BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GROUP
In July 2010, we launched our Strategic Workplan for promoting construction mitigation, business development, and economic development. Our primary strategy is to provide information, tools, training and assistance that encourage businesses to prepare for construction and be in a position to thrive once the line begins operation.
Rather than create new and overlapping programs, our approach has been to coordinate and focus the efforts of existing community organizations that provide services and resources to small businesses. Where needed, our members have developed additional information and tools specific to the needs of Corridor businesses. These include:
- Access to business consultants through community development agencies
- Support services available through the cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
- A Small Business Forgivable Loan Program
- Marketing programs managed by the local chambers and business associations