Small Business Development Center

Expert advice for the emerging small business.

The Twin Cities Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides confidential business consulting services at no charge to help business owners develop strategies, attract customers, increase sales and improve profitability.

About the Twin Cities SBDC

The SBDC is part of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business.

Our business consultants are paid professionals with extensive, practical experience in areas such as marketing, finance & accounting, operations and business planning. Most have been business owners themselves and have advanced degrees.

The SBDC's consulting services are targeted toward existing businesses rather than startups, but startup assistance will be considered on a case-by-case basis if SBDC resources are available.

Since its inception in 1981, the Twin Cities Small Business Development Center at the University of St. Thomas has assisted more than 10,000 small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities area. Now in its fourth decade of operation, the SBDC will continue to fulfill its mission of helping Twin Cities entrepreneurial companies grow and prosper.

Just Starting Your Business?

If you are in the early stages of planning your new venture, please consider the Smart Start for Business workshop for developing your business plan.


Twin Cities SBDC Facts

  • The SBDC is funded by the University of St. Thomas through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
  • Eligibility is extended to for-profit Minnesota companies which meet the U.S. SBA's definition of a small business. Approximately 98 percent of Minnesota's businesses meet the SBA definition.

Contact Us

Twin Cities Small Business Development Center

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
Terrence Murphy Hall 100
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

(651) 962-4500
smallbus@stthomas.edu

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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 the Small Business Development Center at 651-962-4500 to make arrangements.