Open to Business Program

 Open to business logo.jpgStarting or growing a small business isn’t easy, and hiring a trusted advisor to help get the business off the ground is usually very expensive.

Open to Business Dakota County provides free, confidential, one-on-one assistance from the expert staff, customized to meet the needs of small-business owners and operators. Clients receive help in planning and organizing their business ventures, financial management, marketing, and regulatory compliance. Additionally a small-business loan fund can help entrepreneurs access the capital they need to grow their business.

Every third Tuesday at Inver Grove Heights City Hall, an expert Open to Business Consultant with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers will offer free consulting services to local businesses.

For more information on the services offered through the Open to Business Program or to schedule an appointment, contact Karen Schaffhausen, Business Adviser, at 952-239-0767 or by email at or visit