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.
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:
Toll free: 1-800-310-8323
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.
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, January 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
(A collaboration with the law firm Gray Plant Mooty). Also available on CD.
A Legal Guide To Technology Transactions
(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 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.
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
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
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
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
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Issues Substantial New Rules Relating to Employment of Veterans and People with Disabilities by Holders of Federal Contracts
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
Feds, Minnesota, and Other States Prevail in Appeal of “Guaranteed Grant” Case
New Legislation for Employers: Criminal Background Checks, Payment of Wages, Workers’ Compensation
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
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
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