Northfield Area Business Assistance

    • Business start-ups
    • Business expansion
    • Training technology
    • Skill enhancement

    A variety of questions, ideas, concerns and issues arise in the start-up and operation of a new or existing business. These questions range in subject from financing, operation, marketing, insurance, expansion, downsizing, etc. There is a variety of resources available in the Northfield area to assist current and prospective business owners in optimizing their ideas or plans.

    Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce
    205 Third Street West, Suite A
    Northfield, MN 55057
    (507) 645-5604
    (507) 663-7782 (fax)

    • Northfield Community Profile
    • Community profile and other community demographic information
    • Business and land inventory
    • Referrals to assisting agencies and governmental bodies
    • Marketing opportunities for members
    • Workshops and training opportunities for management and employees
    • Community brochures and other promotional material
    • Listing of state, regional and county offices and agencies that provide business services

    Northfield Downtown Development Corporation
    105 4th Street East, Ste. 110
    (507) 663-0319

    • Committed to sustain a vibrant and vital downtown through promotion, 
      design, policies and communication.


    Northfield Economic Development Authority & 
    Community Development Department 

    Northfield City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057
    (507) 645-8833 
    EDA: (507) 645-3018
    Community Development: (507) 645-3059

    • Land inventory
    • Financing (loans for industrial projects, loans for commercial projects, reimbursements for municipal utility hookups for commercial and industrial projects, tax increment financing)
    • Zoning regulations
    • Building code regulations


    Northfield Enterprise Center
    P.O. Box 665
    Northfield, MN 55057

    • Evaluate a proposed product or service and its potential market.
    • Develop a comprehensive three-year business or relocation plan.
    • Arrange for financing, equity, loans, or grants.
    • Connect you with the Northfield business community for a full range of support services: Accounting, legal, banking, real estate, marketing, consulting.
    • Offer you advice and support from experienced retired business persons (through theExperienced Business Advisors) and business-oriented college students (through theCollege Board of Business Consultants).
    • Provide expertise on the steps you must follow with city government on business development related activities.


    Rural Enterprise Center
    105 East Fourth Street, Suite 300
    Northfield, MN 55057
    (952) 201-8852

    • Outreach to entrepreneurs
    • Business ideas exploration and evaluation
    • Business management training for new businesses and start-up planning assistance
    • Supporting access to start-up and working capital
    • Technical business management assistance for established enterprises
    • Support the involvement of Latino/a entrepreneurs in the broader context of rural communities as a key component of a long-term rural economic development strategy


    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057
    (507) 645-6606

    • Business directories, magazines and newspapers
    • Stock and mutual fund information
    • Company information
    • Books on business ranging from resume writing to business planning


    Region 10 Small Business Development Center
    Rochester Community College
    851 30th Avenue SE
    Rochester, MN 55904
    (507) 285-7536

    • General business counseling
    • Strategic management and market planning
    • SBA and commercial loan packaging
    • The Minnesota Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training
    • Technical assistance
    • The services of the SBDC are free of charge to businesses located within the eleven-county region


    Rice County Small Business Development Center
    530 Wilson Avenue
    Faribault, MN 55021
    (507) 334-4381
    (800) 658- 2354 

    • General business counseling
    • Business resource material and database access for business research
    • SBA and commercial loan packaging
    • Training Seminars

    U.S. Small Business Administration
    (800) U-ASK-SBA 

    • Information on starting a business, business planning, financing, marketing, taxes and much more.
    • For additional information visit their website.

    SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives)
    220 S. Broadway, Suite 100
    Rochester, MN 55904
    (507) 288-8103

    • Free advice on all business questions- management, financing, marketing, inventory control, purchasing and financial control
    • Small business seminars

    Southern Minnesota Initiative Fund
    525 Florence Avenue
    PO Box 695
    Owatonna, MN 55060
    (507) 455-3215

    • Provides gap financing and technical assistance to businesses that are starting up or expanding within the 20-county area of southeastern Minnesota. It focuses on value added manufacturing, technology innovative industries agri-processing, information industries, tourism, ag marketing, child care, handicapped and elderly care.
    • Programs and seminars addressing issues of interest to businesses within the region.


    (888) MINN-BIZ or (888) 646-6249

    • BusinessConnection is your free, go-to service in Minnesota for any and all business questions.

    Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
    500 Metro Square
    121 7th Place E.
    St. Paul, MN 55101-2146
    (651) 297-1291 or 800-657-3858

    • ”A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota”
    • Small business assistance
    • Community development assistance
    • Business development financing
    • Information and analysis
    • Business development library
    • International trade (See Minnesota Trade Office)

    For MNPRO Community Profiles and Property Database visit: www.mn.pro.com


    Minnesota Trade Office
    (A division of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development)
    30 Seventh Street E.
    St. Paul, MN 55101-4902
    (651) 259-7498 or 800-657-3858

    • Export counseling and assistance
    • Export education and training
    • Export financing assistance
    • International library
    • International information network


    Minnesota Project Innovation
    1st National Bank Building 
    332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200 
    Saint Paul, MN 55101-135 
    (651) 282-6714 
    (800) 657-3858 

    • Government marketing assistance program that provides help to businesses interested in selling to the federal and state governments

    Minnesota Department of Revenue
    600 N. Robert Street
    St. Paul, MN 55146
    (651) 282-5225

    • Tax identification number

    Minnesota Secretary of State Office
    180 State Office Building
    100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd
    St. Paul, MN 55155-1299
    (651) 296-2803

    • Business Registration, Business Incorporation

    Enterprise Minnesota formerly Minnesota Technology, Inc.
    310 4th Ave S, Ste 7050 
    Minneapolis, MN 55415
    (612) 373-2900 

    • Provides technological information and assistance to small manufacturing companies.

    Minnesota WorkForce Center
    201 Lyndale Avenue S., Suite 1
    Faribault, MN 55021
    (507) 333-2047 or 888-234-5711

    • Partnership of agencies that provide a one-stop employment and training based service to jobseekers and to the employer. Includes Job Service, Rehabilitation, Workforce Development Inc. Office, School to Work services and Welfare to Work services.


    South Central Technical College
    1225 3rd Street SW
    Faribault, MN 55021
    (507) 332-5800 or 800-422-0391

    • Small business management course
    • Customized employee training
    • Employee testing and evaluation


    Dakota County Technical College
    1300 145th Street E.
    Rosemount, MN 55068
    (651) 423-8293 or 877-937-3282

    • Small business management course
    • Customized employee training
    • Employee testing and evaluation


    Rice County Department of Planning and Zoning
    320 3rd Street NW
    Faribault, MN 55021
    Planning & Zoing: (507) 332-6113

    • Zoning information
    • Building code regulations
    • Drain field requirements 

    Rice County Economic Development Department
    320 3rd Street NW
    Faribault, MN 55021
    Economic Development: (507) 332-6126 

      • Encourage economic development in Rice County by providing support to the leadership offered by cities.
      • Respond to prospect proposals and financial incentive packages.
      • Support regional marketing and strategies.
      • Maintain an inventory of site data.
      • Serve as a clearinghouse of information and resources for programs and regulations.