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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 […]

Small Business Minnesota participates in state retirement plan committee

Small Business Minnesota is serving on a committee reviewing and commenting on proposed public retirement savings plans for small businesses. Many small-business owners are unable to offer retirement savings plans to their employees and some do not have retirement savings plans for themselves. To help kick-start savings and to relieve small business owners from administrative burdens, Minnesota is joining other states in studying options for small businesses owners and/or their employees. Giving Small Businesses A Competitive Edge Creating a New Retirement Plan By Mary Jo George, Minnesota AARP Today, a secure retirement is out of reach for many Americans. The typical working-age household has only $3,000 in retirement assets, while near-retirement households have only $12,000. In Minnesota, nearly 1 million […]

Small business compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

As reported in the news, some unsuspecting small business owners have received letters threatening legal action due to supposed non-compliance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).  While the ADA is well-intended, the attorney threatening lawsuits is not and is now facing possible disbarment. If you receive a threat related to ADA compliance, before racking up attorney fees, you may want to first call the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board and/or the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice operates a toll-free ADA Information Line (800) 514-0301 voice and (800) 514-0383 TDD. The ADA requires that accessibility be improved without taking on excessive expenses that could harm the business. In some cases, it may not be possible or required for businesses, […]

Small Business Minnesota featured in St. Cloud Times

An op-ed published by the St. Cloud Times reports that 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. Read full article.

Small business public policy meeting Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m. with call-in option

Small Business Minnesota will hold a public policy meeting to discuss issues facing small businesses in Minnesota, review ongoing and upcoming efforts, and to hear your ideas and concerns. All are welcome. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m. Southdale Hennepin County Library, Helen Young room, 7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435 CALL IN CHANGED:  (612) 807-0311 Small Business Minnesota has been a leading voice in public policy for Minnesota’s small businesses. Over the years we have worked on: State level          Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. Changed bill to better serve small businesses. Submitted comments to the Dept. of Commerce opposing premium increases, more work to be done. Internet access for greater Minnesota. Program became law, additional funding needed Crowdfunding for small businesses. MNVest program […]

Welcome new member Medical Equipment Exporters, Inc.

Medical Equipment Exporters, Inc. Medical Equipment Exporters, Inc. helps medical products manufacturers in Minnesota and neighboring states find cost-effective exporting success in Latin American markets. This includes sales, distribution, licensing and joint ventures. MEE thoroughly understands the unique Midwest region manufacturers face as U.S.-based exporters.MEE focuses on distribution of surgeon-preference products, highly valued by surgeons practicing in cardiovascular, thoracic, neurosurgical, and transplant specialties. President Robert Scarlett is author of 308 Tips for Taking Your Company Worldwide and is fluent in English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. Contact: (651) 775-1268.

Is it taxable or is it not?

The who, what, where, when of taxes affecting your small business. Tax complexity remains on Small Business Minnesota’s list of things to change to make doing businesses easier for small businesses in Minnesota. We will keep pressing on this issue. In the meantime, the Minnesota Revenue Department is developing a series of tax charts on what’s taxable and what is not.