City of St. Paul Park 

on the Mississippi

Business: Open To Business

Are you thinking about starting your own business or are you currently operating a small business and interested in technical assistance?  St. Paul Park has partnered with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) to offer the Open To Business program.  This program provides free one-on-one assistance from MCCD's expert staff, customize to meet the specific needs of each entrepreneur.

Free Technical Assistance

Open To Business will provide prospective and existing entrepreneurs in St. Paul Park with free one-on-one counseling with a business advisor.  The program provides assistance in the following areas:

  • Business plan development
  • Financial Management
  • Cashflow Financial
  • Bookkeeping set-up and training
  • Loan packaging
  • Commercial real estate analysis
  • Marketing assistance
  • Strategic planning
  • Networking and professional referrals


Small Business Loan Program

Open To Business advisors can also assist entrepreneurs to identify borrowing needs and accessing financing options.  Advisors work with clients to help them find the financing that best meets their own unique needs.  MCCD also provides direct financing and loans in partnership with banks and nonprofit lenders.  Funds can be used for inventory, working capital, asset and equipment purchases, real estate acquisition, and start-up costs.

How it works

For more information on the services offered or to schedule an appointment, contact the Washington County office at 612-789-8838

For general information, visit the Open To Business website at:

City of St. Paul Park, 600 Portland Avenue, St. Paul Park MN 55071