Business Resource Links

Business Resource Links

Who to contact in Big Stone County for Economic Development assistance –
Big Stone Area Growth (BSAG)
Ortonville EDA
Graceville EDA

Starting a Business Information (Tax ID, Business Plans, Cash Flows, and more) and other Financing Assistance Options (MN DEED)

DEED Guidebooks that were recently updated:

A legal guide to privacy and data security – 2022

A guide to starting a business in Minnesota

Big Stone Area Growth TrainingSelling Online, Review the Platform Options, and more!
Brought to you through support from the Blandin Foundation 

The recordings below will remain active for a short time to allow additional viewing – and the link to ask questions is active; however, the sessions will be removed – so please watch them as soon as possible.  Some great information!  For questions on any of these sessions, you can click here 
— or a link for questions is found by scrolling to the bottom of the Session page “Questions” link can be found.

Click here for Webinar Recording, Session 1
Almost anything you have to sell can be purchased by customers through eCommerce today. It can be a substitute for a brick-and-mortar store or an incredible, digital enhancement that gives your customers more ways to buy from you. This course will give you an overview of the top eCommerce platforms, including BigCommerce, WooCommerce, & Shopify.

Click here for Webinar Recording, Session 2
Geared toward a Single Seller
Make sure you register for Session 1, as this course builds off of the overview discussion. A foundational understanding of top eCommerce platforms will be helpful as this course will only briefly review. We’ll get into setup and e-commerce options for selling a few products or services online. If you’re a single seller, artist, or small product entrepreneur, who may not have a brick-and-mortar store, this Session 2 is for you.

Click here for Webinar Recording, Session 3
Geared Toward a Store with Inventory
Definitely make sure you register for Session 1 first, as this course builds from the discussion of which e-commerce options are better suited for businesses that sell many products/services online.  If you have a store with inventory, then Session 3 is for you. We will dive into inventory management, taxes, shipping, payment processing, and other critical considerations.

The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) has partnered with Vivid Image to host webinars.  If you missed the first two, check out the links below:  (and watch for more to come!)

  1.  How to Quickly Adapt Your Local Business Marketing to Attract and Activate Customers Who Still Need Your Products and Services
  2. Understanding Google My Business 
  3. Stop Confusing Customers with Poor Messaging


FDIC Money Smart for Small Business.  Find information (guides & slides) for the modules that have already been presented within the series.  LINK Here


Check back often as we add links…

An interview with Dawn Hegland, Executive Director of the UMVRDC on what services they provide: