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.

DEED is the lead center; State Director Bruce Strong is the DEED contact.


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.

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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 using OPTIMIST®
  • 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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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.

SBDC Regional Map

Northwest Region
201 3rd Street N.W., Suite 203 
Bemidji, MN 56602

Contact Information
Phone: 218-755-4255
Program Director: Philip Knutson  

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


Northeast Region
University of Minnesota - Duluth
Duluth Technology Village
11 East Superior Street, Suite 210
Duluth, MN 55802

Contact Information
Phone: 218-726-7298
Toll Free: 888-387-4594
Fax: 218-726-6338
Regional Director: Elaine Hansen

Satellite Centers
Natural Resources Research Institute - Hermantown
Phone: 218-720-4339
Fax: 218-720-4219

TechNorth Prep Center - Ely
Phone: 218-235-2194
Fax: 218-365-7218

Itasca Economic Development Corporation - Grand Rapids
Phone: 218-326-9411
Fax: 218-327-2242

Hibbing Community College - Hibbing / Chisholm
Phone: 218-262-6703
Fax: 218-262-7399

Koochiching Economic Development Association - International Falls
Phone: 218-283-8585
Fax: 218-283-4688

Mesabi Range Community and Technical College - Virginia
Phone: 218-749-7752

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


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

Contact Information
hone: 218-299-3037
Regional Director: Cathy Lindquist

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


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

Contact Information
Phone: 218-855-8140
Regional Director: Greg Bergman

Satellite Centers
Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation

Cass County Economic Development Corporation

Chisago County HRA/EDA

Todd County Development Corporation

West Central Economic Development Alliance

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


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

Contact Information
Phone: 320-308-4842

Satellite Centers
Swift County Economic Development Office
301 14th Street North
Benson, MN 56215
Phone: 320-842-4769
Contact: Jennifer Gruis

Elk River
Sherburne County Government Center
13880 Business Center Drive
Elk River, MN 55330
Phone: 763-241-2701
Contact: Mary Jo Robish

Sauke Centre
City of Sauke Centre Offices
320 Oak Street South
Sauk Centre, MN 56378
Phone: 320-352-2203
Contact: Wendy Drobny

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


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

Contact Information
Phone: 507-537-7386
Regional Director: Liz Struve

Counties Served
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

Contact Information
Phone: 507-389-8875
Regional Director: Mike Nolan

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


Southeast Region
Rochester Community & Technical College
Heintz Center
1926 College View Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Contact Information
Phone: 507-285-7536
Regional Director: Julie Kiehne 

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

Community and Economic Development Associates 
Phone: 507-867-3164

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

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

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

Counties Served
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

Contact Information
Phone: 651-962-4500
Regional Director: Michael Ryan

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


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

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

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

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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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