Held on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, this two-day class is a Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) immersion that includes presentations, videos, individual and small group work and peer discussion.
Highlights include practicing interviewing techniques at real businesses, guest experts who provide BRE tips and stories, and getting to know other economic developers while expanding your network.
There are 50,000+ business owners in Minnesota who will be exiting their businesses in the next several years, which is a BRE issue. We will focus on business succession and transition research, methods and case studies. For the first time, we will have a session on entrepreneurship with Extension specialist, Neil Linscheid.
This course will encourage you to think about the best BRE approach for your situation.
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Individuals and community teams interested in BRE.
- Individual (per person): $575
- Community members/teams*:
- 2-person team: $950
- 3–5 person team: $1,300
*Community-led BRE is all about teamwork, so we encourage teams to attend training together. We offer team discounts for groups from a town or city, county, school district, or other groups of contiguous communities.
Note: No refunds will be issued for cancellations after registration closes on Nov. 8, 2023, at 4 p.m. Cancellations prior to the close of registration will be fully refunded.
Register by 4 p.m. on Nov. 8.
University of Minnesota Extension is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services, and activities. To request accommodations for persons with disabilities contact Michael Darger two weeks before the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.
Everyone who completes the course receives a certificate of accomplishment from University of Minnesota Extension. Also, certification from Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) is available to individuals completing the course. BREI is an international association that promotes and educates about BRE. Those eligible may choose to receive the BREI certification and one-year membership for $75.