Resources & Information

This page gives an overview of the many types of resources, information and support our office can provide to new or existing businesses, including contact and financial resources and the many local, state, regional and federal assistance programs available. For assistance, please contact the Retail Services Specialist, Cara Knauf, at the Chamber of Commerce at or call 507-233-4308.

Available Space for Sale/Lease

Business Training Opportunities

Workshops and Classes

Better Business Bureau Series: Think You're Safe?
Date: Oct 9, 2017 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Registration Deadline: 10/6/2017 8:00 AM (CDT)
Status: Open - 25 places remaining
Point of Contact: Julie Nelson (507) 389-8875
Center: South Central MnSBDC Regional Center
Fee: $15.00 Registration Policies
Location: 424 N Riverfront Dr, Suite 210, Mankato MN 56001-3447
Lisa Jemtrud with the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota will share the latest on scams that steal small business cash, clients, assets and identities.
Instructions: Event takes place in the new MSU Strategic Partnership Center. Park in rear of the building and use that entrance. Please pay at the door; make checks payable to SBDC.

Anatomy of a Small Business Website
Date: Oct 11, 2017 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Registration Deadline: 10/10/2017 8:00 AM (CDT)
Status: Open - 20 places remaining
Point of Contact: Julie Nelson (507) 389-8875
Center: South Central MnSBDC Regional Center
Fee: $15.00 Registration Policies
Location: 424 N Riverfront Dr, Suite 210, Mankato MN 56001-3447
A quality business website is a great way to engage customers and convert leads into sales. But how do you create or improve a website on a small business budget? HB Digital Marketing founder and SBDC Business Consultant Hannah Bretz will break down the basic anatomy of an excellent business website and how to use keywords to be found by customers on Google.
Instructions: Event takes place in the new MSU Strategic Partnership Center. Park in the rear of the building and use that entrance. Please pay at the door; make checks payable to SBDC.

Veterans Business Roadshow
Date: Oct 12, 2017 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration Deadline: 10/12/2017 8:00 AM (CDT)
Status: Phone Registration Required
Point of Contact: Julie Nelson (507) 389-8875
Center: South Central MnSBDC Regional Center
Fee: None
Location: 424 N Riverfront Dr, Suite 210, Mankato MN 56001-3447
As a veteran, have you ever dreamed of owning your own business? Do you already own a business and want to improve it? The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC), supported by Newman's Own Foundation (, invites you to join the Veterans Business Roadshow at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Veterans of all eras, Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and military family members are invited to attend free of charge. The day includes three workshops, introduction to available resources, box lunch and refreshments. Workshop topics include: Entrepreneurship for You - Veterans Edition, Financing your Business, and Kick Start your Business.
Instructions: Event takes places at the new MSU Strategic Partnership Center. Park in rear and use rear entrance.

Get a Grip on Your Business: An Introduction to EOS (Traction)
Date: Oct 19, 2017 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Registration Deadline: 10/19/2017 8:00 AM (CDT)
Point of Contact: Julie Nelson (507) 389-8875
Center: South Central MnSBDC Regional Center
Fee: None
Location: 424 N Riverfront Dr, Suite 210, Mankato MN 56001-3447
Even the most successful small business owners occasionally find running a business to be more challenging than expected. You may have heard about "Traction" and wondered what it is all about. This seminar for both established and new entrepreneurs will give you an introduction to the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) from a certified implementer. You'll learn about a set of tools that you can start using right away to get better results. Presented by Joe Paulsen, Pinnacle Business Solutions. Brought to you by the MSU College of Business - Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and SBDC.
Instructions: Event takes place in the new MSU Strategic Partnership Center (former Hubbard/Ridley Building) in downtown Mankato. Park in rear of the building and use the rear entrance.





2017 SBA Minnesota Lenders' Conference
Local Event Location: Brooklyn Park, MN/Date & Time: September 7, 2017, 7:30am

Marriott Minneapolis Northwest
7025 Northland Drive North
Brooklyn Park, MN, 55428

Learn how to maximize your organization's participation in SBA lending programs and build your network of SBA program and industry experts. More Information at

Succession Planning Workshop
Local Event Location: Edina, MN/Date & Time: September 11, 2017, 6:30pm

Minnesota State University Mankato
7700 France Ave S
Suite A303
Edina, MN, 55435

This series is designed for small business owners to find out how to plan a graceful exit from their company and learn how to evaluate their business.

What to Say, and How to Say It
Local Event Location: Bloomington, MN/Date & Time: September 14, 2017, 1:00pm

Northwestern Health Sciences University
2501 W. 84th Street
Use East Entrance
Bloomington, MN, 55431

Using words and images to craft your email messages Heard of “location, location, location”? For online marketing, it’s “Content, Content, Content!” What you say, and the way you say it (tone, date & time, frequency) is how you will attract, engage and be share worthy to your audiences.

