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Open to BusinessOpen to Business is a small business technical assistance program provided by the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) through a partnership with the Hennepin County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

It is estimated that between 800 and 1,000 of the approximately 3,400 businesses in Eden Prairie are home-based. The City’s participation in the Open to Business program provides many small businesses like these with services to help them succeed – which will in turn support a broader strategy of promoting economic development, creating and retaining jobs, and cultivating entrepreneurs. 

Some of the Open to Business services offered free of charge to small businesses located in Eden Prairie include:

  • Business plan development
  • Feasibility studies
  • Cash flow and financing projections
  • Marketing
  • Loan request preparation
  • Advocacy with lending institutions

Want to Test Drive your Business Idea?
A representative from the Open to Business program is available on the first Thursday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. at Dunn Bros Coffee (8107 Eden Prairie Road), and meetings are scheduled in 30 minute increments.

For more information, contact:

Rob Smolund
Business Advisor
612-789-7337, ext. 260

For more information about the Open to Business program, visit

Last updated: 12/11/2013 8:53:44 AM