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.

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Business Training Opportunities Calendar

Check out our monthly calendar full of learning and training opportunities for you and your employees!

This easy-to-use calendar includes live webinars and seminars compiled from local, state, regional and national resources. Topics cover a wide variety of business, leadership, employee, technical and marketing subjects. Many of the trainings are free. Click on the links provided for complete details and registration. Have questions or need more information? Contact Cara Knauf, Retail Services Specialist, at 507-233-4308 or


Business Training Opportunities Calendar



March 2017

A Crash Course for the First-Time Manager or Supervisor - CTS Seminar
Wed, Mar 1 – 9am-4pm

Top 3 Reasons Phone Calls Are Critical to Your Customer Journey - AMA Webcast
Wed, Mar 1 – 12-1pm

Take Your Ecommerce Business to the Next Level - SCORE Live Webinar
Wed, Mar 1 – 12-1pm

Legal Clinic for Entrepreneurs - SBDC Seminar
Thu, Mar 2 - 11am-1pm

4 Steps to Starting a Successful Part-Time Business - SCORE Live Webinar
Thu, Mar 2 - 12-1pm

How Mid-Market Brands Can Outmaneuver the Giants on Social Media - AMA Webcast
Thu, Mar 2 – 12-1pm

Accounting, Bookkeeping and QuickBooks - NUCC Start Smart New Business Seminar
Thu, Mar 2 - 6-7pm

Legislative Webcast Series
- MCC Live Webcast
Fri, Mar 3 - 8-9am

Recovering from Email Marketing Mistakes - AMA Webcast
Fri, Mar 3 – 12-1pm

Managing Emotions Under Pressure - CTS Seminar/Mankato
Mon, Mar 6 – 9am-4pm

The Conference on Social Media - SKP Seminar/Mankato
Tue, Mar 7 – 9am-4pm

Boost Sales and Profits with a CRM - SCORE Live Webinar
Tue, Mar 7 - 12-1pm

Up Your Game With Social Selling - SCORE Live Webinar
Thu, Mar 9 - 12-1pm

Start-Up Essentials - SBDC Seminar
Thu, Mar 9 - 12:30-1:30pm

How to Create a One Page Lean Business Model and Plan - BL Live Webinar              Thu, Mar 9 – 1-2pm

Government and Regulations - NUCC Start Smart New Business Seminar
Thu, Mar 9 - 6-7pm

Get on the Mobile Map with Google My Business - SBDC Seminar
Tue, Mar 14 - 9am-12pm

Start-Up Lab – SBDC Seminar
Tue, Mar 14 - 4-6pm

Understanding Payment Options - IRS Webinar
Thu, Mar 16 - 10-11am

Legal Clinic for Entrepreneurs - SBDC Seminar
Thu, Mar 16 11am-1pm

Ask the CPA 2017: Tax Advice for Small Businesses - SCORE Live Webinar
Thu, Mar 16 - 12-1pm

Start-Up Essentials - SBDC Seminar/Mankato
Thu, Mar 16 – 12:30-1:30pm

Basic Sales and Use Tax - MDR Webinar
Thu, Mar 16 -12:30-4pm

Choosing Your Location: Rent or Buy; Bricks and Mortar or Online; Existing or Build New - NUCC Start Smart New Business Seminar
Thu, Mar 16 - 6-7pm

Customer Centricity: Building Lasting Connections -  AMA Virtual Conference
Wed, Mar 22 – 10am - 5:15pm

The State of Search 2017 - SCORE Live Webinar
Wed, Mar 22 - 1-2pm

4 Easy Steps to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back - SCORE Live Webinar
Thu, Mar 23 – 12-1pm

Expanding or Buying and Existing Business - NUCC StartSmart New Business Seminar
Thu, Mar 23 - 6-7pm

Human Resources for Anyone with Newly Assigned HR Responsibilities - FPS Seminar/Mankato
Tue, Mar 28 – 9am-4pm

Budgeting 101- Planning for Profit and Success - SCORE Live Webinar
Wed, Mar 29 – 12-1pm

Overcome the Fear of Business Planning by Using the Business Model Canvas - SCORE Live Webinar
Thu, Mar 30 – 12-1pm


Start-Up and Training Resources

StartSmart New Business Seminars

March 2, 9, 16 and 23

The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the New Ulm Public Library, is bringing back their popular StartSmart New Business Seminar Series These informational seminars are free and open to anyone interested in starting their own or growing their existing business. All seminars will be on Thursday evenings at 6pm in the Meeting Room (lower level) of the New Ulm Public Library, 17 N. Broadway St.  Attend as many sessions as you wish! The Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting business in New Ulm, and hopes that these seminars will be helpful and informative.

Mar 2 - Accounting, Bookkeeping and QuickBooks
Mar 9 - Government and Regulations
Mar 16 - Choosing Your Location: Rent or Buy, Bricks and Mortar or Online, Existing or Build New
Mar 23 - Expanding or Buying an Existing Business

 For additional information and to RSVP for any or all of the seminars, please contact the Chamber of Commerce by email at or call 507-233-4308.

Minnesota Business First Stop

Business First Stop logo 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. They help companies at any stage of development, from new ideas to business startups to established companies with products and services ready to market. Call 651-259-7463 or toll free at 855-893-2099 or e-mail

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce/Grow Minnesota!  

logo-mn-chamber-of-commercelogo-grow-mnThe Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Grow Minnesota! program strives to direct resources to businesses so they can invest, prosper, and grow in Minnesota. Whether you are starting, relocating, or expanding your company, we want to help you find the business assistance resources you need to succeed, and in turn, contribute to Minnesota’s growing statewide economy. 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. For more information, click on the links below:
Business Financing Business Financing  Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurship  Environment & Energy Resources Environmental & Energy Resources  Exporting/Importing Exporting/Importing

Research & Data Tools Research & Data Tools  Start & Manage a Business Start & Manage a Business  Workforce Development Workforce Development 

NEW! Check out the Grow Minnesota 2016 Fall Quarterly Update on this link:


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

logo-mn-deed332 Minnesota St., Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101

The 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. DEED Consultants have got you covered at almost any stage with expert advice and analysis to help you avoid - or recover from - costly mistakes. Download a two-page Assistance for Minnesota Businesses fact sheet. The Small Business Assistance Office offers a series of 15 Guidebooks that may be viewed and downloaded online. Print and electronic versions on CD maybe ordered free of charge.

Small Business Development Center

Minnesota State University, Mankato
1536 Warren St.
Mankato, MN 56001 


Helping Businesses Grow and Succeed

WHO WE ARE (Video)

The SBDC provides confidential, no-cost consulting to established businesses and start-ups. Our consultants are paid professionals with extensive, practical experience. The south central Minnesota SBDC serves the counties of: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan.
SERVICES:  Start-up assistance, business plans, access to capital and loan packaging, cash flow management, financial analysis, QuickBooks, marketing, social media, buying/selling, help for distressed businesses.
START HERE: Starting a Business; Growing a BusinessTransitioning/Exiting

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)
Basic 7A Loan Guaranty
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