Here are some helpful small business development resources and online tools.


Resources and Online Tools

7 Best Responsive Website Builders
Another great listing for the aspiring website creator.

15 Best Free Website Builders
Are you looking to build a website, but are short on funds?  Check these out!

2015 Starting a Business in MN – Steps to Take
A collection of step-by-step information on how to start a business in Minnesota.

Business Loan Funds
This site will be a great benefit if you are searching for financing (and will then need help filling out paperwork and developing a business plan) along with an up-to-date resource for counselors to better assist clients.  This website is the largest and most up to date resource on the internet and is closing in on 2,000 unique loan programs including those from SBA, USDA, EDA, not for profits and economics development agencies in every country throughout the United States.

Business Organization Comparison
Having trouble deciding what kind of company to start?  Here are type comparisons.

Census Business Builder Tool: Small Business Edition
Determine the best location for your business, this is a great tool for anyone looking to find out more information regarding their target business location.

Entrepreneurial Essentials
Learn the basics and more about being an Entrepreneur.

Learn about business support, insurance, loans, credit scores and more.

How to Write a Business Plan
When how to write a business plan is at the top of the SBA list of the ten steps in how to start a business, it tells you something about how important the experts consider it to be. Planning a business and writing a business plan is more than just having a location picked and a product or service to sell. Financing, marketing strategy and future growth all require a well-researched and thought out business plan.

LegalCORPS Application Form 
Do you have legal questions pertaining to your business?  Try this FREE legal consultation!
Once you have the form completed, PRINT it to PDF file, and email it to

Loan Payment Calculator
The IRS provides excellent tools that helps small business owners stay tax compliant.

Lumberjack’s Guide to Downtown Bemidji, MN
Information on where to find what, and links to important forms.

Marketing Research
Information on how to define and expand your market presence.

SBA Assessment Tool
The Small Business Administration launched a new assessment tool to help you determine if you’re ready to start a business.

Small Business Recruiting Guide and Resources
A collection of resources and introductory articles that will help guide you on your journey in recruiting new employees for your business.

Start Your Business Plan
The Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center has put together a business plan template to assist you in creating a new business plan.

Start Your Marketing Plan
The Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center has put together a marketing plan template to assist you in creating a marketing plan.

Starting a Business in MN
Steps to take to start your business in Minnesota.

Top 10 Best eCommerce Website Builders for Creating Online Stores
Do you need to add a shopping cart to your site?  Here is a listing for you!

Women-Owned Small Business
The Small Business Act authorizes contracting officers to specifically limit or set aside, certain requirements for competition solely amongst women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) or economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSBs). Facts, Guide, FAQs