Nonprofit Organizations and Small Businesses

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The Office for Business & Community Economic Development supports small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities metra area by connecting them with University resources. The online application allows applicants to indicate an interest to participate in one or all programs.

Current Opportunities:

  • Now accepting applications for Spring 2013 Student Consulting Projects for MTAP for Nonprofits, Business Accelerator Program, and Community Health Initiative!

For Nonprofits

For Small Businesses

For Public Health Orgnizations

MTAP for Nonprofits helps nonprofit organizations that serve urban communities to build capacity and enhance their performance and effectiveness. Each semester, nonprofit organizations are connected with graduate students and other University resources for project support.

The Business Accelerator Program matches local small businesses with professional and graduate students for year-long projects. Business owners work directly with the project team, as well as meeting regularly with other business owners in the program to network and share progress and learnings. The Community Health Initiative (CHI) matches public health and social service nonprofit organizations and small businesses with graduate students in medical, social services, and other public health disciplines. Organizations and businesses can work with students on semester-long consulting projects or as full-time summer interns.
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Support and Services for Targeted Businesses

Security Computer Disposal

BCED is committed to promoting the University of Minnesota's policy of using its purchasing influence to support local small businesses owned by women, minorities, and people with developmental disabilities. Become a vendor in the University's Targeted Business Directory.

Our Construction and Targeted Business programs work directly with targeted businesses and University purchasers to encourage and facilitate these transactions.

Do you have unused computer equipment? BCED securely refurbishes computers for donation to community members who need them most. After removing data in compliance with government standards, BCED provides computers to qualifying individuals free of charge, along with required computer skills training courses.
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