• Coming Up:
  • Coming Up:
  • Coming Up:
  • Coming Up:


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.

financial resources for small businesses

Notice: Paycheck Protection Program has reopened
The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program's extention legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.

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
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

OPEN For business

Greater St. Cloud Dining Options during COVID-19


Small Business Relief Grants Program to Begin Accepting Applications on June 23
More than $50 million available in grants to small businesses affected by COVID-19

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.

Sources of Funds for Businesses Amid COVID-19
Deferrals and Credits for Businesses Amid COVID-19

Greater MN Economy Amid COVID-19 ZOOM Webinar

Business Adaptability: Lessons from a Pandemic 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

COVID-19 Legislative Reports
COVID-19 Cumulative State Legislative Report
COVID-19 Cumulative Federal Legislative Report
COVID-19 Major Enacted State and Federal Legislative Action Center

This page will be updated as new resources are available