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

May 2017

Mon, 05/01

10am OR 1pm – IRS Tax Tools in 10 – National Small Business Week Webcasts – Worker Classification Email: ;

Tue, 05/02

10am OR 1pm – IRS Tax Tools in 10 – National Small Business Week Webcasts – Third Party Payer Email: ;

12-1pm – SBDC Seminar/Mankato – Lunch & Learn – Financial Resources for Small Businesses

1-2pm – SBA/SCORE Webinar - The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses

Wed, 05/03

9am-4pm - CTS Seminar/Mankato - Creative Leadership Workshop for Managers, Supervisors, and Team Leaders -

9:50am–4pm - SKP Seminar/Mankato- The Conference for Women

10am OR 1pm – IRS Tax Tools in 10 – National Small Business Week Webcasts – Sharing Economy Email: ;

12-1pm – SBDC Seminar/Mankato - Lunch & Learn – Branding for Small Businesses

1-2pm – SBA/SCORE Webinar - 5 Fabulous Habits if Local Business Champions

Thu, 05/04

10am OR 1pm – IRS Tax Tools in 10 – National Small Business Week Webcasts – Small Business Taxes & Tax Calendar Online Email: ;

11am-1pm - SBDC Seminar/Mankato - Legal Clinic for Entrepreneurs -

9:30-10:30am – SBA/SCORE Live Webcast – The Future of Small Business Innovation

2:30-3:30pm – SBA/SCORE Webinar - How to Write Your Email Content in 15 Minutes or Less

4-5pm – SBA/SCORE Webinar - Find the Hidden Money in America

Fri, 05/05

10am OR 1pm – IRS Tax Tools in 10 – National Small Business Week Webcasts – Business ID Theft Email: ;

Sat, 05/06

9am-12pm – SBDC Workshop/Mankato – Small Business Saturday

Thu, 05/11

12-1:30pm - SBDC Seminar/Mankato - Start-Up Essentials

Fri, 05/12

8:30am-4:30pm – SBDC Seminar – Profit Mastery: Creating Value and Building Wealth

8-9am - MCC Live Webcast - Legislative Webcast Series -

Wed, 05/17

9am-4pm -FPS Seminar/Mankato - How to Manage Conflict and Confrontation -

Thu, 05/18

11am-12pm - SBDC Seminar/Mankato - Legal Clinic for Entrepreneurs -

Tue, 05/23

9am-12pm – SBDC Seminar – Certification Roadshow – Why Certify?

11am-12pm – IRS Webinar – Business Start-up 101 Contact Ronda Crouch at 317-226-7272 ext.112 or email at

Thu, 05/25

12-1pm -MCC Live Webinar - Recap of the 2017 Legislative Session -


Start-Up and Training Resources


NEW! Business Center

from the Minnesota Department of Revenue


The first week of May is National Small Business Week. To mark the week, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is highlighting the online resources it offers businesses by launching a new online Business Center. Businesses and organizations of all sizes and types can now find business tax information and resources -- including fact sheets, industry guides, forms, and training information -- in one central location on the department’s website.

Click here:


The new online Business Center includes some of the following features:

  • Starting a business – Basic tax information for people who are starting a business.
  • Register for a Minnesota Tax ID number – What is a Minnesota Tax ID number? How do I register?
  • File and Pay Tax – What is e-Services? How do I sign up? Information on filing returns and making payments.
  • Education and Outreach – Free education by tax type including classroom training, online training, webinars, and videos.
  • Resources for Businesses – A variety of tools including business guidebooks, fact sheets, industry guides, tax type calculators, forms and instructions.
  • Closing an Account/Closing a Business – What you need to know.
  • Consolidated due date calendar – This feature will be added in the near future and will make it easy for business customers to find a list of due dates for various business tax types.


NEW! Small Business Payments Toolkit

from the Business Payments Coalition


The Business Payments Coalition recently released the third version of its Small Business Payments Toolkit. The Toolkit provides education about payments and encourages the adoption of electronic business-to-business (B2B) payments by small businesses.

Download the free resource.


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)                                                                         

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