New Business and Small Contractor’s Resources

Finance and Consulting

  • Metropolitan Economic Development Association Providing DBE, WBE, and MBE contractors access to a variety of services and resources.
  • MN Procurement Technical Assistance Center MNPTAC –  One-on-one consulting assistance with government contracting.
  • The CPP Management Team
    Scott Ochsner 
    | Meda | Email: Phone: 612.259.6565 | 250 Second Avenue South, Suite 106 Minneapolis, MN 55401 |
  • Neighborhood Development Center NDC – NDC has helped build community support around the idea of creating, financing, and supporting resident-owned small businesses as a means of revitalizing inner city neighborhoods.
  • Small Business Association SBA – SBA offers a variety of training and loan programs. SBA has resource partners like SCORE, Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Centers that provide additional business counseling and training.
  • Small Business Development Center | 651-962-4500
    The Twin Cities Small Business Development Center provides confidential business consulting services at no charge to help established businesses and startups develop strategies to attract customers, increase sales and improve profitability.
  • MN SCORE St. Paul | 651 632-8937
    St. Paul SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of small businesses in the St. Paul metro area, western Wisconsin, and the Lake Superior Region.
  • Prepare & Prosper Free business tax service | 651-262-2159
    If you are self-employed, meaning you’re an independent contractor or you own your own business and have no employees, we can prepare your taxes for you. We’ll help you organize expenses that can be deducted and claim credits you’ve earned.
  • Asian Economic Development Association | 651-222-7798
    Business Technical Assistance AEDA provides counseling and training to new and existing business owners to start and improve their businesses. AEDA train in several Asian languages so that businesses can learn in the language they are most comfortable with.
  • African Development Association | 612-333-4772
    African Development Center provides training, lending, and technical assistance to guide African immigrants and refugees in Minnesota to economic prosperity.
  • Women Venture | 612-224-9540
    Providing women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels with the tools and resources to achieve economic success through small business ownership.
  • Bob Voss  Biz Owner Teaches workshops at the MN WorkForce Center in North St. Paul and other Workforce Centers
  • Barb Lau | Association of Women Contractors | Email: | Phone: 651.489.2221 | 1337 Saint Clair Avenue, Suite 4 Saint Paul, MN 55105 |


  • Association of Women Contractors (AWC) – The Association of Women Contractors (AWC) provides unique support to women business owners in the construction industry.
  • National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) a nonprofit trade association established in 1969 to address the needs and concerns of minority contractors.
  • Minnesota Sub-Contractors Association (MSA) – is a non-profit trade association representing residential and commercial subcontractors, suppliers and construction related professional service providers.

City of Saint Paul Section 3


City of St. Paul Section 3 Program

Section 3 is intended to ensure that when employment or contracting opportunities are generated because a Section 3 covered project or activity requires the employment of additional persons or the awarding of contracts for work, preference must be given to low and very-low income persons or business concerns residing in the community where the project is located.

  1. City of Saint Paul
  2. Saint Paul Public Housing Authority
  3. City of Minneapolis
  4. Minneapolis Public Housing Authority

State of Minnesota Veterans Priority of Service

A veteran shall be given priority over a non-veteran for receipt of employment, training, and placement of services in job training programs if the veteran meets the program’s eligibility requirements. Please contact your  Veterans Employment Representative

A service provided by Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, 651-266-6041