SBDC at RCTC Awarded Excellence and Innovation Center of the Year


The Small Business Development Center at Rochester Community and Technical College was awarded Minnesota’s SBDC 2015 Excellence and Innovation Center of the Year. The Small Business Development Center assisted 21 new businesses add over $13 million to the economy in the southeastern part of Minnesota.

Julie Kiehne, SBDC Regional Director, stepped into the role only two years ago and came from outside the SBDC program with previous chamber of commerce experience. In that short time, she has not only become familiar with the intricacies of the program, but has stepped up the overall performance of the center. I’m privileged to work with an outstanding team of regional satellite partners and professional business consultants who are committed to help small businesses succeed, Kiehne said.

The performance of the Small Business Development Center team speaks for itself. The SBDC achieved the following results:

Creation of a new satellite center to further efforts for minority outreach
Implementation of an innovative program called “My SBDC” to help capture client success stores
Worked with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund (SMIF) to create a new joint program called the “Prosperity Initiative” promoting minority-owned business growth in southern MN
Spearheaded Project LINK, a new program at RCTC designed to enhance student engagement

In 2015, the Southeastern Minnesota SBDC at Rochester Community and Technical College provided 2,814 consulting hours to more than 360 clients across 11 counties. The Minnesota SBDC network is recognized as the state’s pre-eminent, nationally accredited provider of professional business consultation services, generating significant regional economic impact.

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