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 of Executive Order 20-99. Greater Mankato Growth joined 90 partner chambers and associations across the state in sending the Governor a letter this week regarding the urgency in supporting these businesses/organizations. Our organization continues to follow and educate members on proposed relief plans and take action to support local businesses through a variety of initiatives. Continue reading “Greater Mankato Growth Signs on to Minnesota Ready Coalition Letter”
This year’s Minnesota Chamber of Commerce “fly-in” is a virtual opportunity for business leaders to raise the visibility of Minnesota in our nation’s capital while exploring key issues integral to growing Minnesota’s economy and receive a timely update on business issues surrounding the pandemic. Participating business leaders have the opportunity to advocate and promote their own priorities with federal elected officials. All members of the Minnesota delegation have been invited and participants will have a chance to meet with their member of Congress by district in breakout sessions. The event will also feature key officials and agencies, and a trusted pollster, who can update on this year’s critical elections. Continue reading “MN Chamber Virtual D.C. Fly-in”
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 effort as many more businesses are allowed to open their doors. In furtherance of those efforts, Greater Mankato Growth is partnering with the Minnesota Ready coalition lead by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce to call on Governor Walz to take the final step and fully and safely reopen all businesses no later than June 19. Continue reading “Join Greater Mankato Growth in Advocacy”
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. Continue reading “COVID-19 Business Loan/Grant Resources”
Governor 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. Continue reading “Governor Walz Extends Stay at Home Order- Announces Additional Return to Work Guidance”
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce will host a web series to answer your questions about returning to work. The first in this series will feature experts on employment law and testing. What legal questions will you have to consider to re-open your business’ physical space? What role will testing play in bringing employees back together? Register for this live webinar at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 and gather best practices from businesses who are already taking steps to ensure employee and customer safety in their workplaces.
- Tersea Thompson, shareholder, Fredrickson & Byron P.A.
- Dr. Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School
- Moderated by Doug Loon, president, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
Governor Walz and Minnesota leaders both in and outside of government are contemplating how to implement a return to work plan that will strike a balance between safeguarding health and protecting Minnesota’s economy. As they do so, they are looking for feedback from Minnesota’s businesses.
- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has launched a survey for businesses to suggest best practices for how to implement social distancing in the workplace that will enable them to reopen in a safe manner.
- The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has published a draft template that articulates specific policies and procedures that businesses could adopt as they look to reopen safely. The template covers topics such as hygiene, cleaning, social distancing policies, screening and identification of sick employees, and communications and training plans. They are looking for feedback on this template at DLICovidPlan@state.mn.us. It seems likely that the state’s reopening plan would encourage (if not require) businesses to adopt a similar comprehensive plan for their business – so it is strongly encouraged that business leaders review this template carefully and be in a position to implement policies applicable to their workplace.
- The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has also published a COVID-19 Prevention Best Practices Guide that businesses could implement in their workplace. They are also holding a webinar on best practices for businesses as they contemplate a return to work.
Both the federal government and Minnesota Legislature have recently passed legislation that will speed critical funds to Minnesota businesses and families. With new legislation comes questions on what the changes mean for Minnesota businesses. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce recorded a webinar to answer your questions on both the state and federal COVID-19 relief packages. Patrick Baker on the GMG team is also well-versed in these new state/federal programs and is happy to walk any business through them. You can contact him at 507-385-6657 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading “Webinar: How State and Federal Legislation Can Help Your Business”
From our friends at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: Small businesses are seeking critical resources – including financial resources – to help them stay “open for business” throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The Minnesota Chamber is here to help. We recorded a webinar moderated by Chamber president Doug Loon featuring experts on small business economic recovery. These experts presented a variety of financing solutions, including SBA disaster loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19, state and federal aid, private lending options, and best practices to strengthen your balance sheet during economic uncertainty. Continue reading “Webinar: Small Business Economic Recovery and Financing Resources”
The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce just made available a recording of a webinar they hosted today with experts who discussed how businesses can access capital, work with employees, and better understand how policies passed at the state and federal level can offer businesses relief. You can watch the recorded webinar here.