Writing a Business Plan: A Simplified Method
Local Event Duration: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM/Location: Rosemount, MN/Date & Time: September 19, 2017, 10:30am 

Robert Trail Library, Rosemount
14395 S Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN, 55068

Learn a simplified method to create a business plan with Bob Voss, instructor at Dakota County Technical College and author of Will My New Business Succeed and 21 Question  Business Plan

Success Plan Crash Course
Local Event Location: Roseville, MN/Date & Time: September 25, 2017, 9:00am 

Olsen Thielen
2675 Long Lake Road
Roseville, MN, 55113

St. Paul SCORE has created a new workshop for clients to develop a plan for their new business or to expand their existing operations, based on the ‘21 Question Success Plan’.

Simple Steps to a Well-Run Business
Local Event Location: Edina, MN/Date & Time: September 25, 2017, 12:00pm 

Minnesota State University Mankato
7700 France Ave S
Suite A303
Edina, MN, 55435

Owning and operating a small business can be overwhelming and frustrating. But with the help of SCORE mentors and your peers, you will see it can also be rewarding and successful. Join your fellow small business owners in this series of three educational sessions and follow up peer-to-peer learning Roundtables where you decide the topics.

Recipe for: Success - A Woman’'s Perspective
Local Event Location: Minneapolis, MN/Date & Time: September 26, 2017, 8:30am 

Golden Valley Country Club
7001 Golden Valley Road
Minneapolis, MN, 55247

Want to start your own business? Would you like to hear from women who'’ve been there, done that... Successfully? Or, do you own a small business that needs to grow?

Shaping Your Policy and Culture With Employee Handbooks
Local Event Location: Maple Grove, MN/Date & Time: September 26, 2017, 1:00pm

Maple Grove Library
8001 Main Street North
Maple Grove, MN, 55369

Create a great company culture by leveraging some of the potential benefits of a handbook.

Live Webinars

Build an Authentic Brand to Increase Your Bottom Line
Date & Time: September 7, 2017, 12:00pm 

Branding isn’t a ‘nice-to-have,’ but a ‘must-have’ to be competitive in today’s market. Don’t get jaded by get-rich-quick-schemes and fly-by-night tactics that promise overnight results. True branding is strategic, authentic, and it impacts every facet of your business. During this webinar with Senior Brand Advisor, Steven Picanza, you’ll learn about branding trends including: 
 - How messaging and your brand’s story will impact your bottom line over bland creative
 - Why your sales funnel will either make or break your brand (and what you can do to make sure you’re not missing out) 
 - How to make sure your brand and culture build equity and revenue even when you’re not in the room or in the conversation

How to Create a One-Page Plan of Action to Grow Your Company
Date & Time: September 12, 2017, 12:00pm

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with too many details and urgent fires that pull you away from the highest value responsibilities needed to scale your business?  Learn a winning formula to help you determine what your company should focus on over the next 90 days. Join Wall Street Journal bestselling author and successful entrepreneur, David Finkel, as he walks you through these simple steps to create a one-page plan of action to grow your business.
You’ll learn:
 - How to design a rolling series of 90-day action plans to reach your business goals faster.
 - Why your plan must be one page.
 - How to avoid the 3 most common pitfalls that stop most companies from executing on their action plan…and much more.

Lean Business Planning for Better Management
Date & Time: September 19, 2017, 12:00pm 

Contrary to the popular myth, business planning is not just for startups, and it does not involve writing a long formal business plan full of carefully worded summaries and descriptions. Lean business planning is easier and more useful for all companies. It includes using simple lists and tables to define strategy, tactics, milestones, metrics, and assumptions; plus, it projects sales, spending, and cash flow. 
Join this webinar as Tim Berry, founder of and Palo Alto Software, shares the simplicity and ease of lean business planning, including:
 - A simple, powerful approach to business planning for any business—existing, startup or in the planning stage.
 - Easy ways to stay focused, grow faster and adjust quickly to change. 
 - How and why to review and revise regularly to simplify and watch the important milestones.
 - When to stick to the plan, when to change it, and how to tell the difference.
 - What business owners need to know about forecasting sales, expenses, and cash flow, and how to manage ongoing results.
 - Setting priorities for long term and managing steps in the short term.

