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 Privacy and Data Security (June 2014)
(A collaboration with the law firm Gray Plant Mooty). Also 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 Adopts New Limited Liability Company (LLC) Act

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.

June 2014
Securities and Exchange Commission Releases Two Interpretations Relating to Social Media and Online Electronic Platforms in Securities Offerings 

May 2014
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing on Whether Certain U.S. Small Business Administration Programs are “Necessary or Redundant Spending”

New Law Will Require Equal Pay Certification from Some State Contractors

New Law Creates Public Benefit Corporations in Minnesota
 

April 2014
Minnesota Adopts New Law on Formation and Operation of Limited Liability Companies

New Minnesota Minimum Wage to Affect Most Employers 

U.S. Small Business Administration Eliminates Personal Resources Test for 7(a) Loans


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