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Business & Technology Center

What is the Business & Technology Center?

The Business & Technology Center (B-Tech Center) is a new expansion of the Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED). The B-Tech Center, provides resources to promote community development and foster economic revitalization. It also serves as a laboratory for innovation; a site for technology research; a gathering place for training, education, and networking; and an information clearinghouse. The B-Tech Center provides:

  • Business development support including information, workshops, and technical assistance for businesses
  • Business resource room (including business/technology resource library, computers, GIS, printers, fax, copier)
  • "Hotel" office space (complete with computer, phone, and basic supplies) for meetings, presentations, research, and project development by community business owners
  • Youth entrepreneurial training (Junior Entrepreneurs of Minnesota) and leadership development programs linked to educational readiness and long-term school success
  • Computer training lab and technology/software classes
  • Community-based computer access and training programs to close digital divide among low-income families
  • Tri-Science program providing math and science literacy training for youth

What is the goal of this program?

The center's goal is to contribute to the economic development, expansion, and growth of the Twin Cities' urban communities by providing high-quality services and programs to connect and benefit public, private, and community stakeholders.

Who are the community partners?

The City of Minneapolis, PPL (Project for Pride Living), Northside Child Development Center, NEON, Step Up, Phyllis Wheatley, YWCA, IBM, Minnesota Twins, Bachman's, Dairy Queen Inc., and the Minneapolis Urban League.

What are some of the benefits of the BCED B-Tech Center to the community?

  • Active support of existing community development efforts and activities
  • Facilitation of strategic partnerships with government, private enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and the academic community
  • Promotion of community building to reduce poverty and foster economic stability, balanced growth, and neighborhood revitalization
  • Support for entrepreneurship and tech training linked to school success goals and strategies
  • Support for economic diversification, entrepreneurial expansion, technology awareness/support, newbusiness start ups, and job creation

More Information

Business and Community Economic Development website


Craig Taylor, Director of BCED and B-Tech Center


The University of Minnesota UROC building at Plymouth and Penn avenues in North Minneapolis is open Monday–Friday
from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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