Business Resources

Big Stone Area Growth

Upper Minnesota River RDC

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The Southwest Initiative’s CORE website is an excellent resource when starting a new business!
This link will provide a video library with topics such as:

  • Entrepreneurial Assessment
  • Are you Ready?
  • Business Concept Statement
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Financial Planning
  • Building Your Plan

This site also provides a Business Plan format and Cash Flow Projection form in Excel (both also provided in PDF format) and is an excellent resource to identify your target customer, tools for re-financing and more!

Creative Job Search Guide… Link!
Great Resource!  Career Planning, Applications and References, Resumes & Cover Letters, The Job Interview, The Internet & Social Media and more!  Check out this link!

Organizing your Business

NEW! January 2018
Small Business Assistance Office
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota (PDF)


Big Stone Area Growth (BSAG)
The Ortonville EDA works closely with BSAG which is Big Stone County’s economic development agency.  BSAG, as with the Ortonville EDA, offers free business assistance for starting or expanding businesses and Business retention and is an additional funding source.

Minnesota Small Business Development Centers
A statewide network of Small Business Development Centers provides the professional expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today’s competitive and ever-changing business world.  The Minnesota Small Business Development Centers are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
We would be in the Southwest Regional Center  – To sign-up for their free assistance/consultations:  Website & Select “Request Services” located in the top right of the page.

Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC)

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

Minnesota Secretary of State – Starting a Business or Non-Profit

Minnesota Workforce Center – Montevideo – Is the Workforce Center for Ortonville and they do also have a representative in Ortonville one day per week at our Media Center (lower level of the Ortonville Public Library – 412 Second Street NW)

SBA Loans & Grants – Big Stone County

SBA on-line Courses – Business Technology Simplified
This course will cover some basic technology tools to help you run your business more efficiently.  Topics include: Benefiting from Current Desktop Technology, Using Technology to Save you Time, and Upgrading Your Accounting Practices.  Users should complete all three courses to receive an SBA certificate of completion

Minnesota Small Business Loans (SBA website)

SCORE –  SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for over fifty years.  Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 11,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.

Southwest Initiative Foundation – Business Finance & Loan Programs

Searching for a Job – or – are you a business that would like to list a job?  — Click here!

United States Department of Agriculture USDA

Minnesota Department of Transportation MNDot

United States Census Bureau

Minnesota State Demographic Center, Minnesota Planning – Includes more reports with data analysis and trends.  Links to other demographic sites.

Link to EDA Programs/Assistance

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