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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.)

  • Handbook on the Law of Small Business: A Practice Guide for Attorneys", 8th ed. - Lee, C. Johnson - KF1659.L43 2014
  • How to Form a Non-Profit Corporation, 11th ed. - Mancuso, Anthony - Nolo - KF 1388 .M36 2013.
  • Legal Forms for Starting and Running a Small Business, 8th ed. - Steingold, Fred - NOLO - KF 1659 .A65 S74 2014
  • Small Business Resources in Minnesota, from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 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.
  • Your First Business Formation: An Essential Guide to Forming Your First (or Next) New Business - KFM5605.Y68 2014
  • 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.
  • Find out if you need any state-required licenses, permits or registrations to operate your business.
  • LegalCORPS

  • 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, see http://www.lawlibrary.state.mn.us/selfhelp.html#atty.

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