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Business retention and expansion: in-person course

Wednesday, June 5 - Thursday, June 6

Take a two-day 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 includes presentations, video, individual and small group work, and plenty of discussion.
  • Highlights include practice visits to real businesses (and a mock planning session based on results), guest experts who provide BRE tips and stories, and a chance to get to know other economic developers and expand your network.
  • While there is no course paper or homework, you have the opportunity to think about the best BRE approach for your situation.

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.

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Event information

Wednesday, June 5 - Thursday, June 6
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota - 119 Ruttan Hall
1994 Buford Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

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

Costs and discounts

Person/team Early bird
(by May 9)
(May 10–28)
Individual (per person) $500 $600
2 community members* $750 $900
3–5 community members* $1,000 $1,200
Lunch provided on both days.

*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. It is available for either the online or in-person course.


Register for the spring 2019 session before May 28.

Note: Registering for this course incudes free access to participate in our Understanding and supporting business succession workshop on June 7, 2019.

A fall 2019 session is scheduled for October 22-23. Registration details to be confirmed. If interested in attending this workshop, express your interest.

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