How to Start and Manage a Business

How to Start and Manage a Business
How to Start & Manage a Business
Business Counseling & Training
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
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 MN Secretary of State
Secretary of State
Portal that allows businesses to file with the SoS.
Starting a Business: What to Know
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.
Minnesota Business First Stop
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
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.

Consulting services include:

  • Access to Capital and Loan Packaging
  • Financial Analysis and Assessment using OPTIMIST
  • Accounting Systems and Literacy
  • Marketing and Research
  • Marketing Plan Development
  • Feasibility Analysis
  • Startup Assistance
  • Business Plan Development
  • Electronic Commerce/Web site Development
  • Succession and Strategic Planning
A Guide to Starting a Business in MN (2019 edition)
A concise summary discussion of major issues, questions and concerns that are most commonly raised by those contemplating a business startup.
Business Development Resources
University of Minnesota
List of business planning articles and business development resources.
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.
Raising Capital: Securities Law and Business Considerations
Raising Capital: Securities Law and Business Considerations covers a variety of legal and business issues that should be addressed when considering or preparing to raise business capital. The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Oppenheimer, Wolff, & Donnelly, LLP. It does not address all circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice.
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
Find the perfect Minnesota location for your business startup, expansion, or relocation.
An Employer's Guide to Employment Law Issues in MN
A broad overview of issues that commonly arise in the workplace. It should be used only as a guide and not as a definitive source to answer your legal questions. Published in collaboration with Lindquist & Vennum LLP.
Made in Minnesota Directory
An easy-to-use directory of over 1,000 Minnesota suppliers.

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. Services include:

  • Applied Research
  • Hands-on scientific assistance
  • Innovation networks
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.
Economic Gardening Program
Edward Lowe Foundation (in partnership with Hennepin, Anoka, Scott, and Ramsey Counties)
Provides scholarships to owners of second stage growth businesses for business research combined with peer learning and business forums.