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

Start-Up and Training Resources

StartSmart New Business Seminars

Session 1: January 26, February 2, 9 and 16
Session 2: 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!  New this year will be a second session of four seminars to continue the learning experience. All seminars will be on Thursday evenings from January 26th through February 16th for Session 1, and March 2 through 23rd for Session 2. These informational seminars are free and open to anyone interested in starting their own or growing their existing business. Attend as many sessions as you wish! All eight seminars will begin at 6:00 PM in the Meeting Room (lower level) at the New Ulm Public Library, 17 N. Broadway St. The Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting business in New Ulm, and hopes that these seminars will be helpful and informative.

The first seminar, Available Resources, will be January 26th featuring guest speaker Wendy Anderson the U of M/Mankato Small Business Development Center. On February 2nd, Financing will be covered with guest speaker LuAnn Vanderwerf from the Region Nine Development Commission. Writing and Presenting a Business Plan instruction will be provided by Wendy Anderson from the U of M/Mankato Small Business Development Center on February 9th. On February 16th, Session 1 will conclude with Advertising, Marketing and Social Media, presented by Ashley Aukes from the Region Nine Development Commission. 

Session 2, which begins March 2nd, will cover: Accounting, Bookkeeping and QuickBooks; Government and Regulations; Choosing Your Location: Rent or Buy, Bricks and Mortar or Online, Existing or Build New; 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-deed  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.

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

New Ulm is designated as a Certified Local Government (CLG), a program of the National Park Service. It is also designated 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. In addition, buildings in New Ulm listed on the National Register of Historic Places or located in the New Ulm Heritage Preservation Commission’s Commercial Center Historic District may qualify for additional assistance from the following entities. For a list of qualifying properties, please contact Cara 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