Starting and running a small business requires resources. There are businesses, government groups, and nonprofits ready to help you.
We’ve compiled a list of St. Cloud small business resources and created tools and guides to help you operate a successful business in Minnesota.
Starting a business? Get access to small business resources and support when you start an LLC with Northwest ($29 + State Fees).
Local Resources for Small Business in St. Cloud
Using local resources can make a big difference. Here are some of the best local resources for small businesses in St. Cloud.
To get more Minnesota business resources, visit our Minnesota Small Business Resources guide.
Central Region SBDC
The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.
Great River Regional Library
Libraries offer databases, books, and articles relevant to starting a business. You can also book a one-on-one mentoring session with a librarian who can show you how to use the resources.
Library card required for most services.
1300 W St. Germain St.
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone Number: 320-650-2500
SCORE Twin Cities
SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.
2021 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Phone Number: 952-938-4570