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Welcome new member Ryan Kleinjan of Catalyst Sourcing

Catalyst Sourcing Catalyst Sourcing offers organizations a unique combination of affordable tools, data, and purchasing resources to more easily reduce and control over 50+ categories of indirect expenses, while proactively managing supplier contracts and tariffs.  Our clients range from small businesses and $400M+ corporations to government agencies and non-profits.  Catalyst helps businesses tap into efficiencies and leverage to help them operate efficiently and maintain lower overhead expenses. Contact President Ryan Kleinjan, Office (952) 467-1279, Cell (952) 484-1281.

City of Minneapolis proposes sick leave, scheduling, wage rules

Minneapolis small business owners with one or more employees must submit comments by Oct. 16 on proposed sick leave, scheduling and wage requirements. Small Business Minnesota highly recommends that you become familiar with these policies and contact your city council member (as well as submitting written comments), if you have concerns.

Small Business Minnesota joins national effort to curb patent trolls

Frivolous patent litigation continues to suppress business and economic development in the United States. Small Business Minnesota has joined a national effort to pass related federal legislation co-authored by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. If you’ve experienced a patent troll action or would like to assist with this effort, contact Audrey Britton, Small Business Minnesota public policy chair, (612) 807-1211. The importance of this legislation to the business community is undeniable. Patent litigation is a serious problem, with 2015 shaping up to have the most patent lawsuits filed in history. Sixty-eight percent of all patent lawsuits are now filed by Patent Assertion Entities.  This litigation has spared no industry sector and hurt businesses off all sizes throughout the country costing businesses billions […]

Welcome new member Kate Sterner of B2BCFO

Kathryn A. (Kate) Sterner, Independent B2B CFO Partner Kate Sterner is an independent partner and certified business transition expert with B2B CFO, a national firm providing advisory services to small to mid-sized privately-held companies. B2B provides services as independent contractors, helping business owners improve profits, company value, cash flow and prepare for an exit strategy.  With unique tools and processes B2B CFO’s 220 professionals in 46 states, provide solutions that fits each business owner’s individual needs. Prior to joining B2B CFO as an independent partner, Kate held positions of VP Finance, Operations, Product Management, Banking and CFO, including Founding Principal of a Broker/Dealer Consulting business. Contact Kate by email,  Office 612-720-1264, Cell 612-720-1264.

Internet access for Greater Minnesota remains a key legislative priority

As many as 500,000 small business owners, customers, employees and students (our future workforce) in Greater Minnesota have no or unreliable Internet access.  If this is a concern of yours, please let us know. In 2013 Small Business Minnesota advocated for Internet access in Greater Minnesota. Legislation passed and $20 million in funding was allocated. However, during the 2015 legislative session, the program was eliminated only to be restored in the last minutes of the session thanks to the efforts of Small Business Minnesota and people like you. Unfortunately the program was reinstated but at a fraction of its original funding. Therefore, this remains on our key legislative priorities for 2016 and 2017. Read related article.

City of Minneapolis proposes sick leave, scheduling, wage rules

Minneapolis small business owners with one or more employees must submit comments by Oct. 16 on proposed sick leave, scheduling and wage requirements. Small Business Minnesota highly recommends that you become familiar with these policies and contact your city council member (as well as submitting written comments), if you have concerns.

Upcoming rules will make crowdfunding a reality in Minnesota

Small Business Minnesota learned after meeting with the Governor’s office that the Minnesota Department of Commerce has committed to having crowdfunding rules completed in early 2016. The rules are necessary to allow crowdfunding to operate in Minnesota. This is an important milestone. Crowdfunding had passed at the federal level; however, it lacked rules of operations, rendering the law useless.

New-job training grants for Greater Minnesota small businesses

Grants for new or expanding businesses in Greater Minnesota are now available. The program provides grants of up to $100,000 that eligible businesses can use to train workers in new jobs. Applications will be accepted beginning Oct. 15 and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to businesses that meet eligibility requirements. The grants are made available through the Job Training Incentive Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Read more details.

Health insurance update for small businesses

Tax credits: Do you or your employees qualify for health premium tax credits? This chart shows, at a glance, that most small business owners and/or their employees qualify for tax credits. Take a look. Open enrollment: Many, if not most, small businesses with employees can enroll in health insurance at any time during the year. However for individuals interested in health insurance plans through MNsure, open enrollment begins Nov. 1, 2015 and ends Jan. 31, 2016. Check out MNsure and/or work with a broker to shop for plans. Not all brokers are familiar with tax credits and other assistance. Be sure to see this chart to check it out for yourself. Policy: Small Business Minnesota continues to meet with the governor’s office, state legislators, commissioners, […]

SBM endorses David Glass for St. Paul Ward 5

Small Business Minnesota has endorsed David Glass for St. Paul City Council Ward 5. Glass is a lifelong St. Paul resident and first-time council candidate. Small Business Minnesota is a nonprofit, nonpartisan statewide association of small business owners and supporters. “We haven’t endorsed in a city council race previously but were very impressed with David Glass’ business acumen and are confident he will bring a much-needed firsthand business perspective into public policy,” said Audrey Britton, Small Business Minnesota public policy chair. Glass’ business experience includes management roles at 3M prior to his success as small business owner for 18 years. Glass has been involved in the St. Paul community for many years including serving on the North End Area Redevelopment […]