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Business development workshops planned for May

The Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center will host free training events this month to educate on how to start a business.

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CROOKSTON, Minn. • The Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center is putting on a free training event with hopes to guide and educate small business owners to help them better understand how to start a business.

The Northwest Minnesota SBDC and East Grand Forks EDA are hosting three events in May that will focus on how to start a business. Topics will highlight the state of the global supply chain, what business owners can anticipate over the next 12 months, and what they can learn about new methods that can be used to mitigate risk exposure to an evolving global situation.

To better accommodate the audience, there will be three options for in-person attendance:

  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, Thief River Falls
  • Noon, Friday, May 20, Crookston
  • Noon, Wednesday, May 25, East Grand Forks

“Every year thousands of entrepreneurs start their own small businesses, from tech startups to clothing designers and tutoring services, to name a few,” said Christine Anderson, Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center consultant. “Starting a business to many sounds risky, but the pitfalls of a small business startup can be avoided if you have the right approach.”
For more information, contact Anderson at or 218-281-8318. To register, go to,

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and regional support partners.


Michelle Christopherson is director of Outreach and Engagement at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

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