August 1, 2015

SBDC: Small Business Development Center

Free and Confidential Help for Small Businesses


The Rice County Small Business Development Center  (SBDC)provides free and confidential counseling to help clients face the challenges of running a successful business. The primary goal of the SBDC is to serve existing businesses with specific challenges in the formative years of their business venture. Long-standing businesses with specific challenges are welcome to tap into the network of professional SBDC counselors. Start-ups  are invited to the Rice County SBDC for help with bringing their concept to reality

SBDC logo

In addition to the individual private counseling, the Rice County SBDC also supports periodic seminars on business issues.


The local SBDC has qualified counselors. Royal Ross has the experience and formal education to offer great business support. Judy Saye-Willis has noteworthy business experience and expertise in business management and marketing.  Nort Johnson is new to the team and brings a wealth of business acumen to our clients.  We now offer QuickBooks assistance from a knowledgable professional and can assist with web development, social media and human resource issues.   Business counselors and resource materials are also available in Spanish.  Our counselors always have access to the larger team of experts from our Rochester headquarters.

SBDC clients can receive assistance on business start-up issues, marketing, financing, loan packaging, purchasing an existing business, refinancing  and every virtually every aspect of business management.

The Rice County SBDC is located within the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and operates as a satellite office of the Southeast Minnesota Regional Office of the Minnesota Small Business Development Center in Rochester Minnesota.

Access the resources of the Rice County SBDC, by calling 507-334-4381. We welcome all businesses owners and managers as well as emerging entrepreneurs.  Or use the on-line registration:  CLICK HERE

  • Business Plan Development
  • Financial Analysis
  • Marketing
  • Loan Packaging
  • Recordkeeping
  • Human Resource Management
  • Best Practices for Business
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Market Research
  • Advertising and Sales
  • Strategic Planning
  • E-commerce
  • Overall Management

Referrals are essential for the continued growth and sustainability of the local SBDC.  Referrals to small businesses seeking to improve their management operations, marketing or financial situation are encouraged