What is the Micro Entrepreneur Training and Support Program?

Bii Gii Wiin Entrepreneur Plan It! program is designed for Native American Entrepreneurs and powered by Neighborhood Development Center. Plan It! is a comprehensive 12-week program that covers topics such as operations, accounting, management, finance, marketing and the credit review process as well as others. These topics will benefit the entrepreneur who is just beginning and the entrepreneur who is already serving clients.

As a registrant, you’ll participate in classroom instruction and one-on-one sessions where your instructor will develop skills for budgeting, professional etiquette, and cash management. During this time your instructor will assist with investigating, writing, a clear sound business plan that culminates with graduation.

Since 1993, NDC and its’ partners have trained more than 4,000 entrepreneurs. Program graduates operate successful businesses in child care, graphic design, catering, landscaping, translation, auto repair, and many other industries.


The program is specifically targeted to low and moderate-income residents of the Twin Cities area who want to learn the skills needed to successfully start and operate a business.


Entrepreneurs who successfully complete the program, write a business plan, and locate their business in target neighborhoods are eligible for NDC’s ongoing business support.


Program participants will be selected based on level of commitment and viability of the business idea.


Goal of Training

  • To develop a strong understanding of small business management
  • To complete a solid business and financial plan

Type of Training

  • Classes, workshops, and one-on-one sessions are taught by experienced small business instructors
  • Class size of 8–12 students ensures all participants receive personal attention
  • Topics covered include; operations management, marketing, financial management, and more. Course content and pace are customized to entrepreneurs’ needs.

Training Schedule

  • Classes are held one evening a week in South Minneapolis
  • Training consists of 11 classroom sessions and 10 hours of individual consultation

Program Cost

  • Program fees are determined on a sliding scale and case-to-case basis
  • Fees can be arranged into a payment plan
  • Scholarships may be available


Focused Business Idea
Willingness to spend time outside of class researching and writing the business plan
The ability to make a personal financial investment in the business
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ABOUT Bii Gii Wiin

Bii Gii Wiin means, "Coming Home" in the Ojibwe language.


The mission of Bii Gii Wiin CDLF is to provide Training and access to Capital to promote homeownership, entrepreneurship, and financial capabilities among American Indian families, in addition to individuals throughout the State of Minnesota through the provision of development services and financial products.

  • 1113 E Franklin Avenue
    Suite 200
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
  • Phone: 612-354-2249 Fax: 612-354-7897
  • info@biigiiwiin.org