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Four Steps to Becoming an Entrepreneur

10/5/2018 10:00:00 AM

Step One: Entrepreneur Expo

Get yourself to the Hennepin County Library-Minneapolis Central from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 10 for the Entrepreneur Expo. This free event will feature over 35 small business development exhibitors, guided networking, roundtable and panel discussions, one-on-one consultations, and a social media lab. DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy will give the keynote.

DEED staff will offer technical advice and offer copies of "A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota" (see step one). They’ll also be promoting financing programs, such as the Emerging Entrepreneur Fund, Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE), Indian Business Loan Program, and Reservists and Veterans Business Loan Program.

You can also get a professional photo taken for your social media. Register here or call 612-543-8000

The Entrepreneur Expo is sponsored by the Friends of the Minneapolis Central Library and MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) presented in collaboration with DEED and:

  • Appetite for Change
  • Business Women’s Circle
  • City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development
  • City of Minneapolis Small Business Team
  • James J. Hill Center
  • Joule MN
  • LegalCORPS
  • Neighborhood Development Center
  • Northside Economic Opportunity Network
  • Prepare + Prosper
  • Saint Paul Public Library
  • Springboard for the Arts
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • WomenVenture

Step Two: Twin Cities Startup Week

The Entrepreneur Expo coincides with Twin Cities Startup Week, and DEED is a community sponsor. A new track on FinTech joins other learning tracks in technology; marketing and sales; health care; and education tech and training. Twin Cities Startup Week is offering a fly-in program for this year's Startup Week. If you’re looking for potential employment with Minnesota startups and interested in attending TCSW apply for a flight!

DEED will be hosting one event during TCSW. Join us for an open house at DEED to learn more about the programs and services we offer small businesses and entrepreneurs. DEED offers start-up businesses assistance ranging from technical support to financing programs. Meet DEED representatives from the Offices of Small Business Assistance, Business Finance, Business Development, Small Business Development Centers, and the Minnesota Trade Office to learn about the many programs DEED offers that may help you with your business.

DEED’s Startup Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Tues., Oct. 9, First National Bank Building, first floor conference facilities (Minnesota and 5th Street entrance), 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul. Registration is requested, but not required.

Step Three: Get a Guide

Get a copy of the 2018 edition of "A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota" from the Small Business Assistance Office at DEED in St. Paul. The free guide summarizes the major issues faced by anyone starting a business in Minnesota. The guide also includes information on an array of programs and initiatives that support small business growth and help entrepreneurs increase opportunities for success.

Minnesota has a new look and so does this sharp-looking guide. This year’s publication is designed in the new Minnesota Blue.

The guide is available in hard copy or on CD-ROM from the DEED Small Business Assistance Office, First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351. Phone 651-259-7476 or 1-800-310-8323. The guide also can be found on the DEED website.

Step Four: Free Training

Minnesota WorkForce Centers offer training in how to start your own business. Search for those classes here.

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