A Guide to Prepare for Reopening and Repositioning Your Organization

This is a guest blog post by Greater Mankato Growth member business, Eide Bailly LLP.

As economies reopen across the country, many organizations have turned a critical eye to how they should reopen in the wake of the next normal. In a time of great operational uncertainty, how organizations can reopen and reposition themselves in the marketplace effectively will be critical to their long-term success.

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N95 Fit Test Reminder

Provenio Consulting Inc.
Provenio Consulting contributed to this blog

Due to this pandemic, N95 masks have become a piece of required PPE in industries where they have not been needed before. We wanted to remind companies that N95 masks are considered respirators and as a result, fall within OSHA’s respirator guidelines. It is important that companies train their employees on how to properly use N95 masks, ensure that the employees are medically able to wear a respirator, and perform a fit test. While OSHA has temporarily issued guidance lifting annual fit test requirements, initial fit tests are still required. We asked Brad Kramer of Provenio Consulting to provide some additional information about what those fit tests entail as well as additional details about respirator policy requirements. Brad shared the following regarding respirators:

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Working from Home: Adapting and managing school and work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

This is a guest blog post from Greater Mankato Growth member, Mayo Clinic Health System.

As the impact of COVID-19 increased in the United States, and Minnesota and Mankato began to brace for the impact in our area, a number of changes began in the lives of members of our community – at a relatively quick pace. Many people are working from home. However, many are working to juggle the demands of work productivity while also trying to help children complete virtual schoolwork and find meaningful activities during a time of social distancing. This can be a stressful juggling act. Here are some thoughts and suggestions about strategies for managing work from home, while also trying to provide support for children and schoolwork, deal with a lack of personal space, or support of other family members as we all navigate these difficult times.

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Five Things You Need to Know About the Paycheck Protection Program

This is a guest blog post by Greater Mankato Growth member, Eide Bailly LLP.

Several relief programs are in play in an effort to combat the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and organizations. One of the key programs is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Here are five things you should know about the PPP loans.

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Keeping Your Home & Workplace Safe

This is a guest blog from Greater Mankato Growth member, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna.

As our community continues to navigate these challenging times, SERVPRO of Mankato/Owatonna wants to stress the importance of cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting in the workplace and at home. The CDC encourages daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

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Who is Minnesota Valley Action Council and just what is it that they do?

This is a guest blog post by Ann Macgregor from Minnesota Valley Action Council.

You have driven by our offices on Victory Dr. so you have seen the name. You may have even heard from us when we contacted you to sponsor our fundraiser Warm Your Heart and yet you still have no idea who or what we are.

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Paid Leave Flow Charts

aem-wfs-logo-6.8.35.12-003Our friends at Abdo, Eick and Meyers Workforce Solutions have created two great flowcharts to help businesses determine when and how to pay employees under the new paid leave programs in the Families First Coronavirus Response act and identifying how to calculate and apply for credits and refunds. Check them out!

Six Tips for Financial Wellness in the Coronavirus Era

Below is a member guest submission from Lutheran Social Services via their blog.

With change and uncertainty around COVID-19, you may feel greater anxiety, worry and stress — especially around personal finances. Some of us are facing the possibility of reduced income with fewer hours at work. Parents are scrambling to find child care or cover shifts so they can stay home because their child’s school has closed. Many households are stocking up on food staples and supplies, creating a strain on budgets. And, there is turbulence in the stock market.

This is a perfect time for you to take a good look at your personal finances and put plans in place for the weeks and months ahead. Continue reading “Six Tips for Financial Wellness in the Coronavirus Era”

Top 7 Questions to Ask Yourself to set up a Successful Exit Plan

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Greater Mankato Growth member, Eide Bailly. The blog post is about creating an exit plan for business owners and how they should best prepare themselves.

Are you part of a Greater Mankato member business and have an interest in writing a guest blog for us? Send 500-800 words to media@greatermankato.com or reach out to Greater Mankato Growth with further questions.

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A Thanks-GIVING Workout

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Greater Mankato Growth member, Profile by Sanford. The blog post is about giving back to the community this Thanksgiving.

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