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The Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) works with entrepreneurs and small businesses of all types to help with business startups. Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These services are completely confidential and provided free of charge to the businesses and residents of Douglas County, MN.

These easy steps can help you plan, prepare and manage your business.

Step 1 | Creating A Business Plan

Use these tools and resources to create a business plan. This business guide will help you map out how you will start and run your business successfully.
Click HERE to request hard copy

Step 2 | Choosing A Location

Get advice on how to select a customer-friendly location and comply with zoning laws.
Click HERE for available area commercial spaces
Request a consultation

Step 3 | Financing & Incentives

Financial assistance to help get you started.
Click HERE to Finance Your Business

Step 4 | Determining Legal Structure & Taxes
  1. Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.
    To Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business Click HERE
  2. (“Doing Business As”) Register your business name with the State of MN.
    Click HERE to Register a Business Name
    MN ABR Form – Application for Business Registration
    MN ABR Form – Instructions
    MN Business Certificate of Assumed Name

  3. Learn which tax identification number you’ll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency.
    Get a Tax Identification Number Click HERE
    SS4 – Employer Identification Number

  4. Register with the State of MN to obtain a tax identification number, workers’ compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.
    Register for State and Local Taxes HERE

  5. Get a list of federal, state and local licenses and permits required for your business.
    Obtain Business Licenses and Permits Click HERE

In addition, a variety of small business training opportunities are presented by the AAEDC in partnership with the Alexandria Technical & Community College Customized Training Center & West Central Initiative for residents and business owners in the Alexandria area.

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