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Business retention and expansion: online course

Wednesday, January 30 - Wednesday, April 3

Business retention and expansion online course

Take an eight-week course on business retention and expansion (BRE) taught by industry professionals. You will learn how to conduct high-quality programs in your community or region.

  • The course takes two-to-three hours per week during an eight-week period. It's an asynchronous course, so you can participate when it is most convenient for you. While the format of the class allows for a flexible schedule, you do need to stay involved on a weekly basis.
  • There are a few videos or readings, activities, and discussion forums each week.
  • Highlights include a practice visit to a real business and periodic live discussions on BRE topics.
  • The course "capstone" project is planning your community BRE initiative via a written paper, video, or voice recording.

The course is designed for economic and community development professionals and stakeholders, community leaders and others who want to conduct a community-led BRE effort.

More course details

Event information

Wednesday, January 30 - Wednesday, April 3
12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.

Michael Darger, University of Minnesota Extension
Business retention and expansion program lead
darger@umn.edu or 612-625-6246

Costs and discounts

The cost of the course is $500 per person. 

Team discounts

Community-led BRE is all about teamwork, so we encourage teams to attend training together. We also offer discounts for team attendance.

  • $750 - two registered community team members
  • $1,000 - three-to-five registered community members

The discount is only for groups from a town or city, county, school district, or other groups of contiguous communities. It is available for either the online or in-person course.


Two sessions are scheduled for 2019:

  • Winter session: January 30 - April 3
  • Fall session: September 25 - November 27

Learn how to get notified when enrollment begins from the link below.

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