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Tax

Business Financing

Statewide

Angel Tax Credit
DEED
Provided incentives to invest in startup and emerging companies focused on high technology.

Emerging Entrepreneurs
DEED

Supports micro-enterprises and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, targeting minority- and women-owned businesses and those located in economically distressed areas.

Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program
USDA
Under the REDLoan program, USDA provides zero interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas.
     
MN Reservist & Veteran Business Loan Program
DEED

Provides business loans to companies that are affected when certain employees are called to active military duty and to individual veterans who have returned from active duty and want to start their own business.

Minnesota Investment Fund
DEED
The Minnesota Investment Fund provides financing to help companies expand, add workers and retain high-quality jobs.

 

 

Job Creation Fund
DEED

Provides financial incentives to new and expanding businesses that meet certain job creation and capital investment targets.
     

R&D Tax Credit Program
DEED
Equal to 10 percent of qualifying expenses up to $2 million for certain R&D activities.

Greater MN Job Expansion Program
DEED
Sales tax refunds for 7 years to existing businesses expanding in Greater Minnesota.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit
DEED
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to all businesses as an incentive to hire workers in certain groups.

     

SBIR-STTR Funding for High-Tech Companies
SBA/DEED/MHTA
Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

 

Minnesota Foreign Trade Zones
DEED
Store goods, assemble products, manufacture or re-export goods without paying Customs duties.

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program
USDA

Loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations to: Provide microloans for microenterprise startups and growth through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs.

     
SBA 504/REAL Loan
SBA/Participating Lenders

Provides growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing of up to $5 million for major fixed assets such as land, buildings, machinery and equipment.
SBA 7 (a) Loan
SBA/Participating Lenders

Includes financial help for businesses with special requirements. 7(a) loans have a maximum loan amount of $5 million.
SBA Microloan Program
SBA/Participating Lenders

Loans up to $50,000 to help small businesses and certain not-for-profit childcare centers start up and expand. The average microloan is about $13,000.
     
SBA Disaster Loan Program
SBA/Participating Lenders

Low-interest loans to repair or replace the following items damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster: real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and inventory and business assets.

Rural Business Enterprise Grant
USDA

Funds projects that facilitate the development of small and emerging rural businesses, distance learning networks, and employment-related adult education programs.

Intermediary Relending Program
USDA

Provides 1% low-interest loans to local intermediaries that re-lend to businesses and for community development projects in rural communities.
     
Business Loan Basics
DEED

Information explaining the different types of debt financing for businesses.
Indian Loan Program
DEED

Loans to support indian-owned businesses and to promote economic opportunities for Indian people statewide.
Surety Bond Program
SBA/Authorized Agents
Surety bonds help small businesses win contracts by providing the customer with a guarantee that the work will be completed. Many public and private contracts require surety bonds, which are offered by surety companies. The SBA guarantees surety bonds for certain surety companies, which allows the companies to offer surety bonds to small businesses that might not meet the criteria for other sureties.

 

 

 

Twin Cities Metro

Small Business Loan
Neighborhood Development Center

For existing businesses, loans from $50,000 - $250,000 for working capital, inventory, equipment or real estate. NDC has 7a/SBA Guaranteed Loans.
Contractor Financing
Neighborhood Development Center
For startups and existing small businesses, loans up to $50,000.
Micro Loan
Neighborhood Development Center

Loans to cover costs of performing on a specific contract.
     
Small Business Loan
Women Venture

Provides SBA loans up to $50,000 to qualified borrowers to launch or grow small businesses. Our consultants guide applicants through the process to determine readiness and qualifications.
Small Business Loan
Metropolitan Economic Development Association

Businesses must be owned and controlled by entrepreneurs of color. Minimum loan amount is $25,000. Loans more than $400,000 require a higher bank participation.
Business Technical Assistance (B-TAP)
African Development Center
Provides consulting support to businesses.
     
Loans for New and Emerging Businesses
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Direct loans aimed for a variety of business purposes, including inventory, working capital, asset and equipment purchases, and start-up costs. Loans sizes up to $25,000 for retail/service businesses, or $50,000 for manufacturing businesses.
Loans for Second Stage and Growing Businesses
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Loans greater than $50,000 are targeted at businesses that have been operating for several years and need financing to grow.
Gap Financing for Real Estate
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Loans in partnership with private lenders to provide gap financing for real estate acquisition projects including projects financed through the SBA 504 program.
     
