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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Token of Trust®

Token of Trust® is a next-generation platform that verifies and screens people in a fast, easy, and more secure way. We offer businesses and marketplaces an easy-to-integrate decision platform that aims to reduce fraud, improve data accuracy, and automates steps in the consumer or employee screening processes. By applying automated multi-factor identity verification and data intelligence that analyzes online and offline sources, Token of Trust helps people make safer and smarter decisions more quickly.

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Medgineering. Experience a medtech consultancy that works on your terms. Scalable and flexible consulting tailored to meet your regulatory and quality needs.

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More brains. Fewer headaches. Your medtech / medical device experts are right here, right now.
It’s on-demand consulting.

QuickConsult is an online expert network for the life sciences. Individuals and companies can use the service to get answers from vetted experts in a Q&A style format, or post a project and get matched to experts who have the background to do the work. QuickConsult is a fast, affordable, user friendly way to get expertise in an on-demand way.

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For cancer survivors, Thrivors™ provides a safe, effective, individualized exercise and nutrition program on a mobile device that supports the healing process. For Cancer Care Organizations, Thrivors™ provides a comprehensive, technology-based Cancer Survivor Care Plan. Research shows improved mental and physical function is linked to reduced costs for patients, providers and payers. Offering this mobile care continuum will empower participants to take the next step toward health, recovery, and reduced risk for recurrence.

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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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Queblo is a local MN startup that focuses on connecting craftsmen with jobs. We are a marketplace for Latino craftsmen to connect with contractors, businesses and homeowners in the construction industry.

Craftsmen leverage a portfolio of their craftsmanship and their reputation to get access to higher quality jobs and grow their business. Contractors, businesses and homeowners have an easy way to find craftsmen, communicate across language barriers and transact in a secure and transparent way.
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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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Simacor IT Consultants – Web Development and .NET development

Simacor has been providing successful IT consultants since 1987 within a variety of industries. Located in Plymouth, MN,  we pride ourselves in employing some of the best talent available in the upper midwest. Our consultants come with the right experience at an affordable price and with stellar client and peer references. We employ 85% of our consultants as full-time salaried professionals which enables our clients to re-utilize proven talent that is familiar with their environment.

Our team of professionals have a proven track record of delivering effective solutions and the expertise to provide you the straight-forward answers you need to face your business and technology challenges.  Our consultants are experienced within the latest technologies and techniques and will offer the right expertise every time when needed.

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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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Twin Cities Business Events

Twin Cities Business offers a comprehensive list of all upcoming business events in the metro area. These events span many categories and interests such as innovation, women’s leadership, and investment.

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AdrenaCard has developed a new class of drug delivery auto-injector that increases compliance for emergency medication. Contemporary devices suffer from low rates of ownership and carrying compliance. Their first drug-device product, an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) for the severe allergy market, is currently in development and there are dozens of other prospective combinations available as they work to bring peace of mind to life for patients.

They have production ready designs, secured intellectual property, and a deep understanding of the care environment. They are seeking partners to join us as we go to market.

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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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Startup Stash

Startup Stash is an indexed directory of over 400 resources and tools for startups at every stage. Users can navigate the 50+ topics ranging from idea generating and naming to analytics and customer support in order to find the information that they need quickly and easily.

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Bothsides of the Table

A blog created by Mark Suster in order to assist entrepreneurs in building their start-ups. Consistent posts contain information on topics such as marketing, leadership, sales, and fundraising.

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Venture Blog

Venture Blog was created by David Hornik of August Capital in order to show a different perspective on entrepreneurship. The blog contains articles in its archives dating back to 2003 with 22 categories to choose from.

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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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A VC by Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson has been submitting content to his blog about venture capital daily since 2003. The blog has live conversations and integration with Twitter, giving the reader a unique perspective on the world of venture capital.

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How to Change the World by Guy Kawasaki

How to Change the World is a blog by Guy Kawasaki. It contains information on entrepreneurship, technology, and supplemental posts with interesting anecdotes.

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Startup Lessons Learned

Startup Lessons Learned is a blog created by Eric Reis. Reis talks extensively about his ‘Lean Startup Methodology’ and other lessons that he learned about while working in the field.

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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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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 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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Collectivity is a new technology cooperative, bringing together the power of a diverse set of cloud applications, developers, consulting partners, and shared resources to deliver integrated solutions and services to the $50B a year social service sector. We provide tools and guidance to help foundations and nonprofits build their capacity to deliver on their missions more effectively and efficiently. We aim to accelerate their good work, and make visible the outcomes they produce every day on behalf of the thousands of lives they’re impacting. Superheros solving chronic social problems – creating equity for all.

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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
(651) 266-6615

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Star Tribune: Strategic investor Andrew Mitchell wants to connect start-ups with branding experts

Start-up companies looking for capital are usually happy to take any money, but even better than capital is strategic capital. It’s the money that comes from investors who also bring some expertise that helps grow the business. Read more at the Star Tribune.



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Software for Good, GBC

Software for Good, GBC is a full-lifecycle digital solutions firm driven by design, powered by technology, and partnered with those who make the world a better place.

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SynapseBLUE has developed mobile communication and workflow management software to improve efficiency and patient satisfaction in emergency rooms, hospitals, and clinics.

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TrackIf Raises $5 Million To Fuel Its Growing Customer Centric Marketing & E-Commerce Solutions

TrackIf, a leader in online tracking and intelligent alerting for future purchase intent, today announced it has raised a $5 million Series A financing round, co-led by Origin Ventures and Grotech Ventures. Existing investor Chicago Ventures also participated.

News Release

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TrackIf Intelligent Alerting Platform for Retail

TrackIf is pioneering a new way for retailers and their vendors to market to shoppers. The technology simply ‘asks’ shoppers to set their criteria and give their permission for marketing communications sent to them. This Intelligent Alerting platforms lets shoppers request emails for product price drops, back-in-stock, new items added by brand and other product changes. With most e-commerce sites converting about 2% of product page viewers, retailers traditionally have retargeted the 98% who don’t buy with irritating emails and ads to try to bring the shopper back. TrackIf’s white label “shopper-requested” alerts convert at 2.5 to 10 times better than traditional marketing content. The company recently raised a $5M Series A venture capital round, and has customers including the largest e-commerce companies in Minnesota and other large retailers nationwide.

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MN Angel Tax Credit Program

Minnesota’s Angel Tax Credit provides a 25-percent credit to investors or investment funds that put money into startup companies focused on high technology, new proprietary technology, or a new proprietary product, process or service in specified fields. The maximum credit is $125,000 per person, per year ($250,000 if filing jointly). The credit is refundable. Residents of other states and foreign countries are eligible.

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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✱ : MinneDemo

MinneDemo is for real, working technology products made in Minnesota. Demos are 7 minutes long and PowerPoint IS NOT ALLOWED. Some have described it as geek show and tell. We like to think that geeks and those interested in what they are doing (i.e., investors, media organizations, etc) will enjoy an event centered on seeing what the local scene is up to and networking before, during, and afterward with food and drinks. It’s an energizing and informative evening.

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Startup Digest

StartupDigest provides a weekly email newsletter of the top tech and entrepreneurship events in the Twin Cities.

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