IEDC is one of six regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) sites in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota. Shannon Benolken, Director of Business Development provides free hands on service to small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout Itasca County.
While the regional office is housed at the UMD Center for Economic Development in Duluth, there are satellite offices located in Grand Rapids, Virginia, Grand Marais, International Falls and Hibbing. All of the SBDC consultants across the region have advanced degrees and professional certifications along with extensive industry experience and as such they often call upon one another for additional exploration of issues, trends, and ideas to assist with clients' specific needs. This expertise multiplies the resources available to our clients in the Itasca Area.
SBDC counselors have significant experience in the private sector, including extensive management and financial consulting backgrounds. Many SBDCs also use qualified faculty, students and volunteers to enhance their counseling services.
Highly regarded by clients for their business skills and expertise, our professional business consultants provide relevant, realistic and sound advice you can trust in such areas as:
- Access to Capital and Loan Packaging
- Financial Analysis and Assessment
- Accounting Systems and Literacy
- Marketing and Research
- Marketing Plan Development
- Feasibility Analysis
- Startup Assistance
- Business Plan Development
- Electronic Commerce/Web site Development
- Succession and Strategic Planning