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Open to Business

A Free Service to any Hopkins Business or Resident

With the help of a matching grant from Hennepin County, the City of Hopkins has contracted with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) to provide free one-on-one business consultation to entrepreneurs who live or own a business in the community and want to start up a new business or grow an exisiting one.

This service is free to any Hopkins business or resident. Participants can meet with certified “Open to Business” consultants by appointment and get help planning and working through small business challenges such as:

  • Accounting, book keeping set-up and training
  • Business acquisition
  • Business start-up
  • Business plan development
  • Cash flow, financial and business analysis
  • Loan packaging
  • Networking/referrals
  • Operations
  • Strategic planning
  • Commercial real estate analysis

In addition, “Open to Business” advisors can assist entrepreneurs in identifying borrowing needs and financing options. Direct financing and loans up to $25,000 are also available through the “Open to Business” program.


See a list of regular office hours to meet with business advisors.

For more information check out the Open to Business website, or to get started call Rob Smolund at 612-789-7337 (x. 260) or email at and ask for an appointment.