Video Marketing Made Easy
Date & Time: September 21, 2017, 12:00pm 

Videos are now a digital marketing must. Nearly 50% of consumers say they’ve made a purchase as a result of watching a video on social media, and video will account for over 80% of internet traffic by 2020.
But the thought of making videos can be overwhelming. Rest assured that ANYONE can create them.  Expensive equipment and fancy studios are no longer a requirement. In this session, Digital Marketing Expert Sherry Bonelli will discuss the importance of video marketing to your business. She will cover:
 - The types of videos you can create
 - How to create videos with your smartphone
 - The easy-to-use video platforms (like, Facebook Live and YouTube Live) you can use to engage your future customers
 - Software tools that can make your video production easy
 - Affordable gadgets that allow you to record and create videos like a pro

Improve Your Online Presence to Attract More Customers
Hour Date & Time: September 28, 2017, 12:00pm 

Can customers easily find your small business online? And is all the information on your website, business listings, reviews and social media correct? Inaccuracy can not only be costly but detrimental to your business and reputation.
Join this webinar led by DexYP’s Emil Gondos, and learn immediate steps to build an accurate online presence.
You’ll learn:
 - What is an online presence, and why is it important to manage?
 - How to check your online data across the web (website, listing, reviews, social media)
 - How incorrect data can have a negative impact on your business
 - How to correct online business data immediately






Start-Up and Training Resources

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

What We Do
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is the state's largest and premier business organization, representing more than 2,300 businesses of all types and sizes across Minnesota. Your needs are our priorities as we work with you to make Minnesota a better place for businesses to locate, stay and grow.

Grow Minnesota
Grow Minnesota is the premier private-sector led statewide business retention, business assistance, and business expansion program in Minnesota. Our team helps Minnesota businesses locate the right resources and provide professional assistance so your business will succeed, stay and grow in our state.

Business Resources
Our wide ranging database can be accessed quickly and includes a wealth of researched statewide resources. Brief descriptions of resources and direct links are focused on saving busy business people valuable time and money. Resources include: small business loan programs, information on how to start a business, resources for entrepreneurs, workforce recruitment assistance and training grants, exporting services and seminars, information on environmental permitting and regulations, energy use and waste reduction programs.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

What We Do
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state's principal economic development agency. DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development. Learn what DEED is all about and the ways we help job seekers, businesses and communities.

Assistance for Minnesota Businesses Fact Sheet
It’s not easy to start, manage or expand a business. Having professional guidance at the right time can save time and
money – and prevent headaches. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) offers
information, programs and services to help businesses succeed.

Guidebooks for starting a small business, protecting your intellectual property, dealing with employment law issues, and more.


Minnesota Business First Stop

Minnesota Business First Stop streamlines the development process for complex business startups, expansions or relocations that involve financing, licensing, permitting, and regulatory issues that overlap multiple state agencies. The Minnesota Business First Stop Team is managed by the Department of Employment and Economic Development and includes representatives from eight state agencies.

Minnesota Business First Stop Fact Sheet

Assistance Electronic Inquiry Form
We help companies at any stage of development, from new ideas to business startups to established companies with products and services ready to market. Just complete and submit this electronic inquiry form and we'll contact you.


U.S. Small Business Association (SBA)

What We Do
Since its founding, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions:

  • Access to Capital (Business Financing)
    SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing for small businesses from the smallest needs in micro-lending - to substantial debt and equity investment capital (venture capital).
  • Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training)
    SBA provides free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses in over 1,800 locations throughout the United States and US territories.
  • Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)
    In keeping with the mandate of Section 15(g) of the Small Business Act, SBA's Office of Government Contracting sets goals with other federal departments and agencies to reach the statutory goal of 23 percent in prime contract dollars to small businesses. This office also provides small businesses with subcontracting procurement opportunities, outreach programs, and training.
  • Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)
    Created in 1978, this Office reviews Congressional legislation and testifies on behalf of small business. It also assesses the impact of the regulatory burden on behalf of small businesses. Additionally, it conducts a vast array of research on American small businesses and the small business environment. The Chief Counsel of this office is appointed by the President of the United States.

Resource Guide
The Minnesota Resource Guide contains information for small businesses that is local to the state of Minnesota. In addition to SBA programs and services, it includes contact information at the local, state and federal levels.

National Resource Guide
Small Business Resource magazine is the most complete guide to starting and expanding your business. You'll find information on counseling, training, capital, contracting, disaster assistance, business advocacy, local directories and more.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

What We Do
SBDCs provide the expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today’s competitive economy. The South Central Minnesota SBDC is part of the Minnesota network of regional centers. We are funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and regional support partners, which allows us to provide professional services at no cost. We offer one-on-one consulting to established businesses and start-ups. We also help to find and secure the capital you need to operate and expand. Finally, we offer an array of training sessions at no cost or nominal cost.

Business Owner's Toolkit
Information to help with incorporation options and choose the right business type.

