Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) began working to advance the efforts of underserved entrepreneurs in the community a decade ago. Launched in 2006 with grant from NorthWay Community Trust, NEON used its talents and offerings to build and support Northside businesses owned by lower-income Northside residents.
NEON was one of six organizations working collaboratively to provide entrepreneur training. Early goals were quickly met as the collaborative tripled the volume of training and business lending activities in the area in less than three years. The collaborative remained intact until 2009 and some of the early
collaborators still play key roles with NEON as "Network Partners" today.
The Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) works to advance the efforts of low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs in north Minneapolis. We’re a community-based organization committed to community development and helping north Minneapolis residents invest in their careers, companies and community. NEON provides what it takes to create long-term entrepreneurial success by offering business training and technical and financial assistance as well as a co-working space and business services.
NEON has a staff of three full-time employees and an engaged and active board of directors. Volunteers and interns also donate their time and expertise and are valuable members of the NEON team.
Our key partners include:
Now ten years in, NEON serves as a springboard for small businesses in north Minneapolis. The non-profit provides business training and technical and financial assistance to pre-venture, start-up and existing businesses owners in the area. To date, NEON’s provided entrepreneur training and assistance
to more than one thousand entrepreneurs in north Minneapolis. We’ve also helped to establish or expand more than 60 businesses in north Minneapolis.
We take pride in having built a network of relationships focused on helping Northside business owners, emerging businesses, and lower income residents realize their entrepreneurial dreams. NEON remains focus on promoting entrepreneurship in this community of color and being a catalyst for sustained
economic development in the area.
Build Wealth MN, Inc.
Emerge, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD)
Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce
Neighborhood Development Center (NDC)
West Broadway Coalition (WBC)