Welcome to OBCED

The MISSION of OBCED is to contribute to the economic growth, development, and prosperity of Minnesota communities.

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.

OBCED ValuesImpact economic development, encourage Innovation, and Invest in communities.

U of M Listening Session Update

On February 28, 2020, the members of the U of M listening session panel held a meeting to review the comments, suggestions, and concerns brought to our attention on January 29, 2020, U of M Listening Session.  

We are in the process of collecting information that was requested by attendees of the listening session, reviewing policies and procedures, and exploring ways we can potentially improve how our communities do business with the university.

We are committed to keeping the lines of communication open and forming a collaborative bond with our suppliers and community partners. In this regard, we have already met with several of you individually and will continue to reach out to businesses and associations to better understand unique situations. Given the current COVID-19 stay-at-home directive, we intend to continue to arrange these meetings remotely through April and May.

Please continue to check the OBCED website at bced.umn.edu for updates, and, as always, do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at banks016@umn.edu if you have questions or concerns.

Facebook Logo - Blue Square with a white lowercase f inside.           Twitter Logo - Light blue square with white small bird inside          Instagram Logo - multicolored rounded edge square with a white camera image inside.

bced@umn.edu | 612-624-0530

Upcoming Events

2020 CHI Summer Community Internships

Call for Applications
Extended Application Deadline
Friday, April 3, 2020