Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) Online Training

The course takes 2–3 hours per week over an 8-week period. It's an asynchronous course so you can work at times convenient for your schedule but you need to stay involved on a weekly basis.

There are a few videos or readings, activities, and discussion forums each week. Course highlights are a practice visit to a real business and periodic live discussions on BR&E topics. The course "capstone" project is planning your community BR&E initiative via a written paper, video, or voice recording.


Community Team Discount:

Community-led BR&E is all about teamwork, so bring a team to this training if possible. To induce this, we offer discounts for team attendance.

A community team of two can register together for $750, and a community team of three to five individuals can register together for $1,000. (The discount is only for groups from a town or city, county, school district, or other groups of contiguous communities.) This discount is available for either the online or the in-person version of the course.

For a team discount contact Michael Darger at or 612-625-6246 PRIOR to registering.

Business Retention and Expansion Online:



Community Team Group Pricing:  2 = $750;    3-5 community members = $1,000.  Contact Michael Darger to set up your group!

Contact:  Michael Darger, University of Minnesota BR&E Director -- -- 612-625-6246