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.

School Building Bond Legislative Update

The Legislature and the Governor wrapped up another session, with the Governor signing all the major budget bills as well as the omnibus tax and elections bills. There are several important provisions included in all three bills that will affect school district budgets and facilities planning. Because this is a “budget” year, the major omnibus bills needed to be signed into law to keep the government funded. As a result, there are many provisions that were enacted, but we intend to only highlight the major changes, and primarily those in the facilities area. There were many smaller changes that might affect some districts but not others. Ehlers has tracked the changes for you.

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Next step with the Appleton Prison

According to InForum

Legislation calling on the state to purchase or lease-to-own the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton did not make it through the 2017 session, but the state is now obligated to take a serious look at the possibility of utilizing the facility.

Legislation approved and signed by Gov. Mark Dayton requires the Department of Corrections to hire an independent contractor to assess the facility and determine what, if any improvements would be required if the state were to house its inmates there. The assessment must be completed by January 15, 2018.

The Appleton Option announced the recent legislation to supporters on Friday, pointing out that it does not necessarily mean the facility will re-open as a state-run correctional facility. But it calls the legislation a “critical first step” in providing information towards that goal.

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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
Bloomington
7800 Normandale Boulevard
Bloomington, MN

Starting a business? Growing a business? Running a business? We’re got a book for that.

Did you know that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has a wide range of books you can download? It’s a long but useful list we’re happy to share…

Our Guide To Starting A Business In Minnesota provides a concise summary discussion of major issues, questions and concerns that are most commonly raised by those contemplating a business startup. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

A Guide to Biotechnology Finance and the 2009 Supplement provide the fundamentals of financing for this evolving field in a concise manner that doesn’t gloss over the details.

These publications are a collaborative effort with the law firm of Lindquist and Vennum PLLP. They do not address all circumstances or all companies. They are not intended as legal advice. Download the Biotechnology Finance publicationDownload the 2009 Supplement publicationOrder a copy of the publications

A Guide to Intellectual Property Protection along with a companion update provide a primer for the inventor and entrepreneur on the protection of new ideas and the products that result from them.

The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Merchant and Gould, P.C. It does not consider all circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

A Legal Guide to the Internet provides a primer on many aspects of electronic commerce, ranging from ownership and copyrights to advertising, customer service and branding.

The publication is a collaboration with the law firm of Merchant and Gould. It does not consider all circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

A Legal Guide To Privacy and Data Security is the first ever attempt to compile Minnesota state data privacy and security laws as well as federal and global privacy laws in one publication.

A collaboration with the law firm Gray Plant Mooty. It should only be used as a guide and not as a definitive source to answer legal and business questions.

Upon request, this publication can be made available in an alternative format by contacting 651-259-7476. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication on CD

A Legal Guide To The Use of Social Media in the Workplace is designed to alert business to legal issues which commonly arise when social media is used in the workplace or as a business tool.

A collaboration with the law firm Gray Plant Mooty. It should only be used as a guide and not as a definitive source to answer business or legal questions. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

A Legal Guide To Technology Transactions is a primer on the subject of technology transactions and is intended to better enable businesses considering information technology acquisition to frame up their questions and issues for their own staff, for technology suppliers, and for consultants and attorneys who will be involved in the contracting, acquisition, and use of the technology.

This publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm Gray Plant Mooty. It is intended to provide general information and should not be relied upon for specific legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

An Employer’s Guide to Employment Law Issues in Minnesota (12th Edition, April 2014) provides a broad overview of issues that commonly arise in the workplace.

It should be used only as a guide and not as a definitive source to answer your legal questions.

The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Lindquist and Vennum LLP.
Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication on CD

An Introduction to Franchising provides an overview of franchising as a business tool and the limited public regulation of franchising, with goal of better preparing entrepreneurs to evaluate franchise opportunities.

The publication is a collaboration with the law firm Briggs and Morgan, P.A.. It does not consider all circumstances or companies. It is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication on CD ROM

Loan Documentation: An Introduction for Small Businesses provides a primer on the need for and uses of many of the terms and covenants used in commercial loan transactions.

The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Krass Monroe, P.A. It does not address or apply to all situations. It is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication on CD ROM

In our Minnesota’s Angel Tax – Small Corporate Offering Registration (SCOR) publication, the Angel Tax Credit section lays out eligibility requirements, how the credit works, and other information about the credit.

The Small Corporate Offering Registration (SCOR) section explains how SCOR works, what businesses are eligible and when SCOR may be appropriate to use. Download the publication
Order a copy of the publication

Raising Capital: Securities Law and Business Considerations covers a variety of legal and business issues that should be addressed when considering or preparing to raise business capital.

The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. It does not address all circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication

Single Member Limited Liability Company (SMLLC) answers frequently asked questions in regards to SMLLC as an alternative to the sole proprietorship.

The publication does not consider all circumstances. It is not intended as legal advice or tax advice. Download the publication

Why and How to Conduct a Human Resources Audit in Minnesota provides an overview of human resources audits, along with useful examples of audit checklists.

The publication is a collaborative effort with the law firm of Rider, Bennett, Egan and Arundel, LLP. It does not apply to every employer or situation and is not intended as legal advice. Download the publicationOrder a copy of the publication on CD ROM

Minnesota adopts New Limited Liability Company (LLC) Act. The New Act will become effective on August 1, 2015 for all LLCs formed on or after that date. Download the publication