Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Governor Walz Announces Additional Business Openings & Stay Safe Guidance

FromTheDomeGovernor Tim Walz today announced a series of new executive orders and future actions that would:

  1. End the Stay at Home Order as scheduled on May 18, replacing it with a Stay Safe Order. Gatherings up to 10 people will be permitted.
  2. Will allow all retailers to open to in store customers at reduced capacity effective May 18.
  3.  Allow restaurants, salons, fitness centers, and other entertainment venues etc. to open June 1 under restrictions to be announced on May 20.
  4. Protect workers from unsafe working conditions and retaliation.

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Legislative Session Recap Virtual Discussion

virtual event logoJoin your colleagues and our regional legislators on May 22 at 8 am as Greater Mankato Growth hosts a virtual discussion to recap the 2020 legislative session.

With COVID-19 still significantly impacting businesses, our panel of legislators will provide an update on their efforts to support our state at this time. Attendees will also have an opportunity for Q&A so you can engage directly with our legislators on the issues most important to you.

This event is free. Once registered, you will be emailed a link to access the webinar, which will also be recorded and posted on the event page when complete. Read More

COVID-19 Paid Leave & EFMLA – Answering Employer Questions Webinar Recording & Slides

virtual event logoToday Greater Mankato Growth hosted a webinar titled COVID-19 Paid Leave & EFMLA – Answering Employer Questions. Below are links to the webinar recording as well as the slides. In addition, you can view full details of the event here.

Webinar Recording

Webinar Slides

Greater Mankato Growth Signs Letter to Gov. Walz

FromTheDomeYesterday Greater Mankato Growth partnered with 75 chambers of commerce from across the state to send a letter to Governor Walz urging him to consider a more rapid and equitable approach to safely open businesses of all sizes. In addition, our community’s own Marissa Brostrom, Owner of Graif Clothing, appeared in a video of small business owner testimonials.

To follow up on the letter, this week Greater Mankato Growth leadership is personally speaking with the Governor and Commissioner Steve Grove of the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development.

Greater Mankato Growth continues to advocate strongly on behalf of our members both publicly and behind the scenes.

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

Blue Earth County Property Tax Penalty Waived Through July 15 for Qualifying Taxpayers

blue earth countyThis morning, the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners approved a program to provide property tax relief through a waiver of the late payment penalty of first half property tax payments for eligible property tax payers from May 15 to July 15.

While most property taxpayers experiencing a financial hardship related to COVID-19 will qualify, the Health Pandemic Abatement excludes any properties with taxes that are escrowed. To qualify, taxpayers will need to submit a brief application online. Applications must be received no later than May 15, 2020. 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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