Welcome Center Partners

Corporate Education & Outreach (CEO)

Corporate Education & Outreach provides professional development training to upgrade skills to stay competitive in today's aggressive job market. We work with business, industry and non-profit organizations to identify the training needs of their workforce:

  • Specialized training to advance or upgrade your workforce:
    • Soft Skills
    • Hard Skills
    • Technical skills
    • Topics designed for your business needs
  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Training you identify

For more information go to www.scsutraining.com


At St. Cloud State we put our students first, so you’ll receive your education from dedicated faculty members who believe in you. In our academically diverse world, you’ll be able to choose from nearly 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs. We offer undergraduate research, education-abroad experience, and internships – all guaranteed to expand your world.

Contact: (320) 308-3981 or 1-877-654-7278 (toll free)

Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center

Lasting Positive Economic Impact

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


  • Start-Up
  • Well Established
  • Counseling
  • Training
  • Loan Packaging

We offer confidential counseling at no cost to help clients identify, understand and overcome the challenges of running a successful business.  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.

For more information go to:  http://www.stcloudstate.edu/sbdc

Rotating/visiting resource partners:


LegalCORPS assists owners of small businesses by connecting them with high-quality legal services at no cost.

By lending a hand to those who otherwise could not afford needed legal help, LegalCORPS' knowledgeable volunteer lawyers join efforts to make Minnesota's communities great places to live, raise families and do business.

For more information go to: http://www.legalcorps.org/

LegalCORPS visits the Welcome Center the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Please contact the Small Business Development Center at 320-308-4842 to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.

MEDA-PTAC (government contract procurement entity)

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s (PTAC) mission is to strengthen Minnesota’s economy by stimulating job creation, growth, and business retention. To accomplish this goal, the PTAC assists businesses in securing government contracts. A program of MEDA, PTAC is administered in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency, a division of the Department of Defense. Using market identification, registration assistance, contracting regulations/ compliance assistance and on-going technical support, PTAC helps businesses navigate through the complicated and difficult intricacies of obtaining federal, state and local government contracts. Staff are located throughout the state and the program operates on a client fee basis. Most of its direct funding is from a Department of Defense award. 

MEDA's Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) provides no-cost to low-cost counseling and procurement technical assistance and training to Minnesota businesses regarding government contracting.

The PTAC assists businesses by:

  • discovering government contracting opportunities;
  • interpreting specifications and standards; and,
  • counseling on solicitations prior to submission and post-award compliance issues.

For more information go to: http://www.ptac-meda.net/siteviewer.aspx?tabid=1&mid=1

MEDA-PTAC visits the Welcome Center: to be determined

Better Business Bureau

BBB is the authority on trust in the marketplace.  BBB sets and upholds high standards for ethical marketplace behavior.  BBB accreditation is a coveted honor earned by elite businesses and charities.  BBB is the preeminent resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses and charities.  Our free BBB Reliability Reports and BBB Wise Giving Reports help you make the right purchasing or donation decision.  BBB is also a significant distributor of consumer and business education information and tips and alerts about marketplace scams.  And BBB offers dispute resolution programs for consumers and businesses when there is difference in viewpoints.

For more information go to:  http://minnesota.bbb.org/

The Better Business Bureau will be available at the Welcome Center beginning in January 2011.

Minnesota Trade Office

Our international trade programs and services help Minnesota companies compete globally.  Through the Minnesota Trade Office, our international business unit, we help companies obtain the information, skills, resources and contacts they need to successfully export goods and services worldwide.

For more information go to:  http://www.positivelyminnesota.com/Business/Exporting_Trade/

The Minnesota Trade Office visits the Welcome Center the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Please contact the Small Business Development Center at 320-308-4842 for more information.

Welcome Center
St. Cloud State University Welcome Center
355 5th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN  56301
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