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SBA COVID19 Update
WHAT’S HAPPENED SO FAR?
The SBA will be providing small business assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2 million to businesses and private non-profits. It’s important to recognize that the state has not yet received a disaster declaration, so loans are not yet available to Minnesota businesses and non-profits.
SBA is working with the State of Minnesota to support their efforts to submit the Governor’s request for a declaration as quickly as possible. That process has just been simplified by the SBA’s Administrator and we expect authorization to come through very soon. When it does, we will be making announcements and sharing information on how to apply online via our newsletter, Twitter and partners. For more on SBA programs for the coronavirus, please visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus.
FROM OUR PARTNERS AND OTHER AGENCIES
- If you are not currently an SBDC client, Sign up for SBDC services for no-cost business assistance with the Southwest MN SBDC at https://www.sbdcassistance.com/.
- SBA Resource Partners are ready to help with no-cost, one-on-one business counseling regarding COVID-19.
- WomenVenture is open, ready to help and has created a COVID 19 Update Hub with details.
- Minnesota DEED has created a Covid 19 webpage with Minnesota specific information to help small businesses.
- For information on all federal programs, visit www.usa.gov/coronavirus or https://www.usa.gov/espanol/coronavirus (en Español).
- The IRS has established a web page to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.
- The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus, including use of Family Medical Leave
- New guidance outlines flexibilities that states have in administering their unemployment insurance programs to help Americans affected by coronavirus.
If a situation occurs that will prevent small businesses with federal government contracts from successfully performing, they should reach out to their contracting officer and seek extensions before they receive cure notices or threats of termination. SBA’s Business Opportunity Specialist Shaun McClary can help affected small businesses engage with their contracting officer.
We will be sharing additional information as it becomes available via our newsletter. Sign up at www.sba.gov/updates. We will also be posting information on Twitter (@SBA_Minnesota) as it becomes available.
Guidance for Individuals, Businesses & Community Organizations
- For current information and guidance regarding COVID-19, including guidance for Businesses and Employers, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 webpage at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Resources on this site include: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guide for workplaces – Specific federal standards for preventing spread in workplaces.
- In response to the potential growth of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, MNsure is offering a special enrollment period for eligible Minnesotans who do not have health insurance. Those who are eligible can enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure from Monday, March 23, through Tuesday, April 21.
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
- Childcare Grant: Childcare Aware
- SWIF Emergency Child Care Grants
Other Useful Resources
- COVID-19 Practical Guidance for Addressing the Evolving Challenges from Fredrikson and Byron: Click for more info
- COVID-19 Business Toolkit from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: Click for more info
- Coronavirus business resources from Lathrop GPM (formerly Gray Plant Mooty): Click for more info
- COVID-19 resources from the International Economic Development Council: Click for more info
- Leadership in Times of Crisis Toolkit (IEDC): Click for more info
- Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund (MDRF) for Coronavirus: Click for more info
- Explore MN Tourism – Safe Social-Distancing Activities: Click for more info