Best Small-Business Program

Launched in 2003, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s job retention program has raised its profile in the past couple of years, thanks to its partnership with almost 60 local chambers of commerce and financial support by the McKnight and Pohlad Family Foundations. Grow Minnesota was founded with two chief purposes in mind: to thank Minnesota businesses for staying here, and to identify their challenges so that they stay and expand. It also provides help for small businesses looking for information from state government and other businesses. The Chamber reports that in the program year ending in September 2011, Grow Minnesota’s efforts provided 125 companies with help, which in turn saved at least 4,900 state jobs.