Resource links to help get your business off the ground. Based on the Small Business Adniminstration's "10 Steps to Starting a Business", we are including links to the SBA as well as links to small business information specific to the state of Minnesota.
Write a business plan
Writing a business plan is step one in helping you set your goals as a small business owner and stay on task. It is the road map of your business - and often the first thing you're asked for if you are actively pursuing funding or resources for your business.
How to write a business plan - The SBA has a listing of articles that will guide you through the process of writing a business plan.
Small Business Plan Format - A guideline of some important information you should include in your business plan. This is not a fill-in-the-blank form, but rather a starting point for critical thinking and planning.
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Get business assistance and training
SBA Learning Center - Exhaustive resource of free training including writing business plans, SBA loans, tax essentials and more.
Choose a business location
Tips on choosing a business location - Information from the SBA on choosing a location for your business.
Locating a business in Minnesota - Data, business climates, incentives and more.
Available locations in Hubbard County - Find available land and building sites in Hubbard Co., MN.
Construction Codes & License information - for the state of Minnesota
Finance your business
SBA loan programs - Decide if one of these programs is right for you.
Financing programs in Minnesota - Targeted business financing programs through JOBZand the Business Finance Office.
Determine your legal status
Is your business a sole proprietorship, S Corp, or LLC? What kind of license or permit will you need?
Your tax obligations - SBA guidelines on determining your legal status.
Business licenses and permits - Business licensing, permits and regulations specific to Minnesota.
Business and non-profit status - From the Secretary of State, MN
Register your business name
Will your new business name reflect your brand? Or will you use your own name? Here's what you need to know.
Register your name - SBA Guidelines about fictitious ("doing business as" or DBA) names.
Register a name in Minnesota- The Secretary of State of MN has information and forms for you to check avvailability of your business name and register it in the state.
Apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number)
Your EIN (also known as your Federal Tax Identification Number) is used to identify your business and is required in most businesses, especially those with employees.
SBA EIN articles - Links to articles helping you determine if you need an EIN and how long it will take to receive it.
Apply for your EIN online - Link to IRS.gov where you can get more information about the EIN and apply online.
Determine your state tax obligations
Filing and paying taxes from the SBA- Income taxes, emloyment taxes, federal taxes. This link has detailed articles to help you sort out your tax obligation.
MN tax considerations - Click this link to learn how to handle your tax obligations in Minnesota.
Small Business Taxes - Starting a business Basic tax tips from Intuit Turbo Tax to help you understand the tax implications of your business decisions.
Obtain business licenses and permits
SBA license and permit articles - Link to articles detailing federal and state licenses and permits and what you need to start your business.
Minnesota required licenses and permits - License requirements in Minnesota. Also a link to License Minnesota, which outlines licenses for specific industries.
Understand employer responsibilities
Hire and retain employees - Step by step article from the SBA outlining how to hire your first employee.
Basics for employers - From Positively Minnesota, information and links specific to Minnesota employers.
Mandatory workplace posters - Downloadable Department of Labor and Industry workplace posters for the State of Minnesota.
Unemployment Insurance - Official resource for information about Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI).
Misclassification of Minnesota Workers - How to determine the proper classification of your employees.
Data tools for Minnesota - Tools to target specific employment and business climate information in the State of Minnesota.
Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) - Helps entrepreneurs of color succeed.
1-612-332-6332 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota State Legislature - Statutes, laws and rules.
Small Business Assistance - Division of the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development, which publishes A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota and maintains a directory of license and permit information.
1-651-556-8425 or 1-800-310-8323
99Designs.com - A collection of articles with valuable information on choosing a brand, designing logos, and social media techniques.