Many resources are available to Oakdale businesses to get started, save costs and operate more efficiently.
Minnesota Business First Stop
Minnesota Business First Stop streamlines the development process for complex business startups, expansions or relocations that involve financing, licensing, permitting, and regulatory issues that overlap multiple state agencies. Learn more on the First Stop website.
Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce (OACC)
The Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce's mission is to create opportunities for businesses to share. Member businesses gain opportunities to network and grow their business and opportunities to connect with and give back to the community. Member benefits include monthly meetings, business referrals and networking, promotion, representation in local government and community involvement. Learn more on the OACC Website
Open to Business
Are you thinking about starting your own business or are you currently operating a small business and interested in technical assistance? Oakdale has partnered with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) to offer the Open to Business program. This program provides free assistance from MCCD’s expert staff, customized to meet the specific needs of each entrepreneur. Open to Business advisers can also identify borrowing needs and access financing options. Visit the Open to Business website. To schedule an appointment, call Tyler Hilsabeck at 612-789-8838.
The Washington County Community Development Agency provides the SizeUp tool to help small businesses benchmark and rank their performance against industry competitors. Visit the SizeUp website to use this free tool.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The SBA has resources for business planning, management, and growth, as well as a number of financing tools. For more information, visit the Small Business Administration website.
Business Retention Expansion, Attraction Program
A strong business sector is essential to the long-term success of Oakdale as local businesses provide jobs and grow the tax base. The city's Business Retention Expansion, Attraction program offers support to local businesses through personal visits and assistance programs. To learn more, please contact city staff.
In partnership with the Saint Paul Port Authority, businesses can access Trillion BTU loans for qualifying energy improvements. Loans are structured to be cash flow positive, with up to 100 percent financing available. To learn more or apply, visit the Trillion BTU website.
C-PACE financing is transforming communities by enabling commercial property owners to make their businesses more efficient and resilient. Through state legislation, the Saint Paul Port Authority is designated as the C-PACE program administrator with a statewide reach. The Port Authority works directly with Minnesota cities and counties to establish joint powers agreements. These agreements give MinnPACE the authority to place C-PACE assessments on properties where the owner has consented to the agreement. To learn more, visit the MinnPACE website