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Starting a Business

If you are thinking about starting a business, help is available! The Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office publishes their "Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota" each year and is available for FREE! This guide provides a concise summary discussion of major issues, question and concerns that are most commonly raised by those contemplating a business startup. Download it now

Small Business Development Center Website

  • Financial projections
  • Loan packaging
  • Accounting and recordkeeping
  • Market analysis
  • Market research
  • Strategic marketing
  • Workshops
  • Business planning
  • Strategic planning
MN Secretary of State Website
  • Resources to assist in initial planning stages of starting a business
  • Step by step assistance in registering your business
  • Online forms
  • File business documents online

MN Department of Revenue Website

  • Register for a MN Tax ID number
  • Update your business information online
  • Step by step filing and payment guidelines
  • Sales and use tax information

MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Website

  • Starting a Business
  • Financing a Business
  • Finding Workers
  • Exporting and Trade
  • Locating in Minnesota
  • #InnovateMN
  • Get help from Our Experts
What New Business Owners Need to Know About Federal Taxes
  • Is it a business or a hobby?
  • Selecting a business structure
  • Employer Identification Number
  • Business Taxes
  • Recordkeeping
  • When do I start my tax year?
  • Checklist for starting a business
  • Types of retirement plans
  • Small business publication

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Where can I get information about small business taxes?
  • Where can I get help in preparing financial projections, marketing studies, and loan applications?
  • Can I operate a a business out of my home?
  • How do I register a business name in Minnesota?
  • How do I get a state tax ID number?
  • How do I get a federal tax ID number?
  • Do I need a business license to operate in Moorhead?