Business Plans Handbook
Eleven reference volumes composed of actual business plans written by entrepreneurs in North America who are seeking financing for their business.



Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF)

What We Do
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is a regional development and philanthropic organization that fosters economic and community vitality in 20 counties of southern Minnesota through a culture of collaboration and partnership. We envision a prosperous and growing region with vibrant communities, innovative and successful economies, and engaged and valued citizens.

Fund Portal

To achieve our vision of helping develop more community vitality, we offer grants to nonprofits and communities, Community Foundation support and regional collaboration.

Small Town Grants
The goal of our grant making is to bring community leaders together in a collaborative and inclusive way to create a shared vision and path towards transformative ideas and goals. SMIF is offering grants of up to $10,000 for these communities to support projects that can demonstrate a collaborative and transformational opportunity for their community.



Loan and Grant Resources for Businesses

Federal Programs

National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC)
Small Deal Fund
1155 15th St NW #300, Washington, DC 20005
(202) 588-6001

Small Business Administration (SBA)                                                                         

General Small Business Loans (7A), Microloan Program, Real Estate and Equipment Loans (CDC/504), Disaster Loans, Loan Programs
US Small Business Administration,  409 3rd St. SW, Washington DC 20416


State Programs

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Business Assistance and Information
1st National Bank Building
332 Minnesota St., Suite E-200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351
651-259-7114 or 800-657-3900

Regional Programs

Brown County Economic Development Partners (BCEDP)
Revolving Loan Fund and Business Assistance; Brown County Revolving Loan Fund
Rob Anderson, Executive Director
300 2nd Av. SW, Sleepy Eye, MN 56085

Small Business Development Center (University of Minnesota/Mankato SBDC)
1536 Warren St., Mankato, MN 56001

504 Corporation
Loan Program
Mary Oudekerk, Senior Business Development Officer
1961 Premier Dr. Suite 202, Mankato, MN 5+6001
507-625-6056 or 800-749-9015

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF)
Business Loans, Small Enterprise Loans
Diane Lewis, Business Lending Director
525 Florence Av., P.O. Box 695, Owatonna, MN 55060-0695
507-455-3215 X 115

Region Nine Development Commission (R9DC)
Micro-Enterprise Loan Funds; Revolving Loan Funds
10 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 3, P.O. Box 3367, Mankato, MN 56002
507-387-5643 or 800-450-5643 and 507-387-7105 fax

Local Programs

City of New Ulm/Economic Development Authority (EDA)
Rehabilitation Loan Program; Limited Loan Program
David Schnobrich, Community Development Director City of New Ulm
100 N. Broadway St., New Ulm, MN 56073

New Ulm Economic Development Corporation (NUDEC)
Preservation Easement Program
1 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, MN 56073
507-233-4305 or 507-276-9729

Headstart to the Heart of the City Program
Bank Loans for Businesses in Downtown New Ulm; Professional Services for Accounting and/or Legal; Remodeling and Renovating Resources; Technical Communication Services
Cara Knauf, Retail Services Specialist, New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce
1 N. Minnesota St., New Ulm, MN 56073


Loan and Grant Resources for Historic Buildings

Under a program of the National Park Service, New Ulm is designated as a Certified Local Government. Buildings in New Ulm listed on the National Register of Historic Places and/or located in the Heritage Preservation Commission’s Commercial Center Historic District may qualify for assistance from the entities listed below. In addition, New Ulm has earned designation as a Minnesota Main Street (MMS) community, a program of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM), which provides support and assistance for designated properties located in the Downtown Historic District. For a list of qualifying properties, please contact Cara Knauf, Retail Services Specialist, at or call 507-233-4308.

Federal Programs

National Park Service (NPS)
Federal Tax Credits for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings/Main Street Commercial Buildings; Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program
National Park Service
1849 C St. NW, Washington, DC 20240
(202) 513-7156

National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP)
National Trust Preservation Funds
The Watergate Office Building
2600 Virginia Av. NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20037
202.588.6000 or 800.944.6847

State Programs

Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS)
Certified Local Government Grants; Historical and Heritage Grants; Historic Structure Rehabilitation Grants
345 W. Kellogg Bl., St. Paul, MN 55102
651-259-3000 or 800-657-3773

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) and the Minnesota Main Street Program (MMS)
Purchase Options; Investment Partnerships
416 Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, MN 55102

Local Programs

Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC)
Signage and Awning Grant Program
Ellwood Zabel, Building Official, City of New Ulm
100 N. Broadway St., New Ulm, MN 56073


City of New Ulm/Economic Development Authority (EDA)
Rehabilitation Loan Program; Limited Loan Program
David Schnobrich, Community Development Director, City of New Ulm
100 N. Broadway St., New Ulm, MN 56073