BizRecycling helps businesses, non-profits, schools, apartment buildings, and institutions in Ramsey and Washington counties reduce waste and recycle better.
Since 2014, they’ve assisted over 1,400 businesses and awarded over 900 grants to help businesses recycle better and save money. They’ve improved waste management operations of businesses of all sizes and types, like restaurants, offices, apartment buildings, schools, health care clinics, golf courses, warehouses and more.(https://bizrecycling.com)
Recognizing the impact growing businesses make on the local economy, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Dakota counties, along with the city of Saint Paul, established a resource program for second stage businesses. The purpose of the program is to help growing companies make a larger impact by offering business research and support at no cost.
This program serves CEOs of for-profit, privately held businesses with 10 to 99 employees and annual revenues between $1M and $50M that are past start up stage and have an appetite for growth.
Economic Development Specialist
Access free consulting and lighting rebates covering up to 60% of project costs through the One-Stop Efficiency Shop, sponsored by Xcel Energy.
- Receive a free, no-obligation lighting assessment.
- Review your options for making cost-effective lighting upgrades.
- Make energy efficient upgrades tailored to your needs, guided by your lighting consultant.
- Relax and enjoy your new lights. We'll take care of the rebate paperwork.
Energy is a major operating expense for businesses of all types and sizes. Energy Smart is here to guide you through the steps to find energy and cost saving opportunities.
Energy Consultation: The team will connect with you in-person or virtually to better understand your energy needs, identify areas for energy savings, and work toward your goals. They can focus on no/low cost strategies, or assist with replacement of equipment and help select energy efficient options. Examples include HVAC equipment, LED lighting, commercial foodservice equipment, and more.
Utility Bill Analysis: Energy Smart can analyze your past utility usage to better understand your facility’s operations. They then tailor recommendations to your specific needs.(https://www.mnchamber.com/your-opportunity/energy-smart)
Our business financing programs help companies and communities retain existing jobs and create new high-quality jobs. Not all businesses are eligible. Qualifying companies must meet specific job creation and wage goals.(https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/deed-programs/)
Minnesota-specific information on starting or managing a small business, including assistance with preparing a business plan. Provided by the District Office of the federal Small Business Administration.(https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/articles/Minnesota_Resource_Guide.pdf)
MinnPACE, a division of the Saint Paul Port Authority, is the largest provider of PACE financing in the State of Minnesota. Also known as Property Assessed Clean Energy, Minnesota PACE financing is available statewide to commercial building owners interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency upgrades.
Minnesota PACE financing is structured so that payments are rolled into a special tax assessment through either a Minnesota city or county.(http://www.minnpace.com)
Students at Mounds View Public Schools have access to a variety of courses aligned to specific industry career pathways: Auto Service Technician, Business Management, Information Technology, Welding, Construction and Solar Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing Technology
Open to Business provides free, confidential business counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs. Their experienced consultants work with small business owners to access the technical assistance and financing options they need to succeed. Open to Business partners with cities and counties to make their free services available to entrepreneurs and small businesses located throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
Luis Mendoza • 651-216-6252(http://www.growroseville.com/business/business-incentives/p/item/1098/open-to-business)
Roseville Area High School students enrolled in Career Pathways courses learn industry-specific skills and, in some cases, may earn free college credit and industry-recognized credentials. Students are involved in engaging, hands on classroom and field experiences, such as internships, connecting with local industry professionals, touring local businesses, and other experiential learning opportunities.
Businesses have the opportunity to grow their own workforce through mentoring students and providing internships, apprenticeships and much more. Businesses will be connecting with students whose educational opportunities have been aligned with workforce needs.(https://www.isd623.org/schools/secondary/roseville-area-high-school/counseling/career-pathways)
Roseville has the ability to offer businesses public financing, which may include tax increment financing, tax abatement, bonds, and other forms of assistance as appropriate. Roseville also qualifies for county and state business financing programs that help companies and communities retain existing jobs and create new high-quality jobs.(https://www.cityofroseville.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/21019)
The Twin Cities Small Business Development Center provides confidential business consulting services at no charge to help established businesses and startups develop strategies to attract customers, increase sales and improve profitability.
The Twin Cities SBDC is part of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Since its inception in 1981, it has assisted more than 10,000 businesses and entrepreneurs.(http://www.stthomas.edu/centers/sbdc/)