Business and Entrepreneurial Support


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NRRI understands the importance of small and entrepreneurial businesses to generate a strong economy. We also understand the challenges, the limitations and the possibilities for growth and success. NRRI has extensive expertise in sourcing raw materials, developing new products, testing materials and lean manufacturing efficiencies.

NRRI Services for Small Businesses

Business Assistance Fund

This Fund provides financial assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs to:

  • Engage with CED for business opportunities.
  • Provide access to NRRI expertise, labs and technologies.
  • Drive business development to create jobs and a strong economy.
  • Attract private investment.

Learn more and complete an online application form here.

Center for Economic Development (CED)

NRRI partners with UMD's Center for Economic Development to get at the nitty-gritty of small business ownership -- business management, computer workshops, accounting assistance, and more. Together we help entrepreneurs and businesses grow and succeed. Please send your inquiry to umdced@d.umn.edu. Someone should get back to you within a week.