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 Websites

SCORE has a number of websites for various purposes. SCORE Website Information PDF has a list of these sites.

SCORE Background Information

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.

Are You Ready (to start a business)?

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.

Small Business Administration Minnesota Information

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).

SBA Loan Programs

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

Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development

The Department of Employment and Economic Development of 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 and Business Plan Pro Overview

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 Business Plan Pro, which St. Paul SCORE has used for years.  An overview of Business Plan Pro is in Business_Plan_Pro_Info.pdf.

IRS Information for Small Businesses

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 from LegalCORPS

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

James J. Hill Business Library Services

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.

Quick Start Guide for Starting a Business

St. Paul SCORE has developed a Quick Start Guide for Starting a Business, and provides that at SCORE_QuickStart_Guide_for_Starting_a_Business_1.pdf.

How to really Start Your Own Business Booklet

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

Franchising - A Proven Way to Start a Business

SCORE and FranNet have worked together to produce this brochure on franchising at Franchising-SCORE- Roadmap.pdf

Client Resource Guide

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.  

Contact Us with any Issues

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