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.Read More
The City of Mankato has created a sustaining loan program to assist small businesses in Mankato. This loan is for Mankato businesses with 50 or fewer employees who have had a revenue decrease of 50% of more due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible business owners may apply for a one time loan of up to $5,000 per applicant with a zero percent interest rate during the deferral period and two percent thereafter. Loans will be for a maximum length of 24 months from the time the deferral period ends. Eligible loan activities include operating capital to assist businesses with sustaining itself such as for lease/mortgage payments, utility bills, property taxes, supply and inventory. It is anticipated that funding decisions will be made in June. Applications must be submitted by June 1, 2020.
The application is available on the City’s website here.
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.Read More
As our community looks to get back into business, it will be critical for businesses to advertise and share with the public their status and what they’re doing to make sure their customers are safe. We also know that often when you need to advertise the most is when cash may be tight – especially now.
Recognizing that, Greater Mankato Growth worked with local media partners to arrange for discounted advertising packages exclusively available to our members. We’d like to thank The Free Press & KEYC News Now for stepping up in the true spirit of community to lend a helping hand to get our businesses back on their feet by offering these special rates for Greater Mankato Growth members.
Below are the discounts being offered by each media company. To take advantage of the offer, you can simply contact the identified individual and let them know you’re a Greater Mankato Growth member. They will verify your status based on a list of members provided to them.
Greater Mankato Growth has an entire Online Toolkit of resources to help our businesses open safely.
With COVID-19 hitting businesses tremendously hard, all levels of government and other organizations have made a number of financial resources for businesses available. Below is a comprehensive list of those resources with links to where you can learn more. Read More
Executive Order 20-48 issued by Gov. Tim Walz on April 30, 2020, requires each business in operation during the peacetime emergency to establish a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. The following blog provides resources for businesses as they implement a plan suited to their workplace. Read More
Governor Tim Walz today implemented Executive Order 20-48, which extends the Stay at Home Order until May 18, and allows all retailers to open for curbside pickup. Guidance on which businesses are allowed to return to work under EO 20-48 can be found here & here. In addition, the state has a comprehensive and detailed website for businesses to reference on safely returning to work, including FAQs. Read More
Today Greater Mankato Growth hosted a webinar titled COVID-19 Workplace Protection Plan Best Practices. Below are links to the webinar recording recording as well as the slides. In addition, you can view full details of the event here.
The late payment penalty for first-half property taxes for qualifying Nicollet County property owners who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis has been waived from May 15 to July 15, 2020. Read More
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:Read More
With the issuance of Governor Walz’s executive order 20-40 on April 23, non-customer facing industrial and office-based businesses who cannot work from home can reopen effective April 27. To do so, they must adopt a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan based on CDC/OSHA guidelines. Employers have many questions on these plans including what’s required to be in the plan, how they can craft one that fits their particular business, and how to effectively implement the plan and train their staff. GMG will how a webinar on April 30 @ 11am where our expert presenters from the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry and Coloplast Manufacturing in North Mankato (who has implemented a high-quality plan for their workplace) will discuss employer’s obligations under the executive order, share best practices and answer your questions. Read More