Re-opening Resources https://ottertailcountymn.us/content-page/covid-19-business-workforce-and-housing-resources/business-re-opening-resources/
State of Minnesota Resources
On April 23, Governor Walz signed Executive Order 20-40, which allows workers in industrial and office settings to return to work, subject to several conditions. Review the available guidance on business reopening.
A variety of information specific to businesses is available through the State of Minnesota:
- DEED Guide for MN Small Businesses
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development COVID-19 Information and Resources
- Minnesota Department of Health Information for Businesses and Employers
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Benefits
Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Protection Program
Please note: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) re-opened at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, April 27, 2020.
The SBA PPP is a federal loan program that provides loans up to 2.5 months’ worth of payroll costs for small businesses, self-employed people, sole proprietors, independent contractors and gig workers to maintain payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. If the loans are used for eligible uses and employers maintain payroll for eight weeks after the loans are dispersed, the loan will be forgiven.
West Central Initiative
Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation is offering a fast, new business loan for up to $50,000 with low interest rates, flexible terms. Visit their Commercial Lending page for more information and to download an application.
West Central Small Business Development Center is available to for free small business advising and to answer specific questions about financial packages and resources.
CDC has issued guidance for employers to help prevent workplace exposures to illnesses and planning considerations related to COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19. Additionally, OSHA published Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVD-19.