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The Central Region Small Business Development Center is Open for Business Helping Small Businesses Thrive

  • The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Providing Services Online and by Telephone
  • SBDC Advisors Are Ready to Help Small Business Owners Navigate an Uncertain Future
St. Cloud, MN –Small businesses and the local economy is being heavily impacted by the COVID-19 Epidemic. Fortunately, the Central Region Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has been able to remain available, though in limited capacity, to work with clients both old and new, ensuring the local small business community has current information, advice, programs and resources, including access to capital, at this critical time.

“The Central Region SBDC strongly urges all small businesses to be proactive about establishing realistic goals that guide their recovery. The SBDC team of expert business consultants stand ready to assist in mapping those goals, addressing those areas that typically create obstacles, such as access to capital, marketing, and financials. They are here to provide insight into applying for local, state and federal assistance programs as well as create and implement a strategy that redevelops the future”, states Barry Kirchoff, Regional Director, Central Region SBDC serving Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright counties.

The Central Region SBDC advises clients in all realms of how to start, manage and grow a business and their services are available at no cost to the consumer. Current delivery is through online platforms, such as Zoom, or via telephone. In 2018, the Center and its team were recipients of the Small Business Administration’s Center of Innovation award. Regional impact for 2019 included providing over 3,300 hours of consulting, helping clients start 25 new businesses, and obtain over $10M in loans. Put these award winning consultants to work for you today by accessing www.stcloudstate.edu/sbdc and clicking the “request services” button in the upper right corner.

“Our SBDC has set itself apart by being a center of continuous learning. The world has changed and information is updated daily, sometimes hourly. Let our consultants cut through the clutter. Our commitment to our clients is not that we’ll always have the answer but that we’ll always work hard to leverage our extensive network to get the answer,” explains Kirchoff. One resource that has recently become available through a cooperative grant between the Small Business Administration, an SBDC funding partner, and America’s Small Business Development Centers, the SBDC accrediting agency, is available at https://covid-sb.org/.

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About America’s SBDC Program: America’s SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Network is a partnership uniting private enterprise, government, higher education and local nonprofit economic development organizations. It is the Small Business Administration’s largest partnership program, providing management and technical assistance to help Americans start, run and grow their own businesses. Learn more at www.americassbdc.org

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