Open To Business To Host Networking Meeting Jan 3

Golden Valley/New Hope Open To Business is starting off the new year by hosting a networking and resource-sharing meeting Thursday, Jan 3, 8 am, at Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Rd. Local small businesses and entrepreneurs are invited.

Initiated in March 2012, Open To Business is a partnership between the Cities of Golden Valley and New Hope and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD). MCCD provides one-on-one business counseling to current and prospective Golden Valley and New Hope entrepreneurs who are then able to access MCCD’s small business loan fund.

Since then, Golden Valley/New Hope Open To Business has served 21 small businesses and entrepreneurs in the two cities and approved $160,000 of direct and facilitated capital (two of which involved loan packages to Golden Valley businesses). Besides loan packaging, MCCD provided help with business feasibility and business plan development, cash flow analysis, marketing, and record keeping.

Upcoming office hours for walk-in meetings are set for Jan 11, 9 – 11 am, at Golden Valley City Hall and Feb 12, 2 – 4 pm, at New Hope City Hall, 4401 Xylon Ave N.

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