Acquisition Financing for Real Estate
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
In partnership with private lenders, provides permanent term financing for commercial real estate acquisition.
Sharia Compliant or Asset Based Financing
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Direct business financing in accordance with Islamic law or Sharia.
Financing/Small Business Loans
African Development Center
Loans for startups and existing small businesses up to $250,000. Loans can be used for leasehold improvements, inventory, supplies, working capital, machinery or equipment purchases etc. Includes Sharia compliant and asset based financing options.
     
Loan Assistance
Latino Economic Development Center
Lending programs available to small and medium-sized businesses located in the state of Minnesota
   
     

Northwest Minnesota

Entrepreneur Development Program
Northwest Minnesota Foundation

NMF staff provides technical assistance and financing to individuals who want to start a business or persons wanting to expand an existing business.
   
     

Southwest Minnesota

Business Finance Loan Program
Southwest Initiative Foundation
Eligible projects must create or retain jobs that provide a livable wage with benefits, generate new wealth for the region and diversify the economy of southwest Minnesota. The maximum loan amount is $50,000.
Microenterprise Loan Program
Southwest Initiative Foundation
Customized support for entrepreneurs through ongoing technical assistance. The maximum loan amount is $50,000.
 
     

Northeast and North Central Minnesota

Business Finance Program
Northland Foundation
Two types--direct loan and participation loan. Business loans generally range from $50,000 to $500,000.
Financing Resources
Entrepreneur Fund
Fund your business growth, acquisition, working capital, or other needs with creative financing up to and exceeding $750k.
Business Assistance
Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB)
Whether you're establishing a new business or looking to expand, we have the financial tools, dedicated support, and local resources to get you there.
     
Quick Turn Loans
Northland Foundation
Financing up to $150,000 matched or exceeded by additional bank financing and secured by fixed assets. Approval decisions within 3-5 business days. This is a bank-driven program; applicants must work with their bank to initiate a loan.
   
     

West Central Minnesota

SELF Small Enterprise Loan Fund
West Central Initiative Foundation
Loans from $1,000 to $50,000, and includes smaller loans to businesses in the manufacturing or service sectors.
Business and Industry Loan Fund
West Central Initiative Foundation
The Business and Industry Loan Fund is used for loans from $20,000 to $300,000. Most of the loans in this fund are given to manufacturing businesses.
Access to Capital Loan
West Central Initiative Foundation
WCI will match bank loan amount up to $75,000. 100% LTV subordinated.
     
Childcare Loans
West Central Initiative Foundation
The maximum loan under this program is $3,500. These loans are to help child care providers obtain or maintain licensure from their country regulating agency.
   
     

Central Minnesota

Direct Business Loan Fund
Initiative Foundation
Provides up to $500,000 for value-added agriculture and manufacturing companies that bring new revenue to communities.
Lender Match Loan Fund
Initiative Foundation
Provides up to $100,000 for manufacturing, technology, wholesale and other businesses.
 
     
     

Southeast Minnesota

Business Loan Fund
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Targets six key industries: bioscience, renewable energy, food/agriculture, manufacturing, technology, and health care. Loans will be considered up to $200,000; cannot exceed 50 percent of the total project cost.
Small Business Enterprise Loan Fund
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
These loans support small business owners or start-up entrepreneurs who create service, retail, local foods, and manufacturing businesses. $2,000 to $35,000 loan amounts.
Building Blocks Loan Fund
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Financial resources and technical assistance to help expand or enhance licensed child care businesses. Loan size: from $1,000 - $15,000.
     
Southern Minnesota Equity Fund
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Financial capital and expertise to early stage and start-up companies. Maximum initial investment of $100,000, eligible for follow-up investments.
Seed Fund
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Supports start-up stage businesses that need capital, business expertise, and networking opportunities. Helps companies perform research and analysis, patent opinions and filings, and product testing and analysis. Investment amounts up to $25,000.
 
     

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entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

Angel Tax Credit
DEED
Provides a 25-percent credit to investors or investment funds that put money into startup companies focused on high technology, new proprietary technology, or a new proprietary product, process or service in specified fields. The maximum credit is $125,000 per person, per year ($250,000 if filing jointly).
Emerging Leaders (FREE Mini-MBA)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Emerging Leaders training focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation.
MN Cup
Carlson School of Management—University of Minnesota

Supports emerging entrepreneurs from across the state through events, educational programming and an annual new venture competition to accelerate the development of their new ventures.
     
