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Our vision is to create a prosperous, visible, sustainable, and highly diverse multicultural business community in north Minneapolis and the surrounding area.

Where We’re Headed

NEON was built by the collaboration of several partnering organizations that came together to support small business development efforts on the Northside. NEON and its partners have embraced the following principles and expectations. We believe:

What We Believe

At the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) we have a mission to expand economic development opportunities and build wealth for low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in north Minneapolis.


NEON accomplishes this mission by:

What We Stand For


1. Providing training and business development services to entrepreneurs and small businesses

3. Strengthening the support network of Northside entrepreneurs

2. Supporting entrepreneurs through strategic capital investments

4. Developing an organization that is a model for conducting economic development in urban communities

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+ Small business ownership is a viable path for many low-income residents to generate income and wealth for themselves and their families.

+ New business development is a desired strategy to the physical and economic revitalization of north Minneapolis.

+ To the greatest extent feasible, Northside residents should have an ownership stake in new businesses in their neighborhoods.

+ To be successful, new business development should place an emphasis on honesty and integrity within the business community.

+ In working collaboratively, with existing organizations to leverage each other’s talents and abilities, and to maximize investment in entrepreneur

  serving organizations within the Twin Cities.

+ Diversity and inclusion within the business community is critical and we welcome innovative ideas.

Our Mission

Our Vision

Our Values