Community Development

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.

Role of Community Development 

The community development department provides guidance to citizens and businesses to ensure that development is consistent with the city’s zoning regulations and its comprehensive plan vision for our community. The department works closely with the planning commission and city council to review applications for development, rezoning, conditional use permits and variances.

The department works with the planning commission and city council to modify, update and use the city’s comprehensive plan, which defines the long-range goals and intentions about the nature and direction of future development within our community. The comprehensive plan contains elements about land use, transportation, community facilities, urban design, and housing.

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.