Office of Business & Community Economic Development, University of Minnesota

Established in 1999, the Office for Business & Community Economic Development seeks to leverage the assets and resources of the University of Minnesota to create programs and services that address real urban issues.  To do so, the office is charged with supporting the University’s goal to procure from businesses owned and operated by people of color, women, and people with disabilities—an effort that is credited with directing about $500 million to targeted businesses.  The office also provides small business development services and runs a Technology Empowerment Center focused on helping underserved populations access information technologies.

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