Explore the Great Business Assistance Resources West Central Minnesota Has to Offer!

ALEXANDRIA TECHNICAL & COMMUNITY COLLEGE CUSTOMIZED TRAINING CENTER

In today’s competitive business environment, a highly-skilled and productive workforce is a company’s great asset. The Customized Training Center at ATCC provides training to organizations seeking to improve profitability, productivity, morale and/or quality of work life.

ANDERSON CENTER FOR MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The Anderson Center provides management and business development services that facilitate economic progress in Greater Minnesota.

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

DEED has a vast array of resources for employers, including assistance with starting or financing a business, expanding, finding workers and training current workers. Minnesota WorkForce Centers, located in Alexandria, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead, and Wadena, can assist with your hiring needs, including free job postings and access to thousands of resumes through minnesotaworks.net, Disability Employment Specialists, Veterans Employment Representatives, bonding and tax credits, on-site hiring events, on-the-job training for targeted populations, and more. Visit https://mn.gov/deed/business/. Or call your local WorkForce Center for referrals to Business Development Managers, who work closely with companies of all types to help them locate and expand in communities throughout Minnesota; and Workforce Strategy Consultants, who connect businesses with industry sector strategies, public and private regional planning partners, and workforce development resources. In addition, Labor Market Analysts provide regions with accessible expertise, analysis services, training and presentations on special topics.

CENTER OF RURAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

While this center specifically serves the southwestern counties of Minnesota, it does include a lot of helpful information free for anyone about starting and running one’s own business.

ENTERPRISE MINNESOTA

Enterprise Minnesota’s consulting services help Minnesota manufacturers grow via world-class competitive tools such as Lean Enterprise, Lean Office, Supply Chain Improvement and Training Within Industry. We also offer Business Growth services such as Benchmarking, Business Process Reviews and Peer Councils. Contact us today to improve your business results!

MINNESOTA BUSINESS FINANCE CORPORATION

Minnesota Business Finance Corporation (MBFC) is a Certified Development Company authorized by the U.S. Small Business Administration to originate and service SBA 504 loans. The SBA 504 loan program is “the money that makes America work.” As a nonprofit CDC, MBFC, a member of the National Association of Development Companies (NADCO), promotes economic development throughout Minnesota.

MINNESOTA COMMUNITY CAPITAL FUND (MCCF)

The MCCF offers four new loan products to provide creative financing solutions for small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are located in member communities in Minnesota.

MINNESOTA STATE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS

MState works with companies to help them expand and become more efficient, and assists in developing a skilled workforce by providing high quality training and well-educated instructors.

SPRINGBOARD FOR THE ARTS RURAL PROGRAM

The Fergus Falls office of Springboard for the Arts offers professional development resources for artists living in West Central Minnesota and is a hub of thought and action about mobilizing artists as leaders in rural communities.

TRI-STATE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION

TSMA assists manufacturing related companies by providing networking, education and programs to enhance the success of members and their communities.

WEST CENTRAL SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

West Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center (WC MN SBDC) hosted by the Offutt School of Business, Concordia College. Known as the SBDC, this program is a joint venture by the Small Business Administration (SBA), Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Concordia College and regional partners. The SBDC provides no-cost, confidential, professional consulting and resources to those seeking to start a business. Our consultants work with current small businesses to grow, expand or explore their options. The SBDC provides consulting in the areas of strategic planning and business development and SBA loan assistance for small business owners, along with financial projections, business plans, exporting, human resource, marketing planning and development, marketing research, product development, sales, and patent assistance.

WEST CENTRAL INITIATIVE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

West Central Initiative works to strengthen the economy in our region and in Minnesota in order to sustain families and help them fulfill their aspirations. One of the best ways we’ve found to do this is by fostering and supporting the creation and retention of quality jobs and self-employment opportunities. West Central Initiative’s Business Development program offers several types of loans, plus indirect consulting services to businesses in west central Minnesota. WCI is a gap lender.