Grow North Resource Library
This library is meant to provide overview resources and guides to help you work through questions you may be wrestling with.
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Q1. Do I want to start a business? How do I get started?
- Check out this guide with some good questions to think through about starting a business.
- Still in? Check out the Small Business Association for helpful templates and resources.
- There are rules and regulations for starting a food business in Minnesota. Connect with an expert as you execute - but consider this your starting point.
- Minnesota's Cottage Food Laws - make sure your products apply
- Food Safety Courses through U of M extension and Food Safety Video Series
- (Almost) everything you wanted to know about MN Food Regulations
- Working in a Commercial Kitchen overview
- Safety Regulations for Food Processing
- MN Food Safety Fact Sheets from Department of Health
- Food Labeling Overview
- AURI Clean Labeling Guide
- There are many resources to get started in agriculture.
Q2. Okay, I did it. Now I need help scaling my business.
- Need a co-packer? Here's a great list from MN Department of Ag co-packer directory.
- Find a Farmers Market
- Check out the Minnesota Grown Directory
Q3. I need to fund my business to grow.
- Small Business Administration Loans Overview financial assistance programs
- Minnesota Dept. of Economic Dev. financing programs
- An overview of USDA Funding in Local Food Supply Chains
- Download Agfunder's Startup Resource Guide for Ag/Food Tech Innovation
- Farm and Agriculture Funding Overview from Renewing the Countryside