How to Start a Business in St. James

Are you wondering what it takes to start a business in St. James? This step-by-step guide is a great place to start.

Phase 1: Business Planning

1. Ask the expert! FREE resources for your business planning needs. 

  • SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
    • Mankato, MN

2. Choose a Business Name at the MN Secretary of State website.

3. Choose a Business Structure- SBDC or RCEF can help you.

4. Create a Business Plan- SBDC or RCEF can help you.

5. Additional Resources

6. Financing- go to our financial resources page for more information. 

7. Find a Location at our Building & Land Inventory

8. Call us to check the zoning regulations: 507-375-1289

PHASE 2: Filing/Documents

9. Business Filing, State of Minnesota

10. Apply for Building Permits or Licenses if needed

11. Taxes

PHASE 3: Plug in to Resources and Community

12. Consider membership with the St. James Area Chamber of Commerce

13. Sign up for the SBDC Newsletter

14. Check out our community website: Discover St. James. There you can find:

Contact us if you have questions at 507-375-1289.