Research and Data Tools

Research and Data Tools
Research & Data Tools
2016 Economic Benchmarks
MN Chamber of Commerce
A collection of key economic indicators that measure Minnesota's competitiveness and the health of our economy.
2015 Grow MN! Results/ 2016 economic outlook
MN Chamber of Commerce, Grow MN!

Take a look at our 2015 Grow MN! results that show the latest trends in workforce issues, exporting, business performance, innovation, and more.
Reference Library Resources
JJ Hill Reference Library

Assists businesses, freelancers, entrepreneurs and nonprofits in finding information that will be useful in opening a new store, finding new clients and delivering new products or services.
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
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
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?
Profiles of six key regions focus on education, workforce, business taxes, & infrastructure.
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.
Business Development Resources
University of Minnesota
List of business planning articles and business development resources.
Business Development Services
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.
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
Find the perfect Minnesota location for your business startup, expansion, or relocation.
Locating a Business in Minnesota
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.
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.
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.
Economic Data & 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.
Made in Minnesota Directory

An easy-to-use directory of over 1,000 Minnesota suppliers.
Various Business Services
UMN, Office of Economic Development
UED offers a broad range of services to companies, both large and small, nonprofit organizations, and other groups looking to partner with the U. An evolving menu of those services is below.


  • Research - License U technology, sponsor research, and access state-of-the-art research facilities and faculty
  • Recruitment - Find research experts, employees, consultants and student interns
  • Training - Access on-site training, industry seminars, certifications and many other opportunities for business professionals.
  • Resources - Access a state-wide network of centers, institutes and programs that offer research, product testing, consulting and/or other services.