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Helpful Links

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Are you looking to start a business? Need help writing a business plan? Or, maybe you want to grow your existing business. Here's a great place to start. Check out the links we've put together to help.

Business Resources

There's a lot of great information out there for those wanting to start a business or for current business owner's wanting to grow their business. Here are a few of our favorites.

Score.org -

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. They have been doing this for over fifty years.

Minnesota Employment & Economic Development (DEED) -

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development.

SBA.gov -

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Minnesota Secretary of State -

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State is where you go to set up your business to operate in Minnesota. They also have helpful resources for running your business.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce -

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce created a great website called Small Business Nation. It was created to provide business owners with invaluable tools, tips and resources to help grow their businesses.

You need to join to access all the great information. Click here, for your free membership.

Benefits

  • The Startup Rundown, their 3x weekly email newsletter with updates on important economic, political, and regulatory issues.
  • Free resources including our 4 1/2 Minute Guides to Google Analytics, Digital Advertising, and Business Credit, as well as their 2016 business tax calendar and more
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce member webstickers
  • The State of American Business report
  • How They Voted congressional voting record

Women Venture -

For more than three decades, WomenVenture has provided women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels with the tools and resources to achieve economic success through small business ownership.

IRS.gov -

The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury. Their mission is to provide America's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

Minnesota Revenue -

 The Minnesota Department of Revenue manages the state’s revenue system and administers state tax laws.

Fraud Resources

There's a lot of great information out there about how to protect yourself and your business from fraud. Here are a few of our favorites.

Business Fraud Resources

  • ID Theft For Business Video -click here.
  • FTC.gov Business Center - click here.
  • US-CERT.gov (United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team) - click here.
  • What to do with suspicious IRS communication - click here.
  • Ten Pillars of Cyber Security Video - click here.

Personal Fraud Resources