Center for Business & Innovation

The Center for Business & Innovation (CB&I) is a catalyst for creating and growing high-value, high-wage private sector companies.

Start a business

business startup worker

Starting a business or considering it? We provide advising, coaching, training & full educational programming for people starting a business. Get help with quick answers or full support through planning and launching your business.


Grow a new business

new business owners

Do you need help with a new business (less than two years)? We provide advising, coaching, training, and full educational programming for new businesses to strengthen and grow.

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Get help with:

  • Fine tuning your business plan
  • Marketing and sales
  • Cash flow management and financing
  • Operations
  • Financing a new location
  • Hiring and managing employees
  • Exporting
  • Selling to the government
  • Regulatory concerns
  • Addressing specific issues and needs

Meet with an advisor

Get training

Get business education

Sell products or services to government

Export products or services


Advance an established business

established business employees

Do you need help with an established business? We can help advance your success in growing and strengthening your established business.

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Get help with:

  • Building a growth plan
  • Increasing markets
  • Accessing capital
  • Accessing/training your workforce
  • Strengthening management skills
  • Finding a new location
  • Addressing specific issues and needs
  • Building a succession plan

Meet with an advisor

Build a growth or succession plan

Get training

Get business education

Sell products or services to government

Export products or services


Get training for workforce needs

workforce training session

Does your company have training or workforce needs? Whether for yourself or your employees, we offer a variety of training sessions to meet the needs of your company and employees.


Develop your product idea

market business product

Have you developed a new product you want to commercialize? We can provide advising and referral to help you bring a new product or service concept to market.

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Get help to:

  • Evaluate the viability of the product or service from a cost/market perspective
  • Protect your idea with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and nondisclosure agreements
  • Get a prototype built
  • Decide whether to take your product to market yourself or to license it to someone else
  • Find sources of materials
  • Identify potential manufacturers
  • Develop a business plan

Get training:

For assistance, contact:


Determine the best CB&I program for you

CBI counseling

Not sure where to start? You can talk with someone to determine what CB&I program best meets your needs. A CB&I staff person can help connect you to the program that's best for you.

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For help, contact:

For help, contact the CB&I during business hours, Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5:00 pm: