Business Development Services

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Phone #: (612) 624-3704
Email: bced@umn.edu

BCED has expanded upon its current capabilities of providing management and technical assistance to small businesses to provide educational, legal and accounting resources/tools, workshops, seminars, customized training, and direct coaching support. This new model will focus on leveraging the internal resources and assets of the University in coordination with the resources and expertise of its external partners to meet the growing needs and interests of its business clients.

Business Development Services works with Pre-Venture, New Start-Up, and Established Businesses, to help them master business fundamentals, build capacity, improve their performance and profitability, increase innovation, enhance learning, and develop the leadership skills of key executives.

Current offerings include:

Breakthrough Series
Series of workshops, unConferences, and roundtables designed to educate and inspire a community of entrepreneurs.

Business Accelerator Program
Six-month program that gives a select group of small business owners access to one-on-one advising, student consulting, and education and peer-group support.

Business Strategy Consulting
Services include advice on starting a small business, writing marketing plans, writing business plans, financial analysis, management consulting, marketing and operations consulting, for pre-venture, existing businesses slated for high-potential growth and turnaround businesses to potentially access funding and reduce enterprise risk.

Get involved!

We rely heavily on our network of volunteer advisors, student consultants, and professional service providers. If you are interested in helping local small businesses grow, we encourage you to explore our outreach programs outlined above.