Resources and networking for Entrepreneurs
1 Million Cups
Locations throughout the region - Eden Prairie, Mankato, Winona, Willmar. Each Wednesday morning, two early-stage startups present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs.
Investment Resources for Entrepreneurs
Gopher Angels

A group of accredited investors who are passionate about creating businesses in Minnesota. GA looks for outstanding entrepreneurs who can turn their vision into a successful business.
Plan It! An Entrepreneur's Guide to Success
Neighborhood Development Center

Whether you're just getting started, have recently started operations or are a current business owner seeking additional training, Plan It! is a great opportunity to build and expand your knowledge.
     
Investment Resources for Entrepreneurs
Hill Capital / Empire Builders
We understand the entrepreneurial journey and created Hill Capital to provide both the Capital and Community to grow your business. We invest up to $1 million directly into growth-oriented companies. We nurture success by making connections and accessing resources that business owners need to grow.
Launch Minnesota
Department of Employment and Economic Development

Launch Minnesota is a statewide collaborative effort to accelerate the growth of startups and amplify Minnesota as a national leader in innovation. Find information on grants, investors, and other educational resources. 
Entrepreneurial Resources for Clean Tech Start-ups
Cleantech Open Midwest

A global accelerator for early-stage clean technology startup companies.
     
Various Entrepreneurial Resources
Minnesota Entrepreneur Network (MNEN)

An informal collaboration of entrepreneur support organizations committed to growing the Minnesota entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Resources for Inventors and Entrepreneurs
Inventors' Network

We are dedicated to providing educational & practical assistance to individuals who are trying to bring an idea to the marketplace.
Various Entrepreneurial Resources
The Network Connect

We connect businesses with investors. Entrepreneurs, CEOs and business people come to The Network Connect for information helpful to growing a business.
     

CEO Next Business Institute
Edward Lowe Foundation (in partnership with Hennepin, Scott, Dakota, and Ramsey Counties and City of St. Paul) 
Provides scholarships to owners of second stage growth businesses for business research combined with peer learning and business forums.

SEED Capital Fund
William C Norris Institute-University of St Thomas
Provides startup equity and assistance up to $75,000 for interesting and inventive proprietary products or services.

Various Resources
The Entrepreneur Fund

Provides entrepreneur development services and financing to emerging and small businesses in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

     
Southern Minnesota Equity Fund
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Provides financial capital and expertise to early stage and start-up companies. Maximum initial investment of $100,000, eligible for follow‐up investments.
Consulting and Financing Assistance
Initiative Foundation

Various (see financing)
Business Development Program
West Central Initiative Foundation

Various (see financing)
     
Various
Southwest Initiative Foundation: MN CORE Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Whether you're an aspiring start-up or have been in business for years, the Minnesota Center of Rural Entrepreneurship is here for you!
Various Entrepreneurial Resources
Southwest Initiative Foundation

Helps entrepreneurs develop small businesses and self-employment opportunities. The program provides customized support for entrepreneurs through ongoing technical assistance. The maximum loan amount is $50,000.
Business Development Program
Northland Foundation

Various (see financing)
     
Support for Startup Founders
Beta

Program that accelerates the success of founders from Minnesota-based technology startups.
CO
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

This site connects like minds and delivers actionable insights for next-level growth. Includes practical articles to help start, run, and grow a business.
Business Guides
SBA

Guides to help plan, launch, manage, and grow a business.
     
Investment Crowdfunding
MNVest

MNvest is a Minnesota law permitting investment crowdfunding, a new way to fund Minnesota's growing businesses. Similar to reward-based crowdfunding sites (like Kickstarter), MNvest enables Minnesota businesses to legally advertise investment opportunities to all Minnesota residents.
Startup Accelerator
Gener8tor
Nationally-ranked startup accelerator that operates as a privately-funded venture capital fund.
Business Accelerator
Mayo Clinic
Provides collaborative space for new companies, venture capital firms and entrepreneurs.  They also work with existing companies and service providers to support entrepreneurial ventures.
     
Early Stage Business Incubator
University Enterprise Laboratories
Incubator for early-stage companies in life sciences, biotech, healthcare, food/agriculture and other science / technology industries.
gBeta Startup Accelerator
gBeta
This program is a free, seven-week accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. Each program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity. gBETA accelerates the growth of early-stage companies through its network-driven program.
 
