Are you planning to reopen your business soon and wondering what precautions you need to take? Join the Women's Business Alliance for a webinar where professionals will provide helpful tips and tools for safely reopening. Topics will include how to develop an Employer Preparedness Plan and professional guidance on cleaning and disinfecting protocols to keep your space safe for you, staff, and customers.
When: Friday, May 1, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Preparing your Business to Reopen
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.The webinar will also be recorded and available to view on-demand following the webinar. Our partners will also be creating a video that will be posted on our website showing proper disinfecting and cleaning protocols.
To support businesses impacted by COVID-19 Hennepin County’s Small Business Relief Program is designed to help small local businesses meet immediate financial needs. Emergency forgivable loans available up to $7,500. Applications are open now through noon on May 8, 2020.
More information and application form here.
With the additional funding provided by the new COVID-19 relief package, SBA will resume processing EIDL Loan and Advance applications that are already in the queue on a first come, first-served basis.
SBA will provide further information on the availability of the EIDL portal to receive new applications as soon as possible.
As of Monday, April 27, the SBA has re-opened applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Work with your lender, or contact a lender on the list of participating lenders in Minnesota.
Program guidance and related information can be found at www.sba.gov/paycheckprotectionor www.treasury.gov/cares
The SBDC at St. Thomas University, an SBA Resource Partner, is hosting free webinars discussing topics affecting your business in uncertain times; including emergency funding, new workforce policies, employee mental health and long-term financial planning are just a few challenges confronting businesses.
Recently recorded topics include Cash Flow Planning, New HR Laws, Teamwork through Volatile Events and more. Check them out and sign up for new training's of interest here.
The Entrepreneur Fund, Northland Foundation, and The Northspan Group, Inc. are accepting grant applications for its recently-formed Small Business Relief Fund. The fund will provide direct grants up to $5,000 to small business owners in northeast Minnesota, central Minnesota, and northwest Wisconsin. For more information, follow the links: Application Process & Application.
LISC has an open application for grants available to in $5k, $7.5k, and $10k amounts. Priority will be given to BIPOC and women-owned businesses. Again these are grants, so they will not be serviced as loans, and you will in no circumstances be responsible for repaying them. For this round, applications are due this Tuesday, April 28th. Please consider applying, especially if you are in one of the prioritized demographics. Redesign has assistance available to businesses who need support preparing applications - contact Brigid at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the options available to you.
Stay up to date on available resources; see below for a summary of relief programs:
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which took effect April 1, 2020, includes Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family Leave for all private employers with fewer than 500 employees. Employees are eligible for up to two weeks (or 10 days) of paid sick leave, subject to an 80-hour cap for full-time employees.
Click here for further information from the NFIB
Between social distancing and COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, companies are turning to video conferencing services to get down to business. While these services help you connect, they also pose new privacy and data security risks. Check out these tips from the FTC to keep in mind before hosting or joining a video conference online.