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Covid-19 resources for small businesses

Based on recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health we have cancelled or postponed a  number of meetings and events in March and April.  To find out which events have been cancelled please visit our Calendar of Events. For more information please contact the Chamber office at 320-251-2940.
 

Regional financial resources for small businesses

Stearns County Small Business Emergency Loans
       Small Business Emergency Loan Terms

Community First Loan 


Central Minnesota Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund from the Initiative Foundation


Keep your workplace and workers safe

Source: University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy
Link: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/covid-19/information-employers
Includes topics:
  • Travel for employees
  • Workplace precautions, training and control measures
  • Alternative work arrangements
  • Cleaning the workspace of an employee who has been ill

Prepare your business for COVID-19 impacts

Source: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Link: https://www.mnchamber.com/blog/your-business-covid-19-ready
Includes topics:
  • Survey – What is your business doing?
  • Webinar – Is your business ready?
  • Other resource documents, including:
    • Keeping workplaces safe and healthy
    • Considerations for employers and employees
    • Understanding economic impacts
    • Resources for businesses

Small business guidance, loan, and disaster assistance

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration
Link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
Link: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Includes topics:
  • Planning for emergencies
  • Apply for small business loans and grants
  • SBA debt relief
  • Paycheck Protection Program

Unemployment, reduced hours, additional business assistance

Source: DEED (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Link: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/employers/
Includes topics:
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Reducing employee hours
  • Closing your business or laying off large numbers of employees
  • Small business assistance
  • Unemployment insurance for employers
COVID-19 and the American WOrkplace
Source: US Department of Labor
Link: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
Includes topics:
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employer Paid Leave Requirements
  • COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act: Questions and Answers
  • COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act: Questions and Answers

Coronavirus tax relief

  • Economic impact payments: What you need to know
  • Tax deadline changes
  • Tax credits for small and midsized businesses

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


The Federal CARES Act: Major Provisions, Implementation, and Resources

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist

EIDL Application Materials as of 4/2/2020

Critical Sector Worker Exemptions 

COVID-19 Business information from the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp.

 

Making Sense of COVID-19: Legislation for Small Businesses 
Slides from an April 15, 2020 webinar provided by the attorneys at Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A. 


Greater MN Economy Amid COVID-19 ZOOM Webinar

Townsquare Media is maintaining a list of restaurants that are still open in the area. Please use our local businesses as much as you are able.

CentraCare updates during COVID-19
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Benefits

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

This page will be updated as new resources are available