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Are your employees and products stuck in a Minnesota pothole?

If you want your employees to get to work and your goods to get to market in a safe, efficient manner, join Move MN to support all modes of transportation: road, bus, rail, paths.  As you may know, Small Business Minnesota is a member of Move MN, a diverse statewide campaign to fix the state’s transportation system. However, you and/or your business can join at no cost. Find more information at www.MoveMN.org. Join here http://ow.ly/vpfeg. “The state House and Senate Transportation Committees have started the conversation of fixing Minnesota’s urgent transportation needs through a long-term, sustainable, dedicated funding for all modes of transportation,” said Darin Broton, MoveMN chair. “The conversation shouldn’t end because some legislative leaders think transportation funding is […]

Small Business Minnesota lobbies Congress for tax haven fix, transparency

Small Business Minnesota and others participated in a lobby day last week in collaboration with the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) coalition. They shared the business case for ending offshore tax haven abuse and other small-business tax fairness concerns with their congressional delegations. “While Small Business Minnesota tends to keep our focus within the state, some issues are best resolved at the federal level,” said Audrey Briton, Small Business Minnesota’s public and government relations director, who visited the offices of Minnesota congresspeople. “When some issues are addressed only at the state level, it can provide an incentive for businesses to simply move to other states.” Tax havens  At least 82 of America’s top 100 publicly traded companies shift profits to […]

Sound chemical policies benefit small businesses: Small business voices needed

More small businesses are adding their voices to a growing coalition concerned about sustainable and safe businesses practices, and safe food and products for their employees, customers and families. What small businesses say: Nine out of 10 small businesses surveyed by the American Sustainable Business Council believe that chemical manufacturers should be held responsible for ensuring that chemicals they use are safe and 94 percent support disclosure of potentially harmful chemicals used in products. Additionally, the survey found that 87 percent of small businesses think government regulations should ensure that chemicals used in growing food are safe and 73 percent support government regulation to assure that consumer products are free of toxins. The challenge: The federal regulation of industrial chemicals […]

Small Business Minnesota on social media.

Are you a Small Business Minnesota member on social media? Let us know so we can follow you, re-tweet you and like you even more than we already do. Message us at twitter @SmallBusinessMN and www.Facebook.com/SmallBusinessMN. Not on social media, here’s a little of what you may have missed: Completing your taxes? Some tools and tips from the MN Department of Revenue. http://ow.ly/tNHLf New corporate structure fits between a for-profit and a nonprofit. http://ow.ly/tePpW Some restaurant owners pushing back on Minneapolis’ 70/30 (food/alcohol) rule. http://ow.ly/tMvYZ DEED grants to help manufacturers grow, address ‘skills gap’. http://ow.ly/tejtm Minnesota ranks fourth in Gallup Job Creation Index. http://goo.gl/3OtCD0 Minnesota summit spotlights importance of women’s economic status. http://ow.ly/toFsd A history of minimum wage in Minnesota. […]

Your membership matters. Join or renew today.

Your membership matters. When Small Business Minnesota goes to bat for you, the first question we’re asked is, “How many members do you have?” The more members, the stronger our community and the stronger our voice. Please join or renew today. More than likely, you’re already benefiting from public advocacy work done by Small Business Minnesota.  If you accept credit cards, your swipe fees have been lowered. We worked to repeal most proposed business-to-business sales taxes and will work to repeal the remaining few. We worked to ensure you would not pay a marketing fee for the health insurance exchange. Become a sustaining member for just $6.50 a month.  Please join or renew today. As a small business owner, you gained […]

MNsure for small business update

Enrollment open all year long for small businesses with employees: Businesses with employees may enroll anytime during the year. Enrollment ends March 31 for one-person shops: Open enrollment ends March 31 for single-person shops (businesses with no employees) wanting coverage in 2014.

Congratulations to member Sanctuary Restaurant

Congratulations to Small Business Minnesota member Sanctuary Restaurant on their prestigious 2014 Zagat scores.  Sanctuary garnered the rating of “EXTRAORDINARY TO PERFECTION” with 27 (out of 30 possible) points for food, 27 points for decor and 28 points for service.  Making Sanctuary one of ‘the best restaurants in Minnesota’ based on customer reviews. “Sanctuary is so proud of the team it takes to achieve these kinds of scores,” said owner Naomi Williamson. The Associated Press has called Zagat “the world’s most influential travel and food guides.” Scores are based on a simple premise – that the curated opinions of avid consumers. According to Zagat, “Real experiences are inherently more accurate and useful than the unfiltered comments of a few.”

Major changes to Minnesota LLC laws expected

Major changes to Minnesota LLC laws expected by attorney Aaron Hall, a Small Business Minnesota member The Minnesota Legislature is expected to make major changes to Minnesota LLC law during the 2014 legislative session. The legislation has overwhelming bipartisan support. If enacted, the changes would affect nearly 200,000 limited liability companies formed in Minnesota since 1993. The changes include shifting from a corporation-based model to the partnership-based model used by all other states, permitting a “series LLC,” and adopting best practices recommended by business law experts. The legislation has a grandfather clause allowing existing LLCs to continue under some of the old provisions. Minnesota’s current LLC laws, found in Minnesota Statutes chapter 322B, are based on a legislation template named […]

Export your goods and services? Minnesota is on the map.

Half of United State’s GDP comes from exporting, and Minnesota is on the map as a leading exporter according to this Business Insider story. Small Business Minnesota recently met with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Trade Office. We were surprised to learn, first, about the types of goods and services that are being exported from plates to consulting services. The state’s trade office offers assistance in locating export opportunities, translations, website development and more. Check out their calendar of weekly events and more.

Small Business Minnesota partners with Move MN

Small Business Minnesota has joined Move MN along with 160 other local business, employment and civic groups to build a long-range, gimmick-free funded, integrated transit/transportation system to eventually get Minnesota on par with other states. “Small businesses have made it clear that they need get employees to work and goods to market in a safe, timely and efficient manner,” said Audrey Britton, Small Business Minnesota government and public relations chair. ”While we may not be in complete agreement with the final funding decision, we understand that this is an important issue to the business community and we need to move forward.” Related articles: Small Business Minnesota listed as the business need behind Move MN’s efforts, StarTribune. Minnesota is failing to keep […]