Hennepin County is providing free resources and assistance for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and multifamily properties to start or improve recycling and organics recycling. Recycling bin and compostable bag grants available! Applicants may select up to $3,000 worth of containers and compostable bags from the county's product list. Learn more and apply.
Main Street Alliance is partnering with small business owners in Minneapolis this year to increase voter turnout for the upcoming mayoral and city council elections. Small business owners who would like to participate would commit to having voter registration cards and voter pledge cards at their business. Making voter registration more accessible is one of the ways we can reduce one of the biggest barriers to voting. This event is nonpartisan. If you have a front-facing business and would like to participate, please email Mel. Feel free to send this to other business owners you think might be interested!
The Lake Street Council's new Be Well Lake Street program was created to help Lake Street business owners access mental health counseling services at no out-of-pocket cost.
Counseling can be a valuable tool for working through personal challenges and identifying a path towards greater wellbeing. Through this program, eligible small business owners can access confidential mental health counseling services at one of our partner providers at no out-of-pocket cost. Learn more and participate here.
Mainstreet COVID-19 Relief Grants Accepting Applications Starting September 20 The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)will begin accepting applications for the Main Street COVID Relief Grants Program on September 20. Grant amounts range from $10,000 - $25,000.
Information sessions are being held in advance of the application period. We strongly encourage businesses interested in this opportunity to attend one of the following webinars:
Who is eligible to apply?
Minnesota-owned-and-operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other requirements include:
When can I apply?
The application portal will open September 20, 2021 and accept applications for 10 days after opening. Applications will close on September 29th at 11:59 p.m. Afterward, grant applications will be selected for eligibility verification through a computer-generated, randomized selection process.
What do I need to Apply?
You will need an email address unique to you or your business to use the application portal. The application will ask questions related to your business, including your plan for continuing operations in 2022. You will need to attach electronic copies of certain documents, including tax documents, financial statements, and more.
If you have questions, please review the DEED website and FAQs tab as a first step. Check the FAQ regularly for updates. You can also email DEED directly at MSCRG.DEED@state.mn.us.
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License fee collection was suspended during the declared state of emergency (ER 2020-07), and collection resumes immediately after the declaration expires.
Minneapolis Business Licensing & Consumer Services will now generate and distribute invoices for previously uncollected fees by November 30, with payments due by December 30. Late fees will be charged for payments received after December 30. (ER 2020-05).
State law requires the payment of 2020 fees. Approved American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding would provide a grant for business license fees owed for the 2021 license year. Additional details on 2021 license fee relief pending.
Questions? Contact the City's Small Business Team at: SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov or (612) 673-2499
Temporary Outdoor Expansions
During the 2020 and 2021 license years, the City of Minneapolis loosened Zoning and Business License regulations that created a pathway for bars and restaurants to operate in outdoor spaces with a no-cost long-term temporary expansion permit. The City is currently evaluating possibilities for future outdoor dining expansion permits. This survey will help us design what that might look like.
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3rd Party Delivery Fee Cap Ordinance
On December 21, 2020 the City of Minneapolis put in place an emergency regulation capping the food service delivery fees that 3rd party food delivery platforms may charge to restaurants. The City is considering an ordinance to make this policy permanent.
This survey is an opportunity for restaurant owners or managers to share their experience with the food service delivery fee cap and feedback to be considered for a future ordinance.
Take the restaurant survey (English)
These surveys will be open through August 31, 2021
Expansiones temporales al aire libre
Durante los años de licencia 2020 y 2021, la Ciudad de Minneapolis flexibilizó las regulaciones de Licencias Comerciales y de Zonificación que crearon un camino para que los bares y restaurantes operaran en espacios al aire libre con un permiso de expansión temporal a largo plazo sin costo. La Ciudad está evaluando posibilidades para futuros permisos de expansión de comedores al aire libre. Esta encuesta nos ayudará a diseñar cómo sería este programa.
Costo de servicio a domicilio
El 21 de diciembre 2020, la Ciudad de Minneapolis implementó una regulación de emergencia que limita las tarifas de entrega que las plataformas pueden cobrar a los restaurantes asociados para servicios entrega de alimentos de terceros. La Ciudad está considerando una ordenanza para mantener el límite de las tarifas de entrega una política permanente.
Esta encuesta es una oportunidad para que los propietarios o los gerentes de restaurantes compartan experiencias con las plataformas de servicios entrega de alimentos y compartan comentarios para considerarlos para una ordenanza futura.
Encuesta a restaurantes (Español)
The Lake Street Council has a new round of arts related grants. The Public Art & Mural Grant Program provides financial support to businesses, property owners, nonprofits, or organizations interested in beautifying the exterior of their buildings. Learn more and apply.
The Community Partners Creative Placemaking Grants aim to support activities that engage in healing and community support, to provide inclusive approaches toward a renewed sense of safety, belonging, and social connection; and to encourage residents to frequent Lake Street and support the economic vitality of the corridor. Learn more and apply.
This past year was uniquely challenging for the businesses along the Lake Street corridor. We are now hosting monthly meetings to provide updates about the corridor and ask questions about your concerns. Got a question? Ask it here.
August 2021 Agenda:
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 AM
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Meeting ID: 817 8480 4037
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Grow Your Business With Video and YouTube (SCORE)
Aug. 10; Learn More
Understanding Your Business Finances (SBDC)
Aug. 11; Learn More
Scrappy Branding (SCORE)
Aug. 12; Learn More
Prevailing Wage Seminar (Department of Labor)
Aug. 11, 12, or 25; Learn More
Optimizing Your Pricing Strategy to Maximize Profits (SCORE)
Aug. 12; Learn More
Pasos simples para iniciar un negocio en Minnesota
August 18, 2 p.m.; Register
August 19, 9 a.m.; Register
A Simple Process to Manage Your Time and Identify Which Items to Delegate (SCORE)
Aug. 19; Learn More
Finding Additional Support and Resources
August 26, 9 a.m.; Register
Google Analytics 2.0 - Beyond The Basics (SCORE)
Aug. 24; Learn More
Marketing Your Business Using Website Techniques and Your Google My Business Listing (SBDC)
Aug. 24; Learn More
To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate Your Business? That is the Question (SCORE)
Aug. 24; Learn More