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Meeting with a CED Consultant

Consultations for Your Business

Meeting with a consultant to discuss your new business idea is simple. Once you sign-up for consulting services through the CED, a consultant will contact you by phone or email to make an appointment. During the initial appointment the consultant will go over the information you supply prior to the meeting, discuss a plan to move forward, and start providing information and guidance to help your ideas become reality.

All consultation meetings are confidential and no charge, and consultants are available to meet with you in their office or yours. A typical scenario is several meetings over a few weeks with you and the consultant both providing information for the business plan, which results in a finished Word document and Excel spreadsheet with financial projections. The consultants are also available during that period to answer questions via phone and email. 


We cover all of northeastern Minnesota with consultants in:

  • International Falls
  • Grand Marais
  • Duluth
  • Virginia
  • Grand Rapids

You will be assigned to a consultant closest to your area, and based on consultant expertise whenever possible. Our consultants all work on business plans, financials, and other basic business information. Collectively, all consultants may be drawn upon to help you complete your plan and launch your business.


Funded 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.