Sherburne County Commissioners gathered Tuesday to launch Sherburne County Tools for Business (http://sherburne.toolsforbusiness.info), a dynamic new website. Tools for Business combines local, state, national and best-of-the-web resources to help existing businesses grow and entrepreneurs start new businesses.
The many free resources offered include employee training, financing resources, export assistance, how to help your business show up on maps and other internet searches, and a special section for veterans. Tools for Business also features an interactive tool that asks about basic business characteristics and then identifies all federal and state tax reports that must be filed within the next 90 days, along with links to the forms.
Felix Schmiesing, a county commissioner who has owned and operated businesses in Palmer Township, is impressed with the practicality of the Tools website. “I’m really impressed with the quality of resources on the website – all accessible in one place. Just about any business could use this website on a day-to-day basis to deal efficiently with everything from tax reports, to hiring and employee safety, increasing visibility and sales, disaster planning or planning an expansion….to name just a few.”
People starting up a new business can use the “entity wizard” to determine what legal structure is likely to be best for their business, along with links to all the forms needed to create the new business. There are extensive tools to help create a business plan, often needed to secure bank financing.
Carie Fuhrman, Community Development Director for the City of Princeton, commented that “Tools for Business is a tremendous resource for new and existing business owners. It is a one-stop shop at no cost for any business-related questions someone might have.”
Tools for Business also has resources designed to meet the needs of specific industries including hospitality (restaurants and hotels), manufacturing, agriculture, retail, food processing, and more.
Sherburne County agreed to sponsor the website, working in concert with the cities of Becker, Big Lake, Elk River, Princeton and Zimmerman to promote its use. Brian Bensen, county administrator commented, “Sherburne County has a long-standing commitment to supporting a healthy business community in partnership with its cities and townships. The Sherburne Tools for Business website is an efficient, cost-effective way to make meaningful resources available to a wide array of businesses county-wide 24/7.”
Cities and their Chambers of Commerce will be promoting Sherburne County Tools for Business, beginning with the Becker Area Business Expo on January 26, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Becker High School Field House.
Visit the website at http://sherburne.toolsforbusiness.info