The Todd County Development Corporation: “Building Communities Together”

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4 Feb 2023


Todd County Development Corporation (TCDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit economic development corporation that serves all citizens of Todd County, Minnesota. Originally established in 1990, TCDC operates as a non-profit organization assisting communities and businesses with educational, technical, financial, and site selection services.

Rick Utech, Executive Director of Todd County Development Corporation says, “In 2023, Todd County Development Corporation (TCDC) celebrates 32 years of economic and community development service in Todd County.  In 2010, community leaders gathered to re-organize and re-energize TCDC under a new board of directors.  Several significant projects have been accomplished since then, helping our communities develop and succeed.  TCDC is honored to serve as the economic development arm of Todd County and will continue our goal of “Building Communities Together”.  

Utech adds, “Navigating through the COVID pandemic over the past three years has been a definitive test for our citizens, communities, and businesses.  New challenges and opportunities everyone faced, impacted our everyday decisions and shaped the direction of how we proceed in the future.   TCDC remains committed to providing technical and financial assistance to our local businesses and future entrepreneurs.”

Todd County Development Corporation: A Focus on Three Areas

TCDC pays special attention to three primary focus areas. “We understand the significance of child care, housing, and broadband development”,  Utech states. “These three areas influence business and community development in our area and necessitate our undivided attention.  All three impact our success and how we move forward as communities, businesses, and as a region.  Our challenges are many, but taking advantage of the available opportunities will enable us to be successful.  TCDC continually explores the way we deliver our services by maintaining our core principles and being responsive to surrounding developments.  Our mission to promote and sustain diverse economic and community development through education, training, and technical assistance that improves the quality of life for the citizens of Todd County, defines who we are as an organization. “   

The SBDC Outreach Office: Free technical assistance to businesses

TCDC hosts the North Central Regional "Small Business Development Center" (SBDC) Outreach Office for Todd County and provides FREE technical services for pre-venture and established businesses.

Todd County Development Corporation (TCDC) is designated as a North Central Regional “Small Business Development Center” (SBDC) Outreach Office, providing “FREE” business technical services to pre-venture and existing businesses.  The TCDC SBDC office is part of the North Central Minnesota Small Business Development Center located in the Business and Industry Center at Central Lakes College, Brainerd.  TCDC provides free professional consultation for business projects or ideas in confidence, working with individuals to determine the type or level of technical assistance required and determine resources needed to help make the project a success.  The partner resources can be identified and put to work to help a business project succeed.  Additionally, TCDC offers as needed, “Going Into Business” classes that will help get individuals on the right track to success.

The TCDC SBDC Outreach Office provides assistance with:

  • Start-up Assistance
  • Business Plan Development
  • Access to Capital and Loan Packaging
  • Financial Assessment and Feasibility Analysis
  • General Marketing and Research
  • eCommerce/Web Site Development
  • Business Cash Flow Analysis and Financing
  • Succession and Strategic Planning

If you have a draft of your business plan or need help with how to start, contact Rick Utech for assistance. Today!