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Small Business Resources

Business Development

Minnesota Business 101: Big Ideas for Small Business
From the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The blog offers practical guidance aspiring entrepreneurs and new business owners need to launch a business and survive the first couple years of operation, when companies are often most vulnerable.

Relying heavily on DEED's popular Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota and the insights and experiences of the agency's consultants at the Small Business Assistance Office and the statewide network of Small Business Development Centers, the blog covers everything from how to organize and register a business to licensing, regulations, financing, managing and more.

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Helps new and early stage businesses find the capital and the technical assistance they need.  

Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA)
Provides assistance to businesses that are owned and managed by ethinic minority residents of Minnesota. Services are directed toward new or existing businesses whose owners are committed to generating long-term growth and profitability.

Business information, economic development statistics, demographics, and property information for the Twin Cities region.

Minnesota Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE is a partner with the Small Business Administration, providing free counseling to small business owners.

Small Business Assistance Office
Provides individual consultation services as well as business guidebooks.  

U.S. Small Business Administration - Minnesota District Office
Provides small business loan and assistance programs, and initiatives to aid and inform small businesses.  

Local organization that offers classes and other services to help women start or grow their business, find new jobs or change careers.

Business Libraries

James J. Hill Reference Library
Located next door to Central Library, the James J. Hill Reference Library provides services to entrepreneurs, businesspeople, consultants, educators, students, and employees of other nonprofit organizations. 

Business Plans

From the makers of Business Plan Pro software, this site features sample business plans as well as advice about putting together a business plan.

Government Resources for Business


Small Business Administration
Information from the federal agency that offers financial, technical, and management assistance to help entrepreneurs start, run, and grow their businesses.

Information for Small Business - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Questions and answers about the SEC and its relationship to small business, from raising capital to going public. Updates on pending issues affecting small business and downloadable forms are also available.

EPA Small Business Gateway
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gateway to environmental information and contacts for small business. This site includes general information, environmental assistance links, and contacts to environmental experts to help small businesses meet environmental safety regulations.


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Information on state programs for business development, financial assistance, and other programs, commercial property listings, international trade, and business statistics. Free publications, including the 300-page "Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota," can be ordered from this site as well.

Minnesota Secretary of State - Business Center
Registers business corporations, partnerships, nonprofit organizations, and other business entities. Features answers to frequently asked questions about business registration and PDF forms for most registration filings.

Information on available commercial properties in Minnesota. Search by county or community for buildings or land. Contact information, building and site characteristics, and financial information are all available on the site. Many properties also feature a picture of the property. Visitors may also view profiles of Minnesota communities.

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Information and forms relating to employment issues in the state of Minnesota. Links to labor laws, required posters, wages and overtime information, worker's compensation information, and news releases from the department. The site also links to other web sites concerning labor and employment.

Saint Paul

DSI - Department of Safety and Inspections
Link to permits, inspections, licensing, and zoning information. Includes contact information and downloadable forms, as well as links to applicable sections of the City Code.

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