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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:  (661) 673-8600 Participant Access Code: 708970# 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. […]

New-jobs 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.

Introduction to Exporting on Sept. 30 by MTO

The Minnesota Trade Office (MTO) hosts an Introduction to Exporting on September 30, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Preregistration is required. Cost $60, if registered by Sept. 28; $80 late registration. Details and registration at:  http://ow.ly/SBfKP

2015 Small Business Minnesota legislative wrap up

Small Business Minnesota distributed its legislative wrap up in early June:  It was another big-business year at the Minnesota State Capitol. While small business made some gains, the vast majority of business-related public policy and tax dollars (including tax favors) continues to focus on big-businesses. (See the lobbyist report article) Small business gains include: greater attention (but little funding) for adequate Internet access for the 500,000 small businesses, customers and employees in Greater Minnesota, the potential for small businesses to tap crowdfunding, and an increase in education and programs for a ready workforce.  Read small-business legislative wrap up.

Lobbyist reports shows why big-business soars at the Capitol

The newly released 2014 Minnesota lobbyist report records that more than $70million dollars was spent to influence legislators; that’s more than $318,000 for each legislator. Six million was spent to influence the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), a citizen’s board; that’s $1million on each of its six members. The largest amount of lobbying was spent on big-business interests and the return on this investment paid off. Big-business gains at the Capitol continue to soar. A negligible amount was spent representing Minnesota’s largest employer, small business. While we have made a difference and the small-business voice is welcomed at the Capitol, it takes your membership and, if you are able, your volunteer hours. Please join or renew your membership today.  When we show up, we make […]

For SBM, the 2016 legislative session has already begun

The 2015 legislative session has ended but our work continues. Small Business Minnesota continues to meet with legislators, commissioners, other leaders and organizations to take action on issues important to small businesses. If you would like to join the Small Business Minnesota public policy committee or to volunteer in any other way, email rob@smallbusinessmn.org. If you have a public policy issue or concern, email audrey@smallbusinessmn.org.

Minnesota’s next round of minimum wage increases begin Aug. 1

Details at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. The wage varies depending on several factors including revenue (“size”), training wages, youth wages, many exemptions and more. See Employer size and minimum wage factsheet (size of business is based on revenue). and the full list of exemptions. The next increase is due January 2018 when minimum wage increases are set to raise based on inflation.

Welcome new and renewing members!

Knuth Accounting and Business Services, LLC provides start up and growing small business with accounting, tax and business advisory services.  Services include assistance getting accounting systems in place, ongoing bookkeeping services such as payroll assistance, help with financial reporting and working with banks on securing operating lines of credit or other loans, budgeting, internal control, fixed asset identification and tracking, and tax issues. Contact: Sharon Pavek Knuth, CPA, CGMA (763) 843-1217, sharon.knuth@knuthaccounting.com.  More information at www.knuthaccounting.com The Guitar Shop located in Downtown Rosemount Minn. since April or 2012, offers guitar and piano lessons from full theory with reading music to a more casual learning-by-ear approach. The showroom area features new and used guitars for the beginner to advanced player. The Guitar Shop […]

Renewable energy grants available for Greater Minnesota small businesses

A new program administered through the USDA with assistance from the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams helps small businesses in Greater Minnesota find and apply for grants to switch to less expensive renewable energy options. Grants cover up to 25 percent of the installation costs and loans cover up to 75 percent of the cost. More information or call Fritz Ebinger at (612) 626-1028. Read a related article.