Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota is proud to be known as “the first BBB”! We’re a non-profit organization founded by ethical business owners in the Twin Cities in 1912. BBB is supported today by more than 7,300 locally Accredited Businesses that believe in our mission.

The work we do in the Secretary of State’s office affects Minnesotans in all 87 counties, whether that’s ensuring our election system is fair, open, impartial, and secure; making it as easy as possible for Minnesotans to set up and run their businesses; or helping protect victims of domestic violence and others who fear for their safety.

Are you thinking about starting your own business or are you currently operating a small business and interested in technical assistance? Washington County and Hugo have partnered with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) to offer the Open to Business program. This program provides free, confidential one-on-one assistance from MCCD’s expert staff, customized to meet the specific needs of each entrepreneur.

How it Works

For more information on the services offered or to schedule an appointment, contact Tyler Hilsabeck at 612-789-8838 or

What is SCORE?

For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education.

As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.

With SCORE, you are not alone on your business journey.

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses.

The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

When it comes to small business resources, we’ve got you covered. Browse through this ever-expanding collection of free marketing resources for small business, from in-depth guides, to actionable social media templates, checklists, business guides, business tools and more.

Below is a mix of small business resource articles, templates, checklists or quizzes written by small business experts for small business owners just like you.

You can use the menu on the left to select the type of resource you’re looking for or just click on any of the resources below to delve into a mix of business information on a specific topic that’s written for small business owners.

Building your own business from the ground up is an exciting opportunity, but it can also be challenging.

Follow the 10 steps from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to starting a business. You’ll learn about writing a business plan, determining the legal structure of your business, and more.

Avoid common mistakes and get advice from experienced small business owners who want to help. Local SBA partner organizations offer free access to mentors and trainers.