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Governor Walz recognizes Small Business Development Centers

Small Business Development Center Consultant Pat Campanaro - Photo courtesy of UMD
Small Business Development Center Consultant Pat Campanaro - Photo courtesy of UMD

Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed March 20 “Small Business Development Centers Day” in Minnesota, recognizing the important role Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) play in supporting the more than 500,000 small businesses in the state.
Minnesota joins SBDCs throughout the nation in celebrating #SBDCDay today.

“Now more than ever, we need to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in Minnesota,” said Gov. Tim Walz. “My Budget for One Minnesota builds on the work done at SBDCs by investing in both new and proven programs that help innovators and entrepreneurs start and grow.”

“There is no simple way to start a business, but Minnesota’s SBDC network provides the resources necessary to make it as easy as possible” said Commissioner Steve Grove of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). “With access to thousands of hours of free consultation and assistance to businesses, the SBDC’s should be the first stop for any entrepreneur or business looking to grow in Minnesota.”

Minnesota SBDC clients created 228 new small businesses, accessed $135 million in new capital investments, created or saved more than 5,800 jobs and grew revenues by more than $80 million in 2018.

DEED manages Minnesota’s SBDC network, which includes nine regional centers and 19 satellite offices around the state. Small Business Development Centers offer free one-on-one consultation in such areas as access to capital, accounting, business planning, start-up assistance, marketing, social media and buying or selling a business.

Cook County is fortunate to have one of those SBDC centers in Grand Marais. WTIP’s Rhonda Silence caught up with the Cook County SBDC representative as she was attending a SBDC event in Duluth. Here’s their conversation.

More information is available on the DEED website.