Open to Business

Open to Business Program

The Open to Business Program, administered by the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), in partnership with Ramsey County, provides free, confidential business counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs. Their experienced consultants work with entrepreneurs to develop a strong business plan, identify challenges and opportunities, and tailor solutions to business needs.

Available no-cost services

  • 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 

Financing Opportunities

MCCD works with entrepreneurs to find financing that best meets their unique needs. Whether it’s from a bank, a community lending program, or through direct Open to Business funding, they will help entrepreneurs assess their options and chart the best path. As a Community Development Financial Institution, 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. 

If you have questions about taking advantage of the Open to Business Program, contact Ramsey County Business Advisor Luis Mendoza at or 651-216-6252. 


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