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Helping Clients Start Businesses in Minnesota

Assistance for Small Business Development in Minnesota

Starting a business is not easy, and the UMD Center for Economic Development is here to help. Guidance from experienced professionals that offer an outside viewpoint along with unbiased research can make a difference in the success of the new or existing business. Our business consultants, who provide assistance at no charge, will talk with you one-on-one in a confidential meeting to discuss your business idea and plans. 

How to Get Started:

  1. Gather and write down any information on your start-up business idea or expansion of existing business.
  2. Take a Starting a Business or Writing a Business Plan class (recommended but not mandatory).
  3. Sign up to meet with a small business consultant.
  4. Meet with your small business consultant and create a plan to research, expand, or launch your business.

Become a Client

Become a client by registering on the SBDC Client Registration page, and the consultant assigned to you will call or email to make an appointment. The small business consultant will discuss the feasibility of your idea based on research collected through extensive business databases. These databases include financial information related to the type of business you are starting or managing and the projected outlook for the type of business based on industry code. 

All client meetings are confidential. The consultant cannot discuss the details of your idea with others outside our organization without your written permission. 

This program is provided at no charge based on funding provided by the Minnesota SBDC, which is a program of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The UMD CED covers the northeast Minnesota geographic area from International Falls, to Grand Marais, to Grand Rapids, Virginia, Duluth and everywhere in between. Consultants across the region are available to meet in their office or they can travel to you. 

Register for SBDC Consulting Services

sba_and_sbdc_logos.pngFunded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and regional support partners. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the program sponsors. Programs are open to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact UMD CED at 218-726-7298.