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Access to Capital

Gaps in the Capital Ecosystem

Gaps in the Capital Ecosystem

If you’ve ever started a business, or spent time with entrepreneurs, one topic will inevitably come up when talking about the challenges of starting a business: access to capital. In March, the Innovation Team brought together City staff, entrepreneurs, technical assistance providers, and lenders to brainstorm how the City of Minneapolis could address gaps facing […]

Evaluating the City’s B-TAP Program

Evaluating the City’s B-TAP Program

“They can reach resources that I couldn’t access or had no knowledge of…I’m learning a lot, I’m getting the tools and knowledge I need to succeed. They’re very hands-on, I can go to them with any question and if they don’t know they’ll direct me to the person with the answer.” ― B-TAP Client, 2016 […]

Community Synthesis Event

Community Synthesis Event

A major milestone in our team’s equitable business development work was our community synthesis event. At this gathering, we invited back all 100+ people we had interviewed to that point, and asked them to wade into our data with us to identify themes with which to move forward. Collaborative Data Analysis Because our team of […]

State of Minority Business Ownership

State of Minority Business Ownership

When we began working on Equitable Business Development, we started by asking questions about small business ownership, overall, in Minneapolis. When it comes to small business, are there gaps in who owns businesses and how those businesses are doing, and can we define those gaps along lines of race? Our initial quantitative research shows that […]