Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Greater Mankato Growth Signs on to Minnesota Ready Coalition Letter

Greater Mankato Growth has partnered with the Minnesota Ready Coalition lead by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to call on Governor Tim Walz to provide immediate support to those businesses and their employees most impacted by the issuance… Read More

What We Know about the Proposed MN State Relief Packages

MN State Government leaders announced two proposed relief packages for businesses and individuals who have been impacted by the recent shutdown and COVID-19 in general. Legislators are still working through the details of both packages with a final… Read More

Governor Walz Announces Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate

Today Governor Walz announced a new EO-20-81-Final implementing a statewide requirement to wear facial coverings when inside indoor businesses and indoor public settings. This requirement will be effective beginning July 25. You can find general information and FAQs… Read More

City of Mankato Publishes Mask Ordinance Details

Beginning Friday, July 10 the Mankato City Council’s emergency declaration ordinance requiring face coverings goes into effect. The City has published a website with details about the ordinance and compliance, including FAQs and optional signage businesses can utilize.

UPDATED: Mankato Passes Mandatory Mask Ordinance

The City of Mankato Council last evening passed an emergency ordinance which will require the use of a mask or face covering in places of public accommodation. The ordinance will take effect Friday, July 10, 2020 and be… Read More

Small Business Relief Grants Program to Begin Accepting Applications on June 23

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has announced that the Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants Program – which was approved by the Minnesota Legislature last week and signed by Governor Tim Walz on Tuesday –… Read More

EIDL Loan Program Reopened for New Applications

The Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) is now reopened for all eligible business to apply for the $10,000 grant advance and loan. The program was previously closed for new applications for a period of… Read More

Join Greater Mankato Growth in Advocacy

As you hopefully know, Greater Mankato Growth has worked tirelessly to identify resources, answer questions, facilitate discussions and advocate on behalf of our business community to allow all businesses to open safely. Today marks another milestone in that… Read More

UPDATED: What’s My Occupancy Limit?

As businesses reopen, some are restricted to certain limitations based on a percentage of total occupancy. Below is information from experts at the City of Mankato to help you determine the occupancy capacity for your business. Once the… Read More

Governor Walz Announces Additional Loosening of Business Restrictions for June 10

Governor Tim Walz today announced a new executive order that would allow for additional businesses to reopen and further loosening of restrictions for others effective June 10 (Phase III). The new order allows:

Congress Passes Bill Providing Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility

The US House and Senate have passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act. This bill grants more time for PPP loan recipients to spend the funds and reduces the amount of funds that must be spent on payroll… Read More

Greater Mankato Growth Sends Letter to Governor Walz

Today Greater Mankato Growth sent a letter to Governor Walz respectfully requesting that he allow all businesses the opportunity to reopen in a way that is safe, sustainable, and equitable with their peers. You can read the letter… Read More