Frequently and Recently Asked Questions
Your recently and frequently asked questions for the Small Business Assistance Office.
Before You Start
Starting a business should never be an impulsive decision. It should be carefully considered and planned.
Organizing a Business
Choosing how your business will be structured is one of the first and most fundamental decisions that you will make.
A written business plan makes you more attractive to lenders, helps you make sound managerial decisions, and positions your company for growth.
Everyone who starts a business should have a basic understanding of accounting and income forecasting.
Business Finance Basics
Common sources of business financing and insights into how to approach lenders.
The right insurance can mitigate risks, keep you in business when bad things happen, and offer peace of mind.
Taxes are the only constant in business. It’s imperative that you know who, what, where, when, why and how to pay. And do it on time.
Basics for Employers
Whether at startup or later as your business grows, there are many issues to consider before you hire workers and become an employer.
Get to know four basic types of intellectual property: patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret. Then explore important IP protection issues.
Growing your skills and your business. Essentials for running your company smoothly and profitably.
These in-depth publications are produced in collaboration with major Minnesota law firms and subject matter experts on a wide variety of business topics.
Small Business Assistance Office
Provides in-depth consultation and a comprehensive series of business guidebooks.
Small Business Development Centers
Nine centers statewide provide the expertise and guidance small businesses need to flourish.
Small Business Partnership Directory
Resources for small businesses to receive technical assistance.