Small Business Development Centers

Minnesota-color with band.jpgMost 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.

Services

Pre-Venture Business Services

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.

Start-Up Business Services

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.

Established Business Services

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.

Contact

Bruce Strong, SBDC State Director

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

Contact Information
Phone: 651-259-7423
Toll Free: (877) 653-8333
E-mail: deed.mnsbdc@state.mn.us


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Consulting

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:

  • Access to Capital and Loan Packaging
  • Financial Analysis and Assessment
  • Accounting Systems and Literacy
  • Marketing and Research
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Startup Assistance
  • Business Plan Development
  • Electronic Commerce/Web site Development
  • Succession and Strategic Planning
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Eligibility

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.

Request Services as a New Client

You request services by completing this online form. Then the appropriate regional office will follow-up with you.

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Capital Access

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.

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Find an SBDC

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.

SBDC Regional Map

Northwest Region
University of MN/Northwest MN Foundation
201 3rd Street NW 
Bemidji, MN 56602

Contact Information
Phone: 218-755-4255
Program Director: Philip Knutson  
E-mail: nwsbdc@d.umn.edu
Website: www.nwsbdc.org

Counties Served 
Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Red Lake, Roseau

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Northeast Region
University of Minnesota
UMD Center for Economic Development
11 East Superior Street, Suite 210
Duluth, MN 55802

Contact Information
Phone: 218-726-7298
Toll Free: 888-387-4594
Regional Director: Elaine Hansen
Email: ehansen@d.umn.edu
Website: www.umdced.com

Satellite Centers
Cook County Economic Development Authority
Phone: 657-336-2964

Natural Resources Research Institute - Hermantown
Phone: 218-788-2694

Incredible Ely Partnership
Phone: 218-749-7752

Itasca Economic Development Corporation - Grand Rapids
Phone: 218-326-9411

Hibbing/Chisholm
Phone: 218-749-7752

Koochiching Economic Development Association - International Falls
Phone: 218-283-8585

Quad Cities - Virginia, Eveleth, Gilbert and Mt. Iron
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College - Virginia
Phone: 218-749-7752

Counties Served
Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, St. Louis

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West Central Region
Concordia College
Grant Center 220
Suite 123
1310 8th Street South
Moorhead, MN 56562

Contact Information
Phone: 218-299-3037
Interim Regional Director: Matt Magness
Email: magness@cord.edu
Website: www.cord.edu/sbdc/

Counties Served
Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, Wilkin

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North Central Region
Central Lakes College
501 West College Drive
Brainerd, MN 56401

Contact Information
Phone: 218-855-8140
Regional Director: Greg Bergman
Email: gbergman@clcmn.edu
Website: www.clcmn.edu/small-business-development-center/

Satellite Centers
Cass County Economic Development Corporation
218-947-7522
www.casscountyedc.com

Chisago County HRA/EDA
651-674-5664
www.chisagocounty.org

Todd County Development Corporation
320-732-2128
www.co.todd.mn.us

West Central Economic Development Alliance
218-837-5950
thealliancemn.com/

Counties Served
Aitkin, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison (northern half), Pine, Todd, Wadena

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Central Region
St. Cloud State University
355 5th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Contact Information
Phone: 320-308-4842
Email: klross@stcloudstate.edu
Website: www.stcloudstate.edu/sbdc

Counties Served
Benton, Morrison (southern half), Sherburne, Stearns, Wright, and portions of Mille Lacs and Swift

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Southwest Region
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street - ST 201
Marshall, MN 56258

Contact Information
Phone: 507-537-7386
Regional Director: Liz Struve
Email: sbdc@smsu.edu
Website: www.SBDCAssistance.com

Counties Served
Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Swift, Yellow Medicine

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South Central Region
1536 Warren Street
Alumni Foundation Center
Mankato, MN 56001

Contact Information
Phone: 507-389-8875
Regional Director: Julie Nelson
Email: julie.nelson@mnsu.edu
Website: www.myminnesotabusiness.com

Counties Served
Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, Watonwan

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Southeast Region
Rochester Community and Technical College
Heintz Center
Mail: 851 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Visit: 1926 College View Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Contact Information
Phone: 507-285-7536
Regional Director: Julie Kiehne 
Email: julie.kiehne@rctc.edu
Website: www.RochesterSBDC.com

Satellite Centers
Albert Lea
Greater Jobs, Inc.
Phone: 507-373-3930

Austin
Development Corporation of Austin (DCA)
Phone: 507-443-9495

Chatfield
Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA)
Phone: 507-867-3164

Faribault
Rice County Small Business Development Center
Phone: 507-334-4381

Owatonna
Owatonna Business Incubator, Inc. (OBI)
Phone: 507-451-0517

Winona
Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical
Phone: 507-453-2740

Counties Served
Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona

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Twin Cities Metro Region
University of St. Thomas
Terrence Murphy Hall (TMH) 100
1000 LaSalle Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Contact Information
Phone: 651-962-4500
Regional Director: Michael Ryan
Email: mpryan@stthomas.edu
Website: www.stthomas.edu/sbdc

Satellite Centers
Metropolitan Economic Development Association
Minneapolis, MN
Phone: 612-259-6564

Neighborhood Development Center
St. Paul, MN
Phone: 612-291-2480

Counties Served
Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington

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State Office
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101

Contact Information
Phone: 651-259-7423
Toll Free: (877) 653-8333
Email: deed.mnsbdc@state.mn.us

Administrative only. This location does not provide direct client services.

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Training

Register online to join us at our training events and workshops held throughout the state. See the calendar of events.





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Reports

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:


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