5 Mid-Year Tax Planning Strategies

Are you the sort of person who puts of taxes until the day before they are due? Not only are you giving yourself needless heart burn – you may be missing opportunities to save and earn.

The SBA recently released 5 tips to help get you on the right road to business taxes – you just need to plan!

  1. Meet with your tax advisor
  2. Assess your profitability
  3. Expand your R&D
  4. Issue stock
  5. Review your income tax payments

Get the details!

Rules for better business communication…

The US SBA (Small Business Administration) recently posted an article that outlines 6 unwritten rules related to business etiquette

Three for email:

  1. Use professional salutations.
  2. Limit exclamation points, abbreviations and emoticons.
  3. Double-check the subject line and the email recipient.

Three for face to face communication:

  1. Come prepared with talking points.
  2. Silence all electronic devices.
  3. Arrive early.

Read the article for more details.

MN DEED accepting applications for emerging entrepreneurs program

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering an exciting opportunity for state nonprofits equipped to issue loans to local businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged groups.

The department recently issued a request for applications to participate in the Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Program (MEEP), which provides grant funding for nonprofits “that will use these funds to make loans to Minnesota businesses majority-owned and operated by minorities, low-income persons, women, veterans, and/or persons with disabilities,” according to DEED’s website. Businesses owned and operated by individuals who identify as women may receive funding under the terms of the grant.

Learn more – and please note that MEEP proposals are due by 4 p.m. on September 30, 2016.

Veterans Career Fair – July 11in Bloomington

If you are a veteran and looking for a job or are interested in exploring new careers, come to the largest veterans career fair in Minnesota.

This no-cost event for job seekers brings together:

  • Employers, who can provide company information, speak with you about current job openings and interview you for open positions on site.
  • Service providers who can assist with your employment-related needs, as well as provide information and referrals to non-work related services for veterans.
  • Resource area staffed by HR professionals to assist with resume critique and job search advice.
  • Professional photographer available to take head shots for LinkedIn profile.

All former and current members of the U.S. military are welcome.
If you need accommodations to participate in this event, call 651-259-7169. Please submit them by Friday, June 30.

If you have any questions, contact Christine Pribbernow at 651-259-7169.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
DoubleTree By Hilton
7800 Normandale Boulevard
Bloomington, MN

How does Minnesota compare to other states?

Summer is coming. Today it feels like summer is here. What better time to talk up our state and entice people to visit and then relocate here!

But stories and subshine alone won’t do it. Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has a website that makes it easy to cmpare Minnesota to other states. They look at:


Get some good energy by reading about brilliant women in MN’s energy industry

Great to hear about smart women!

Again for 2017, CERTs (Clean Energy Resource Teams)  interviewed 18 women who are playing major roles advancing clean energy in Minnesota. They talked with us about what they do, how they got into the field, the things that inspire them, and tips for others.

Click here to see all of the interviews

Calling all youth entrepreneurs – MN Cup applications open March 20

It’s a great opportunity – would love to see some LqP folks get involved…

MN Cup is the largest statewide startup competition in the country, and we’re proud to again sponsor the Youth Division. Students age 18 and under are eligible to participate in this platform that encourages and fosters the development of creative ideas by Minnesota’s youth.

Participants will have an opportunity to access available resources, network with MN Cup partners, mentors and entrepreneurs, and hone their business pitch and plan. The winner will receive $10,000 in seed capital, along with a variety of other benefits. Applications are accepted March 20 – April 28.