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Business Retention and Expansion Consultant Online Course

The University of Minnesota Extension Service (UMES) is offering the Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) Consultant Online Course this spring. Sometimes called the Community Leaders or Volunteer Visitation BR&E model, UMES has offered this course since 1998 and continues to receive strong participant evaluations. Previous participants have gone on to create award-winning BR&E programs.

The course starts March 6 and has a registration deadline of February 24. The 10-week, online active learning course presents a unique opportunity to learn BR&E visitation practices in depth by taking one unit at a time. Participants will conduct a real business visit, read and write, conduct e-mail discussions with fellow participants and the instructor, and discuss case studies.

Between 40 and 80 percent of all new job creation comes from existing business establishments. The UMES Business Retention and Expansion Strategies Program works with existing businesses and a cross-section of community leaders to build consensus for a community-wide strategic action plan. It's a great model for those who want to put the community into their economic development.


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