Veterans business resource program April 16

Returning veterans have faced many obstacles after serving their country faithfully.

To thank them for their service the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is extending a helping hand by sponsoring a Veteran Resource Program that is designed to help Veterans and their spouses who are interested in starting a small business or have an existing business they would like to grow.

The program will be held Tuesday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Cambridge. This program will include three workshops:

• Starting Right – Learn the basics from Am I an Entrepreneur and Idea Feasibility to Business Planning and beyond.

• Financial Resources – Who has the money, gap financing, revolving loan funds, micro loans, SBA loans and more.

• Marketing 101 – Beyond the Yellow Pages and advertising to business name, tag line, target marketing, active word of mouth promotions, referral group, three customers everyone sells to and more.

The program will begin with a welcome by Alan Duff who is a retired army major. He founded Duff Consulting in 2009 and this service-disabled veteran-owned small business was recently ranked as the 23 largest vet-owned business in the Twin Cities metropolitan area by Twin Cities Business Journal. Duff Consulting recently completed a Vets Outreach project for MnDOT that reached over 2,000 veteran business owners across the state.

In addition to the workshops, there will be representatives from nine different participating organizations to answer veterans’ questions and provide related resource materials.

These organizations include the Initiative Foundation, East Center Regional Planning Commission, Pine Technical College, Anoka Ramsey Community College, SCORE, SBA, Isanti County Veterans Office, Cambridge Workforce Center and NC SBDC Regional Office.

Those veterans attending will also learn how to get registered for 1-on-1 professional business consulting services at no cost to them from the North Central Small Business Development Center. Services are available for pre-venture (idea stage), starting a business (business plan/loan stage) or existing businesses (coaching stage).

To register, veterans should visit and click on Courses. There is no cost to attend. Questions can be answered by calling 218-855-8140.