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Starting a Business or Nonprofit

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When starting a new business or non-profit organization there are many important decisions to make. While there is no single source for all filing requirements, the following steps have been developed to assist you in starting your business.

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Step 1:  There are many resources available to assist you in the initial planning stages of starting a business or non-profit organization.  The links below provide information to assist you with this process.    

US Small Business Administration to find a tutorial on how to create a business plan. 

Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office provides information on starting a business in Minnesota.

James J. Hill Center offers BizToolkit, a free gateway to business information tools, databases, and research resources to help your business succeed.

SCORE is a volunteer corps of more than 400 business executives offering free business counseling to small business owners starting up or seeking growth.

Minnesota Council of Non-Profits  provides information in forming a Non-Profit Organization.

Other Helpful Links for New Business & Non-Profit Organizations provides additional resources for contact.

Step 2:  Choose a business structure. Select a business entity type from the following list for a brief overview of the principal types of legal business structures available in Minnesota. You may wish to consult with an attorney or accountant before making a determination as to the type of business entity to form.

Step 3:  After filing with our office, there may be additional steps needed.  This may include a license in order to operate and/or a tax ID number.  Additional Actions and Contact Information and Next Steps provides links to other agencies to contact for this information. 

Thank you for using the Minnesota Business Portal. We hope that you found
the site useful in obtaining information on Minnesota’s filing processes.


Last updated: 7/8/2014 3:58:48 PM