Greater Mankato Growth Blog

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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Member Exclusive Advertising Discounts

member exclusiveAs 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.

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PPE for Business Preparedness Plans

PPE Procurement Source list Updated:  5.20.20; previous update:  5.14.2020

Greater Mankato Growth is working to support getting back to business. Businesses that have previously not had direct customer interaction during the Stay At Home order are laying out their COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Example templates are available here.

A vital part of any Preparedness Plan is hygiene. To support local businesses and boost consumer/customer confidence, Greater Mankato Growth has contacted local experts on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for helpful hints in sourcing/buying PPE for your business. By implementing your Preparedness Plan, and addressing hygiene through signage, PPE, social distancing, and other efforts, more customers will have confidence to get back to shopping in a safe environment. Read More

COVID-19 Business Loan/Grant Resources

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

Employer COVID-19 Preparedness Plans

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 Walz Extends Stay at Home Order- Announces Additional Return to Work Guidance

FromTheDomeGovernor 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

COVID-19 Workplace Protection Plan Best Practices Webinar Recording and Slides

virtual event logoToday 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.

Webinar Recording 

Webinar Slides

Nicollet County Property Tax Penalty Waived Through July 15 for Qualifying Taxpayers

nicollet county logoThe 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

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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GMG Webinar: COVID-19 Workplace Protection Plan Best Practices

webinar 1With 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

Small Business Grant Opportunity

small business fundTo extend a helping hand to small businesses suffering from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is working to provide financial relief through the Save Small Business Fund.

The Fund is providing $5,000 in one-time supplemental cash grants for businesses that have between three and 20 employees and operate in an economically vulnerable community. In our area, this includes the 56001, 56082, 56050, 56055, and 56037 zip codes. Unfortunately it excludes the 56003, 56063, 56024, and 56034 zip codes.

The grant application will go live on Monday, April 20 at 2:00 PM CDT. The application will take about 10 minutes to complete and will only require your business’s W-9 form and basic supporting information about your business.

To learn more about the Save Small Business Fund and to apply for a grant, visit savesmallbusiness.com.

Up to $250,000 in Grants for Businesses Using Recycled Products

Can your business use recycled products? There may be up to $250,000 in grant funding available for you.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has just released an RFP for applications for the Recycling Market Development Grant. This grant is designed to help increase the demand for recycled goods by increasing the capacity of companies that perform further processing on those goods. This includes companies who perform intermediary processing of recycled goods as well as companies that use recycled goods as a component in their final product. Grant awards range from $50,000 to $250,000 and must be matched by a contribution of 25% of the total grant amount. This contribution can be made in staff time or as a cash contribution. This is a competitive grant with $400,000 available in total funding. While all users of recycled materials are encouraged to apply a preference of 10 points out of 100 is given to any companies creating an increased demand for mixed paper (54), glass, or organic material.

While it is important for any interested applicants to read all of the documents listed on the grant web page and the full RFP document, we have highlighted some key components of the grant below.

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