MN Governor Announces Changes to COVID restrictions

Today, Governor Walz announced reduced COVID-19 restrictions (Executive Order 21-11) for social gatherings, increases to business capacity limits, and increases to large venue capacity limits.

A summary was provided from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic development:

Effective Monday, March 15th, at 12:00pm (Noon): 

To make it easier to safely gather with family, we are doing the following: 

  • Social gatherings: Up to 50 people outdoors or 15 people for indoor gatherings, both without household limits. 
  • Religious services: Remove capacity limits but social distancing required.  

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MN Governor Announces Dial Back on Social Activities

Today, Governor Tim Walz announces Executive Order 20-99 taking effect on Friday, November 20 at 11:59 p.m. (CST). 

In general, key points from the Governor’s announcement include: 

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Unemployed due to COVID19? Critical Industries need your Help.

The guest blog below is from Jessica Miller, a Workforce Strategy Consultant with DEED for the South Central/Southwest region.

Are you a leisure and hospitality industry service provider whose job has been recently impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? Our health care industry needs you!

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Webinar: SBDC and GMG Review Business Resources

On Wednesday morning, March 25th, the Small Business Development Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Greater Mankato Growth reviewed the primary available resources for businesses to date.

The recorded video highlights the:

  1. SBA Disaster Loan,
  2. the Shared Worker program,
  3. and the MN DEED Small Business Emergency Loan

These 3 primary resources should be explored by businesses impacted by COVID 19. Below is a link the video:

Just Released: MN Businesses NOW Eligible for SBA Funding

As an update to an earlier post on the Greater Mankato Blog on SBA Disaster Loan Funding, which details application considerations, late last night Minnesota businesses became eligible for the initial government tool for relief from the impact of COVID-19. Continue reading “Just Released: MN Businesses NOW Eligible for SBA Funding”

Status: SBA loans for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

This morning, March 17th, the U.S. Small Business Administration held a webinar on the current status of SBA funding for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus.

The main funding tool is SBA Disaster Assistance loan for working capital to small businesses. The size of a business, by SBA definition, is dependent on industry, revenue, and employees on payroll. A vast majority of Greater Mankato businesses would meet the criteria, as well as non-profits. Continue reading “Status: SBA loans for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19”

Business Resources for COVID-19

Greater Mankato Growth in coordination with the Regional Economic Development parnters (Eagle Lake, Lake Crystal, Mankato, North Mankato, St. Peter, and Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties), is monitoring updates to legislation (State and Federal) which would provide resources for businesses as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19.

To assist Greater Mankato Growth, we are asking area businesses to complete the following survey (4 minute length) so we can continue to provide useful information to our partners and businesses:  https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5502344/Covid-19-and-Greater-Mankato

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