Minnesota Secretary Of State - Start a Business
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Start a Business

Welcome to your first stop in starting a business in Minnesota!

Are you looking to start a business? Then you're in the right place.

This section contains information to help you through the process of starting a business: The basic instructions for forming, naming, and registering a business, descriptions of the types of businesses in Minnesota, and further resources for business owners.

Please read this page and visit the links on the left for all the information you need to start a business in Minnesota.  

First steps to starting a business

When starting a new business or non-profit organization there are many important decisions to make. Click here to learn about the first steps you need to take, including registering your business with our office.

Ready to Register?

If you already know what to do, go here to register your business

Business Help & Step-By-Step Guides

We want to make it as easy as possible to set up a business in Minnesota. That's why we've created several step-by-step guides for frequently asked questions, such as how to register your business using our online system, how to renew or amend your business filing and much more, including: 

Help with Your Online Account

If you intend to register your business online, you will need to set up an online account. For more information on how to create an account, password help, printing your filings, or other account related issues, please see the resources below.