African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) is moving African immigrant communities in Minnesota toward economic opportunity. Since the establishment of AEDS in 2008, we have been able to partner and collaborate with many neighborhood organizations throughout the Twin Cities. AEDS, in partnership with Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), has been providing a 16 week long entrepreneurial training program. These small business owners have received exceptional support from AEDS including direct services and connections to a variety of small business resources.
The Fall 2013 business plan training graduation ceremonies were held on January 10th & January 24th, 2014. Our 2014 Spring business plan training workshop is scheduled to start in February. We are excited about AEDS becoming a go to organization for the diverse African immigrant communities who call the Twin Cities home. AEDS provides business consulting, loan access, financial literacy education, and homeownership education in addition to business plan training for aspiring entrepreneurs.