Minnesota's Secretary of State Stops To Talk Shop in Detroit Lakes

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DETROIT LAKES, MN—Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon stopped in Detroit Lakes Tuesday afternoon to talk business. While the Secretary of State Office may be better known as the office that heads up elections and maintains the election data, Simon was promoting Tuesday some of the lesser known services offered to businesses like quarterly economic reports that they began as a partnership with St. Cloud State University. Simon days the quarterly reports are available free for six planning areas in Minnesota.

Another offering is the “Business Snapshot Tool”. Simon says it’s an initiative started as he took office in 2015 to provide data and information on the economic and demographic make-up of Minnesota’s businesses. The Secretary of State says the data is collected voluntarily through a five-question survey as businesses file their annual renewal. He says the questions are broad. The first is how many full-time employees they have; number two is if they identify themselves with a particular community like a veteran, a woman, community of color or immigrant; question three is under what industry or field the business operates' question four is whether it's a full- or part-time endeavor; question five is estimated gross revenues.

Simon says the quick survey has received a great response. Of the 550-000 new and existing businesses in Minnesota, 230,000 businesses have participated. Simon says the raw data gleaned from the Minnesota Business Snapshot survey is available for purchase by individuals or businesses, even as customized as you’d like through the Secretary of State’s Office. The data is free to state, county and municipal governments.

Simon says his office always welcomes input, too, especially from businesses, communities or chambers of commerce on the reports.

For a free quarterly economic report or more business services information go to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.

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