The Women’s Business Development Center – Minnesota (WBDC-MN) is the satellite office of the Chicago-based Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC). The WBDC-MN was launched in 2003 to serve Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) in Minnesota and neighboring states.

The WBDC-MN provides WBE Certification to majority-owned women’s businesses in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, South Dakota and North Dakota. The WBE Certification is national in scope and issued by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). It is accepted by over a thousand major corporations and public agencies in the country. In addition, the WBDC-MN offers training, mentoring, networking and business development opportunities to WBEs.

We thank our founding partners BMO Harris Bank and Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Lurie, LLP  for their vision and support of the Center.


The mission of the WBDC-MN is to develop and implement initiatives that will assist WBEs to successfully grow their businesses by:

  • Educating WBEs on how to maximize their certifications;
  • Encouraging WBEs to do business with each other, form alliances and share information such as contacts and experiences; and
  • Facilitating business relationships between WBEs and potential corporate, government and not-for-profit customers.

Our Programs

WBDC-MN offers the following programs and services to WBEs and Corporate Partners. For specific dates on the programs below, please refer to the Calendar of Events.

  • Is Certification Right for You?
  • I’m Certified, Now What?
  • Corporate Partner Panels
  • Corporate Procurement Meetings
  • Workshops on Sales and Business Growth
  • Matchmakers
  • One-on-One Consulting
  • WBDC-MN Annual Evening of Celebration

WBDC-MN Founding Partners

BMO Harris Bank, a diversified financial services company, provides comprehensive financial products and services and unparalleled customer service to personal, business, corporate and institutional customers nationwide.

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. is a 240-attorney law firm with primary areas of practice including banking, corporate, employment, franchise, government relations, healthcare, intellectual property, international, litigation, real estate, securities, tax and wind energy. Fredrikson & Byron is the exclusive Minnesota law firm member of the World Services Group, a worldwide network of professional service providers.

Lurie  LLP  is an accounting and consulting firm with a vision to provide exceptional service to clients and community. A major portion of Lurie LLP’s practice focuses on working with woman-owned companies.

WBDC-MN Corporate Partners

Best Buy
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Deluxe Corporation
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
General Mills
Knutson Construction
Mayo Clinic
Medtronic, Inc.
Minneapolis Public School District
RBC Wealth Management
Target Corporation
Thrivent Financial
U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank Stadium
UnitedHealth Group
University of Minnesota
Xcel Energy


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