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Small Business Legal Issues from A-Z
Attend a presentation at the Southdale Library giving an overview of typical legal issues confronting small businesses including intellectual property, business structure, contract and employment law, leases, complying with regulatory registrations, and licensing. Program is scheduled March 12 from 7-8:30. Presented by Ann Verme a business and legal consultant who has worked with corporations, small businesses and non-profits, giving her a variety of experience. Time for questions follows presentation.
posted Mar 1, 2014 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

Hire an Intern
SciTechsperience is an internship program encouraging Minnesota businesses to hire college STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students. Small and medium sized who qualify can apply to receive a dollar for dollar cash match up to 50% of the intern's wages (maximum of $2500). Sponsored by Minnesota High Tech Association to promote Minnesota's STEM workforce and encourage STEM students to stay in Minnesota after they graduate.
posted Feb 6, 2014 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

Made in Minnesota Directory
Use this new directory to locate materials, components and finished products from Minnesota companies. Add your company to the directory at no cost with a simple link from the opening screen. Created by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
posted Dec 16, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

Small Business Online Health Exchange Delayed
The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP Exchange) will not offer online enrollment until November 2014, a one year delay. Small businesses still have the option of purchasing SHOP health insurance plans through a broker or agent, who can assist the employer with filing a paper application. The federal government expects to process those filings for eligibility within three to five days. Online enrollment won't be possible on the SHOP exchanges until next year for benefits that will be available in 2015, the administration said.
posted Dec 2, 2013 by Kimaree P. Category: Small Business

Shop Local November 30
November 30 is Small Business Saturday (SBS), a day that gives small businesses a chance to promote themselves during the holiday season. Wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday this Shop Small movement event is sponsored by American Express. Download free materials from the SBS site to market your business that day.
posted Nov 16, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

MNsure for Small Businesses
If you employ between 2-50 full-time workers you can offer them healthcare coverage through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), a division of the MNSure marketplace. Federal Tax credits are available to qualifying small business. There is a special enrollment period from 11/15/13 to 12/15/13 during which the normal minimum employer contribution towards the premium and the minimum employee participation rate are waived. For more details see the SHOP website listed above.
posted Oct 4, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

Small Businesses need to notify employees of healthcare options
Many small businesses are unaware that they are required to notify their employees by October 1 about the Affordable Care Act marketplaces options available in their state, even if they don't offer healthcare insurance to their employees. The U.S. Department of Labor has posted information about the notification requirement on its website along with model notices that can be used by employers to notify their employees. In Minnesota the new central health insurance marketplace is MNsure.
posted Sep 4, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

Work Opportunity Tax Credit
A federal tax credit is available to all private sector businesses to encourage employers to hire workers from eligible target groups who face high rates of unemployment. Potential tax credits can range up to $9,600 for each qualifying new hire. The program runs through December 31, 2013 with the option to apply online through Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development site.
posted Jul 23, 2013 by Kimaree P. Category: Small Business

Patent Workshop
If you've been thinking about applying for a patent, sign up for the Patent Workshop for Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners. Walt Johnson, librarian for Hennepin County Library's Patent and Trademark Resource Center at Minneapolis Central will cover intellectual property basics, the patent process and how to do a preliminary patent search. This introductory workshop is scheduled at Ridgedale on June 26, Southdale on July 22, and Minneapolis Central on August 7. Register online or call your local library to register.
posted Jun 25, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

Choosing your Business Entity
Wondering whether to choose a partnership, sole proprietorship or partnership? Rebecca Bell from LegalCORPS will explain the forms of business organization at a presentation at the Ridgedale Library and identity the factors to consider when choosing the most suitable business structure. Time for questions and discussion follows presentation. Scheduled for June 18, 6:30 p.m. Register Online or call 612-543-8800.
posted May 22, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

MNsure and your Small Business
A session of "What the new Minnesota health insurance exchange means to your small business" will be presented May 20 5:15-7:30 p.m. by April Todd-Malmlov, the executive director of MNsure, the new Minnesota health insurance exchange. Time for networking and questions and answers will be provided. Sponsored by Small Business Minnesota.
posted May 2, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

5 Steps to Building a Successful e-Commerce Business Webinar
This session, scheduled April 24 at noon, is one of many free webinars offered by the National Federation of Independent business. Topics covered in this webinar include:
- 5 steps to building a successful online business
- Why you need a website for your small business
- How to do business successfully on eBay, Amazon, Yahoo!, Etsy and other e-commerce platforms
- Marketing your online business
- How to cope with sales taxes, privacy concerns, and other legal and tax issues you will face
posted Apr 9, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

Helping Do-Gooders do more Good
Minnesota Do-Gooders is a new organization focused on helping non-profits improve their marketing and communication skills. Check out their series of weekly panel discussions scheduled during March and April.
posted Mar 6, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

Selling to Hennepin County
If you are a business that is thinking about selling a product or service to the Hennepin County government check here to see how the process works and acquire a few tips for winning the bid.
posted Jan 28, 2013 by Kim P. Category: Small Business

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