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Helping Minnesota communities retain and expand their businesses

Register for a 2017 BR&E Course

Looking for ways to help your local businesses survive and grow? Sign up for a 2017 BR&E course and learn how to conduct effective BR&E strategies programs. Online and in-person courses available. Learn more and sign up.

BR&E Strategies Program

The BR&E Strategies Program makes local businesses more competitive by evaluating and addressing some of their key needs and concerns. more

Research & Development

Extension has conducted research about its programs and approach since the beginning. Read evaluations and reports from through the years. more

Sample Reports & Surveys

See a selection of summary reports & surveys created directly from programs. more

BR&E Tools

Our BR&E Tools offer a collection of online resources to help support business retention and expansion. more

BR&E Course

University of Minnesota Extension has offered business retention and expansion courses since 1996. You can now take an all-online offering (over 8 weeks) or attend an in-person workshop (3 days elapsed time). more

BR&E Stories & Case Studies

Read and view stories of successful BR&E case studies.

Workshop & Research Services

Extension has conducted research about its programs and approach since the beginning. Read evaluations and reports from through the years. more

BR&E Program Awards & Distinctions

Recognition received for excellence in BR&E through the years. more

Communities use BR&E to focus on keeping and creating local business and jobs. Research-based programs and online resources help the community move from ideas to actions that support businesses already existing in their vicinity.

Learn more about BR&E.

Connect with BR&E

Find a Community Economics Regional Educator near you.

Michael Darger
Program Director
462 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6070
Email: darger@umn.edu
Phone: 612-625-6246
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