Memberships & FAQs

The Scott County Center for Entrepreneurship offers prime office space for below market lease rates. Cubical or office spaces are available for $15 per sq. ft. This includes:

  • Access to the business accelerator services (advisory support, mentoring, business assessment, quarterly goal review, peer engagement and professional service referrals)
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Professional mailing address/business identify
  • Mailbox service
  • Inclusion in business member education programs and meetings
  • A company presence on the Scott County CDA website
  • Access to conference rooms and meeting space
  • Office space (including free Wi-Fi and access to high speed internet, office equipment, furnishings, property insurance, janitorial service, grounds maintenance, snow removal, common area building maintenance, equipment maintenance, trash removal and payment of utilities including gas, electric, sewer and water.

The Scott County Center for Entrepreneurship offers new businesses an option to participate in the accelerator program virtually. For those who have a commercial space or home occupation, but wish to tap into the accelerator benefits, the Virtual program offers the following, for $75 per month:

  • Access to the business accelerator services (advisory support, mentoring, business assessment, quarterly goal review, peer engagement and professional service referrals)
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Professional mailing address (if desired)/business identify
  • Mailbox service
  • Inclusion in business member education programs and meetings
  • A company presence on the Scott County CDA website
  • Access to conference rooms and meeting space (4 hours/month) – based upon scheduled space availability
  • Access to co-working office space (32 hours/month including free Wi-Fi and access to high speed internet within the co-working office location – based upon scheduled space availability
  • All prospective ‘virtual’ program participants shall be residents of Scott County.

1. How do I apply?
Application materials can be found below. For additional information related to the application process, please contact Jo Foust at Scott County CDA at: 952-496-8830 or jfoust@scottfss.org.

2. What kind of internet access is available?
Member companies located in the Center for Entrepreneurship office space have access to a dedicated wireless, password protected, internet connection. A guest wireless connection is also available. Participants located outside of the CFE space, using the Virtual Program, are responsible for securing their own internet connection.

3. How much are lease rates and what is included in the lease rate?
New business program members pay $15 per square foot and can lease space for up to 3 years. This includes all the benefits identified above as part of a “Business Membership”. Graduate members are able to lease space for up to 2 additional years at a rate of $20 per square foot.

4. How long is the lease term?
The standard lease agreement is an annual lease, renewable for up to two additional years; however, a program participant is eligible to relocate their business to any Scott County location at any time during the lease term with 60 days written notice. Additionally, if the program participant business ceases operation during the term of the lease the lease agreement may be terminated without penalty, with 60 days written notice.

5. Who can join the program? Do I have to be a Scott County resident? 
Anyone who is interested in growing and maintaining their business in Scott County is welcome to apply. The Accelerator offers office space for compatible businesses. The Virtual Program offers mentorship opportunities for all business operating in Scott County.

6. How can I find out more information?
If you are interested in learning more about the CFE Business Accelerator program please contact Jo Foust, Scott County CDA at: 952-496-8830 or jfoust@scottfss.org.

Upcoming Events & Educational Sessions

Events and Training Opportunities for Businesses

Creating a business plan, learning about business financing, keeping your business secure, and more - sessions to help emerging and small businesses.

Virtual Tour

Center for Entrepreneurship

Want to see some of the spaces? Check out this quick tour!

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Meet the Mentors

Access to Experienced Advisors

As a member of the Center for Entrepreneurship, you will have 1:1 advisory meetings with a mentor as well as access to roundtables where you can get input and advice from a number of our experienced mentors.

Learn More

Interested in learning more? 

Please contact:

Joanne (Jo) Foust
Business Development Specialist
Scott County CDA
jfoust@scottfss.org
952-496-8830

Center for Entrepreneurship
Dean Lakes Education Center
4601 Dean Lakes Blvd
Shakopee, MN 55379