Mark Andrew's Plan for Minneapolis Small Businesses
Making Minneapolis A Great City:
Using My Experience as an Entrepreneur and Leader To Help Minneapolis Entrepreneurs Turn Ideas Into Successful Businesses
I began my career as an entrepreneur due to my enterprising nature, and partly due to necessity. I came from a working class family that struggled, and I learned early in life that being an entrepreneur can be both fun and profitable. While still in high school, I worked as a concert promoter, and in college my friends and I founded the Real S'Mores and World's Greatest French Fries stands at the Minnesota State Fair. I later founded GreenMark, my green marketing business. My small businesses continue to thrive in part because Minneapolis’ small business environment provided me the opportunities to succeed. I want to make sure Minneapolis’ new generation of entrepreneurs has the same support.
Small businesses are critical to the growth and prosperity of Minneapolis; the city’s thousands of small businesses provide approximately 40% of the jobs in the city of Minneapolis. Small businesses are also critical to economic development in New American communities. A successful local business community is how many of us define high quality urban living.
The city’s small business climate is consistently well-rated by independent agencies. The city needs to continue to remove barriers and make it easier and friendlier to start a small business in Minneapolis. Minneapolis in the Andrew administration will be a competitive and excellent place to start a small business, and succeed. Regulations protect the health and safety of our residents, and mustn’t get in the way of entrepreneurs who want to help grow our city. We need the city to be a partner with small businesses and help expedite good ideas, not trip them up with red tape.
As mayor, I will see small businesses as our partners in creating a thriving city. Mayor Rybak has started this process, by initiating big improvements in how small business regulation is approached. Regulation is not an end in itself but a means to help businesses open, grow, and flourish.
Businesses are our partners and moving the business and development regulatory functions of the city to Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) has been an important step toward this goal. To continue growing and developing our small businesses, as mayor I will:
o Expand technical assistance to help small businesses write business plans, find locations, navigate regulation, and find financing, especially for North Minneapolis businesses
o Establish a green business incubator to encourage and provide assistance to green businesses in Minneapolis
o In keeping with Governor Dayton’s goal for the next legislative session, hold a Minneapolis “Unsession” to carry out a comprehensive review of Minneapolis business regulations, repeal archaic or unnecessary ordinances, and streamline government
For small businesses, small changes to regulation can mean big improvements.