     

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Environment

Environmental/Energy Resources

Waste Wise
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
The Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. We provide environmental sustainability consulting to Minnesota businesses and organizations.

The Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation offers a variety of services, including, environmental sustainability consulting, on-site waste and visits, waste stream analysis and more.

Energy Smart
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Energy Smart helps Minnesota businesses and organizations identify cost-effective ways to lower their energy use and connects them with valuable financial incentives, such as utility rebates, grants and low-interest financing.

Energy Smart services are available at no cost to businesses or organizations in Minnesota. Energy Smart is a program of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and works closely with the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce. The program is funded through state-approved utility conservation programs, specifically Xcel Energy and Minnesota Power.

Environmental Guide for Small Businesses in Minnesota
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
A user-friendly guide to Minnesota's environmental regulations. The goal is to give you enough information to quickly determine whether your business is subject to a regulation and where to go for more help.
     
Minnesota Business First Stop
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Streamlines the development process for complex business startups, expansions or relocations that involve financing, licensing, permitting, and regulatory issues that overlap multiple state agencies.
MN Technical Assistance Program
University of MN (check location availability)
Helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions that prevent pollution at the source, maximize efficient use of resources, and reduce energy use and costs to improve public health and the environment.
Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
MPCA
Provides small businesses with practical advice and tools to implement sustainable and environmentally business practices that go beyond compliance.
     
Small Business Environmental Improvement Loan Program
MPCA
Provides low-interest loans to small businesses to finance environmental projects such as capital equipment upgrades that meet or exceed environmental regulations, and costs associated with the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites.
   
     

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importing

Exporting/Importing

General exporting and trade services
Minnesota Trade Office (MTO)
MTO helps turn opportunities into profits in foreign markets by providing the training and expertise that small and midsized companies need to export goods and services successfully worldwide.
STEP Program
Minnesota Trade Office (MTO)
Reimbursement of up to $500 for export-training that will result in the development of an export strategy or up to $7,500 for approved export-development activities. 
Exporting Consulting & Other Services
U.S. Commercial Service in Minnesota--US Department of Commerce

We offer the experience and services you need to grow international sales of your U.S. made products and services. In addition to our core service offerings, we offer free consulting to companies.
     
Trade Assistance Helpline
Minnesota Trade Office (MTO)
Call 651-259-7498 to reach an international trade representative who can either answer your questions or make appropriate referrals.
International Business Services Directory
Minnesota Trade Office (MTO)
Need help finding an accountant, freight forwarder, translator, or other service provider with international business experience? Search our International Business Services Directory for a list of Minnesota companies that offer the services you need.
Minnesota Exporter's Resource Database (ERD)
U.S. Commercial Service in Minnesota--US Department of Commerce
Provides important information and resources to Minnesota businesses intersted in exporting goods or services internationally.
     

Collection of other national export financing programs
Minnesota Trade Office (MTO)

Resources include: International Trade Finance Guide, U.S. Small Business Administration -- Office of International Trade, Export-Import Bank of the United States, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP), U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

General exporting and trade services
Minnesota District Export Council
Brings together experienced international business people who provide guidance and assistance in international markets.

Market Research (for exports)
Minnesota Trade Office (MTO)
Crucial information, tools and techniques for understanding your target markets.

     
General resources
Global Minnesota
Hosts lively forums for discussion of global issues, encourages international friendships and intercultural learning, and connects international professionals with their Minnesota counterparts.

Minnesota Foreign Trade Zones
DEED
Store goods, assemble products, manufacture or re-export goods without paying Customs duties.

 

Report a Trade Barrier
International Trade Administration-US Department of Commerce
File a complaint about a trade barrier or unfair business practice with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

     
U.S. Export Regulations
International Trade Administration-US Department of Commerce
General information regarding US governments rules, licenses, and regulations. Includes access to export regulations training.
Connect Americas
Inter-American Development Bank
Business community site dedicated to promoting foreign trade and international investment. Provides access to communities of clients, suppliers and investors in the region and all over the world, segmented by industry. It also provides useful and simple information about procedures and regulations for international commerce, and about the financing opportunities available.
 
