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Resources for Businesses

We’re confident that Hopkins is the right place to start or grow your business, and we’d like to help you begin the process.

Resources

Find the information you need to get started through the links below:

Friendly Fronts Toolkit

What does your storefront and the storefronts of your community communicate? Do they reflect a sense of invitation, respect, and joy? Or do the storefronts make one feel like a commodity, merely a “consumer”, someone to transact but not form a relationship with? Just as a smiling face invites conversation, does your storefront call potential customers to community and commerce within? No matter where you or your community falls along this spectrum, this toolkit provides you—and entire retail districts—with an easy, fun, and effective path to create community and drive commercial activity, one Friendly Storefront at a time.

Save on Energy Improvements

Hopkins property and business owners interested in cutting energy costs through efficiency improvements and renewable energy upgrades (such as solar panels, HVAC upgrades, rainwater harvesting systems, etc.) now have a solution to help finance those projects. The City of Hopkins has partnered with the Saint Paul Port Authority to establish a Property Assessed Clean Energy program, also known as PACE of MN, supporting qualified projects. The Saint Paul Port Authority, which will administer the PACE Program, has experience financing energy efficient projects throughout the State of Minnesota.

Hopkins is Open to Business

Starting or growing a small business isn’t easy, and hiring a trusted advisor or consultant to help get a business off the ground is usually very expensive. To encourage small business growth, the City of Hopkins is now offering free, one-on-one small business consulting to current and future Hopkins small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Available Commercial Properties

To search for available commercial properties in Hopkins, go to MNCAR’s Public Commercial Listings webpage, select Hopkins under City and then search.

More about the Metro

To learn more about the vibrant 11-county Greater MSP region, search commercial/industrial property listings, and prepare site-specific workforce, demographics and business reports, go to www.GreaterMSP.org.

Demographic Information

Take a look at the demographics of the City of Hopkins.

From the City

Façade Improvement Grant Program

The City of Hopkins is offering a onetime grant opportunity for façade improvements. Eligible building or business owners, may apply for grant assistance up to 50% of the cost of improvements — up to $25,000.

Comprehensive Plan

The City of Hopkins takes an active approach to redevelopment and has outlined its goals in the Comprehensive Plan.

Planning & Zoning

On the City website, you can find general zoning information, look at a zoning map, view zoning ordinances, and find applications.

Contact the City

Hopkins City Staff offer the customer service and friendliness of a small town with all of the resources available in a major metropolitan area.

Jan Youngquist
Community Development Coordinator
952-548-6343

Jason Lindahl
City Planner
952-548-6342