Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is partnering with Minnesota State University Mankato’s (MSU) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to utilize space within the SBDC to bolster BBB’s presence in Mankato-North Mankato. There will be a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at SBDC’s office located at 424 N. Riverfront Dr. Suite 210 in Mankato. “Business growth in the Mankato-North Mankato region continues to be truly impressive,” said Susan Adams Loyd, President and CEO of BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “We’re delighted about our partnership with MSU and the SBDC, and we look forward to a more robust regional presence, allowing BBB to provide more services to the business community and consumers, especially the student and senior populations.” As part of this increased presence, BBB will be offering a number of educational workshops and Focus Luncheons for BBB Accredited Businesses and interested business owners throughout the region. BBB Mankato-North Mankato joins Fargo-Moorhead and St. Cloud as regional BBB satellite locations. The Fargo-Moorhead office opened its doors in 2010, with the St. Cloud branch – also housed within SBDC (Central Minnesota) - opening the following year. Better Business Bureau was founded in the Twin Cities in 1912. Ethical business owners and community leaders, frustrated by having to compete against companies that were using misleading advertising to attract customers, banded together to challenge the advertising of these unethical companies, making their findings public. This was the genesis of BBB. Today there are more than 100 independent Better Business Bureaus with more than 160 offices across North America. BBB serves every community in the United States, most of Canada, and a growing number of locations in Mexico. Business owners with questions about BBB’s Mankato-North Mankato office can contact Lisa Jemtrud, BBB Community Relations Director, at 651-695-2450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.