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First off, congratulations are in order. And so are thanks for creating jobs in Saint Paul.

You’ve dreamed. You’ve planned. You’ve secured funding and all the needed approvals. You’re so close to opening your business, you can almost hear that little bell above the front door ringing. Now it’s time to think about new hires and beyond. Before bringing anyone on board, be sure to learn about labor and tax requirements at the local, state, and federal level. And, as you explore ways to grow your business, keep in mind that the city offers all sorts of help, resources and contracting opportunities.


  • Hire employees
  • Explore opportunities to grow your business through contracting with the City of Saint Paul
  • Remember key dates (e.g., taxes due, license renewals, etc.)

Things to Know

  • The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development provides a helpful Checklist for Hiring an Employee and can guide you through the process of hiring employees.
  • Check with city staff to be sure you are aware of all ordinances designed to ensure workers are treated fairly, receive proper benefits, and have a safe workplace.

How the City can Help

  • Central Certification (CERT) Program helps connect small, minority-owned, and women- owned businesses with training and business opportunities with the City of Saint Paul. Contact the city’s Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity for more information.
  • City staff can connect you to local programs, partner organizations, and regional, state, or federal programs that might assist you in starting, maintaining, or expanding your business. Staff can also provide information on organizations that offer support in multiple languages. Explore all these resources on our Business Resources page or call 651-266-6600.

Last Edited: August 30, 2017