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Legal Topics: Starting a Business in Minnesota

Resources: (Print resources are available at the Law Library and in county law libraries around the state.)

  • Business Law 101 (MN CLE) KF 1414.3 .B88 2013
  • How to structure and complete the purchase and sale of a business (MN CLE) KFM5605 .H68 2015
  • Minnesota Business 101, Big Ideas for Small Businesses, a blog from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
  • The small business start-up kit / by Peri H. Pakroo ; edited by Marcia Stewart. KF1659 .P35 2010.
  • Starting a Business in Minnesota, from the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development.
  • Starting a Business or Nonprofit, from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  • Business & Nonprofit Forms, from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  • Business Organizations for Non-Lawyers, a bibliography from the Minnesota State Law Library. They may also be available in county law libraries and many public libraries.
  • Business-oriented Libraries:

  • The James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul is a specialized business library.
  • The Saint Paul Public Library has a Small Business Resource Center at its Rondo Community Outreach Library.
  • Practical advice is available from:

  • The United States Small Business Administration and its local office.
  • The Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office.
  • Minneapolis has information on doing business in the city under its Business tab.

  • DISCLAIMER:  As librarians and not lawyers, we can suggest resources but cannot give legal advice (such as which form to file), or legal opinions, (such as how a statute might apply to particular facts.)  To do so could be considered the unauthorized practice of law.  Even though we try to suggest materials that will be of help, further research is usually required to find a complete and correct answer.  For many questions, the best answer may be to consult an attorney.  For links to resources on finding an attorney click here.


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    Minnesota State Law Library: Legal Topics: Starting a Business in Minnesota

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