ServicesStarting a business can be an overwhelming experience. At the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, we understand this and are here to provide you with technical assistance, research, and entrepreneurial resources. We are a regional organization that understands the challenges of starting a business in Northwest Minnesota.

Business and Student Connection

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies partners with three faculty each semester (fall and spring) to integrate projects of regional entrepreneurs and small businesses into course work. Entrepreneurs and small businesses participating in this program will receive valuable consulting services provided by UMC students and overseen by qualified faculty.

Please submit applications by the following dates:

  • Fall Semester – August 10th
  • Spring Semester–December 15th

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Technical Assistance

Entrepreneurs and small businesses can benefit from the knowledge of UMC faculty and student interns. The Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies offers various services to individuals and business clients that are based on your needs, including:

  • Market Research
  • Branding
  • Internet Marketing
  • Website Analysis
  • Early-stage Analysis
  • Business Plan Development
  • Marketing Planning
  • Human Resources Management
  • Other projects and services identified by clients

Apply for Assistance

If you are interested in receiving technical assistance please contact us at:

Center Office                               / 218-891-8595

Rachel Lundbohm, Director / 218-281-8190