Technical Resources

Association of Women’s Business Centers - Founded in 1998, the AWBC is a non-profit that supports entrepreneurial development among women as a way to achieve economic self-sufficiency, create wealth and participate in economic development through education, training, mentoring, business development and financing opportunities.  

DEED  (Department of Employment and Economic Development) - Provides a provides a variety of resources for a wide range of business types.
  • Business Management Tools  
  • Workforce Services  - The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Security helps companies solve difficult workforce needs with tailor made solutions.  This service is provided at no cost to the company. 
Enterprise Minnesota - This non-profit organization works with manufacturing businesses to increase competitiveness and growth rates.  Enterprise Minnesota's services are provided on a fee basis. 

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
- Provides a wealth of resources on the following topics: Minnesota Manufacturing Careers - This is a great place to see what careers are available in manufacturing and the training programs that support them.
SBA (Small Business Administration) - This federal source delivers millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses throughout the country.  Its website includes extensive information on starting or managing a small business including assistance with preparing a business plan.
SCORE - Dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide, SCORE's 12,400 volunteers are in 364 chapters operating in over 800 locations assisting small businesses with business counseling and training. SCORE mentors – who are often retired business owners, executives or corporate leaders – offer many free and confidential services and SCORE operates an active online counseling initiative on its website.

Small Business Development Centers - This network of small business assistance centers helps new entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership and assists existing businesses remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.  Hosted by leading universities, colleges and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, approximately 1,000 service centers are available to provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training.
  • Twin Cities Small Business Development Center - The Twin Cities Small Business Development Center provides confidential business consulting services at no charge to help established businesses and startups develop strategies to attract customers, increase sales and improve profitability. The Twin Cities SBDC is part of the Schulze School of Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business. Since its inception in 1981, it has assisted more than 10,000 businesses and entrepreneurs. Now in its fourth decade of operation, the SBDC continues to fulfill its mission of helping Twin Cities entrepreneurial companies grow and prosper.