The Dislocated Worker Program isn't only for those seeking traditional employment. We can support you during your business launch or growth if you decide now is the time to make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality! 


With over 4,000 angel investors statewide and an abundance of free resources for small business owners, Minnesota is a great place to become a business owner. You may already have a small business, and you're looking at this transition time as an opportunity to grow. Or maybe you're thinking you'd really like to be your own boss, but you're not sure where to start. We can help!


Below are some useful resources for you, no matter where you're at in the process.


April 17-18, 2020: 2-Day Launch Camp

Do you have a business idea you've been sitting on? Have you identified a problem you wanted to solve? Do you have that itch to start something that will make the world a better place?

The 2-Day Launch Camp provides entrepreneurs and individuals that are exploring starting a venture a safe space to explore and launch their idea. Throughout the program, you will have access to mentors, content experts, SEED SPOT's curriculum, and a network of supporters.




MN Cup is a startup competition and hub to direct mentorship, education and seed capital to the best new ventures in Minnesota.


Their process leverages volunteer judges with industry and functional expertise in each of MN Cup's nine divisions. Ten companies in each division will be selected by these judges to move forward into the semifinalist round, which will take place between June 1st and early August. Two subsequent rounds will further narrow the participants, ending at the Final Award Ceremony in September. Over $500,000 in prize money will be given away to competitors, with no equity taken or strings attached.

CO.STARTERS IN SAINT PAUL   - St. Paul - National

During CO.STARTERS in St. Paul you’ll develop and fine-tune your business idea. By honing your business and updating your approach based on real feedback and customer demand, you’ll gain the skills you need to develop a viable business model.

CO.STARTERS in St. Paul is part of the national CO.STARTERS network and is a ten-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action and create a sustainable, thriving business.

SCORE   - Minneapolis - South Metro - St. Paul - Central MN

SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives. Staffed by volunteers and founded 50 years ago in Minnesota, SCORE is a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of the nation's small businesses. SCORE provides mentoring for the life of your business.


SCORE offers over 20 free webinars on topics including: Operations, Financial, Marketing, and more! Topic experts share their experience through these valuable webinars to help you get started on the right foot! Visit to register and start watching today.




The SHIFT community connects individuals making midlife transitions, people who seek greater meaning in life and work. Some members of the SHIFT community want encore careers that combine income with personal meaning and social impact. Others want to volunteer their experience and skills as a way of giving back to the larger community. SHIFT serves as a compass to help midlifers navigate these transitions.


WomenVenture is a Women's Business Center as designated by the U.S. Small Business Administration. They help women start and grow profitable and sustainable businesses. They train entrepreneurs, advise businesses, provide loans, and create jobs. WomenVenture also provides online business training & related resources, health insurance resources, small business resources, and business consulting.




NDC partners with community-based organizations to provide culturally sensitive entrepreneur training programs. NDC offers a variety of courses to help prepare entrepreneurs in both startup and expansion stage of owning a business. The NDC Business Lab offers customized professional services to small businesses and nonprofits for building capacity and generating impact. Learn how to create your business plan, expand your business, and grow your small business skills in accounting, sales, marketing, inventory control, and web design.


NDC also offers reduced cost financing to help you start your business.


Beanstalk provides the following areas of consulting for small business clients:

• Content Marketing
• Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
• Social Listening + Social First Marketing
• Online Presence Development


Phone: 651 . 746 . 9605 / Email:

MEDIA CONSULTING | How to use online platforms to market and storytell efficiently

Areas of Assistance Examples
• Content Marketing
• Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
• Social Listening + Social First Marketing
• Online Presence Development

DESIGN + CREATIVITY CONSULTING | Using design + creativity to storytell

Areas of Assistance Examples
• Visual Brand Identity Development
• Asset Development for Print + Platforms
• Website Creation + Development
• Visual Rebranding
• Creative Project Ideation + Development



There are many small business consultants in Minnesota you can work with to develop strategy, pricing, process improvement, and grow your business. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a list we have compiled from our entrepreneurial clients who have used these services with positive experiences.


We will continue updating this list as we receive more feedback from our participants.


Bonus: these vendors accept Purchase Orders, so if the Dislocated Worker Program is funding your consulting through CLIMB, payment is easy!

Planning + New Customer Acquisition 
Christine Strak, MA, CMP | CEO | AdminBrandingBox | 5775 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 700, PMB #200-016, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

T: 952-237-9258 | |


Accounting + Business Planning


Legal Consulting

CLIMB - Converting Layoffs into Minnesota Businesses

Climb is a program designed to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in the state-funded Dislocated Worker Program with training and consulting to support a successful business launch or growth.


This is a free program, funded through the state's Dislocated Worker Program.


Business consulting and training services are available through the Small Business Development Network, and any number of organizations that serve entrepreneurs and business owners. The Dislocated Worker Program uses training funds to pay for these training and consulting services for you.

Who is eligible?

Any individual eligible for the state Dislocated Worker Program who expresses an interest in starting their own business is eligible for CLIMB.


Unemployment & CLIMB


Minnesota passed legislation allowing CLIMB participants to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits while in the program (up to the maximum allowable weeks). Three components of UI eligibility are waived for DW Program participants enrolled in CLIMB:


1) The requirement to search for work (so that new business owners can focus on launching/growing their business)

2) The earnings deductibility (so that any money a new business owner makes is reported, but not deducted from their UI benefit)

3) The 32 hour limit (so that new business owners can work in excess of 32 hours per week on their new businesses).


For more information, visit DEED's website for those recently unemployed and click on the CLIMB tab, or talk with your counselor today.

Other Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration, an official website of the United States Government.

In-depth publications produced in collaboration with major Minnesota law firms and subject matter experts on a wide variety of business topics. Business guidebooks are written specifically for companies that will be doing business in Minnesota.

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.

Marketplace listing businesses & franchises for sale.

Fast, easy, and FREE easy-to-build websites including a customized domain name (your business address online).

Free small business webinars, updated weekly!

Six free online courses for business owners!

Local web designer available to help with creating personal websites for online business.

Excellent online business consultant with resources for web-based entrepreneurs.

Office space, mentors, and other resources available.

Lunar Startups provides assistance to new entrepreneurs who identify as womxn, Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and LGBTQIA. Funded by the Knight Foundation.

Automate Nate: Marketing Automation, Analytics, Split Testing, Conversion Optimization, Systems, Strategy, Leveraging Technology, Email Marketing, Helping Small Businesses.

Minnesota Job Partners is the career services division of the Minnesota Teamsters Service Bureau.
We are an equal opportunity employer/program provider.