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 your copy today.

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
  • Managing a business
  • Financing a business
  • Locating in Minnesota
  • Exporting & international trade
  • Finding workers
  • Get help from the experts
  • Green business assistance
IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center (Federal) Website
  • Small business forms and publications
  • Employer ID Numbers (EINs)
  • Starting, Operating, or Closing a Business
  • Employment Taxes

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?