Central Minnesota
Small Business Development Center

Lasting Positive Economic Impact

Consultation at the Small Business Development Center

We specialize in providing the professional expertise and guidance that every small business needs to flourish in today’s competitive and ever-changing business world regardless of what stage they are at in their development.



You have a great concept, but don’t know where to start.  Our business readiness assessment process helps you take the leap from concept to reality; 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.  We provide the guidance you need during the formative years when businesses run the greatest risk of failure.

Well Established

Maybe you’re ready to expand and take things to the next level.  Or, you’re growing and you don’t know how to manage all the demands.  We can provide the professional guidance you need to make the critical strategic decisions necessary for long-term growth, profitability and success!


We offer confidential counseling at no cost to help clients identify, understand and overcome the challenges of running a successful business.  We 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
  • General marketing and research
  • Marketing plan development
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Start-up assistance
  • Business plan development
  • eCommerce/website development
  • succession and strategic planning


Workshops are conducted at locations convenient to the general population and small business community. The topics of the workshops are designed to address aspects of operating and maintaining a small business profitably.
Workshop Topics may include:

  • starting a small business
  • tax planning
  • record keeping
  • doing business with the government
  • financial management
  • special topics

Loan Packaging

Our business consultants have longstanding relationships with lenders in their communities and understand their requirements.  In fact, many lenders insist borrowers work with their local SBDC professional before submitting a loan application.  While the SBDC does not administer loan or grant programs, our consultants do help small businesses assess funding options and opportunities, identify financing sources, evaluate eligibility, and prepare documentation that lenders require.


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.

Are you ready to start the journey or do you have more questions? Contact Us.

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 LaRae Ross, Central Region SBDC Program Coordinator, at 320-308-4842.