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As they say, it’s not just what you know, but who you know. So get out there and start to build up a strong, supportive network. You’ll be glad you did.

Check out the neighborhood you want to be in. Walk the streets. Talk to other business owners and city councilmembers. Oh, and don’t forget to listen. Involving neighbors is an important step in building awareness of your business and developing your customer base.


  • Talk to the neighborhood District Council
  • Talk to the city councilmember who represents the location of your business
  • Talk to neighbors and fellow business owners

Things to know

  • Nearby business owners or residents can be helpful sources of information about what goes on in the neighborhood on a day-to-day basis.
  • Connecting with the District Council is a good way to get to know the neighborhood.

How the City can Help

  • The City of Saint Paul website includes maps and contact information to help you find out which District Council and councilmember represent your business location.
  • City councilmembers are eager to connect with prospective business owners hoping to invest in their wards.

Last Edited: August 24, 2021