Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Center


Collaborative Partners

The Central Region Small Business Development Center is proud to collaborate with many fine organizations who specialize in competitive aspects of business and industry. Representatives of all these entities are available to meet at the SBDC by appointment.

SBA - Small Business Administration

SBA - Small Business Administration

The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Local Minnesota District Office: 612-370-2324

To learn more, visit the website: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/mn/minneapolis

SCORE

SCORE

This nonprofit association is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, growing and achieving goals through education and mentorship.

Services include:

  • Volunteer mentors who share their expertise across 62 industries
  • Free, confidential business counseling in person or via email
  • Free business tools, templates and tips online
  • Inexpensive or free business workshops (locally) and webinars (online 24/7)

Appointments can be scheduled by calling: 320-240-1332. 

https://centralminnesota.score.org/

Better Business Bureau

Better Business Bureau

Since 1912, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has been a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other.

Services include:

  • Free directory and BBB Business Reviews on bbb.org
  • Accreditation services for businesses
  • Dispute resolution programs/complaint handling
  • Advertising Review
  • Educational and Networking Events
  • EthicalEnterprising Trust Survey for businesses

For non-consumer complaints, to discuss business services and accreditation, please call: 320-308-6114.

Consumer complaints line:  800-646-6222.

http://www.bbb.org/minnesota/

MN PTAC – Procurement Technical Assistance

MN PTAC – Procurement Technical Assistance

Since 1991, PTAC has provided technical and marketing assistance to all Minnesota businesses interested in selling their products and services to the government.

Services include:

  • Market identification
  • Registration assistance
  • Contracting regulations/compliance assistance and on-going technical support
  • MN PTAC helps businesses naviage through the complicated intricacies of obtaining federal, state and local government contracts.

Appointments available at the SBDC the First Monday of each month.  To schedule, contact PTAC representative Christina Nebel-Dickerson directly via email: cnebel@mnptac.org.

http://meda.net/mnptac/
LegalCORPS

LegalCORPS

This nonprofit aims to expand access to the legal system by providing free legal assistance in transactional matter to low-income entrepreneurs, innovators and other small nonprofits in Minnesota.

Services include:

  • Brief Advice Clinics
    • Small business formation and structure
    • Real estate leases, acquisitions and taxes
    • Intellectual property (trademark, copyright)
  • Full representation available based on income

Brief Advice clinics offered First and Third Wednesdays on site at the SBDC.  To schedule an appointment, call:  320-308-4842.

http://legalcorps.org/

MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development

MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development.

The MN Trade Office, an arm of DEED, has representatives who visit the SBDC twice a month to discuss export possibilities.

To schedule an appointment, call: 320-308-4842.

https://mn.gov/deed/business/