Our mission is to contribute to the economic growth, development, and prosperity of Minnesota communities.

The Office for Business & Community Economic Development (OBCED) is a Social Enterprise whose purpose is to leverage the assets and resources of the University to create programs and services that provide innovative solutions to socioeconomic problems that impact communities.

News and Announcements

OBCED is restructuring to increase our positive impact on the economic development of Minnesota communities. We will reallocate resources from some of our current programs to invest more in Supplier Diversity. Read about the changes here.
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CHI Pilot Grant recipients, zAmya Theater, give project presentation on diabetes and people experiencing homelessness.  See blog post for more details: https://mostlyminnesota.com/2021/09/01/zamya-theater-sneak-peek-of-life-heist-stealing-…
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Attention UofM graduate students, nonprofit organizations and small businesses seeking to apply for a 2022 CHI summer internship.