Programs & Services

The B-Tech Center, which opened in 2009, is an off-campus unit of the University of Minnesota’s Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED). The B-Tech Center was established to provide Business Development Services to local small business owners, entrepreneurship and leadership training to urban high-school youth, basic technology training to residents in the surrounding community, and computers to qualified individuals through our computer refurbishing program (which is currently undergoing an overhaul).

The B-Tech Center is open to its members and to the public from 10:00am-3:30pm Monday-Friday, except in cases of University closure. For questions regarding the listed programs, please contact the managers of the programs using the contact information on the Our Staff page, or call our main number at 612-624-3404.



Small Business Development

Small business owners committed to growing their businesses and becoming better leaders can apply to an intense, nine-month program called Small Biz; use the co-working space at B-Tech; and/or participate in a series of high-impact workshops called the Breakthrough Series.

In order to most effectively help small owners strengthen and grow their businesses, we also rely heavily on our Business Support Network - which includes a world-class set of U of M MBA students, alumni, and faculty, as well as seasoned entrepreneurs and business professionals from the broader business community.

Computer Training

Tina Hanson, our CTEP AmeriCorps technology assistant, has created free basic technology classes for adults in North Minneapolis and surrounding areas. All classes are designed for beginners, with morning and evening classes available. New classes are added monthly, based on need. Tina also provides one-on-one assistance with community residents after classes if they need help with a certain topic.

Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership

The Youth Entrepreneurship & Leadership Program (YEP) is targeted toward ambitious high school teens in the Twin Cities area. In addition to evening workshops on a variety of business and leadership topics run during the fall and spring, YEP also hosts Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (JEM) in the summer. JEM is an intensive business program designed to inspire high schoolers to attend college and become entrepreneurs. Students who participate in YEP workshops or the JEM program and also meet academic requirements can apply to become a resident Youth Enterprise at B-Tech, where we provide resource support and start-up funding through our partner, Youth Venture.

   

Computer Technology Services