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Small Business Resources

Bizstats - BizStats is the leading free online source for small business statistics.

Class B Commercial Driver's License Training (provided by YWCA St. Paul) - Provides classroom and hands-on training and preparation for Class B CDL. - is the leading industry resource offering the largest online repository of news, articles, videos, and site information on the topic of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding.

Fiscal Foundations - Providing QuickBooks® training and worry-free bookkeeping services since 1994.

Inc. Magazine/ - Inc Magazine/ is the place where entrepreneurs and business owners can find useful information, advice, insights, resources and inspiration for running and growing their businesses. 

Internal Revenue Service - Tax center for small businesses and self-employed individuals; provides information that is useful to small businesses with assets of $10 million or less.

James J. Hill Reference Library - The James J. Hill Reference Library is a private nonprofit business reference library that has housed a world-class collection of practical business information resources since 1921; it is considered one of the most comprehensive business libraries in the country.

Kickstarter - Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects; everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology.

LegalCORPS - Connecting volunteer lawyers with microbusiness and nonprofits.

MN Department of Revenue - State business tax information.

National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) - The National Association of Women Business Owners-Minnesota Chapter (NAWBO-MN) provides a local avenue for women entrepreneurs to connect with their peers.

Newspaper Association of America (Trends & Numbers) - The Newspaper Association of America is a key resource for important industry research, including advertising, audience and circulation data.

Obtaining Government Contracts for Your Business - U.S. federal government contracts represent a tremendous sales and revenue opportunity for small businesses. The SBA provides a wealth of information to help you navigate government contracting, including: how to get started, rules and regulations, finding government customers, and resources for small businesses.

Office of International Trade - The SBA’s Office of International Trade's mission is to enhance the ability of small businesses to compete in the global marketplace. They encourage and assist small businesses seeking to export. - Resources to grow your good restaurant into a great business.

Science Museum of Minnesota - Computer Education - From Windows to Macintosh and from desktop publishing to database design, the Science Museum of Minnesota offers more than 200 courses covering more than 80 subjects.

SCORE - SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to pre-venture and early stage businesses. SCORE also offers workshops for a modest fee for both startup entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as free on-demand webinars through their online learning center.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program - The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

State of Minnesota (Secretary of State) - The Office of the Secretary of State provides certain business services to the public and is a valuable resource for small business owners and nonprofits.

U.S. Small Business Administration - The U.S. Small Business Administration provides loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

Women in Networking (WIN) - The Minnesota Chapter of Women In Networking (WIN) is an organization in which women in business lift each other up for professional growth and business success.

Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) - The Women's Business Development Center provides services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy.