Northeast Minnesota SBDC

The regional Small Business Development Center program serves the Northeast Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis. Our consultants work throughout this region to help anyone seeking assistance to start, manage or grow a business. 

Our consultants have real-world experience, having worked as bankers, corporate finance specialists, national sales team leaders, manufacturing engineers, IT specialists, accountants, business owners, strategic planners, non-profit managers, and more. Consulting services are offered at no charge to clients: 

  • Starting a Business
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Market Research
  • Advertising/Sales
  • Financial Analysis
  • Loan Packaging
  • Record Keeping Systems
  • Business Expansion
  • Exit Planning
  • E-commerce
  • Website Analysis
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Software Recommendations
  • Export Assistance

National SBDC

America’s Small Business Development Center Network provides assistance to an estimated one million small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States each year. Stressing client education, the SBDC program is the federal government’s largest and most successful management and technical assistance program for small businesses. The program is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration. America’s Small Business Development Center Network, with roughly 1,000 full time service centers, operates with funding from the federal government and matching dollars, both cash and in kind, from the program’s many funding partners, including state and local governments, institutions of higher learning, private enterprise and local nonprofit economic development organizations. The Network provides services to more clients annually than all other SBA programs combined.


Curt Walczak, SBDC Business Consultant, Duluth