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Covid-19 resources for small businesses

Our events will follow recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and executive orders released by Governor Walz. As new instructions are published, event details may change.

To find the most up-to-date event information please visit our
Calendar of Events.
For more information please contact the Chamber office at 320-251-2940.

labor survey results & action steps may 2021

Results: In May 2021, a survey on workforce availability and challenges was conducted of the greater St. Cloud Area/Central Minnesota Organizations. View results and details here.

Action Steps: This survey indicated a clear need for action to help Greater St. Cloud/Central Minnesota companies hire employees. View potential action steps that Minnesota government leaders should take to mitigate this crisis.

REbound together!

Source: State of Minnesota
  • This link is filled with helpful information. Review sections 1 & 3 for guidance and information on getting your employees vaccinated and section 2 for information about the vaccine. This site also provides a form that employers who want to host on-site vaccinations can fill out.
  • The Connector will alert users about their eligibility and opportunities to get vaccinated at a location near them, including potential selection for shots at the state’s Community Vaccination Program sites.
  • This website provides details on the most recent guidelines issued by the State of Minnesota for opening businesses.
Source: Minnesota Business Partnership
  • This site includes many resources for employers from the Health Action Alliance.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

financial resources for small businesses

  • Eligible Paycheck Protection Program expenses now deductible
    • WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today allowing deductions for the payments of eligible expenses when such payments would result (or be expected to result) in the forgiveness of a loan (covered loan) under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

      Today’s guidance, Revenue Ruling 2021-02, reflects changes to law contained in the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (Act), Public Law 116-260, which was signed into law on Dec. 27, 2020.

      The COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020 amended the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to say that no deduction is denied, no tax attribute is reduced, and no basis increase is denied by reason of the exclusion from gross income of the forgiveness of an eligible recipient's covered loan. This change applies for taxable years ending aftern March 27, 2020.

      Revenue Ruling 2021-02 obsoletes Notice 2020-32 and Revenue Ruling 2020-27. This obsoleted guidance disallowed deductions for the payment of eligible expenses when the payments resulted (or could be expected to result) in forgiveness of a covered loan.

      For more information about this, the COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020, and other tax changes, visit

  • Biden administration changes PPP rules to help reach the smallest businesses (2/22/21)
    • The Biden administration has announced several changes to the Paycheck Protction Program in an effort to reach minority-owned and very small businesses that may have previously missed out on accessing loans to help weather the coronavirus pandemic.  Read about it in CNN Politics.

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

COVID-19 Business Toolkit

Source: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Link: https://www.mnchamber.com/blog/your-business-covid-19-ready
  • March 12 Executive Order Update
  • COVID-19 Prevention Best Practices
  • COVID-19 Resources for business

Small business guidance, loan, and disaster assistance

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration
Link: SBA Extends Deferment Period for all COVID-19 EIDL and Other Disaster Loans until 2022 (Announced march 16, 2021)
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
Link: Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness
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

This page will be updated as new resources are available.