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Updated for 2018: Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota in ‘Minnesota Blue’

The 2018 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is now available from DEED’s Small Business Assistance Office.

This popular guide – now in its 36th edition and free of charge – summarizes the major issues faced by anyone starting a business in Minnesota.

The 2018 edition of the guide contains in-depth information that is crucial to business success, yet too costly for many small-business owners to obtain on their own. It covers a wide variety of topics, from basic process questions to far more complex regulatory, financial, managerial and business-structure questions.

The guide also includes information on an array of programs and initiatives that support small business growth and help entrepreneurs increase opportunities for success.

How to Get a Copy 

Free copies of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” can be obtained in hard copy or on CD-ROM from the Small Business Assistance Office, First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., Suite E-200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351. Phone 651-259-7476 or 1-800 310-8323. The guide can also be found on the DEED website.

MN Business Tax Education Partnership Seminar

The Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership is holding a seminar in Stillwater, Minnesota for employers and their representatives who are interested in information on state and federal employment taxes and other employer responsibilities. The seminar will be presented by experts from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program, the United States Department of Labor, and Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurers Association.

Seminar content will include information on:

  • Worker status (independent contractor vs employee)
  • Employment Tax basics (withholding, depositing and reporting)
  • Unemployment Insurance (tax rates, wage reporting, benefit account issues)
  • Federal Labor Standards (wage and hour)
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance (requirements)

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082

Fee: No fee

Register: Advanced registration is required. Click here to register.


2017 Regional Profile for Region 7E

Partners in East Central MN:

Download the fresh-off-the-presses 2017 Regional Profile for Region 7E (Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties) compiled by Luke Greiner – Regional Labor Market Analyst for the MN Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED). It’s a good, concise read with some very useful information.

Download your copy here.

ECRDC Local Business Survey

Partners in East Central MN:

The East Central Regional Development Commission’s Economic Development Department is undertaking an online survey of local businesses in an effort to find out more about the needs of the business community and current economic conditions:

This survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete.   Information collected will be forwarded to elected officials and used to guide business assistance programs and resources in our five-county region (Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties in East Central Minnesota). Please note that all individual survey results will be kept anonymous.

Thank you for taking the time to compete this survey. Please also forward this survey link to your colleagues.  Individual surveys will be kept anonymous. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, October 27th. Upon completion of this survey, cumulative results will be posted on our website:

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (320) 679-4065 #29 or via email at

Jordan Zeller |  Economic Development Planner

East Central Regional Development Commission

100 Park Street South, Mora, MN 55051

Direct: 320-679-4065 #29

Cell: 320-212-0455

Small Business Owners: Make your voice heard!

Dear Business Owner or Manager,

North 65 Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Federal Reserve on a Small Business Credit Survey for both pre-start and existing businesses, and we’d like you to participate. Your answers will help business service providers and lenders understand real-time business conditions. This short survey takes less than 9 minutes to complete. Individual responses are confidential and summary results will be shared with you.

Take the survey today!

Questions? Contact

MN Job Match

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce


The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the launch of their new job matching system, MN Job Match, in partnership with RealTime Talent. MN Job Match uses statistically validated questions to conduct sophisticated job matching to high quality talent, increasing the diversity and suitability of your candidate pools. Posting your jobs costs just $39 for 30 days of scoring, screening, and stack- ranking candidates so that you find the right person for your opportunity. Internship postings cost $19. Get started today to be matched with qualified candidates. Visit for more information.

Assistant Executive Director Position Opening

Assistant Executive Director
Part time, 28 hours per week
Organized, motivated and creative person to coordinate events which support our members and mission
The primary role of this position is to coordinate the planning, implementation and follow up for all chamber events, including fundraising and marketing.  Will engage members, community and volunteers to support chamber mission.

Complete position description available at

Please submit resume and 3 references by February 28:  North 65 Chamber of Commerce, 2 Enterprise Avenue NE, Suite C4, Isanti, MN 55040

Congratulations to the Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Day Parade Winners

Congratulations to the Isanti Rodeo Jubilee Day Parade Winners:

Ambassadors Choice: Albertville Royalty Program
Best Commercial: Northland Landscape Nursery
Best Non-Commercial: Isanti County 4-H Robotics Team
Most Creative: Country Camping Tent & RV Park – Isanti, MN
Best Horse Group: Isanti County 4-H Drill Team
Best 18 & Under: Cambridge Isanti Hockey Association (CIHA)
Best Visiting Royalty: Fridley 49ers Ambassadors
Mayor’s Choice: Cambridge-Isanti Hockey Association a