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Business

Business Planning

The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) can help direct you to the many resources and mentoring programs to see if you are ready to start a business—the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has 20 questions you should answer. Your answers will help you determine if you are ready to become a small business owner.

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:

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 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.

Our 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 348 chapters throughout the United States and its territories with over 11,000+ volunteers nationwide, 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. Click here for a Counseling Request Form. Call one of our SCORE counselors at 320-894-6198 or email local mentors Don McGrath or Bob Bonawitz to set up an appointment.

In 2015, SCORE mentors helped:

  • start 53,377 new businesses
  • create 65,125 jobs
  • 72% of in-business clients increase revenue