Greater Mankato Growth Blog

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

Nicollet County Property Tax Penalty Waived Through July 15 for Qualifying Taxpayers

The late payment penalty for first-half property taxes for qualifying Nicollet County property owners who are financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis has been waived from May 15 to July 15, 2020.

Property Tax Deferral

On behalf of our business community, Greater Mankato Growth has been in discussions with County leadership in both Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties regarding concern we’ve heard from several business owners that they will have difficulty making their… Read More

GMG Webinar: COVID-19 Paid Leave & EFMLA – Answering Employer Questions

With the passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers were required to implement two new federal paid leave programs. However, employers continue to have many questions on the law, including which businesses are exempt and which… 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

Self-employed and Independent Contractor Guide to the CARES Act

If you are an independent contractor or self-employed, you may be eligible for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans/grants, SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and/or Unemployment Compensation for losses of income related to the coronavirus pandemic. While the… Read More

Webinar: How State and Federal Legislation Can Help Your Business

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… Read More

UPDATED: Paycheck Protection Program

On March 27, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This bill will provides significant support to businesses. The signature piece of the new law is the “Paycheck Protection Program” which… Read More

UPDATED: Stimulus 3.0 – Federal CARES Act: Key Provisions Impacting Employers

On March 27, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This is the third bill passed by Congress in response to COVID-19. This bill provides significant resources to businesses and individuals… Read More

US Department of Labor Guidance on Paid Leave

The US Department of Labor has issued preliminary guidance for employers and employees implementing the new paid leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. As a reminder, all employers with 500 or less employees must implement… Read More