Welcome to the information for Greater Twin Cities area small business owners and candidate owners who need an overview of how to start and run a business in Minnesota. This is the background for you to deal with your SCORE mentor. These PDF documents can be displayed or downloaded and printed.
SCORE has a number of websites for various purposes. SCORE Website Information PDF has a list of these sites.
St. Paul SCORE is part of a large national organization that provides many services to small business. SCORE_websites_and_general_info.pdf includes many statistics and facts about SCORE.
SCORE is aimed at helping all small businesses, but especially at helping inexperienced people get started. Are_You_Ready.pdf has a set of questions for potential business people to assess their readiness to start a business. A longer pre-business startup help guide is at Pre-Business-Startup_Clients-11-13-12.pdf.
The Small Business Administration maintains the Minnesota Resource Guide for businesses in Minnesota. The guide is available at https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/articles/Resource_Guide_2017_0.pdf This guide is 48 pages long, so we have broken out some important parts of it. An overview of the guide and the table of contents from the guide are at Minnesota_Small_Business_Guide.pdf_0. There is a checklist for starting a Minnesota business and some frequently asked questions (Checklist_for_Going_into_Business.pdf) and a list of Frequently Requested Contact Information (Frequently_Requested_Contact_Information_0.pdf).
The SBA provides a large variety of guaranteed loan programs to help finance small businesses. An overview of these programs is at Overview_of_SBA_Loan_Programs_2017.pdf
The Department of Employment and Economic Development has a website with information and guides for businesses in Minnesota. An overview of their website is Dept_Employment_and_Economic_Development_1.pdf.
SCORE provides many ways to generate a business plan that will help you define your ideas and explain your business to others. One way is with software tools and a popular one of those is LivePlan from Palo Alto Software, which replaces Business Plan Pro which SCORE St. Paul has used for years. An overview of LivePlan is in LivePlan and SCORE St. Paul One Page Brochure.pdf.
Taxes are a major topic of business and the IRS provides a lot of information on that. IRS_Info_Client_Folder.pdf describes some of what the IRS has. Also, there is a 2018 version of a short list of materials from the IRS IRS-Resources-For-Small-Business-Owners-2018_2.pdf
Legal advice is often needed in business. St. Paul SCORE works with LegalCORPS to make available free brief advice clinics. They are described in LegalCORPS_Handout_and_Calendar.pdf
There are always topics you need information on and the James J. Hill Center has a library tailored to support small business. HILL_SCORE_FLYER_2018.pdf has an overview. You may also want to consider the Ramsey County Library Rondo branch business section or the business section in the Hennepin County Library downtown Minneapolis branch.
SCORE St. Paul has developed a Quick Start Guide for Starting a Business, and provides that at SCORE_QuickStart_Guide_for_Starting_a_Business_1.pdf.
Inc. Magazine and The Company Corporation have teamed up to provide a detailed plan for starting a business at SCORE-Really-Start-Business-2013.pdf
SCORE and FranNet have worked together to produce this brochure on franchising at Franchising-SCORE- Roadmap.pdf
St. Paul SCORE has prepared a PDF that contains links to dozens of resources for small businesses in the St. Paul area and in western Wisconsin. Click here to download a letter about the guide.
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