Business Development Resources

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Contact Information

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

BUSINESS PLANNING

BP Plans
Business Model Generation
David Cowan: How to NOT Write a Business Plan
Guy Kawasaki: Business Plan & Pitch Templates
Mark Suster: Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

Optimizing and Leveraging Your Online Presence
SBA: Writing a Business Plan
Sloan Review: Why Business Plans Don't Deliver
TECHdotMN: Planning Your Next Start-Up? Stop Before You Start
The Lean Startup
WSJ: Why You Need a Business Plan
WSJ: Are Business Plans a Waste of Time?

 

COMPETITIONS/ACCELERATORS

Clean Tech Open
Hennepin-Carver Economic Gardening Network
Goldman Sachs: 10,000 Small Businesses
Minnesota Cup
Project Skyway
SBA Emerging 200 Initiative
Startup America
100 Urban Entrepreneurs

 

EVENTS

Carlson School of Management: Events
Carlson School of Management: Executive Education
Carlson School of Management: Free Webinars
MOJO Minnesota
The Collaborative
TiE Minnesota

 

FUNDING

Create Jobs for USA
Gopher Angels (no website yet)
Credit Card Insider -  Resources on Business Credit Cards

Kickstarter
Milestone Growth Fund
Minnesota Angel Network
Profounder
Rain Source Capital
Northeast Entrepreneur Fund
Opportunity Finance Network
Spedco

 

LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS / GROUPS / ORGANIZATIONS

Association of Women Contractors
BNI MN
Entrepreneurs' Organization MN
LegalCORPS
LifeScience Alley
MEDA

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council
Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
MN High Tech Association
MN Solar Energy Industries Association
MN Renewable Energy Society
MN Council of Nonprofits
Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership
NAWBO - MN
Neighborhood Development Center
Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce
SCORE
Small Business Development Center - St. Thomas
Twin Cities Business Peer Network
Women Presidents Organization
Women's Business Development Center

Women Venture

 

NEWS & INFORMATION

30secondMBA
4frontmsp
American Express Open Forum
Black Enterprise Magazine Small Business
Business Week
Business Reference Library – UofM
Entrepreneur
Fast Company
Guy Kawasaki’s Blog
Harvard Business Review
Inc. Magazine
JJ Hill Reference Library
Kauffman Foundation Study: 18-34 year olds starting businesses
Khan Academy
Minnov8
MedCity News Twin Cities Business
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Minnesota Business
MIT Sloan Review
MN DEED: Starting & Managing a Business
MN Secretary of State

MN Trade Office: Alliance Partners
MN Trade Office: International Market Research
National Urban League State of Urban Business Report
SBA: Starting & Managing a Business
Seth Godin’s Blog
TechCrunch
TECHdotMN
TED Videos
The Line
Today's Business Radio
Trendwatching
ThomasNet
UofM: Career Services
Wired

 

ONLINE TOOLS

37signals (CRM and Project Management)
Anymeeting (Web Conferencing & Webinar Services)
Bitly (Shorten, share and track website links)
Dropbox (Storage Platform)
EventBrite (Online Event Registration)
Evernote (Storage Platform)
Expertise (Small Business Social Media)
IBM: SME Toolkit
MailChimp (Email Marketing)
Meeting Wizard (Meeting Scheduler)
OnePlace (Project Management)
Podium (Project Management)

Postling (Social Media Management)
SalesForce (CRM)
SCORE: Templates and Tools