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The following programs and resources are available to business and employees who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Small Business Emergency Loans
Following Executive Order 20-15, the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has established a loan program to assist small businesses directly and adversely affected and whose industry is named in Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 following the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses are a vital part of Minnesota’s economy and this program will provide a source of working capital to help businesses sustain operations during this challenging time. Although the program is still being developed initial applications are now being accepted. Visit DEED’s Small Business Emergency Loan webpage for more information.
Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program - Now Available in Minnesota!
The SBA is providing up to $2 million in Disaster Assistance loans for small businesses which can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid due to COVID-19 impacts. These low-interest loans can have a term up to 30-years, determined on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact the SBA Disaster Assistance customer service center at 1(800)877-8339 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the process for Disaster Loans.
Minnesota DEED Rapid Response
Employers who are planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can get help through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will discuss your business needs with you, help avert layoffs if possible, and provide services to assist workers facing job losses.
MN DEED Shared Work Program
Employers experiencing a slowdown in their business or service as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the Shared Work program. The program allows employers to seek alternatives to layoffs - retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Shared Work program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent.
Unemployment Insurance (UI)
The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program assists workers who cannot work, have their hours reduced or lose their job as a result of the pandemic. The UI program is prepared and ready to assist these workers. To find out more or to apply for benefits, visit the UI website. Have more questions about whether you qualify for Unemployment Insurance, how to apply and what the process is? Please visit the UI Need to Know page
While many businesses have been ordered to temporarily close to slow the spread of COVID-19, some Minnesota businesses are not only staying open – they are also hiring large numbers of workers and even offering hiring incentives. See more job search resources.
Sales Tax Grace Period
Restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses impacted by the temporary closure order have a 30-day grace period in paying sales and use tax. During this time the Minnesota department of Revenue will not assess penalties or interest. This means that affected businesses with a monthly Sales and Use Tax payment due March 20, 2020 will have until April 20 to make that payment. These customers should still file their return by March 20. Find out more at the Minnesota Department of Revenue website.
Center for Disease Control Guidance
The Center for Disease Control has released interim guidance for businesses and employers as they plan, prepare and respond to coronavirus impacts. Find out more at the CDC website.