Small Business Assistance Office

Our Small Business Assistance Office places a special emphasis on providing the in-depth information that is so crucial to business success yet too costly for many businessmen and women to obtain on their own.

We help reduce the expense in terms of money, time, expertise, and lost opportunity for startups and established businesses alike by offering individual consultation services along with a comprehensive series of business guidebooks.

Consultation Services

Our consultants field all kinds of inquiries, ranging from basic process questions ("What form do I need to file, where do I get it, and with whom do I file it?"), to addressing far more complex tax, regulatory, financial, managerial, business structure and other questions.      

Contact one of our consultants at:

Business Guidebooks

Far from generic advice, our business guidebooks are written specifically for companies that will be doing business in Minnesota and operating under Minnesota laws and regulations.

Our Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota is the most comprehensive reference of its kind and a must read for anyone contemplating the startup or purchase of an existing business.

Our other in-depth guidebooks are produced in collaboration with major Minnesota law firms and subject matter experts on such topics as employment law, Internet commerce, securities offerings, franchising, debt financing, loan documentation, and intellectual property protection.

Guidebooks may be viewed and downloaded online. 

Print and electronic versions on CD maybe ordered free of charge.

Here are our current offerings:

A Guide to Starting A Business in Minnesota (32nd Edition, January 2014) 

An Employer’s Guide to Employment Law Issues in Minnesota  (12th Edition, April 2014)
(A collaborative effort with the law firm of Lindquist & Vennum LLP). Available on CD.

A Legal Guide to the Use of Social Media in the Workplace  (July 2013) 
(A collaboration with the law firm Gray Plant Mooty). Also available on CD.

A Legal Guide To Technology Transactions  (April 2012)
(A collaborative effort with the law firm Gray Plant Mooty). Also available on CD.

Minnesota's Angel Tax Credit - Small Corporate Offering Registration (SCOR) Revised September 2013 
(A collaborative effort with the law firm of Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren Ltd.). Also available on CD.

A Guide to Intellectual Property Protection  (12th Edition, November 2011) 
(A collaborative effort with the law firm of Merchant & Gould P.C.). Also available on CD.

Loan Documentation: An Introduction for Small Businesses (A collaborative effort with the law firm of Krass Monroe, P.A.). Available only on CD.

Raising Capital: Securities Law and Business Considerations (6th Edition May 2010). (A collaborative effort with the law firm of Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly LLP). Available only on CD.

A Legal Guide to the Internet (6th Edition, April 2006)
(A collaborative effort with the law firm of Merchant & Gould P.C.). Available only on CD.

An Introduction to Franchising (3rd Edition, January 2008)
(A collaborative effort with the law firm of Briggs and Morgan, P.A.). Also available on CD.

A Guide to Biotechnology Finance  (1st Edition, August 2005)
(A collaborative effort with the law firm of Lindquist & Vennum LLP). Also available on CD.

A Guide to Biotechnology Finance - 2009 Supplement  
(A collaborative effort with the law firm of Lindquist & Vennum LLP). Available only on CD.

Why and How to Conduct a Human Resources Audit in Minnesota  
(A collaborative effort with the law firm of Rider, Bennett, Egan & Arundel, LLP). Available only on CD.

Small Business Notes Newsletter

Small Business Notes is a monthly newsletter that provides timely, accurate and useful information on topics of interest to small businesses in Minnesota.

Select the links below to view, download and print current and past issues. 

March 2014

Minnesota Angel Tax Credit Extra Funding for 2014 Now Available

President Directs Review of Federal Overtime Regulations

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Provides Guidance Documents for Employers on Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace

February 2014

Affordable Care Act's Employer Mandate Delayed Again

Eighth Circuit Reiterates That Bad Behavior and Unfortunate Outcomes Do Not Necessarily Rise to the Level of Employment Discrimination

No Small Business Notes for January 2014

December 2013
Important Federal Tax Provisions of Benefit to Small Businesses Set to Expire December 31, 2013 

Federal District Court Says Employer can Have Americans With Disabilities Act Liability for Exclusive Reliance on Medical Opinion Regarding Potential Employee's Ability to Perform Job Tasks

Special Update December 2013
On December 2, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review State Law Imposing Internet Sales Tax Collection Requirement 

November 2013
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Request for Comments on New Minnesota Job Creation Fund

New business starts Rebounded in Minnesota in 2012 But Jobs Followed More Slowly

October 2013  
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Proposes Rules on Crowdfunding in Furtherance of 2012 JOBS Act 

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to Conduct Study of “Patent Assertion Entities” in Response to Concern About “Patent Trolls” in Wireless Communications Sector 

September 2013        
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Issues Substantial New Rules Relating to Employment of Veterans and People with Disabilities by Holders of Federal Contracts

July/August 2013
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Ends Prohibition on General Solicitation for Private Offerings Under Rule 506

U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Definition of “Supervisor” for Claims Under Title VII

New Publication To Guide Business Use of Social Media

June 2013
Feds, Minnesota, and Other States Prevail in Appeal of “Guaranteed Grant” Case

New Legislation for Employers: Criminal Background Checks, Payment of Wages, Workers’ Compensation

May 2013
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Releases Staff Report on Proposed Amendments to Mail or Telephone Order Merchandise Rule

U.S. Small Business Administration Broadens Availability of Government Contracts for Women Owned and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Businesses

April 2013
Congressional Witnesses Chide Securities and Exchange Commission for Slowness in Development of Rules for Securities Law Amendments to 2012 JOBS Act

SEC Provides No-Action Letters to Two Online Venture Capital Operators But Limitations Remain

March 2013
U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari of Appellate Decision on Language of Federal Research Tax Credit

USCIS Issues New Version of Form-I-9

New ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse Launched March 26, 2013

January 2013 Special Edition
Tax Code Provisions Beneficial to Small Businesses Survive New Tax Law