Neighborhood Development Center

Mission

Neighborhood Development Center, Inc. (NDC),is a community-based non-profit organization that works in the low-income communities of St. Paul, Minneapolis, surrounding suburbs and Greater Minnesota, helps emerging entrepreneurs develop successful businesses that serve their community, and to help community groups build a stronger neighborhood economy.


History

NDC was created in 1993 by Western Initiatives for Neighborhood Development (WIND), a community development corporation that is a subsidiary to St. Paul's Western Bank. Inspired by visits to Chicago's South Shore Bank, former Western Bank Chairman William Sands and Board Member Joseph Errigo sponsored the 1990 establishment of WIND to support local economic revitalization initiatives in core areas of poverty in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
WIND leadership identified a need for services provided directly to residents of these communities, and Western Bank supported the founding of NDC as an independent 501(c)3 organization. Western has provided resources, technical assistance, and ongoing guidance to NDC since its inception.
Since its start in 1993, NDC has grown tremendously. Initially, NDC provided only business training. Then, in 1994, NDC expanded its services to include offering financing. In subsequent years, NDC added ongoing business support (Technical Assistance) services in 1996, business incubation beginning in 1997, and real estate development services starting in 2002. In addition to a high level of growth in the programs it provides, during recent years, NDC has more than doubled its staff, adding new language skills services to support Hmong, Somali, Oromo and Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs, and increasing its capacity to respond to alumni needs.


Projects

Real Estate Development Initiative

The REDI Program, started by NDC in 2002, is designed to:

  • assist NDC alumni in purchasing their own commercial buildings when appropriate
  • assist partners in the development of commercial proprieties with technical assistance and financing
  • co-develop projects to house alumni businesses while revitalizing commercial corridors.
The redevelopment of the former Antiques Minnesota building in Minneapolis as well as the development of the Midtown Global Market in the Sears buildings on Lake Street are initiatives supported by REDI.

Lake Street Business and Career Center (LSBCC)

The Lake Street Business and Career Center (LSBCC) is a walk-in center opening in February 2005 on the second floor of the Plaza Verde (Former Antiques MN Building). In conjunction with Minneapolis Community and Technical College and Good Will Easter Seals, NDC and its community partners have developed a unique concept that combines small business services, workforce training and academic opportunities under one roof.


Contact Information

Phone: 651-291-2480
Fax: 651-291-2597
Mail: 663 University Avenue, suite 200 St. Paul, MN 55104


The Information was taken from the NDC web page