Minnesota Local Business, Insurance, and Government Resources

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Business Resources - Anything from getting a business license to finding funding

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Government Contacts - Get in contact with each level of local government

Minnesota Local Business Resources

All businesses must register with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State to legally operate. Before you register, you must choose the business structure first as it will determine the documentary requirements you need to fulfill.

You can officially start the registration process by creating an online account at the SOS website. Go to Business Filings Online page and choose the business structure. You will be required to answer a few questions about your business and then verify the name. If your chosen business name is available, you must follow the directions so you can provide information about your business.

Review the information you filled out at the end before you click Submit. You will be assigned an Order Number that is in reference to the filing you submitted. Make sure to keep a record of this Order Number.

The next step will require you to set up an e-service account using your credit card information. You can also bypass this step by clicking on "pay without registering". Once payment is completed, you may proceed to the confirmation page with receipt for your payment. Print this out or record the Confirmation Number. You will also be sent a copy of your filing information via email. You can use that to access the transaction history on your account so you can keep track of the process.

Local Insurance Info, Agents, & Companies in Minnesota


Government Contacts

Since 2002, Minnesota State has 87 counties, 854 municipal governments, and 1,793 townships (more townships than any other state in the country. The state also has 345 public school districts and 403 special districts.

Each county is overseen by a board of commissioners, which are all elected for four-year terms. Other county officials include the attorney and coroner, auditor, sheriff, treasurer, recorder, and assessor engineer. The county is responsible for planning and development, highway maintenance, and administers welfare.

Every regional development commission (RDC) is composed of local officials (chosen by counties, cities, townships, and the education board of the region) and represents the public interest groups (chosen by the elected officials).

Cities, either statutory cities or home-rule charters are restricted to the government system as stated by the state law. Regardless, a mayor-council system is still the most common. Each township is overseen by the elected officials or the board of supervisors.

See the main Minnesota Page for county links.

Aitkin

Anoka

Becker

Beltrami

Benton

Big Stone

Blue Earth

Brown

Carlton

Carver

Cass

Chippewa

Chisago

Clay

Cook

Cottonwood

Crow Wing

Dakota

Dodge

Douglas

Faribault

Fillmore

Freeborn

Goodhue

Hennepin

Houston

Hubbard

Isanti

Itasca

Jackson

Kanabec

Kandiyohi

Kittson

Koochiching

Lac Qui Parle

Lake

Le Sueur

Martin

Mcleod

Meeker

Mille Lacs

Morrison

Mower

Nicollet

Nobles

Olmsted

Otter Tail

Pennington

Pine

Pipestone

Polk

Ramsey

Redwood

Renville

Rice

Rock

Roseau

Scott

Sherburne

Sibley

St Louis

Stearns

Steele

Stevens

Swift

Todd

Traverse

Wabasha

Wadena

Waseca

Washington

Watonwan

Winona

Wright

Yellow Medicine