Archive for November 2013

Root for this Minnesota small business’s video making it to the Super Bowl

So many good reasons to believe in and root for this Minnesota small business’s product video to win an ad spot during the upcoming Super Bowl. Watch Duluth’s Locally Laid Egg Company video which made it into the final round.  We all know that ‘local chicks’ are better! You can enjoy the top 20 entries at the contest site. 

Minnesota’s unemployment insurance tax rate decreases

Minnesota’s unemployment insurance tax rate decreases next year. The base tax rate paid by businesses will drop from 0.5% to 0.1%. The additional 14% assessment employers paid on their total UI tax bill in 2013 will be eliminated.

State offers export assistance for small business

Minnesota offers export assistance for small business: trade mission travel, translation or marketing materials , website development and more.

Annual business-name renewals due Dec. 31

Annual renewals due by Dec 31. All registered businesses and nonprofits must renew their filing each calendar year — for most businesses there is no charge. This can be done by mail or online. Businesses required to file include corporations, limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships and nonprofits. Failure to renew will result in dissolution.

Shop small: Small Business Saturday Nov. 30

invertedSupport fellow small business owners. Shop small, shop local this Saturday. One day, one small move, one way to make a big difference.

Lots of reasons to shop small: 52% of profits stay in the community is just one.

Small Business Minnesota and health care reform

For years, small business owners  indicated that health insurance topped the list of concerns, outweighing concerns with taxes, regulations and access to capital.

With the arrival of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Minnesota legislature voted to develop its own health insurance exchange, an online insurance marketplace. As a result, Small Business Minnesota headed to the Capitol to ensure our state’s exchange would make Minnesota small businesses a priority.

  • Implement an independent board instead of the insurance industry overseeing the exchange.
  • Ensure a member of this board represents small businesses.
  • Have insurers choosing to compete in the online marketplace for thousands of new customers pay the nominal marketing fee instead of the small business owners picking up this cost.
  • Create an “active purchaser,” the bargaining power afforded to big business but not small businesses.

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