U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
If you are in the early stages of planning your new venture, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s website is an excellent guide to the process.
SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to pre-venture and early stage businesses. SCORE also offers workshops for a modest fee for both startup entrepreneurs and small business owners.
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
The MDEED publication Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota is the most comprehensive reference of its kind and a must-read for anyone contemplating the startup or purchase of an existing business. Other in-depth guidebooks are produced in collaboration with major Minnesota law firms and subject matter experts on such topics as employment law, Internet commerce, securities offerings, franchising, debt financing, loan documentation and intellectual property protection.
LegalCORPS assists low-income owners of small businesses and small nonprofit organizations by connecting them with free, high-quality legal services from volunteer lawyers.
Neighborhood Development Center (NDC)
Provides eligible businesses with ongoing support and technical assistance to guide them through operational difficulties and develop plans to strengthen and improve their businesses. This one-on-one consulting provides affordable access to professionals with expertise in key business areas.
The Metropolitan Economic Development Association offers consulting, training, business planning, financial assistance and other services to businesses owned by ethnic minorities.
MN-SBIR serves as the state’s focal point to help technology-based entrepreneurs and innovators successfully access federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.