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Minnesota’s New Business Filings Up in First Half of 2014
More than 15,500 New Business Filings Reported in Second Quarter
Posted Date: 7/7/2014

Contact: Nathan Bowie, (651) 297-8919,

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reports 15,547 new Minnesota businesses were filed in the second quarter of 2014, bringing the state’s year-to-date filings to 31,502 — an increase over the 31,060 filings during the first half of 2013.

The 2014 second quarter filings also are consistent with the 15,955 filings reported in the preceding first quarter, as well as the 15,314 filings reported in the second quarter of 2013.

“New business filings are one indicator of the strength of Minnesota’s economy, and these numbers show our state continues to be a great place to do business and find employment,” says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie.

Minnesota’s new business filings reports are available online for 2014 and 1990–2013. Last year, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reported 58,260 new business filings, the third-highest annual total on record.

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About the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for the administration of the state’s election law. In this capacity, the office operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for every election. The office also accepts filings by candidates, trains local election officials, and conducts voter education and outreach programs.

The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of Minnesota and has the role of certifying the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents, including proclamations and executive orders.

A main function of the office is the review, approval and filing of articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations conducting business in Minnesota. The Secretary of State also processes all notary public applications; serves as the state’s central filing system for lien information related to the Uniform Commercial Code; and administers Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program designed to assist Minnesotans who fear for their safety.