Greater Mankato Growth Blog

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

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

Gov. Walz Announces Additional Business Reopenings for June 1

Governor Tim Walz today announced a new executive order that would allow for additional businesses to reopen effective June 1 (Phase II). The governor additionally outlined additional phases (Phases III & IV) that will be coming in the… Read More

Governor Walz Announces Additional Business Openings & Stay Safe Guidance

Governor Tim Walz today announced a series of new executive orders and future actions that would: End the Stay at Home Order as scheduled on May 18, replacing it with a Stay Safe Order. Gatherings up to 10… Read More

Legislative Session Recap Virtual Discussion

Join 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… Read More

Greater Mankato Growth Signs Letter to Gov. Walz

Yesterday 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…. Read More

Partial Return to Work for Some Non-Critical Sectors Announced

Governor Tim Walz on April 23 announced his strategy for how his administration will approach planning for the development of a comprehensive framework that will reopen Minnesota’s economy in phases. The first step in that process is the… Read More

U.S. Senate Passes Bill Providing Additional Funds for Small Business

The U.S. Senate today passed an additional stimulus bill that will provide $480 billion to COVID-19 related programs, including an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program. The U.S. House is expected to consider the bill tomorrow… Read More

Stay at Home Order Extended

Governor Walz has extended his executive order directing Minnesotan’s to Stay at Home until May 4th. You can read the revised executive order here.