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Growing Small Businesses in the Twin Cities


Dedicated to Helping Small Businesses Succeed and Grow

Since 1974, the Small Business Institute (SBI) at the University of St. Thomas has been supporting small businesses in the Twin Cities area. Our purpose is the same now as it was then: to contribute to a healthy regional business climate in a way that is mutually beneficial to both businesses and the St. Thomas community.

By leveraging St. Thomas business faculty and students, we provide exceptional consulting services to local businesses. As a result, we have helped sharpen and inform over 2,100 small businesses and non-profit organizations.

In addition to helping local businesses, our students benefit from direct access to the business community and the chance to work on real-world challenges hands-on.


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Consulting Fees Client Testimonial “The market survey performed by the Small Business Institute of the University of Saint Thomas had a direct impact on our company’s ability to raise additional financing.” 

Michael W. Geatz, President, IntelliPatch

Consulting Fees Client Testimonial “We needed a change in how we were using our association’s web site. The services of the St. Thomas’ Student Business Institute (SBI) provided a fresh look at what we were doing. “We had heard many stories of the professionalism and the quality of work that the students would provide and it all proved to be true. The students did an outstanding job in their survey methods and analysis of our situation. “The results have allowed the Minnesota Community Education Association Board of Directors to implement many of the recommendations and changes that the students final report suggested.”

Bob Meyer, Executive Director, Minnesota Community Education Association