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Business Planning Assistance 

Planning your restaurant business is a critical step. How much will you charge for your product, how many people will you need to hire, etc.

Business planning and mentoring service providers:


Thinking About Starting a Business?

  • The Small Business Association (SBA) offers a start-up toolbox to aspiring entrepreneurs. This toolbox includes a readiness assessment tool, entrepreneur questionnaire and much more.
  • Minnesota State University Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a meeting place for entrepreneurs.
    • The first Wednesday of each month, two early-stage entrepreneurs present for 1Million Cups followed by Q&A and then networking time.
    • The second Friday of each month is Social Media Breakfast, digital marketing and social media speaker and networking.
    • Small and large meeting rooms are available for entrepreneurs to work alone or with clients. Several rooms feature web conferencing cameras and microphones. The facility also has a 3D printer and small video production studio. The building offers a shared conference room and a common café with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Free parking and next door to the new Food Truck Hub.
    • Contact cie@mnsu.edu for more information or to reserve a space (no charge, first come-first served).
    • Hours are 8:00 am - 4:00 pm M-F during the academic year.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers “Orientation to Starting a Business in Minnesota” workshops. Visit the SBDC eCenter to view the workshop schedule and sign up for a session.

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership