GT&A Strategic Marketing – Marketing Strategies for Startup Success

Since its founding more than 30 years ago, GT&A has helped build value in more than 200 startups and emerging technology firms, most from the initial concept or launch stage. Two went huge in IPOs. Many, many have had successful exits (acquisitions). GT&A provides marketing & launch strategy, PR, communications, social marketing, and content marketing and development services, primarily to early- and growth-stage tech firms. As founder and principal consultant, Graeme Thickins also helps startups with such issues as messaging, strategy, funding, and industry connections, and he takes equity positions in some of his clients. In addition, he serves as a board member of MinneAnalytics.org, a community and events organization (now 10,000+ people strong). It hosts several large events annually in the Twin Cities. Graeme organizes and hosts “Startup Showcase” sessions at most of these events, which each feature several pitches by data and analytics-related startup founders. Graeme maybe reached at graeme@gtamarketing.com, or follow him on Twitter @graemethickins.

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Erdman Advisory, LLC

Erdman Advisory provides hands on fractional and project-based support for entrepreneurs that need help with strategy, operations, team-building, financial, sales and marketing.

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Square’s Guide to Starting a Business

This guide explains how to write a business plan, register your business, finance your business, and covers the legal and tax requirements associated with business ownership.

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Adams Grumbles LLP – IP & Business Law for Startups

Adams Grumbles, LLP is a law firm focusing on the IP, business and finance needs of startups and entrepreneurs.  We understand ideation, product development, the challenge of building teams and growing and funding real businesses. Find us in the Allen Building, Lowertown, St. Paul (next to new Saints Stadium).  For more information, contact Ernest Grumbles (egrumbles@adamsgrumbles.com).

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Intuit QuickBooks Small Business Center

Intuit QuickBooks Small Business Center is a regularly updated compilation of finance, HR, tax, funding, and marketing resources designed to help small business owners thrive. The center houses a large pool of free articles, interactive tools, calculators, infographic and video guides.

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a16z Podcast

The a16z Podcast discusses trends, news, and the future of a world being shaped by technology, especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. This podcast is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (aka “a16z”), a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs building the next great consumer and enterprise companies. Multiple podcasts are released every week and sometimes on weekends; visit a16z.com for more details.

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EntrePartner Law Firm

We believe that entrepreneurs, startups, franchises, and small businesses need a new kind of law firm to navigate a new economy. We believe you don’t need a huge law firm to be a huge success. We believe the size of your legal bill shouldn’t match the size of your passion.

EntrePartner offers legal services with a singular focus in mind: How do we add value to your enterprise? We partner with entrepreneurs, startups, franchises, and small businesses by advising, consulting, negotiating, litigating, and enforcing your big issues and your tiny ones to create, grow, and protect your enterprise.

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Entrepreneurship Club – University of Minnesota

Our mission is to provide entrepreneurial-minded students at the University of Minnesota the ability to connect with practicing entrepreneurs from the area. Through our weekly meetings, members get a chance to meet, listen, and interact with our innovative speakers.

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WomenVenture

For more than three decades, WomenVenture has provided women of all ages, cultures, races and income levels with the tools and resources to achieve economic success through small business ownership.

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Neighborhood Development Center

Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) is a non-profit, community development financial institution (CDFI) that believes in the power, drive and daring of local entrepreneurs to transform lives and revitalize neighborhoods.

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Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory

Minnesota Emerging Software Advisory (MESA) is a non-profit mentoring organization comprised of C-level software and information technology veterans with strong local business roots. We have come together to help spark a movement to help make Minnesota’s software economy rank among the most vibrant and respected in the nation. We believe the key to rekindling Minnesota’s once-shining tech star lies in a more basic form of social networking – mentoring, collaboration and connections.

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Enterprise Minnesota

Enterprise Minnesota is an ISO 9001:2008 certified consulting organization that helps manufacturing companies become operationally efficient and well positioned to grow profitably. Our team — who live and work throughout the state — provides services that help clients save time and energy, improve productivity, increase sales, improve profits, as well as create and retain jobs.

Enterprise Minnesota is one of 60 federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) organizations nationwide chartered to help medium size and smaller manufacturers compete and grow.

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City of Minneapolis – Community Planning & Economic Development

A driving force for innovation, collaboration and sustainability by providing thoughtful design and access to the tools and resources needed for all Minneapolis residents and businesses to prosper.

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Bootstrappers Breakfast

Join Other Entrepreneurs Who Eat Problems For Breakfast.

Bootstrappers Breakfasts® are for founders of early stage technology startups. It is a chance to compare notes on operational, development, and business issues with peers. These breakfasts were designed for entrepreneurs to share ideas and leverage thoughts with other folks who are serious about growing their business.

Our focus is on issues for growing a business, not on VC fundraising. We promote the bootstrap business model.