     

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research

Research and Data Tools

2020 Economic Benchmarks
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
A collection of key economic indicators that measure Minnesota's competitiveness and the health of our economy.
Economic Data and Reports
MN Demographic Center
The State Demographic Center assists policymakers, state and local governments, businesses, nonprofits, the media, and all Minnesotans locate and understand the demographic data they need to make smart decisions.
Minnesota Economic Recovery Dashboard
Minnesota Chamber Foundation
A collection of indicators measuring Minnesota’s economic recovery.
     
Business Finder
Career One Stop
Use Career One Stop's Business Finder data tool to find contact information for nearly 12 million employers.
Compare Minnesota
DEED
Shows how Minnesota compares with other states in business climate, major industries, economic performance, labor, innovation, energy, taxes, and quality of life.
Labor Market Information Help Desk
DEED
Our Labor Market Information Help Desk is staffed weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Talk with a live person.
     
Why Minnesota?
DEED
Focused look at Minnesota's companies, business climate, workforce and more.
MN Compass
Wilder Foundation
Tracks trends and leading indicators for Minnesota's workforce and economy.
Regional Economic Data and Forecasts
Minneapolis Federal Reserve
Review the regional economic outlook for the 9th District.
     
Sales Tax Calculator
Department of Revenue
Use this calculator to determine the state and local general sales and use tax rate to apply to sales and purchases made in Minnesota.
St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report
St Cloud State University
The St. Cloud Area Quarterly Business Report presents a quarterly analysis of economic and business conditions in the St. Cloud (Minnesota) region.
Community Economics
University of Minnesota -- Extension
Works with Minnesota communities as they develop their economic strategy, offering education, research, analysis and advice.
     
Site Selection Tools
DEED
Find the perfect Minnesota location for your business startup, expansion, or relocation.
Locating a Business in Minnesota
DEED
General resources for businesses looking to locate in Minnesota.
Mid-America States Busines Conditions Index
Creighton University
Monthly survey of supply managers to produce leading economic indicators of the Mid-America economy. States included are: Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.
     
University/Industry Partnerships
UMN Office of Vice President for Research
Access to University research partnerships.
   
     

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manage a business

How to Start and Manage a Business

Business Counseling & Training
SCORE-MN
Provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives.
Small Business Assistance Office
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Consultants address everything from basic process questions ("What form do I need to file, where do I get it, and with whom do I file it?") to complex tax, regulatory, financial, managerial, business structure and other questions.
Starting a Business or Nonprofit in MN
Secretary of State
While there is no single source for all filing requirements, the following steps have been developed to assist you in starting your business.
     
Locating a Business in Minnesota
DEED
General resources for businesses looking to locate in Minnesota.
Everything HR (Only available to MN Chamber members)
MN Chamber of Commerce
EverythingHR, is a 24/7, online resource that delivers comprehensive material on the latest employment laws to serving the professional development of your employees. Employers also value the opportunity to quiz the experts directly on timely and relevant issues. Take advantage of our webinars to keep you updated on a range of topics without having to leave your desks.
File Your Business with the Minnesota Secretary of State
Secretary of State
Portal that allows businesses to file with the SoS.
     
Emerging Leaders (FREE Mini-MBA)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Emerging Leaders training focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation.
Minnesota Business First Stop
DEED
Streamlines the development process for complex business startups, expansions or relocations that involve financing, licensing, permitting, and regulatory issues that overlap multiple state agencies.

Small Business Development Centers
DEED
Operating through a network of nine statewide regional centers, we offer confidential consulting to help clients identify, understand and overcome the challenges of running a successful business.

     
A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota (2021 edition)
DEED
A concise summary discussion of major issues, questions and concerns that are most commonly raised by those contemplating a business startup.
Information for Starting a Business
DEED
Answers to common questions when starting a business.
Office for Business & Community Economic Development  
University of Minnesota
Provides management and technical assistance to small businesses to provide educational, legal and accounting resources/tools, workshops, seminars, customized training, and direct coaching support.
     
Various Resources
Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI)
The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) helps develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology, partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to bring ideas to reality. 
Sales Tax Calculator
Department of Revenue
Use this calculator to determine the state and local general sales and use tax rate to apply to sales and purchases made in Minnesota.
Site Selection Tools
DEED
Find the perfect Minnesota location for your business startup, expansion, or relocation.
     
