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

deed logoThe 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 – will begin accepting applications next week. Continue reading “Small Business Relief Grants Program to Begin Accepting Applications on June 23”

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. Continue reading “COVID-19 Business Loan/Grant Resources”

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. Continue reading “Employer COVID-19 Preparedness Plans”

Unemployment For Self-Employed & Independent Contractors Implemented In Minnesota Under Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

FromTheDomeThe unemployment program for self-employed individuals, independent contractors, and other eligible recipients who cannot receive regular unemployment benefits is available beginning today according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Program details:

  • According to the state, if you already applied for regular unemployment benefits there is nothing more you need to do to qualify and a benefit account will automatically be established for you if you are eligible
  • DEED will be in touch with those eligible for the program by the end of April
  • Recipients will receive the additional $600 per week federal bump
  • Benefits are retroactive to when you first became eligible due to COVID-19
  • Expect to receive information about benefits either in the mail, by email, or in your online account
  • If you have not applied for benefits click here for further instructions

More information can be found here.

Reopening & Recovery

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.

Continue reading “Reopening & Recovery”

State Emergency Business Loan Fund Announced

FromTheDomeToday Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order (20-15) authorizing The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to create an emergency loan program to help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance to meet their families’ basic needs during COVID-19 closures. This program is different than the federal SBA loans that were also recently announced. Continue reading “State Emergency Business Loan Fund Announced”

Helping Minnesota Businesses during COVID-19

deed logoThe following is the text of a news release from the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development.

We care deeply about your business and are actively working with state and federal partners on measures to assist businesses through this unprecedented time.

DEED is regularly connecting with business leaders from around Minnesota to offer information, hear their questions and ensure we are doing all we can as quickly as we can. Continue reading “Helping Minnesota Businesses during COVID-19”

MN Chamber of Commerce Webinar: COVID-19 Related Business Resources for Your Company

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.

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GMG Member Benefit: Certificate of Origin Certification

free_tradeDoing business overseas that requires a Certificate of Origin stamp? As a member business of Greater Mankato Growth, that service is included in your membership. A Certificate of Origin is an important international trade document that certifies goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. GMG will certify your paperwork at no cost ($100 value per certificate). Non-GMG members pay a premium of $10 per stamp. Contact our Director of Member Relations & Office Operations, Karen Toft. Continue reading “GMG Member Benefit: Certificate of Origin Certification”

Employers: Get State Money for Job Training

Are you a new or existing businesses in Greater Minnesota? Will you be adding at least three new jobs? Do you need to provide training to those new employees? If so, then you’ll want to consider applying for a state grant from the new Job Training Incentive Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The program provides grants of up to $100,000 that eligible businesses can use to train workers in new jobs.

Continue reading “Employers: Get State Money for Job Training”