Golden Valley and New Hope Kick Off “Open To Business” March 1
The Cities of Golden Valley and New Hope will host a kick-off March 1 for Open To Business, a free, one-stop program for small local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs looking for one-on-one technical assistance. The event will be held from 4 – 6 pm at Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Rd. There will be a brief presentation at 5 pm.
Open To Business is a partnership between Golden Valley and New Hope and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), an association of nonprofit community development organizations serving the Twin Cities. With the help of a matching grant from Hennepin County, the two cities will work with MCCD to provide business consultation services and financial advice to small local business owners and aspiring business owners.
The program will offer help in several areas, including:
- business plan assistance
- financial management
- bookkeeping set-up and training
- loan packaging
- real estate analysis
- marketing assistance
- strategic planning
- professional referrals
Open To Business participants will be able to meet with advisors at the MCCD offices to get the ball rolling. MCCD staff will also hold open office hours each month starting in June 2012 at either the New Hope or Golden Valley city halls to meet with participants one-on-one.