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Hennepin County funds 18 projects for minority-focused business incubators and commercial space

Projects will support more than 550 local business owners and employ more than 1,000 people


September 12, 2022

Shari L. Gross, Star Tribune

The offices of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Minneapolis. Hennepin County will fund $10 million for projects for affordable commercial space and business incubators for minorities.

For years, the small staff of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force has offered culturally based medical, social, wellness and economic services in an outdated south Minneapolis community center where patients sometimes have to stand outside because the waiting room is too small.

Several of its youth and theater programs need to be housed in a nearby church. Even with logistical constraints, the group started a company that makes baby food with Native American-cultivated heirloom crops and foods grown and harvested using sustainable practices. Plants are grown by people learning agricultural skills on a few acres just south of the Twin Cities.

The task force's tiny, hodgepodge workplace will soon be replaced with the Mikwanedun Audisookon Center for Art and Wellness. The effort consolidates and expands its existing services and adds a theater, a commercial kitchen with a cafe for people to sell their food and spaces to jump-start other new businesses.


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