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Business Resources

Information for Businesses

There is a variety of online information that can help answer business-related questions.  Here are state and regional resources:

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

DEED provides a variety of publications, as well as Business Services that include assistance from experts, help in finding workers and data.

Minnesota Secretary of State

The Minnesota Secretary of State provides online information on business fees, how to start a business, business filings online, UCC and Tax lien filing,  and Central Notification System (CNS) forms.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – Minnesota

Counseling, training, and technical assistance to entrepreneurs who wish to start, operate and/or expand their businesses.  Free online training courses.  Specific SBA information for Minnesota. Disaster planning and resources.  And information on grants and loans.

Minnesota Attorney General’s Office 

A suite of resources that includes information about scams, charities, and various legal issues.

Business Training resources

Rochester Community and Technical College – Business and Workforce Education (BWE)

RCTC’s Small Business Development Center provides free, confidential consulting services for businesses in Southeastern Minnesota.  The BWE also offers employee training and development classes to upgrade worker skills, Continuing Education classes to help works maintain their licensures, online training, and testing services.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF)

SMIF assists communities in this region with economic development through financing, programs and grants.  Financing programs include loans for businesses, licensed family child care facilities and local foods ventures.

SCORE – Southeast Minnesota Chapter / Rochester

SCORE provides free and confidential one-on-one business Mentoring customized for your business needs  and personal objectives. The chapter also offers Local Workshops for a fee, for both start-up and in-business entrepreneurs.

U.S.SourceLink

U.S.SourceLink was created to help business and community leaders create dynamic, thriving communities by mapping assets, providing innovative practices and implementing tools and programs to foster entrepreneurship.  This online database of information also comes with a technical assistance component.