Small Business Development Center

Expert advice for the emerging small business.


Expert advice for the emerging small business.

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

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 is funded by the University of St. Thomas, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis, and may be limited by ongoing demand for services.

The Twin Cities SBDC is part of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Since its inception in 1981, it has assisted more than 10,000 businesses and entrepreneurs. Now in its fourth decade of operation, the SBDC continues to fulfill its mission of helping Twin Cities entrepreneurial companies grow and prosper.

Contact Us

If you would like to apply for SBDC assistance, please sign up here and we will contact you. There is no fee for this service and all information is confidential:

If you are a startup business, we strongly recommend you first attend our Smart Start for Business workshop.

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.