Starting a Business

The City of Lakeville provides the following resources to people looking to open or operate a business in the city. Please contact Rick Howden, Economic Development Specialist, at 952-985-4425 for additional information.

Open to Business


Open to Business provides free technical assistance to individuals interested in starting or expanding their business. The program also provides loans to start-up and small businesses and larger loans/packages to established businesses. A representative from Open to Business will have regular office hours at Lakeville City Hall on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome during these hours, or to schedule an appointment at another time, email Laurie Crow  or call at 952-484-3107.

Lakeville Home Occupation Permit


A Home Occupation Permit (PDF) is required to operate a business out of a Lakeville residence. Contact the Planning Department at 952-985-4420 for more information, or click on the link below for a copy of the Home Occupation Permit application.

Lakeville Zoning Districts


Lakeville has established specific areas for residential, commercial, and industrial development. New development in Lakeville must comply with the zoning regulations, including the Zoning Ordinance.


Department of Employment and Economic Development


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development.

License Minnesota


From the License Minnesota website you can access licensing information on nearly 600 licenses administered by over 45 state agencies in Minnesota. For the first time you can find the licenses you need, whether business, professional, recreational, or vehicle, in one spot. And, for your convenience, they are accessible in a variety of ways: by topic, administering agency, name of license, or with a keyword search.

A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota


The Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota provides a concise summary discussion of major issues, questions, and concerns that are most commonly raised by those contemplating a business startup.

Dakota County Workforce Center


The Minnesota Workforce Centers of Dakota and Scott Counties is a resource for both job seekers and businesses in Dakota County.