The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) can help direct you to many resources and mentoring programs that are available to see if you are ready to start a business. To help you determine if you are ready to become a small business owner, answer these 20 Questions.
A valuable resource for entrepreneurs is the Starting a Business in Minnesota section of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s (DEED) website. We also encourage you to seek the advice of an attorney and/or accountant.
Business Plan resources include:
- the Business Planning section of DEED’s website
- the EDC’s Business Plan Outline and Business Plan (a MS Word document)
- a start-up business plan template by SCORE
- writing a business plan by the SBA
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are available to area businesses and residents seeking assistance in starting a new business, expanding an existing business, developing a Business Plan, obtaining economic and demographic information and statistics. The southwest regional SBDC office is located at Southwest Minnesota State University, Science and Technology (ST) Building, Room 201, 1501 State Street, Marshall, MN 56258. Call Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-800-642-0684 ext. 7386 or 507-537-7386 or email SBDC@smsu.edu for more counseling information.
Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) and its Minnesota Center of Rural Entrepreneurship (CORE) is a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs to find resources and tools to succeed, including its Starting a Small Business webcast.
The EDC partners with Startup, a local program designed to help entrepreneurs get the training, support and marketing insight they need to be successful. It starts with a collaborative bootcamp held in the WORKUP, coworking space and is facilitated by a life-long entrepreneur with over 28 years of marketing experience. If interested, the EDC may have a scholarship available to cover part of the fee to attend the bootcamp.
Local SCORE counselors are available at the EDC office to assist you in creating a business plan or take their free, online business workshop on Developing a Business Plan.
SCORE is America’s premier source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs. SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Download the Minnesota Small Business Resource Guide for helpful information on starting, growing and succeeding in small business.
Check out SCORE’s free online workshops for more information.
SCORE has 300 chapters throughout the United States and its territories with a network of 10,000 volunteers, who share their expertise across 62 industries. The Willmar SCORE office is a division of Minneapolis Chapter 2 and is located within the EDC’s office. Other mentors are also available. Call the EDC office at 320-235-7370 or 866-665-4556 to contact one of our SCORE counselors.
In 2018, SCORE mentors helped:
- start 32,387 new businesses
- create 135,687 jobs
- 67% of clients increase revenue