West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC)
NEON program participants can access services from WBC on a case-by-case basis. WBC is a founding network partner of NEON and maintains a close relationship on broader Northside development efforts.
Emerge can support NEON participants with services in any of those four operating units. Primary contributions to NEON are made through the personal financial assistance through its Financial Opportunity Center and additional workforce training and education programs. NEON participants can enroll in classes or seek one-on-one consultation through Emerge staff. Emerge was a founding network partner of NEON and Executive Director Mike Wynne serves on NEON's Board of Directors.
Fredrikson & Byron
Fredrikson & Byron offers workshops for NEON participants dealing with entity formation, intellectual property, and other issues. Fredrikson & Byron attorneys can provide free legal assistance on a
case-by-case basis to NEON participants.
Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)
MEDA can help NEON program participants with a range of business planning services, as well as access to loan capital. They may also be helpful for entrepreneurs seeking certification as minority-owned businesses in order to access publicly-funded contracting opportunities.
Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce
MBCC offers mentoring relationships to NEON participants who may want additional support as they pursue their own business planning and/or expansion. NEON participants do not need to be members of the Chamber of Commerce to receive services.
Neighborhood Development Center (NDC)
NDC is a key network partner with NEON in providing access to financing, and a range of business support services. NEON participants typically access NDC services through NEON staff - less so as a "referral". NDC has particular expertise in business financing and may also be helpful in business established along commercial corridors.
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD)
NEON participants can access loan capital through MCCD, typically by having NEON staff prepare a loan application and package materials for review by the MCCD loan committee. MCCD staff may
also be helpful for other business planning and relation consultations.
Appetite For Change (AFC)
NEON partners with AFC programs such as Kindred Kitchen and Breaking Bread cafe to assist
NEON participants obtain affordable commercial kitchen space as well as Pop-Up Events to bring their concepts to life.
Thanks to the generous donations from these foundations NEON is able to provide its services and programs.