Starting A Business

Moorhead is a great place to start a business! The FM area has a vibrant and growing entrepreneurial ecosystem ready and waiting for you to join them. We know that starting your business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. It can be overwhelming, but we’ve compiled following information to help you get started. As always, our office is available to help you get pointed in the right direction should you have any questions.

Also, know that the EDA has programs and incentives available for entrepreneurs who chose to join the Moorhead business community, such as Startup Moorhead and the Façade Loan Program.
Startup Moorhead is a business plan competition for businesses looking to relocate or open in Moorhead. The grand prize is $5,000 in startup capital. Visit the program page for full details.
The Façade Loan Program is a small business loan that helps businesses give their building a face-lift. This program helps to make that store-front dream a little easier to achieve and afford.

Small Business Development Center

  • Financial projections
  • Loan packaging
  • Accounting and record keeping
  • Market analysis
  • Market research
  • Strategic marketing
  • Workshops
  • Business planning
  • Strategic planning

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MN Secretary of State

  • Resources to assist in initial planning stages of starting a business
  • Step by step assistance in registering your business
  • Online forms
  • File business documents online

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MN Department of Revenue

  • Register for a MN Tax ID number
  • Update your business information online
  • Step by step filing and payment guidelines
  • Sales and use tax information

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MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

  • Starting a business
  • Managing a business
  • Financing a business
  • Locating in Minnesota
  • Exporting & international trade
  • Finding workers
  • Get help from the experts
  • Green business assistance

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IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center (Federal)

  • Small business forms and publications
  • Employer ID Numbers (EINs)
  • Starting, Operating, or Closing a Business
  • Employment Taxes

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