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Fostering Economic & Cultural Opportunities for Asian Minnesotans

AEDA's mission is to create economic and cultural opportunities for Twin Cities Asian Americans.


We empower Asian Minnesotans to achieve intergenerational wealth by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and resources to achieve long-term financial sustainability and wellness as entrepreneurs, artists, and skilled workers.


We implement integrated services in small business development, asset development, financial capability, and cultural placemaking.

AEDA was formed in 2006 by Asian small business owners, community leaders and activists in response to the building of the Green Line light rail transit. Since our founding, we have grown to respond to the changing needs of our community, developing and offering programs to further advance our mission while sustaining direct engagement of the lower income constituencies we represent. Our programs serve both Saint Paul and Minneapolis. We work in collaboration with partners to achieve our objectives.

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Client Stories

From aspiring entrepreneurs to thriving business owners, our participants share their stories of growth, resilience, and success.

Meet some of our staff

Alexandra Heu

Manager of XIA Cafe

Npaus Baim Her

Arts & Culture Specialist

Family-owned Peking Garden in Midway faced an uncertain future after being forced to relocate. But, with the help of grants and supporters, the much-loved restaurant reopened nearby. “The support was so much more than I expected.”


 - From the Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Minnesotans care about each other so much,” said Lam. “I really appreciate the grants supporting Little Mekong.” Xiong added, “Anything during this time helps to take a little bit off of us.”


- From Karen Gutierrez and Pat Swanson of U.S. Bank.
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