Services Economic Growth
The Center for Entrepreneurship is where growth begins
With great schools and a blend of small-town charm and big-city opportunities, it’s easy to see why Scott County is growing so quickly. Businesses of all sizes have recognized this, making us home to their companies and expanding their existing workforces, right here at home.
Known as the Center for Entrepreneurship, our economic development team provides programs and consulting services to those that seek to establish or grow their business in our county. Whatever it is you’re looking for, we’ll help you find it — right here in Scott County.
Scott County Labor Force Estimate
(MN DEED 2019 Annual)
2012-2018 New Jobs
(MN DEED QCEW -Annual)
Scott County Unemployment Rate
(MN DEED 2019 Annual)
2019 New Business Filings
(MN Secretary of State)
Business Incentives & Programs
Our team can help you find capital and resources that can take your business to the next level by unlocking local, state, and federal support such as grants, tax incentives, workforce development, and retention programs, as well as assistance to develop streets and roads or other infrastructure needs. Start your search by clicking below to view a list of programs.
Upcoming Education Events for Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
Center for Entrepreneurship
The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is the centralized hub for entrepreneur and small business resources in Scott County! Conveniently located in Shakopee off Hwy 169, the CFE is part of the Dean Lakes Education Center campus and offers unique partnerships, resources, mentoring, support programs, and networking opportunities for emerging businesses.
NextStage for Entrepreneurs
Flourishing economies need a range of business types and sizes, and we realize starting and growing a small business isn’t easy! We brought the NextStage for Entrepreneurs program to Scott County as a collaboration between the CDA and NextStage to offer tailored technical assistance based on different stages of business growth, helping local businesses solidify their future potential.
Developed in partnership with Hennepin, Carver, Dakota, and Ramsey counties and the Edward Lowe Foundation, this cohort-based program supports second-stage businesses. Participants benefit from peer-to-peer roundtables and learning opportunities as well as time with dedicated research specialists on topics such as market trends, understanding competitors, and finding potential customers.
Economic Development Contacts
For questions related to Scott County economic development programs, property search assistance, etc., please contact:
Joanne (Jo) Foust – Business Development Director
email@example.com or 952-496-8830
Michael Werneke – Business Development Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-395-5122
Scott County Major Employers
Scott County has a blend of everything from start-up and locally-owned businesses as well as Fortune 500 employers, such as Amazon and Shutterfly. With diverse industries such as health care, gaming and entertainment, and retail fulfillment, we got it all.
Click here to view a list of major employers.
Available Land & Development Opportunities
Our cities have a number of development and redevelopment opportunities throughout our county. Many of these cities have prioritized land and space that will help Scott County communities, providing a catalyst for growth and creating jobs for our citizens.
Click here to view available land
Master Technology Group, Inc
Although MTG grew quickly during its first 10 years, revenue growth became less dramatic. “We were still growing, but not at the same pace,” company president Ryan Blundell explains. “And because we had gotten so big, so fast, the complexities of the business became more difficult to manage. Economic Gardening is a fantastic vehicle for helping companies who are in growth mode,” Blundell says. “It’s one of the best models I’ve seen to stimulate job creation. The forums, roundtables and research team all work together.”