The City is dedicated to uplifting and supporting our business community. We are committed to working with you whether you have an existing business in the city or are thinking of relocating and joining our community.
The City hired The Morris Leatherman Company (MLC) to conduct a randomized survey of Bloomington businesses with the goal of using feedback to address issues that are important to the local business community. The City worked with MLC to determine the areas of focus for questions and MLC wrote the questions and conducted phone calls to ask these questions. The survey took place in June and July.
MLC chose about 400 businesses using random sampling. Business owners and managers were asked the questionaire by MLC trained and supervised personnel and was conducted in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish. To ensure the integrity of the sample, MLC places the most exacting sampling standards in the industry on their procedures. The City of Bloomington will be presented with the final report with results aggregated and anonymous.
MnDOT Micro Grants – free financial assistance available for small businesses to increase their capacity and eligibility for MnDOT contracts, through April 29, 2022 or until funding is used up
Open to Business - Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers and Hennepin County offers free business technical assistance through this program
SciTech Internship Program – free resource of a wage match to cover 50% of a college STEM intern’s wages, up to $2,500, ongoing program
SCORE Twin Cities – help small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals through education and mentorship; mentoring and learning services at no charge, including free, confidential business mentoring with SCORE certified business mentors, free business workshops, free webinars (online 24/7); online resource library with free business tools, useful templates and business development resources
Home businesses in Bloomington are subject to regulation to ensure that they are imperceptible from normal residential activity, secondary and incidental to the residential use, and do not adversely affect the health safety and welfare of other persons residing in the area. Some types of home businesses are not allowed in Bloomington, and other types of home businesses require a Conditional Use Permit prior to operation.