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Doing Business in Minnesota (DEED)

Starting a business in Minnesota is not a single decision but a series of them, each one an important step on the road to a successful launch.  There are two agencies that assist businesses:  

Minnesota Department of Revenue

Minnesota Department of Revenue debuts centralized online Business Center during Small Business Week

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The first week of May is National Small Business Week. To mark the week, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is highlighting the online resources it offers businesses by launching a new online Business Center. Businesses and organizations of all sizes and types can now find business tax information and resources -- including fact sheets, industry guides, forms, and training information -- in one central location on the department’s website.

“We strive to provide taxpayers with the information they need to comply with the state’s tax laws. The new online Business Center consolidates information and resources into a central location, making it easier for businesses to find the tax information they need,” said Revenue Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly. “We are always looking to improve our customer service. The Business Center is just one of the ways we are doing that for our business tax customers.”

The new online Business Center includes some of the following features:

  • Starting a business – Basic tax information for people who are starting a business.
  • Register for a Minnesota Tax ID number – What is a Minnesota Tax ID number? How do I register?
  • File and Pay Tax – What is e-Services? How do I sign up? Information on filing returns and making payments.
  • Education and Outreach – Free education by tax type including classroom training, online training, webinars, and videos.
  • Resources for Businesses – A variety of tools including business guidebooks, fact sheets, industry guides, tax type calculators, forms and instructions.
  • Closing an Account/Closing a Business – What you need to know.
  • Consolidated due date calendar – This feature will be added in the near future and will make it easy for business customers to find a list of due dates for various business tax types.

Customers can access the new Business Center by clicking the link or by going to our website ( and entering business center into the search box.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

DEED can help you tackle the most common questions in the order you’re most likely to need answers.

These guidelines provide a roadmap to the world of business and the basic sense of direction you'll need before you begin. They are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney, accountant and other business professionals.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is the state’s principal economic development agency.

DEED programs promote business recruitment, expansion, and retention; international trade; workforce development; and community development. See some DEED resources below:

  • Doing Business/Locating in Minnesota -- Site Selectors click here
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