The Rosemount Community Development Department has pulled together a variety of online resources to help people with ideas create or start a business.

Called a "virtual business incubator," it includes referrals to groups that can offer assistance and counseling, funding options and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. There's also a list of 10 steps to start a business.

You can find the virtual incubator on Rosemount's website under "economic development" or at

New in Farmington

Ribbon cuttings are coming soon for two new retail businesses in Farmington.

Delectable Designs, which offers photo greeting cards, giftware and artwork all related to food, cooking and dining, will have its ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Thursday. The store is at 431 Third St. #4 (Spruce Street entrance).

A ribbon cutting for Ground Round Grill & Bar will be at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16. The restaurant, which offers outdoor seating, is at 20700 Chippendale Av. W.

Burnsville office property sold

The Burnsville office building that houses Frontier Communications recently changed hands.

The property, at 14450 Burnhaven Drive near Burnsville Center, was sold by a private investor from California to another one in Oklahoma for $7.5 million, according to Dakota County property records. The purchase price represents a considerable premium over its most recent taxable value of $4.3 million.

Free class for business speaker

MarketSmart Academy in Burnsville is offering a free class for business owners and marketing professionals interested in honing their speaking skills.

The class will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday and Oct. 9 at the offices of Media Relations, Inc., 350 W. Burnsville Pkwy., Suite 350.

The classes will be taught by Sheila Krejci, a leadership, learning and developmental consultant who integrates research on the adult brain to help learners retain content. Krejci will reveal strategies to make your message clear to your audience to increase the reach of your presentations.

To register for the class, call 952-697-5218 or e-mail

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