Economic Development

Key Initiatives

Redesign knows that a vibrant business community contributes to healthy, walkable neighborhoods by providing diverse goods and services, creating jobs, and investing in the built environment. Our staff provides comprehensive technical assistance to sustain and grow local businesses. We prioritize services for communities impacted by systemic barriers to business ownership. Redesign believes the local business community should be representative of our neighborhoods at large, and that supporting BIPOC, immigrant, and women-run businesses is essential to decreasing disparities and promoting wealth building in these communities.

For over 50 years, our team has provided comprehensive, local, and tailored support for long-term business and community sustainability. Today, we have a variety of programs that contribute to business health and vitality:

Low-Interest Business Lending

Looking for a loan to launch or grow your business?

Storefront Improvement Program

Need support to increase your street presence or improve your business’ visibility?

Small Business Consulting and Technical Assistance

Interested in support with launching, developing, or marketing your business?

Property Development Consulting and Brokerage

Interested in buying your space from your landlord? Interested in renovating or developing your space?


Redesign’s Service Area Map, courtesy of the U of M’s Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA).