The City of Shakopee works with many partners to foster business growth, expansion and redevelopment in Shakopee. Here are some regional resources that can help your business grow:
First Stop Shop (Scott County CDA)
4646 Dakota Street SE., Prior Lake, MN 55372 | (952) 496-8613 | www.scottfss.org
Gathering information about available properties within a particular area usually requires calling various jurisdictions to ask the same questions over and over. This is not the case in Scott County where our First Stop Shop provides businesses and brokers seeking opportunities access to a single point of contact for information relating to Scott County. First Stop Shop is an economic development resource created by the Scott County Association for Leadership and Efficiency (SCALE) to assist the cities and townships of Scott County.
First Stop Shop maintains databases and helps businesses identify potential sites. First Stop Shop will connect service possible to those who are considering Scott County for their business’ location. Some of the other services offered include: customer service education and training, process improvement, research and marketing assistance, assistance with funding identification and connections to an extensive network of resources.
Contact: Stacy Crakes, P.E., Business Development Manager | email@example.com
Contact: Jo Foust, Business Development Specialist | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Open to Business program in Scott County is a collaboration between the First Stop Shop and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers. A Scott County Open to Business adviser is available to provide one-on-one business counseling assistance customized to meet the needs of current business owners and prospective entrepreneurs. Financing is also available to qualified applicants. The Open to Business program is being offered free of charge to Scott County businesses or residents.
Contact: Christin Boecker, Business Adviser, (612) 599-6371 | email@example.com
Shakopee Chamber of Commerce
1801 E. County Road 101, Shakopee, MN 55379 | (952) 445-1660 | www.shakopee.org
The Shakopee Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit business organization that supports member businesses by providing programs and opportunities that support their prosperity. The Shakopee Chamber connects local businesses, service organizations and all levels of government to create an environment where people want to live, work and play.
As an active, problem solving organization, the Shakopee Chamber of Commerce focuses on economic development, workforce development, legislative advocacy and membership services. The strength of the Chamber lies in its membership, small businesses, large corporations, home-based businesses and professional men and women, working together to enhance the quality of life in Shakopee.
The Chamber’s staff and volunteers work diligently to connect your business with opportunities to succeed by working closely with the City of Shakopee and neighboring communities, Scott County, and local service organizations to promote the economic health of our community. The Shakopee Chamber is the primary source for businesses and individuals seeking information on the business climate in our community.
Contact: Angie Whitcomb, President | firstname.lastname@example.org
In collaboration with the Chamber, the City was accepted into the state's Main Street Program to revitalize Shakopee's Central Business District. Downtown Shakopee looks at economic restructuring, design, promotion and organization.
Contact: Elliot Johnson, Director of Membership and Main Street,
(952) 445-1660 | email@example.com
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state’s principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development.
Contact: John Shoffner, Business Development Specialist, Twin Cities Region | (651) 259-7445 or (800) 657-3858 | firstname.lastname@example.org
DEED also has many valuable resources for small businesses:
Twin Cities Region Small Business Development Center: University of St. Thomas, Terrence Murphy Hall (TMH) 100, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (651) 962-4500 | www.stthomas.edu/sbdc | email@example.com
Scott County WorkForce Center
752 Canterbury Road S., Shakopee, MN 55379 | (952) 445-7087 | www.positivelyminnesota.com/wfc
Minnesota WorkForce Centers help job seekers find employment, businesses find workers and anyone at any stage explore and plan careers. The Shakopee center is one in a system of nearly 50 WorkForce Centers statewide. Each offers a knowledgeable staff to guide you. Each provides essential tools to make your job search a success. Most services are free of charge. WorkForce Centers in Shakopee, Burnsville and West Saint Paul provide services to Dakota and Scott Counties.
WorkForce Centers assist businesses looking to fill open positions in a variety of ways. Business Services Representatives can advertise and promote open positions to a wide network of contacts, including job seekers and professionals in job search. Staff can connect you directly with job seekers through our Business of the Day events. These events provide space in our Resource Rooms to allow a representative of your business distribute information about the open positions in your company. In addition to these smaller events, our team is also involved in larger recruiting events like the annual Get Jobs Job Fair and other local job fairs. To arrange a Business of the Day event or speak with a Business Services Representative, please contact a Business Service Representatives.
Contact: Jody Pepinski, Business Services & Onsite Hiring Event Coordinator | (952) 703-3120 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The South Metro Chapter of SCORE is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the nation’s small businesses. The Chapter provides free and confidential business mentoring in starting a new business, buying or selling a business, and managing an existing small business. SCORE also sponsors workshops on a number of business topics and more.
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership (GreaterMSP)
400 Robert St. N., Suite 1520, Saint Paul, MN 5510 | www.greatermsp.org
GREATER MSP is a private-public partnership with the mission to accelerate job growth and capital investment in the Greater MSP Region. It partners with economic development organizations throughout the region to develop strategy, brand and market the region, and serve as a one-stop shop for business retention, expansion, and recruitment projects. GREATER MSP can provide information on financial programs and incentives, supply resources, community data, trade opportunities, strategic partners and venture partners. We will coordinate across a variety of agencies, authorities, counties and municipalities providing, not limited to, services in permits, planning and incentive packages. GREATER MSP and its partners value the businesses that operate in the region. Let us know how we can help you prosper.