Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC

With over 10 years of legal and business experience working in the areas of corporate law, finance, securities, and real estate law, Stephen Ringquist, attorney at Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC, is able to provide clients with attentive and professional legal service while incorporating a strong common sense for business and creative problem solving. He has served as corporate and transactional counsel to a number of successful companies across many different industries, and has developed deep technical and practical experience through a variety of business, investment and banking transactions.

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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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Minnesota R&D Tax Credit Program

Companies that engage in certain research and development (R&D) activities in Minnesota may qualify for the Credit for Increasing Research Activities.

The R&D credit is equal to 10 percent of qualifying expenses up to $2 million, and 2.5 percent for expenses above that level. Qualifying expenses are the same as for the federal R&D credit – defined in Section 41 of the Internal Revenue Code – but must be for research done in Minnesota.

Examples include R&D-related wages, supplies and research contracted outside your business. Contributions to qualified nonprofit organizations that make grants to early-stage technology businesses in Minnesota also may qualify.

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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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Cleantech Open Midwest

The Cleantech Open Midwest organization, a division within the larger Cleantech Open network, was founded in 2010. The Midwest organization covers the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Since inception, the Midwest programs have worked with over 90 start-up companies that have gone on to raise over $20 million in external capital.

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