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Small Business Minnesota back from summer recess

Small Business Minnesota is back from summer recess. We are currently endorsing candidates running for office and taking a look at next session’s small-business public policy concerns. Those seeking endorsement or if you have a public policy concern, email You need us and we need you: While most everyone focuses on big-business policy, we are taking a seat at the small-business public policy table. However, our success has been due to the coordinated efforts of volunteers giving 2 or more hours each month. We need you. Please send a note to expressing your interest. Who we are: We are an effective, hands on, nonprofit association focusing solely on public policy that affects small businesses. On occasion we host […]

Minnesota small businesses rely on clean water

Water means small business in Minnesota: Tourism, microbreweries, wild rice, and more. Small Business Minnesota has been getting the word out in Minnesota and met with congressional officials and staff in DC to discuss the significance of clean water to small businesses. Tourism, backbone to Minnesota’s economy: As you know, Minnesota has more than 10,000 lakes and just about as many outdoor recreational activities. Clean water is vital to Minnesota’s tourism that generates $35 million a day in revenue and employs 250,000 Minnesotans, (Minnesota Department of Tourism, 2014 report). Southern Minnesota is the state’s most lucrative tourist area in Greater Minnesota; yet half of its lakes have been designated as unsafe for swimming or fishing, and others have been listed by […]

Small Business Minnesota holding public policy meetings

Rep. Paul Rosenthal, small-business caucus co-chair, attended Small Business Minnesota’s most recent public policy committee meeting in early October. We focused on the upcoming 2016 state legislative session and approved the Small Business Minnesota 2016 state legislative agenda. The session begins in March and may only last 8-weeks. Other meetings will be scheduled in the near future. Small Business Minnesota also discussed the 2016 agenda and other small-business issues with Lt. Governor Tina Smith, Secretary of State Steve Simon, Minority Leader Paul Thissen, State Auditor Rebecca Otto and the new MNsure small-business board member, Edgardo Rodriguez. We plan to meet with other leaders throughout the coming weeks and months. Among the issues being discussed are: affordable health insurance for small […]

Is it taxable or is it not?

The  Minnesota Department of Revenue has been publishing guides to answer industry’s sales and use tax questions.

Small Business Minnesota in the news

Small Business Minnesota to represent main street businesses as pillar of the rural economy at 35th COACT Farm Picnic was featured in the Brainerd Dispatch, Financial News Focus, and more publications from around Minnesota. “Featured speaker will be Audrey Britton, chair of Small Business Minnesota and director of public and government relations. Britton will focus on the economic importance of Minnesota’s small businesses which comprise the state’s largest employer, and will update the issues …” Small Business Minnesota was featured in It’s Time For Universal Health Care, St. Cloud Times. “Small Business Minnesota and Minnesota Farmers Union confirmed what COACT had been hearing from business owners and family farmers for years: Unaffordable medical coverage is their No. 1 problem.”

Dozens sign petition for small-business policy fairness at COACT farm picnic

Dozens of small business owners signed a Small Business Minnesota petition for public policy fairness for small businesses at this summer’s COACT Farm Picnic/Main Street Business gathering in Pierz, MN. People signing the petition came from small farms and small businesses in Grand Rapids, Deer River, Little Falls, Pierz, Bowlus, Brainerd, Belle Prairie, Crosby, Royalton, Ft. Ripley, Swanville, Puckman, Burtrum, Minnetonka, Lauderdale, Albany… While the vast majority of Minnesota’s workforce is employed by small and midsized businesses, the vast majority of public policy favors big business interests. Small Business Minnesota works on small-business concerns every day. However, most legislators want to hear directly from small business owners. Contact Audrey Britton or call her at (612) 807-1211. The annual Family Farm […]

Welcome new members!

Holden Law Firm Holden Law Firm counsels and represents individual and business clients on matters involving employment and business law. John Holden has more than 25 years of experience practicing law and worked as in-house counsel for a large international transportation company for 10 years before starting his employment and business law firm. John Holden has extensive experience advising employers in how to comply with complex employment laws. He provides businesses with counsel on hiring and firing procedures, drafting employment contracts, and assisting in preventing, investigating and resolving employee complaints and difficult employee situations. He will work with you to develop policies and strategies to ensure corporate compliance with state and federal employment laws. Contact: John C. Holden, (952) 836-2640 […]

Every day but especially Saturday, Nov. 28

Shop local. Eat local. Bank local. Be entertained locally. Nov. 28 is Small Business Saturday. Support local businesses all day long. Small Business Minnesota board members skip “Black Friday” in exchange for Saturday’s small-business celebration.  We will be visiting, eating and shopping at Minnesota small businesses (and nowhere else!) We encourage you to do the same. Without a doubt, this is the most fun day of the year!

Small Business Minnesota working for you in D.C.

Water means small business in Minnesota: Tourism, microbreweries, wild rice, and more. Small Business Minnesota met with congressional officials and staff in DC last week to discuss the significance of clean water to small businesses. EPA’s Clean Water Rule has been aggressively targeted by interests that do not want to account for their pollution and its affect on small businesses. At the national level, the Senate has upheld the Clean Water Rule but this vote was followed by bills that would prevent EPA from carrying out the rule.  Write or call your legislators today. Tell them that your business, you or small businesses you support rely on clean water.  Interested in becoming more involved or sharing your story? Contact SBM’s public […]