Resources for Startups

Open to Business
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South St. Paul is “Open to Business”

We realize that growing or starting a small business is not a simple decision, but rather a complex and multi-step process. With this in mind, South St. Paul contracts with a small business consultant to provide free, one-on-one, confidential business consulting to help entrepreneurs through the process of starting or growing their small business. If you need confidential, non-biased support with issues such as record-keeping, acquiring or improving a building, preparing a business plan, or financing your business’ growth and success, contact Natalie Mouilso via email or at 952-451-6390, or visit the Open to Business website for more information.


The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) Small Business Assistance Office has prepared “A Guide to Starting a Business In Minnesota (PDF),” which can serve as a comprehensive resource for the aspiring entrepreneur. In general, DEED’s “Starting a Business” website might be a good place to start for anyone seeking more information and resources for starting a business. Entrepreneurs and Innovators may find DEED’s dedicated resources page particularly useful.



Accel is a totally free program focusing on the early phases of startups and intended to provide entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed to successfully launch their ideas, innovations, inventions, and businesses.