There are many unique resources available to businesses locating in Washington County and the state of Minnesota. These range from tax and financial incentives to workforce assistance and support exporting products. The CDA provides direct assistance to businesses looking to grow, expand or invest in Washington County and will meet with business leaders to discuss their needs.
Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities.(https://www.sba.gov/business-guide?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery)
Whether you're looking to start a small business or expand your current one, SBA's digital learning platform has everything you need to educate yourself on entrepreneurial best practices and available financing options.(https://www.sba.gov/sba-learning-platform?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery)
The HUBZone program fuels small business growth in historically underutilized business zones with a goal of awarding at least 3% of federal contract dollars to HUBZone-certified companies each year.(https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/hubzone-program?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery)
The Workforce Development Board comprises representatives from area businesses, organized labor and public agencies to strengthen the workforce development system through employment, training, and education programs.(https://www.co.washington.mn.us/1603/Workforce-Development-Board)
CareerForce is Minnesota’s career development and talent matching resource network committed to helping individuals with their career aspirations and employers with their workforce needs. CareerForce offices in Washington County can be found in Cottage Grove, Forest Lake and Woodbury. Additionally, CareerForce has adapted to the business realities since the COVID-19 pandemic with online workshops, virtual career fairs and other career services.(https://www.careerforcemn.com/locations)
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is a valuable resource that offers knowledge and insight on familiar sources of business financing and local lenders.(https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/)
Washington County has several local resources dedicated to helping businesses thrive.(https://www.eastmetromsp.org/business/incentives)
Various portions of Washington County serve rural communities. The USDA Rural Development department exists to provide funding and technical assistance for small business owners and entrepreneurs.(https://www.rd.usda.gov/mn)
The SBA is the primary source for small business financial assistance information in the country. Many financial assistance programs exist that best fit many businesses, including loans, grants and investment opportunities.(https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs)
For a nominal fee, the Gold Key Service, administered by the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, can arrange appointments for you to meet prospective distributors, partners and buyers meeting your selection criteria. To schedule an appointment, refer to a Gold Key Service in about any market worldwide or contact the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Minneapolis at 612-348-1638.(https://www.trade.gov/gold-key-service)
Managing a growing list of customers and the tasks necessary to drive sales is a complex endeavor. The Motley Fool lists the top CRM software for businesses of all sizes.(https://www.fool.com/the-ascent/small-business/crm/)
SCORE is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors offering assistance covering all aspects of the small business cycle. The organization provides specific training focused on sales management, from strategy and planning to customer relations.(https://www.score.org/search/site/all/sales?f=im_field_topics:63#tab-All)
BizRecycling is a program to help businesses in Ramsey County and Washington County start, expand, improve, and manage business recycling, including organic waste collection, such as food waste. We work with businesses of all sizes and types: restaurants, offices, multi-unit residential properties, schools, clinics, golf courses, warehouses, and more.(https://bizrecycling.com/)
Learn the steps to start a small business, get financing help from the government, and more.(https://www.usa.gov/business?source=busa)
Our statewide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide the professional expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today's competitive and ever-changing business world.(https://mn.gov/deed/business/help/sbdc/)
With close to 50 CareerForce locations throughout the state, you’re sure to find one that fits your career development or talent matching needs. CareerForce is committed to helping:
- Individuals start, advance or change their career
- Employers attract, develop and retain talent, and
- Minnesota thrive economically
Find career, training and job search resources just for you.(https://www.careeronestop.org/)
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is the state's principal economic and workforce development agency. Knowledgeable advisors help businesses find labor force pools, learn about workforce incentives and locate excellent training opportunities.(https://mn.gov/deed/business/finding-workers/)
Open to Business provides free, confidential business counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs. Our experienced consultants work with small business owners to access the technical assistance and financing options they need to succeed. Open to Business partners with cities and counties to make our free services available to entrepreneurs and small businesses located throughout the Twin Cities metro area.(https://www.mccdmn.org/open-to-business)
The Governor's Workforce Development Board works to strengthen the skills of Minnesota's greatest asset — its workforce.
The Governor’s Workforce Development Board (GWDB) has a responsibility to advise the Governor on Minnesota’s workforce system.
The Board represents key leaders from business, education, labor, community-based organizations, and government. The GWDB has statutory responsibility under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which provides leadership on opportunities and key workforce strategies for the state. The Board provides a venue for workforce stakeholders building on a shared vision and mission.(https://mn.gov/deed/gwdb/)
MAWB believes workforce development is the key economic development issue in our economy.(http://mawb-mn.org/)
Minnesota State is making a difference. From the students we serve, to our business partners, to those we employ, chances are good you or someone you know has benefited from the work of your state colleges and universities.(https://www.minnstate.edu/)
Career Launch is a new program at Forest Lake Area High School funded in part with grant dollars awarded by Youth Skills Training @ Depart of Labor and Industry. Forest Lake Area High School, in partnership with Lakes Center for Youth and Families, has created a program to better serve area students and area businesses by providing real world experiential learning opportunities. These opportunities include: Career Day speakers, workplace tours, job shadowing, mentorship, and work based learning.
Students will have the opportunity to access these resources, develop their professional skills, attain industry related credentials, and participate in paid work based learning experiences through the Career Launch A (Explore) and Career Launch B (Experience) courses. Both of these courses will be open to 11th and 12th grade students. For the 2019-20 school year, the career fields of focus will be in agriculture, manufacturing, automotive, and construction.
Students and parents interested in these experiences, or businesses wanting to partner, should contact Mike Miron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-982-8510.(https://www.flaschools.org/careerlaunch)
Century College is known for high-quality programs and degrees taught by expert instructors. Programs at Century are grouped under Academic Pathways. Each of the eight Century College Academic Pathways provides you with special learning opportunities and activities, along with personalized guidance from an academic advisor or counselor. Explore the exciting major areas below to find your Pathway!(https://www.century.edu/academics/programs-degrees)
Several community partners have teamed up to fund a new Inventor Space at Park High School. Once completed, the space will give students the opportunity to use high tech tools in a collaborative, supportive and educational environment.(http://www.district833.org/news/community-partners-provide-115000-inventor-space-park-high-school)