Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) were created in 1980 with a simple goal in mind: to help small businesses start, grow, and succeed. In general, the West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center (WC MN SBDC) provides over 3,500 hours of no-cost business consulting to over 250 clients on a yearly basis. The WC MN SBDC assists in securing over $14 million in investment capital annually. The nine counties we serve are Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin. The WC MN SBDC is a public and private partnership supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Concordia College and other local partners.
What does the SBDC do?
Whether you’re just starting out, planning a new stage of growth, or managing a current business the SBDC offers resources tailored to your very specific needs and goals. You can meet with our consultants or attend our events. Working in partnership with a variety of organizations in our region we keep our fingers on the pulse of small business interests in Minnesota. Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed on workshops, events and other opportunities.
How do I get assistance from the WC MN SBDC?
You can receive no-cost consulting services with the WC MN SBDC by first registering for services through a secure Minnesota SBDC website. This way we have your contact information and learn about your company. Once you have completed your registration your request will be reviewed by our center and a consultant will be assigned to you based on your specific needs. You can also check out our events page to look for upcoming events and trainings from the Small Business Development Center. In the meantime feel free to check out our resources or FAQ page for more information.
What happens when I meet with a consultant?
Each consultant meeting is individualized based on your needs. Typically at your first meeting you will discuss your business and history. Whether it’s just an idea you have or a business you have been running for 30 years, the SBDC can assist you in the next stage. We ask questions about your business, discuss your goals and objectives as well as risks and opportunities. Your consultant will provide tools to assess your situation based on the needs of your individual business.
Where does your funding come from?
The SBA and MN DEED provide federal funding for the operation of the SBDC. In order to qualify for these federal and state funds, each center must provide matching funds equal to the federal and state funds provided. At least 50% of the funding needs to be matched with local dollars. More information can be found on our partners page. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the SBDC, please contact the WC MN SBDC.
How does the WC MN SBDC work with students?
The WC MN SBDC is able to offer internships for students interested in marketing research, communications, financial analysis, and business planning. Additionally, clients can sign up through the WC MN SBDC to have their business participate in student projects such as marketing, business planning, and other projects as needed.
Where is the WC MN SBDC?
The West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center is hosted by Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Our offices can be found on the top floor of the Offutt School of Business located in the Grant Center. Each month we have satellite days in six cities within west central Minnesota: Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Hawley, Morris, and Perham. For more information on where we are located see locations.
How to contact us:
Mailing address: West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center
901 8th St S, Moorhead, MN 56562
Offices: Concordia College, Grant Center 220, 1310 8th St S, Moorhead, MN 56562
See our staff page if you have a specific consultant you are looking to contact.
We highly encourage you to register. By registering we can gather your contact information, learn a little bit about your business or business idea, and connect you with a consultant that can assist you with your specific needs.