Small Business Resources

Business Development

Metropolitan Economic Development Association (Meda)
Provides business development services, business financing and access to market opportunities to support entrepreneurs of color.

Minnesota Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Experienced business people who volunteer their time to provide business support to small business owners.

Neighborhood Development Center
Helps build community support around the idea of creating, financing, and supporting resident-owned small businesses as a means of revitalizing inner city neighborhoods.

Small Business Assistance Office - Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Consultation services and business guidebooks.

Local organization that offers classes and other services to help women start or grow their business, find new jobs or change careers.

Business Plans
From the makers of Business Plan Pro software, this site features sample business plans as well as advice about putting together a business plan.

Government Resources for Business

United States

Small Business Administration
Information from the federal agency that offers financial, technical, and management assistance to help entrepreneurs start, run, and grow their businesses.

EPA Small Business Programs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gateway to environmental information and contacts for small business. This site includes general information, environmental assistance links, and contacts to environmental experts to help small businesses meet environmental safety regulations.


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Information on state programs for business development, financial assistance, and other programs, international trade, and business statistics.

Minnesota Secretary of State - Business, Nonprofit, and UCC
Registers business corporations, partnerships, nonprofit organizations, and other business entities. Features answers to frequently asked questions about business registration and PDF forms for most registration filings.

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Information and forms relating to employment issues in the state of Minnesota. Links to labor laws, required posters, wages and overtime information, worker's compensation information, and news releases from the department. The site also links to other web sites concerning labor and employment.

Saint Paul

DSI - Department of Safety and Inspections
Link to permits, inspections, licensing, and zoning information. Includes contact information and downloadable forms, as well as links to applicable sections of the City Code.