COVID-19 RESOURCES & BUSINESS UPDATES
Below are a few resources and tools that have been provided to answer questions about Covid-19 and your business. Many of the sites will continue to update the information so you may want to check back frequently.
Stay At Home Resource Page
HRA Emergency Small Business Loan Program
Click LINK for the application.
Click LINK for loan terms.
MN Chamber of Commerce Covid-19 Business Tool Kit
Information and Resources for Employers-MN DEED
MDH Social Distancing Guidance
Governor Walz Executive Orders
Business Guidance *please note that it is recommended that employers NOT require a doctor’s note to miss work OR return to work due to the overwhelming demand on healthcare at this time.
CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security)
For full details click HERE
SBA PPP Loans
Application will begin as soon as April 3rd, per resources, but subject to change. Click HERE for more details.
Granite Community Bank has the application on their website: https://www.granitecommunitybank.com/
SBA Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced that COVID-19 disaster loans are now available for Minnesota small businesses. According to DEED:
This program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and private nonprofits.
These loans can go toward working capital to meet needs including payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments that can’t be paid due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The current interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The nonprofit rate is 2.75%.
These loans have long-term repayment options, up to a maximum of 30 years.
COVID-19 Symptoms & Testing
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Below is the link to the Center for Disease Control and their symptom checker.
Because so many important meetings have been postponed or cancelled, we understand it's been difficult to communicate lately with your employees, family members, business leaders, etc.
Here are some options to keep you in touch with all the right people following the social distancing guidelines.
-Skype for Business: audio and video conferencing. You will need to create a Skype account, and then you're able to sync with SharePoint in Microsoft, and share media. https://www.skype.com/
-Facebook Messenger: able to text chat, audio message, or face-to-face web conferencing within the app, may be useful for getting into contact directly with businesses through their Facebook page, FREE .
-Zoom: used by many educators currently. Easy to use, chat/audio/video available, can show screen in real-time, can be online or in app There is a FREE option available. https://zoom.us/
-GoToMeeting: one-click meetings, collaboration meetings made easier, webinars available, cloud recordings, Office365 plug in, Cost starting at $12.00. https://www.gotomeeting.com/
-TeamViewer: software for audio and video conferences, interactive screen sharing, Cost starting at $49.00. https://www.teamviewer.com/
-Microsoft Teams: uses SharePoint to share files in Office programs, conference calls, group chat, FREE to those with Office365 program package, Costs start at $12.95/month for others. https://teams.microsoft.com/start
Google Hangouts: video conferencing to stay connected to your team. No software needed and works with other applications. https://gsuite.google.com/
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