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Certified Development Companies (CDC), Industrial Development Corporations (IDC) and Local and Regional Development Corporations (LDC & RDC), exist to support business development and growth within their community or region. Types of assistance offered include low cost financing, such as the SBA 504 Loan Program, site finding and statistical research.

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Local Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Arden Hills
Twin Cities-Metro Certified Development Company
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Bemidji
Bemidji State University SBDC
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Bemidji
Northwest Minnesota Foundation
Provides small loans ranging from under $100 to a maximum of $25,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Serves Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittsson, Lake of...View details

Brainerd
Central Lakes College SBDC
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Coon Rapids
Central Minnesota Development Company
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Duluth
University of Minnesota-Duluth SBDC
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Hutchinson
Southwest Minnesota Foundation
Provides small loans ranging from under $100 to a maximum of $25,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Serves Big Stone, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyphi,...View details

Mankato
Region Nine Development Commission SBDC
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Mankato
South Central Business Finance Economic Development Corp
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Marshall
Southwest State University SBDC
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Minneapolis
Minneapolis Economic Development Company
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Minneapolis
Minnesota Minneapolis Consortium of Community Developers
Provides small loans ranging from under $100 to a maximum of $25,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Serves portions of the City of Minneapolis. Executive...View details

Minneapolis
Small Business Administration (SBA) Minnesota District Office
Works to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation....View details

Minneapolis
University of St. Thomas SBDC
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Moorhead
Minnesota State University-Moorhead SBDC
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

New Brighton
Metro East Development Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Owatonna
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Provides small loans ranging from under $100 to a maximum of $25,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Serves Sibley, Nicollett, LeSueur, Rice, Wabasha, Brown,...View details

Rochester
Rochester Community and Technical College SBDC
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Rochester
Southeastern Minnesota 504 Development, Inc
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

Rochester Area
Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI)
RAEDI's primary goal is to attract, retain and assist the growth/expansion of base business within the Rochester Area. RAEDI's value proposition is the ability to assist businesses and entrepreneurs...View details

Saint Cloud
Minnesota Business Finance Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for commercial real estate and equipment. ...View details

Saint Paul
Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state’s principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention;...View details

Saint Paul
WomenVenture
Provides small loans ranging from under $100 to a maximum of $25,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Serves cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul and, Anoka, Carver,...View details

Slayton
Prairieland Economic Development Corporation
A non-profit corporation partnering with the US SBA and private sector lenders to provide growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings....View details

St. Cloud
St. Cloud State University SBDC
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Virginia
Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc
Provides small loans ranging from under $100 to a maximum of $25,000 to prospective, small business borrowers and backed by the US SBA. Also serves as a Community Dvelopment Financial Institution...View details



Statewide and Nationwide Small Business Resource Partners
LOCATION
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Statewide
BusinessFinancing.org
A non-promotional website built to help guide business owners with simple and straight-to-the-point facts about financing....View details

Statewide
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) State Offices
The SBDC works with start-up and existing business owners providing free counseling services on issues such as business planning, registering a business, financing, regulations, licensing,...View details

Nationwide
Office of the National Ombudsman (ONO)
The ONO assists small businesses facing unfair or excessive federal regulatory compliance or enforcement issues such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines, and retaliation....View details

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