RESOURCES FOR

Entrepreneurs

The Dislocated Worker Program isn't only for those seeking traditional employment. We can support you during your business launch or growth if you decide now is the time to make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality! 

 

With over 4,000 angel investors statewide and an abundance of free resources for small business owners, Minnesota is a great place to become a business owner. You may already have a small business, and you're looking at this transition time as an opportunity to grow. Or maybe you're thinking you'd really like to be your own boss, but you're not sure where to start. We can help!

 

Below are some useful resources for you, no matter where you're at in the process.

SCORE

https://minneapolis.score.org   - Minneapolis

 

https://southmetro.score.org/ - South Metro

 

https://stpaul.score.org/ - St. Paul

 

https://centralminnesota.score.org/ - Central MN

SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives. Staffed by volunteers and founded 50 years ago in Minnesota, SCORE is a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of the nation's small businesses. SCORE provides mentoring for the life of your business.

 

SCORE offers over 20 free webinars on topics including: Operations, Financial, Marketing, and more! Topic experts share their experience through these valuable webinars to help you get started on the right foot! Visit http://www.score-mn.org/pw-webinars/ to register and start watching today.

 

 

SHIFT

www.shiftonline.org

 

The SHIFT community connects individuals making midlife transitions, people who seek greater meaning in life and work. Some members of the SHIFT community want encore careers that combine income with personal meaning and social impact. Others want to volunteer their experience and skills as a way of giving back to the larger community. SHIFT serves as a compass to help midlifers navigate these transitions.

WOMENVENTURE
www.womenventure.org

WomenVenture is a Women's Business Center as designated by the U.S. Small Business Administration. They help women start and grow profitable and sustainable businesses. They train entrepreneurs, advise businesses, provide loans, and create jobs. WomenVenture also provides online business training & related resources, health insurance resources, small business resources, and business consulting.

 

 

NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

http://www.ndc-mn.org/what-we-do/business-training/

NDC partners with community-based organizations to provide culturally sensitive entrepreneur training programs. NDC offers a variety of courses to help prepare entrepreneurs in both startup and expansion stage of owning a business. The NDC Business Lab offers customized professional services to small businesses and nonprofits for building capacity and generating impact. Learn how to create your business plan, expand your business, and grow your small business skills in accounting, sales, marketing, inventory control, and web design.

 

NDC also offers reduced cost financing to help you start your business.

 

 

SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTANTS

 

There are many small business consultants in Minnesota you can work with to develop strategy, pricing, process improvement, and grow your business. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a list we have compiled from our entrepreneurial clients who have used these services with positive experiences.

 

We will continue updating this list as we receive more feedback from our participants.

 

Bonus: these vendors accept Purchase Orders, so if the Dislocated Worker Program is funding your consulting through CLIMB, payment is easy!

Planning + New Customer Acquisition 
www.bizownertraining.com

 

Accounting + Business Planning

www.aemcpas.com

www.epamn.com

www.carlson-advisors.com

 

Legal Consulting
www.bernsknight.com

www.mdh-law.com

CLIMB - Converting Layoffs into Minnesota Businesses

Climb is a program designed to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in the state-funded Dislocated Worker Program with training and consulting to support a successful business launch or growth.

 

This is a free program, funded through the state's Dislocated Worker Program.

 

Business consulting and training services are available through the Small Business Development Network, and any number of organizations that serve entrepreneurs and business owners. The Dislocated Worker Program uses training funds to pay for these training and consulting services for you.

Who is eligible?

Any individual eligible for the state Dislocated Worker Program who expresses an interest in starting their own business is eligible for CLIMB.

 

Unemployment & CLIMB

 

Minnesota passed legislation allowing CLIMB participants to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits while in the program (up to the maximum allowable weeks). Three components of UI eligibility are waived for DW Program participants enrolled in CLIMB:

 

1) The requirement to search for work (so that new business owners can focus on launching/growing their business)

2) The earnings deductibility (so that any money a new business owner makes is reported, but not deducted from their UI benefit)

3) The 32 hour limit (so that new business owners can work in excess of 32 hours per week on their new businesses).

 

For more information, visit DEED's website for those recently unemployed and click on the CLIMB tab, or talk with your counselor today.

Other Resources

 

sba.gov

U.S. Small Business Administration, an official website of the United States Government.
 

mn.gov

In-depth publications produced in collaboration with major Minnesota law firms and subject matter experts on a wide variety of business topics. Business guidebooks are written specifically for companies that will be doing business in Minnesota.

stthomas.edu/centers/sbdc/

The Twin Cities Small Business Development Center provides confidential business consulting services at no charge to help established businesses and startups develop strategies to attract customers, increase sales, and improve profitability.

bizbuysell.com

Marketplace listing businesses & franchises for sale.

minnesotagetonline.com

Fast, easy, and FREE easy-to-build websites including a customized domain name (your business address online).

bizlaunch.com

Free small business webinars, updated weekly!
 

https://intuit.me/2LZ6jnE

Six free online courses for business owners!

Minnesota Job Partners is the career services division of the Minnesota Teamsters Service Bureau.
We are an equal opportunity employer/program provider.