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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

Community First Loan 

Central Minnesota Emergency Relief and Recovery Fund from the Initiative Foundation

WEBINAR: Applying for Disaster Assistance

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

Apply for disaster assistance

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration
Link: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
Includes topics:
  • Planning for emergencies
  • Apply for small business loans and grants

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


CARES Act Stimulus Bill Summary

Critical Sector Worker Exemptions 

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

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.
COVID-19 Testing and Services at CentraCare
The best resource for businesses and the public regarding testing and other public health issues is the
MN Dept of Health website.  

The IRS established a special webpage with all of the available tax-related information. 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Benefits

This page will be updated as new resources are available