Trainings and Workshops

Business and Community Economic Development

Business Development Services—The Office for Business and Community Economic Development provides a suite of services for business development including:  management assistance, technical assistance, legal resources, accounting tools, workshops, seminars, and direct coaching support.  This program works with pre-venture, new start-up, and established businesses to help them master business fundamentals, build capacity, improve performance and profitability, increase innovation, enhance learning, and develop the leadership skills of key executives. 

Center for Regional and Urban Affairs

Community Geographic Information Systems (CGIS)—This program provides GIS data access, technical assistance, and educational and training opportunities to neighborhood groups, community organizations, and local government agencies in Minnesota.


Cooking Matters®—This program is a cooking-based, nutrition education program that empowers people to eat healthier and make the best use of their food resources.  Cooking Matters® plays a critical role in Share Our Strength's® No Kid Hungry campaign which is ending childhood hunger in the United States by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching how to cook healthy, affordable meals.  Participants learn to shop smarter, make healthier food choices, and cook delicious meals.

Designing Community Meetings—This program assists leaders in developing the skills necessary to run respectful and productive community meetings.  Extension educators provide consultation in the design and delivery of civic engagement processes to community leaders who want to engage groups in decision making.   

Dollar Works—This program is a comprehensive personal financial education program developed by educators from the U of M Extension Center for Family Development.  The program teaches basic economic concepts to strengthen people's skills in managing their personal finances and making sound decisions with money.

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?—This program provides people with practical information about the inheritance and transfer of non-titled personal property.  The curriulum, workshop, and related web resources help familiy members make decisions and lessen conflict.

Institute for Global Studies

Workshops for Educators—Offered throughout the year, these workshops encourage educators to explore current issues in international studies through conferences, seminars, short courses, and faculty presentations.   

Program in Health Disparities Research

Community Dialogue Series—In this series, University of Minnesota health experts are invited to the community to engage in discussion and share information on health topics chosen by community members. 

Partners in Research:  Community and Faculty Training Curriula to Prepare Partners for Community-Based Participatory Reseach Collaborations—These training materials consist of two separate but parallel comprehensive curricula designed to prepare community members from immigrant and refugee communities and academic faculty to collaborate on community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects.