Small Business Development Center

Expert advice for the emerging small business.

10-238 mpls downtown

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 to 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.

What We Do

The SBDC’s consulting services support established businesses and startups. Business assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis, and may be limited by ongoing demand for SBDC services.

Since its inception in 1981, the Twin Cities Small Business Development Center at the University of St. Thomas has assisted more than 10,000 businesses and entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities area. Now in its fourth decade of operation, the SBDC continues 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 to assess the viability of your business idea.

Who’s Eligible for SBDC Services?

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.


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.