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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), and local partners.
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.
Business mentors are key—that’s why when it comes to client selection, we’re choosy. We want to give each of you the time and guidance you deserve. We carefully review all client applications and handpick which consultant will be best for your business needs. At NO cost to you, the SBDC is a no brainer for small businesses in search of success. We know that we didn’t get there alone. And neither will you.
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