General Business Resources
Business Resource Center – City of St. Paul
Department of Planning and Economic Development
1100 City Hall Annex, 25 West 4 th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Contact: Hoa P. Young, Small Business Liaison (651) 266-6673
(651) 228-3314 fax
Business Resource Center provides one call-assistance, connecting business people to information and resources in St. Paul serving existing and start-up businesses in St. Paul. The BRC provides answers to SBE questions in as seamless a manner as possible. BRC also helps in leveraging existing resources, rather than duplicating resources already in existence. BRC also supports all functional areas of a business. There are no costs involved for this service.
Metro Economic Development Partnership (MEDP)
81 South 9 th Street, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 370-9195 fax
MEDP is a non-profit, non-partisan corporation formed to promote economic development in the seven-county Metro area. Primary program is their Site Location Assistance program and serves existing or start-up companies that are currently located in, wanting to expand within, or willing to relocate to, the Metro Wide.
Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED)
Business Finance Programs
Crown Roller Mill
105 Fifth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2534
Business Link Coordinator: Barbara Allivato
(612) 673-5211 Fax
CPED provides one-stop information and referral service for any business located in the City of Minneapolis. BusinessLink provides assistance to any business for whatever their needs might be. The most often requested services are in the areas of regulatory services, business plans, site locations and financing. Any business located in or planning to locate within the city limits of the City of Minneapolis.
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
30 East Seventh Street, Suite 1700
Saint Paul, MN 55101-4901
(651) 292-4656 Fax
Minnesota Chamber of Commerce provides grassroots network of business leaders dedicated to improving the state’s business climate. Any enterprise in Minnesota with interests in the business climate of the state. The Chamber offers a forum/voice for businesses, regardless of size, to be heard at the Capitol on issues affecting their enterprise.
In addition to a voice at the Capitol, offers educational seminars for members, opportunity to network with industry and legislative leaders and opportunity to participate in MN Waste Wise (program to reduce waste and promote recycling within businesses).
MDES will help employers find workers and provides reemployment insurance information to employers and employees. Any Minnesota business with employees and any employee of Minnesota can access this free resource. Primary business areas supported are Human Resources and payroll functions.
This program provides tax information to Minnesota businesses. MDOR also offers a number of Minnesota Business Tax Education Workshops, including a two-day Small Business Tax Workshop (coordinated with IRS). Small business areas supported are in Accounting/Taxes. Workshops and information provided is free to Minnesota businesses.
Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-200
Saint Paul, MN 55101
The SBAO serves as a point of first and continuing contact for information and assistance regarding the start-up, operation or expansion of a business in Minnesota.
The SBAO works to reduce the cost of information to potential, new and existing businesses in three ways:
1. By providing free-of-charge, publications which address topics and issues with the potential to affect the success of business operations. A full list of publications is available from the office or web-site under "publications."
2. By offering workshops and training programs, and
3. By offering one-on-one counseling to businesses on planning, financing, marketing, regulations, etc.
Most services are provided without charge. There may be a nominal charge for some seminars and some services of the Small Business Development Centers.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Small Business Assistance Program
520 Lafayette Road
Saint Paul, MN 55155-4194
(651) 282-6143 or (800) 657-3938
(651) 282-6247 fax
Contact: Troy Johnson
(651)282-6143 or (800)657-3938
The MPCA created the Small Business Assistance Program to help SBE owners understand and comply with the often complicated and sometimes confusing rules that protect Minnesota’s environment. Businesses supported should be independently owned and operated businesses with fewer than 100 employees and that are not major sources of waste or emissions.
The Small Business Assistance Program has technical experts in federal and state environmental rules. The Ombudsman Office acts as a liaison between the MPCA’s Air Quality Division and SBE owners. There are no costs involved for small businesses.
MN CPA will provide free, confidential referral service to qualified CPAs regarding accounting, finance and business management concerns. Businesses and individuals throughout the state can avail of this service. Web-site also offers career advice.
Other than the free referral, MN CPA also publishes including pamphlets and information kits. A "Small Business Guides" pamphlet is also available by calling (952) 831-2707 or e-mailing email@example.com.
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP)
University of Minnesota Gateway, McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak St, Suite 350
Minneapolis, MN 55455-2008
(612) 624-3370 fax
e-mail (via Web): firstname.lastname@example.org
MnTAP is a non-regulatory program that helps Minnesota businesses develop and implement industry-tailored solutions to maximize resource efficiency, prevent pollution and reduce costs. Any business in Minnesota can avail of MnTAP’s services. Small to medium-sized manufacturing firms and service industries make up the majority of clients.
MnTAP helps companies maximize resource efficiency, prevent pollution and reduce costs by offering reduction and re-use options. Helps create healthier and safer working conditions for employees. Reduce regulatory compliance burden and liability. Virtually all services are free including telephone assistance, site visits, materials exchange, student intern program, and access to technical publications. A small fee is charged for seminars to cover costs. MnTAP is funded primarily by a grant from the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance to the University of Minnesota to assist with issues related to air, water, solid and hazardous waste, defects, and scrap.
Minnesota Technology, Inc.
400 Mill Place
111 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 373-2901 fax
This non-profit corporation assists manufacturing companies become more competitive through the application of technology. Clients are mostly small to mid-size manufacturing and technology companies in Minnesota. Minnesota Technology, Inc. is able to provide comprehensive business assessment including business and technical information, marketing, finance, operations, and human resources. Companies receive assistance with e-commerce applications, improving productivity, adopting new technology, and tapping into the technological expertise at Minnesota universities. Initial assessment services are free. Business and Technical Information Service searches are available at reasonable rates.
NDC provide business training, lending and support to low to moderate income entrepreneurs in targeted Minneapolis and Saint Paul neighborhoods including in Spanish, Hmong, English, Somalian, Oromo and Native American communities.
Emerging entrepreneurs living, or starting their business, in the inner cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and earning below the Area Median Income of Minneapolis and Saint Paul (approximately $34,000) and avail of services provided by NDC.
SPACC promotes economic growth and is a leading public policy advocate for business in Saint Paul. It is a strategic partner in initiatives that improve the quality of life and to provide value services to (its) members. SPACC allows the business community to play a role in shaping public policy and offers networking and marketing opportunities.
Last updated May 24, 2016