Local and Regional Business Resources

Local Business Resources

Victoria Business Association: The Victoria Business Association works to create a vibrant home for our community through the dedication of our local business members. It is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to discover Victoria through building relationships. They do this by sponsoring and promoting community events and activities, promoting local businesses, helping them grow and philanthropically supporting the community of Victoria, Minnesota.

Southwest Metro Chamber of Commerce: The SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce is a resource for approximately 315 business members in the SouthWest Metro Region of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. They provide business referrals, major community events, leadership programs, networking events, legislative advocacy and marketing support.

Regional Business Resources

Carver County Community Development Authority: The Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA) is a local government agency administering a number of county-wide programs in the areas of single and multi-family housing, foreclosure counseling, rental assistance and economic development.

Open to Business: Do you dream of starting a business but aren’t sure how to get started? Open to Business is as a one-on-one, free business counseling service for Carver County entrepreneurs and small business owners. Consultants work with current or prospective businesses  to develop a strong business plan, identify financing options, and address both challenges and opportunities.

Open to Business can link entrepreneurs to financing for a variety of business purposes, including equipment, inventory, real estate, cash flow/working capital needs and start-up costs. Open to Business has funding available to make loans directly to small businesses and can also assist them in creating an attractive loan package to apply for additional funds from other lending institutions.

For more information visit the Open to Business website or contact Lee Hall, Business Advisor, 612-843-3263.

Resources for Small Business During COVID-19 Pandemic

The small business community is vital to Victoria’s ongoing success. The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges and uncertainties for our small businesses. The federal, state and local governments are working to continue to provide and update resources to assist businesses during these trying times.

The Carver County Community Development Agency has compiled a continuously updating page of resources, including information about financial assistance. Learn more at Small Businesses are Critical to Carver County’s Economy.