Most every business begins as a small business. While some stay small in scale and scope, others continually grow and diversify.
No matter how your business may grow or change, one thing remains constant: Your profitability and growth depend on your ability to make sound business decisions.
Our statewide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide the professional expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today's competitive and ever-changing business world.
You’ve got a great concept, but don’t know where to start. Our business readiness assessment process helps you take the leap from concept to reality.
Through a referral to one of our strategic partner organizations or to one of our professional training programs, we’ll help you develop the plan and walk with you down the path to success.
You have launched your business, the “Open” sign is up, but you’ve found that things aren’t going as you expected.
Maybe customers aren’t coming or they’re coming too quickly. You need to realign or tweak your business strategies and you need professional assistance to guide you. We can provide the guidance you need during those incredibly important formative years when businesses run the greatest risk of failure.
Maybe you’re ready to expand your business and take it to the next level. Maybe your business is growing but you don’t know how to manage its demands. In either case, it’s time to start working on your business and not just in it.
Through our statewide network of professional business consultants, we can provide the professional guidance you need to make the critical strategic decisions necessary for long-term growth, profitability and success.
Operating through a network of nine statewide regional centers, we offer confidential consulting to help clients identify, understand and overcome the challenges of running a successful business.
SBDC counselors have significant experience in the private sector, including extensive management and financial consulting backgrounds. Many SBDCs also use qualified faculty, students and volunteers to enhance their counseling services.
Highly regarded by clients for their business skills and expertise, our professional business consultants provide relevant, realistic and sound advice you can trust in such areas as:
To qualify for counseling, businesses must be "small" as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Individuals who are considering starting a business are also eligible for counseling.
Clients must sign a "Request for Counseling" form and must agree to participate in surveys designed to measure the effectiveness of the SBDC program. To help maximize the value of the counseling, clients should prepare a draft business plan before meeting with the counselor.
Financial support from our committed funding partners allows us to provide our professional services at no cost to participants. Training programs and specialized projects or services are provided either at no cost or for a nominal fee.
You request services by completing this online form. Then the appropriate regional office will follow-up with you.
We do not administer loan or grant programs. However, our consultants do help small businesses assess funding options and opportunities, identify financing sources, evaluate eligibility, and prepare documentation that lenders require.
In fact, many lenders require their borrowers to work with their local SBDC professional before submitting a loan application.
We have nine main regional SBDC offices and several satellite centers throughout the state, each one serving a specific geographical region. The state office and lead center is located at DEED. Bruce Strong is the state director and DEED contact.
201 3rd Street N.W., Suite 203
Bemidji, MN 56602
Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Red Lake, Roseau
University of Minnesota - Duluth
Duluth Technology Village
11 East Superior Street, Suite 210
Duluth, MN 55802
Natural Resources Research Institute - Hermantown
TechNorth Prep Center - Ely
Itasca Economic Development Corporation - Grand Rapids
Hibbing Community College - Hibbing / Chisholm
Koochiching Economic Development Association - International Falls
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College - Virginia
Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis
Grant Center 220
1310 8th Street South
Moorhead, MN 56562
Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin
North Central Region
Central Lakes College
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401
Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation
Cass County Economic Development Corporation
Chisago County HRA/EDA
Todd County Development Corporation
West Central Economic Development Alliance
Aitkin, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison (northern half), Pine, Todd, Wadena
St. Cloud State University
355 5th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Swift County Economic Development Office
301 14th Street North
Benson, MN 56215
Contact: Jennifer Gruis
Sherburne County Government Center
13880 Business Center Drive
Elk River, MN 55330
Contact: Mary Jo Robish
City of Sauke Centre Offices
320 Oak Street South
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
Contact: Wendy Drobny
Benton, Morrison (southern half), Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, and portions of Mille Lacs and Swift
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street - ST 201
Marshall, MN 56258
Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, Yellow Medicine
South Central Region
1536 Warren Street
Alumni Foundation Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan
Rochester Community & Technical College
1926 College View Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Greater Jobs, Inc.
Community and Economic Development Associates
Rice County Small Business Development Center
Owatonna Business Incubator, Inc.
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical
Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona
Twin Cities Metro Region
University of St. Thomas
Terrence Murphy Hall (TMH) 100
1000 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Metropolitan Economic Development Association
Neighborhood Development Center
St. Paul, MN
Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101
Toll Free: (877) 653-8333
Administrative only. This location does not provide direct client services.
Register online to join us at our training events and workshops held throughout the state. See the calendar of events.
The Minnesota Small Business Development Centers Network is an investment that pays big dividends in the form of good jobs, good pay, good benefits and everything else that successful businesses bring to their communities.
Our annual report highlights all the ways the SBDCs are working to ensure the success of small businesses throughout Minnesota.
Select from the links below to view or download our SBDC Annual Reports: