Small Business Development Center

Expert advice for the emerging small business.

Our Clients

SBDC consulting services are primarily targeted toward established businesses, but startup assistance may be available if resources allow. Business assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis, and may be limited by ongoing demand for SBDC services. If you are in the early stages of planning your new venture, please consider attending the Smart Start for Business workshop to assess the viability of your business. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also has an excellent website to guide you through the process.

To be eligible for services, the client must be a for-profit Minnesota business that meets the SBA definition of a small business. Approximately 98 percent of Minnesota’s businesses meet the SBA definition. Our clients are primarily located in the seven-county metro area of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington Counties.

Consulting engagements may remain open for as long as both parties feel worthwhile progress is being made, but the working relationship may be limited by the consulting team’s time constraints and ongoing demand for SBDC services.


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.