Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Center

Smart Start for Business

For Start-Up Businesses

You have an idea for a business. What’s the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business.

In the Smart Start program you will develop your business concept and take it through each step of the business planning process. Through classroom activities, research and action steps, you will plan and analyze your entrepreneurial vision by creating a well-researched business plan.

You will also have free access to a Small Business Development Center consultant to provide one-on-one assistance as you create your business plan.

Smart Start consists of four two-hour sessions covering:

  • Concept analysis
  • Developing a marketing and sales strategy
  • Funding and financial planning
  • Reaching customers and operating your business 

Smart Start for Business program dates

Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.

The previously-advertised session beginning April 17 has been cancelled. Watch this space for news about the next session.

The fee for this program is $150 per business (not per attendee); however, this program is offered free to veterans.

University of St. Thomas
Room 154, Terrence Murphy Hall
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 

For more information on the Smart Start for Business program call (651) 962-4505. 




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.