Small Business Development Center

Expert advice for the emerging small business.

Smart Start for Business

Mike Ryan and George Ross having a conversation.

For Startup Businesses

You have an idea for a business. What’s the first step? Take the idea that has been forming in your head and see if you can turn it into an actual business. In this three-hour workshop we will look at the foundations of business viability:

  • Is there a need for your product or service?
  • Can you make money at it?
  • Are you and your team the right people to bring this to market?
  • Is this venture compatible with your personal goals?

We will also discuss funding options for your business, basic marketing strategies and the nuts-and-bolts of actually launching your new venture.

If, after Smart Start, you choose to proceed with your business, you will have free access to a Small Business Development Center consultant to provide assistance as you create your business plan.


The fee for this workshop is $50 per business (not per attendee).

University of St. Thomas
Terrence Murphy Hall
1000 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

For more information on the Smart Start for Business workshop call (651) 962-4500.

Smart Start for Business Workshop

6-9 p.m.
Next session Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the program sponsors. Programs are open to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Small Business Development Center at (651) 962-4500 to make arrangements.