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African Development Center of Minnesota

Through workshops and consultations on financial literacy, business development, and home ownership, ADC provides culturally competent services to Minnesota’s African community.

ADC is a leader in micro-lending to small businesses, outperforming even the largest banking institutions in the state of Minnesota. For three years now, ADC has been recognized as the number One small business lender of the City of Minneapolis. With the help of 8 dedicated full-time employees, Executive and Finance Committee and Board of Trustees, ADC provides services in 6 languages to communities throughout Minnesota.

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TreeHouse Health

TreeHouse Health is an innovation center that helps emerging healthcare companies accelerate the growth and development of their business within and innovative and collaborative ecosystem by providing investment and expertise.

TreeHouse Health hosts several public educational events throughout the year focusing on a wide range of topics including corporate finance, CPA and tax support, corporate and tax law, intellectual property, executive placement, HR outsourcing and PEO services, marketing communications, software and application development and commercial real estate.

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Sustainable Investors

Sustainable Investors is a Midwest-based company involved in the acquisition and management of leasehold and easement agreements.  Their primary area of focus is the renewable energy sector including utility-scale wind and solar projects.  They will also consider opportunities in oil, natural gas, pipelines, transmission lines, water, and other segments that involve long-term lease and/or easement agreements with correlating annual payments.

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Acara, University of Minnesota

Acara is the impact entrepreneurship program of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management. Through Acara’s courses, workshops and field experiences, students develop impact ventures that address societal and environmental challenges.

 

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The Network Connect

The Network Connect is a large and growing network of investors, investor groups and funds. They have embarked on a nationwide initiative to connect investors and startup companies seeking early-stage capital.

With an expanding network of preferred service providers and business partners (including business accelerators, regional economic and business development groups), The Network Connect provides businesses with a multitude of other services. The Network Connect helps business people expand their professional networks and supports small business, startups, entrepreneurs and business leaders in all sectors.

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Startup Lawyer

Startup Lawyer was created in order to inform and teach entrepreneurs about current events in the world of start-ups. The website also contains extensive information on legal topics such as incorporation, funding, and venture capital.

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USPTO LegalCorps

LegalCORPS is a Minnesota nonprofit organization that aims to expand access to the legal system by providing free legal assistance in transactional matters to low-income entrepreneurs and innovators and small nonprofits in Minnesota.

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Innovation Voucher Pilot Program

This pilot program provides up to $25,000 in financing to help small businesses purchase technical assistance and services necessary to advance research, development or commercialization of new or innovative products and services.

Qualifying companies receive vouchers, which can be redeemed with approved public universities, colleges, technical schools and nonprofits in Minnesota.

Applications No Longer Being Accepted

Funding for this program has been expended and we’re no longer accepting applications. If you want to be notified when more funds become available, contact Brandon Toner at 651-259-7218 or email Brandon.Toner@state.mn.us

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James J. Hill Center

The James J. Hill Center is a non-profit business center, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The James J. Hill Reference Library opened its doors in 1921.

In 2014 the name was changed to James J. Hill Center to more fully represent the services and programs we provide beyond our Reference Library. The Hill honors the legacy of its founder by continuing to support entrepreneurial spirit in the 21st Century. We offer research, programs, and networking for each stage of business development. Our efforts also include services to the broader community through the hosting of cultural and artistic programming and events.

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Impact Hub Minneapolis St Paul

An innovation lab. A business Incubator. A social enterprise community center. Impact Hub MSP offers you a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow your impact. Our diverse community will inspire, connect, and enable you to develop your best work every step of the way.

We are a coworking space and an entrepreneurial community that creates solutions for a world that works for all.

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SCORE

SCORE provides free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business and your personal objectives. SCORE also offers workshops both online and in person, for a modest fee, for both start-up entrepreneurs and in-business small business owners.

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Small Business Development Centers

Minnesota’s statewide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide the professional expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today’s competitive and ever-changing business world.  Operating through a network of nine statewide regional centers, we offer confidential consulting to help clients identify, understand and overcome the challenges of starting and running a successful business.  SBDC counselors have significant experience in the private sector, including extensive management and financial consulting backgrounds.

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Meda

Media is a nonprofit that supports Minnesota entrepreneurs with a focus on entrepreneurs of color. Through accomplished and experienced professionals, MEDA offers one-on-one business consulting, training, leadership development, government contracting assistance, access to financing, networking with peers, assistance with minority certifications, strategic planning, and more.

 

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AURI

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) helps develop new uses for agricultural products through science and technology, partnering with businesses and entrepreneurs to bring ideas to reality.

