• COVID-19

  • Small Business Resources

    -For more information on Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments, learn more, here

    -DEED announces Small Business Loan Guarantee Program. you can learn more about this program, here

    -DEED has established a loan program to assist small business affected by Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08, due to the COVID pandemic. You can learn more about this program, here

    -If you are a business owner in need of financial assistance, learn more about the types of resources offered by the Small Business Administration, here

    -If you want to stay up to date on Minnesota SBA, learn more about the $349 Billion going out as disaster relief funds, here

    -If you want to learn more about SBA's Economic Disaster Loans, learn more from this guide, here

    -If you want to learn more about SBA's Employee Retention Tax Credit, learn more from this guide, here

    -US Chamber of Commerce prepared a  guide and checklist on Emergency Loans, learn more, here

    -If you are an employee, employer, or a business owner in need of guidance or information,  learn more about the types of resources currently offered by the Minnesota Department of Health, here 

    -If you live in the Anoka County area, learn more about closings and impacts, here

    -If you are a business owner trying to keep effectively running your business, the MN Chamber of Commerce offers a tool kit, here

    -Businesses can learn how to recover and repair their business during this pandemic, here

    -If you are a restaurant/bar, or other business owner, you can learn more about paying your monthly Sales and Use Tax, here

    -ActionCOACH is offering a webinar on the 11 Critical Steps to Lead Through Crisis, here

    -If you have questions about Filing or Payment Deadlines, learn more from the IRS, here

    -A guide for small businesses who need help, learn more, here

  • Unemployment Resources

    -Workers that have been laid off or have had their hours reduced, learn more about what MN DEED has to offer, here

    -Workers can also learn more about unemployment benefits from the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance, here

    -If you are an employer seeking other alternatives to layoffs, you can learn more about the Shared Work Program, here

    -If you’re going to apply for unemployment benefits, APPLY ONLINE. Phone lines are jammed and have long wait times. The URL is www.uimn.org

     

    -If you’re a business or a worker who has questions about how unemployment insurance works, you can learn more, here

    -If you or your workers have questions about unemployment insurance, you can learn more from DEED, here

  • Health Resources

    -For effective cleaning practices, learn more from the Center for Disease Control, here

    -Everyone should know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as well as prevention. You can learn from the Mayo Clinic, here

    -If you are an employee, employer, or a business owner in need of guidance or information,  learn more about the types of resources currently offered by the Minnesota Department of Health, here 

  • Education

    -If you are an educator or a parent, the Dept. of Education has resources, here

    Links to local school districts are as follows: 

    Anoka Hennepin

    Spring Lake Park 

    Centennial 

    Fridley 

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  • Updates

    March 31- From the IRS: Economic Impact Payments- What you need to know 

    March 28- The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has posted additional Questions and Answers regarding implementation of certain provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).   For your reference, the updated information begins with Question #38The updated guidance, in part, further clarifies the definitions of an “emergency responder” and “health care provider.”

    March 28- Congress has approved $350 billion in emergency loans for small businesses to help them keep workers employed. In fact, if small businesses maintain or later restore their payrolls, they may not have to repay some — or possibly any — of the loan. Here’s a guide and checklist from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help your small business through the process. 

    March 25- Executive Order 20-20Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-20 and announced a Stay at Home order  from Friday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. until Friday, April 10, which officially limits the activities for which we can leave our homes. The Governor is also extending the closure of schools until May 4 and bars and restaurants until May 1. 

    The executive order ensures that businesses in critical sectors, as outlined in section 6 of the EO, may continue to operate. DEED used the guidance of the Department of Homeland Security to define these sectors, and adding some additional sectors based on our economy in Minnesota.  

    The list of critical sectors may be clarified, as deemed necessary by the Governor, to ensure the  health, safety, and security of all Minnesotans. Clarifications will be available for public review at: http://mn.gov/deed/critical/.   

     If a business would like to seek further clarification, fill out the form: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/business-exemptions/ 

     The DEED website is updated with the latest information:  https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/employers/ 

     

    March 23- Executive Order 20-15, announced by Governor Walz, is intended to offer emergency help for business owners affected by the temporary closures under Executive Order 20-04 and 20-08 who do not have enough cash flow to meet their basic family needs. The order directs DEED to create a Small Business Emergency Loan Program by making available $30 million from special revenue funds.  These dollars will be used by DEED’s lender network to make loans of between $2,500 and $35,000 for qualifying small businesses. The loans will be 50% forgivable, and offered at a 0% interest rate. These emergency loans will be made by an existing network of lenders DEED works with across the state. DEED expects loan applications will available later this week through our lender network. DEED is asking all small business who need loans to apply with the SBA as well.  Applications will open up later this week. For more information on the specifics, please visit DEED’s COVID-19 hub for businesses. 

    Second, effective immediately, any local unit of government or lending partner that has revolving loan funds that were provided by the state Minnesota Investment Fund Program appropriations, or Minnesota Investment Fund disaster program appropriations, may over the next 90 days issue loans to retail and service providers. Full State guidelines for the use of these funds can be found at the Minnesota Investment Fund page. Local units of government must also follow their individual revolving loan fund guidelines. To determine if funds are available near you, please contact you local government directly.  

    March 19- In line with the state’s continued response to COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Revenue is granting a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses identified in Executive Order 20-04. During this time the department will not assess penalties or interest.

    March 18- The Treasury Department and IRS are extending the due date for Federal income tax payments due April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, for payments due of up to $10 million for corporations and up to $1 million for individuals - regardless of filing status - and other unincorporated entities. Associated interest, additions to tax, and penalties for late payment will also be suspended until July 15, 2020. via https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948

  • How You Can Help 

    -Allina call on public for donations of face masks, learn more here

     

  • Additional Resources

    -COVID-19 Business Resource & Preparedness Center, learn more here

    -Engaging Remote Workers (SHRM), learn more here

    -What businesses with under 500 employees need to know about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, watch the webinar here

    -Best practices for retail shopping, learn more here 

    -Social Security recipients will receive economic impact payments, learn more here

    -MetroNorth Chamber launches MetroNorth Cares Facebook page to support local businesses, as highlighted on North Metro TV, learn more here