Veteran Entrepreneur and Business Networking event Tuesday, November 20, 1012, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, at U of M, Crookston; NW Minnesota SBDC and CRES partnering to host event

Veterans and their families are invited to a unique opportunity to learn more about starting and operating a small business. A Veteran Entrepreneur and Business Networking event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The event is free and lunch is included, but registration is requested by contacting the Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center (NW MN SBDC) at 218-299-3037 (sbdc@cord.edu).

The event, sponsored by the NW MN SBDC and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies 
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(CRES) at the U of M, Crookston, will cover a wide range of topics including starting and 
financing a business. Information will also be available to those interested in strengthening a current business. Attendees will meet key partners who offer resources at no or low cost in their local communities. 

Background
The mission of CRES is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting.  CRES engages the students, faculty, and research facilities of the University of Minnesota, Crookston in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the economic vitality of northwest Minnesota. CRES is located in Dowell Hall 117 on the Crookston campus. For more information, contact Lundbohm at 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@.umn.edu) or visit the CRES Web site at www.umccres.org.   

Minnesota SBDC applies higher education, private sector and government resources to assist businesses and foster entrepreneurship. Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Small Business Administration, Concordia College and regional partners fund this nonprofit organization. The NW MN SBDC is located at 1103 Roosevelt Road SE Bemidji, Minn. To schedule an appointment, please contact the SBDC at (218) 299-3037 or email sbdc@cord.edu.  Additional information about services, workshops and trainings, and our partners can be found at www.offuttschoolofbusiness.org/sbdc. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Jaimee Meyer, associate director, NW MN Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (218) 755-4255; Rachel Lundbohm, associate director, Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES), 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu)

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