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Interested in opening a for-profit business venture?

Plan It! training classes help emerging entrepreneurs learn the fundamentals of running a business and develop a solid business plan. As a part of our continuing commitment to small businesses and the community, NDC, in conjunction with Neighborhood Partners, helps to reduce barriers to small business success for residents in the Twin Cities metro area who want to learn the skills needed to start and operate their own small business.

“At the time, there’s no way we could have done what we’ve done without NDC.”

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Entrepreneur Training

Training Classes In-Person

NDC Trainer Mariana Scott
February 15 – May 23, 2024
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Neighborhood Partner Location
Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization (CANDO)
in the Sabathani Center
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55409

Note: This class is conducted in Spanish. FYI, classes will be moved to virtual if there is a surge in COVID and/or inclement weather.

February 19 – May 20, 2024
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Neighborhood Partner Location
Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Note: This training class is designed for Indigenous-identifying entrepreneurs. Also, classes will be moved to virtual if there is a surge in COVID and/or inclement weather.

Our Process


To be considered for the Plan It! training class, you must submit your application by January 25th. We will begin reviewing applications in mid-January.


Applicants meeting the selection criteria will be invited to schedule a 20-minute informal interview. Final decisions will be made after all interviews have been conducted.


Class fees are determined on a sliding scale ($150 – $650), based on household income, family size, and if you live or plan to operate your business in one of our priority neighborhoods. Payment is due before you attend orientation. Payment plans are available.


Upon acceptance, you must attend the in person Plan It! Orientation on Saturday, February 10, 2024, from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. Details regarding the location will be provided in the acceptance email.

Course Information

Program Selection Criteria

We are looking for participants who:

  • Plan to open a business within one of our targeted neighborhoods in the Twin Cities metro area:
    • University Corridor – St. Paul
    • North End St. Paul
    • East Side St. Paul
    • West Side St. Paul (not West St. Paul in Dakota County)
    • West Seventh Neighborhood
    • North Minneapolis
    • North East Minneapolis
    • South Minneapolis (not including Uptown)
    • Brooklyn Park
    • Brooklyn Center
  • Have a clear and focused business idea that you want to pursue or expand.
  • Business idea is for-profit ventures (not including Real Estate, Non-profit, and Transportation out of state business ventures).
  • Looking for someone that is committed and will make every effort to complete the course, create a business plan, and meet the expectations of the trainer.
  • The participant understands the diligence and time a new or expanding business requires, and is at a place in their life where they are willing to devote that time.

Class Structure and Components

Plan It! Entrepreneur Training classes meet once a week in person at the Neighborhood Partner host location or online via Zoom Video Conferencing for 12 sessions over 15 weeks. Training class dates and times vary.

For a training class to run, there must be a minimum of six registered entrepreneur learners who have paid the course fee.

Entrepreneur learners will have up to ten hours to meet with their class trainer outside of class, to get personalized feedback and support in developing their business plan. After finishing the training class, you will have up to two years to use your one-on-one hours.

Session topics covered: attributes and planning for business success, target market, competitive analysis, marketing & branding, credit & financing, management & operations, financial planning and more.

Additional Resources

  • Plan It! Supplemental Workshops that delve deeper into the sessions’ main theme topics.
  • Working labs to work on your business plan with others.
  • Access to all Mindset Reset program services
  • Access to Pro Bono Legal services. (Note: Pro bono services are not available to participants whose household or business income exceeds NDC Guidelines or those residing or operating their businesses out of the NDC targeted service area. Pro Bono legal services are available on a limited basis and are subject to attorney availability. Client is responsible for any out-of-pocket expenses, such as filing or recording fees).

Course FAQ

Who should apply for Plan It!?

People with a business idea in mind, and are seeking professional knowledge to build a business plan.

Entrepreneurs with businesses currently in operation who would like a refresher on the fundamentals of a business plan and to learn about new resources and services available to small businesses.

What are the benefits of completing this program?

  • Join a growing network of more than 6,300 NDC alumni
  • With a completed business plan, (including the cash flow projections), you are eligible to apply for:
    • Low-cost technical assistance services: accounting, marketing & branding, and general management
    • Small business lending services
    • Real estate and incubator services

Who are the trainers?

Professional consultants with small business expertise, teaching acumen and cultural competence.

Is this program offered in any languages other than English?

Yes! Plan It! is offered in Spanish through our ¡Planifique! class.

What types of businesses have graduates started after finishing this class?

Program graduates successfully operate businesses in child care, graphic design, catering, landscaping, construction, auto repair, restaurants, taxi services and a variety of other industries.

Do I have to open my business in a specific neighborhood?

You can open your business wherever you like, however if you’re seeking additional resources from NDC you will need to open your business in one of our priority neighborhoods.


Contact us:

Kehinde Reuben

[email protected]

651 379 8425

Lao Thao

[email protected]

651 379 8432