

Lee Hall

[email protected]


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CEO Next Business Institute

The CEO Next Business Institute is a nine-month program (generally October-June) geared towards CEOs of second stage companies to help sustain their company’s growth. 

Businesses participate in three areas: 

-Peer learning.  CEOs participate in eight, half-day roundtables.  The roundtables are led by an experienced facilitator and provide CEOs a confidential forum to share challenges and experiences with a small group of non-competing businesses.

-Forums.  Once a month, in a large group setting, a guest speaker is brought in to share on a variety of topics pertinent to businesses and to answer audience questions.

-Research.  Participating businesses receive approximately 40-50 hours of advanced research from national research experts on topics of the company’s choosing.

 To be eligible, businesses must be:

  • Privately held
  • 10-99 employees
  • Annual revenue between $1M and $50M
  • Ready to transition from small to large—part start-up, but not yet mature
  • Appetite and aptitude for growth

The Carver County CDA covers the cost of a business’ participation in the program.  Contact Chuck Swanson (952-556-2778 or [email protected]) for more information on the 2020-2021 program year.

Small Business Resources

This document provides information on a variety of resources available to small businesses.  If businesses have any questions about the list, who to contact, or other services, contact Chuck Swanson at 952-556-2778 or [email protected].