Starting a Business

If you are thinking about starting a business, help is available! The Minnesota Small Business Assistance Office publishes their "Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota" each year and is available for FREE! This guide provides a concise summary discussion of major issues, question and concerns that are most commonly raised by those contemplating a business startup. Download it now

West Central Small Business Development Center Website (located in Moorhead!)

  • 1 on 1 Consulting
  • Financial projections
  • Business Plans
  • Training Offerings
  • Business Purchase & Sales
  • Startup Help for Minorities, Women, and Veterans
  • And much more!
MN Secretary of State Website
  • Resources to assist in initial planning stages of starting a business
  • Step by step assistance in registering your business
  • Online forms
  • File business documents online

MN Department of Revenue Website

  • File and pay MN taxes and fees
  • Get a MN Tax ID Number
  • Calculate sales tax rates
  • Manage tax accounts and business information
  • Learn about other business taxes and fees

MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Website

  • Starting a Business
  • Financing a Business
  • Finding Workers
  • Exporting and Trade
  • Locating in Minnesota
  • #InnovateMN
  • Get help from Our Experts
What New Business Owners Need to Know About Federal Taxes
  • Is it a business or a hobby?
  • Selecting a business structure
  • Employer Identification Number
  • Business Taxes
  • Recordkeeping
  • When do I start my tax year?
  • Checklist for starting a business
  • Types of retirement plans
  • Small business publication

Frequently Asked Questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Where can I get information about small business taxes?
  • Where can I get help in preparing financial projections, marketing studies, and loan applications?
  • Can I operate a a business out of my home?
  • How do I register a business name in Minnesota?
  • How do I apply for a state tax ID number?
  • How do I apply for a federal taxpayer ID number?
  • Do I need a business license to operate in Moorhead?