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Small Business Development Center to hold May 8 open house

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Northwest Regional Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with the Marketing Assistance Research Solutions, will be hosting an open house Thursday, May 8, at the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation, an off-campus facility located at 3801 Bemidji Ave N. in Bemidji.

The open house, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled to be held from 5-7 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

The open house will be highlighted by a 6 p.m. Marketing Assistance Research Solutions presesentation detailing the results of their recently-conducted Top of Mind survey. The survey asked people in the area what their impressions were of restaurants, hotels, bars, resorts, campgrounds and other entertainment-related businesses in Bemidji.

The Small Business Development Center, housed at the Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation, is a state- and federally-funded program that provides free business consulting services to existing small businesses and to individuals who wish to start their own businesses.

For more information on the open house, please contact Shari Augustine at the Northwest Regional Small Business Development Center by phone at (218) 755-4255.

May 8
- 5-7 p.m. - Northwest Regional Small Business Development Center open house. Location: Bemidji State University Center for Research and Innovation; 3801 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji, Minn. Free and open to the public. Information: Shari Augustine; (218) 755-4255.

About the Small Business Development Center
The Minnesota Small Business Development Centers (MnSBDC) provide no-cost, professional business consulting to small businesses on a variety of business needs. In the wake of a disaster, MnSBDCs work with small businesses to help them assess business and capital needs, including helping small business owners access federal disaster and other loans by assisting them with the required applications and supporting financial documents.

The Northwest Regional SBDC in Bemidji supports Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Red Lake and Roseau counties and also has locations in Thief River Falls and Crookston.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.