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


Resources and Online Tools

15 Best Free Website Builders

Are you looking to build a website, but are short on funds?  Check these out!

7 Best Responsive Website Builders

Another great listing for the aspiring website creator.

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!

Loan Payment Calculator

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

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.

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.

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

SBA Assessment Tool

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


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

Starting a Business in MN

Steps to take to start your business in Minnesota.

Marketing Research

Information on how to define and expand your market presence.

Entrepreneurial Essentials

Learn the basics and more about being an Entrepreneur.

Business Organization Comparison

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

Lumberjack’s Guide to Downtown Bemidji, MN

Information on where to find what, and links to important forms.

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

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.