They generate economic impact in Minnesota communities by helping businesses take advantage of innovative opportunities in four focus areasbiobased products, renewable energy, coproducts and food. They provide a broad range of services to expand markets, develop new uses and improve processes. AURI provides hands-on scientific technical assistance, and a targeted network of resources to develop value-added uses for crops and coproducts. They provide applied research services and product development assistance to create new ag-based products, process refinements and to help move them to market.

With unique facilities and professional staff, AURI is a one-of-a-kind resource that provides assistance to Minnesota businesses looking to create more value for the state’s agricultural products.

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MN Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

MN-SBIR assists Minnesota seed, early stage, emerging and existing small businesses to compete and win federal research funding from the $2.5 billion Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs. Research funding is awarded as a grant or a contract depending on the federal agency. Up to $1M or more of non-dilutive funding depending on the agency.

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Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner

Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner offers 3,000 free videos and podcasts, featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders. Start exploring now.

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Steve Blank Startup Tools

Extensive list of tools, resources, videos and other content for getting started with lean startup, customer discovery, online marketing/testing/analytics/design, collaboration, etc.

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Kauffman Founders School

Kauffman Founders School is an online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship.  Through video lectures and a rich content, it shares practical advice and tools on how to get started with building your idea into something big.

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City of Saint Paul – Planning and Economic Development

The City of Saint Paul’s Planning and Economic Development staff facilitates a wealth of business programs and services designed to help businesses develop and succeed. These include:

  • Providing financial, technical, and relocation/expansion assistance to start-ups, small-to-Fortune 500 businesses, non-profits, developers and neighborhood groups
  • Collaborating with our partners on economic development initiatives to further stimulate commercial areas and neighborhoods
  • Assisting developers with the redevelopment, rehabilitation, and contamination cleanup of commercial properties

 

Direct Contact:
Marcq Sung
Marcq.sung@ci.stpaul.mn.us
(651) 266-6615

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Gopher Angels

Gopher Angels is a Minnesota-based network of over 60 accredited investors seeking to invest capital and expertise in early-stage MN businesses. Since its founding in 2012, Gopher Angels member investors have invested over $6.5 million in 23 early-stage companies

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Beta.MN

Beta.MN is an organization of friends & founders gathering together to support Minnesota’s startup community. We believe that by throwing meaningful events, in casual settings, for the area’s brightest innovators we’ll ensure that the next big thing happens in our own backyard.

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Twin Cities Angels

Twin Cities Angels provides a formal organization for our entrepreneurially-minded angel-investor. Members share interests in: increasing their access to quality deal flow; leveraging their capital with greater investment clout from the combined dollars of the group; leveraging their time and expertise with other experienced members; making better researched and more intelligent investments through high-quality due diligence; increasing their knowledge about and how to make such investments; and socializing among like-minded individuals.

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COCO

COCO is a dream accelerator — a destination for building your venture and exploring new ideas in the company of other creators.

They offer memberships that provide access to multiple COCO spacesmeeting venues and educational and social events.

Whether you are an independent, an entrepreneur building a startup, a small business owner or a corporate innovator, COCO is a place to imagine and pursue what’s possible.

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MN Cup

MN Cup is the premier resource for Minnesota entrepreneurs. We support emerging entrepreneurs from across the state through events, educational programming and an annual new venture competition that provides them with tools, resources and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures.

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Innovators & Entrepreneurs of MSP Meetup

A free informal weekly gathering for discussion and networking of business leaders, professionals, students, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.  1,900 members and about twenty attend a typical meeting.

Innovations and the creative process in products, business models and science are subjects of conversation. Sometimes there is a discussion topic, others a featured guest.  One session a month is over dinner at a local restaurant limited to six.

The goals are to connect innovators and entrepreneurs so we can learn from each other, make the journey more fun, and to support each others success.  Software, electronics, life sciences, med tech, services, products, materials, designs–innovators of a wide variety of value propositions participate. Both for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs participate. Many are starting their second or third business. A partner in McKinsey & Company (NYC) turned up one evening. We have enjoyed meeting people from China, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Italy, India, Bangladesh and other countries. Many are newcomers to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Multi-generational, our age range has been 20 to 70+. Several investors make periodic visits for those of you looking for capital.

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minne*

minne is the organization behind minnedemo, where live software is demo-ed and everybody in the tech scene comes to network, and minnebar, an annual BarCamp conference where developers, designers, entrepreneurs, investors, and more converge to learn the latest in the tech world.

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MOJO Minnesota

MOJO Minnesota is a co-operative comprised of like-minded business leaders working to fuel entrepreneurship and reignite Minnesota’s culture of innovation. We are business advisors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and attorneys passionate about creating jobs and economic growth through the power of Minnesota based technology companies. Our goals are to provide a unique voice and support to Minnesota-grown innovation and shine the light on amazing new technologies developed here that will propel us into becoming a top 5 nationally ranked state for innovation and growth.

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