CEO Next Business Institute
Edward Lowe Foundation (in partnership with Hennepin, Scott, Dakota, and Ramsey Counties and City of St. Paul)
Provides scholarships to owners of second stage growth businesses for business research combined with peer learning and business forums.
National Resource Guide
SBA
Small business resource guide.
 

Minnesota Resource Guide
SBA
Small business resource guide from Minnesota's district office.

     

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Workforce

Workforce Development Assistance

CareerForce
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
There are nearly 50 CareerForce locations statewide. Each provides essential tools to make your job search a success. Best of all, most services are free of charge.

 

Hiring People with Disabilities
DEED
Workers with disabilities bring skills and add a valuable dimension to most any company.
Job Creation Fund
DEED
Provides financial incentives to new and expanding businesses that meet certain job creation and capital investment targets.
     

Business Development Specialists
DEED
Our consultants help companies with business expansion, relocation, permitting and regulatory questions.

Apprenticeship
Department of Labor & Industry
Activities include outreach and recruitment, co-enrolled program intake, assessment, adult basic education where necessary, wrap-around support services, career guidance, life skills coaching and counseling, structured on-the-job training, competency based technical instruction and state-issued industry-recognized credentials.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
DEED
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit available to all businesses as an incentive to hire workers in certain groups.
     
Hiring Foreign Workers
DEED
Foreign labor certification and employer responsibilities when hiring foreign workers.
For Businesses (Various topics)
Department of Labor & Industry
There are many things to consider when starting a business. The following items explain some of the areas regulated by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Partnership Program
DEED
Grants focused on providing training for both new and existing employees of participating businesses throughout the state. Must partner with an accredited Minnesota educational institution.
     

SciTech Internship Program (Matching grants)
Minnesota Technology Association (MnTech)

SciTech connects small Minnesota companies offering paid internships to college students pursuing STEM majors. Employers receive a 50% wage match worth up to $2,500.

 

How to Hire a Veteran
DEED
Veterans are trainable and adaptable, have maturity and self-confidence and can work under pressure in a team environment. They accept authority and seek responsibility and advancement. They know how to communicate. And they get the job done right.

Career Events for Veterans
DEED
Find out about veteran-friendly job fairs, networking groups, and other events statewide.

     
SE MN Career Seekers and Employers
Workforce Development, Inc. 

An independent, non-profit agency serving the needs of career seekers and employers in Southeast Minnesota.
Job Training Incentive Program
DEED

Provides grants to new or expanding businesses located in Greater Minnesota for the purposes of training workers as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Automation Training Incentive Program
DEED
Provides grants to small businesses for the purpose of training existing workers on new automation technology.
     
Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers
DEED
Help for farm workers and the employers who hire them.
Hiring People with a Difficult Job History
DEED
The Minnesota Federal Bonding Service provides individual Fidelity Bonds to employers for new or current employees who may be denied coverage by commercial carriers. Fidelity Bonding offers some assurance to employers who would like to take the risk out of hiring. It is no-cost employee insurance that protects employers against employee theft of money or property.
Workforce Data
Real Time Talent
Research and data tools to help build Minnesota's workforce.
     
Employ Program
MINNCOR Industries
This program offers assistance in finding the right participant for your job opening--all at no cost, no strings and no obligations to the employer.
Refugee and Immigrant Worker Employment Services
International Institute of Minnesota
Free employment services for employers to connect with refugee and immigrant workers.
Employer Workforce Services
Avivo
Program to match employers with qualified individuals for their workforce needs.
     
Off the Market Talent
Bus Stop Mamas
Connects employers to off the market talent for temporary, part-time, and full-time workforce needs.
   
     

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Business Succession Planning

Business Succession Planning

The Small Business Owner's Guide to Succession Planning
Score
Guide for succession planning.

 

Business Succession Planning Guides for Farms and Rural Businesses
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
Business succession planning guides for farms and rural businesses.
Succession Planning
St Thomas Family Business Center
Succession planning assistance for family businesses.
     

Long-term Business Ownership Planning
MN Center for Employee Ownership
Helps business owners throughout the state of Minnesota think about, plan for, and manage their companies long-term future.

Small Business Development Centers
DEED
Professional expertise and guidance on succession planning.
Rural Business Succession Planning
UMN Extension
Resources to promote successful ownership transitions in rural communities.
     
Minnesota Supplier Match
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Database with providers of business succession planning services.
   
     

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