Thanks to the City of Minneapolis as well as donations from Target and our partners at the Longfellow Community Council, we have extra supplies of disposable masks and hand sanitizer. If your business is in need of either, please reach out to Kim to have some dropped off!
The City has moved Operation Safety Net into Phase 3. They were not expecting this phase to begin until the beginning of jury deliberation in the next week or so, but the tragic killing of Daunte Wright earlier this week accelerated the decision to move into this phase. Below you'll find information and resources about what you need to know heading into this uncertain time.
Law Enforcement Presence
You will see the deployment of almost 3,000 additional law enforcement personnel of either National Guard and mutual aid officers throughout the city with at least 500 troops out now. MPD has stated that National Guard will always be accompanied by local law enforcement.
The Minneapolis Police Department has significantly increased their number of 911 responders and expects to be able to respond to emergencies quickly. They are encouraging businesses to call if the need arises.
Preparing Your Business
Many businesses are looking for guidance about preparing for the coming days and weeks. A few key tips are below and more detailed information is available here.
Report Damages & Losses
The City of Minneapolis is asking for businesses to report any damages and losses to the City to understand the severity of the damages. Information will be used to assess if the City can find additional resources. Complete the form:
Communication and Information Sharing
There are many avenues for getting up to date information during the trial from both the City and your fellow business owners:
Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the U.S. Small Business Administration is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Applicants can now receive a maximum loan amount of $500,000. The lending limit increased from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to 24-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $500,000.
The Paycheck Protection Program has been extended an additional two months to May 31, 2021, with an additional 30-day period for the SBA to process applications that are still pending. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan designed to provide direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on payroll. Additionally, borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. Find more information on the Paycheck Protection Program at www.sba.gov/ppp and www.sba.gov/ppp-espanol
Amidst the pandemic and unrest, Ekta's mother also passed away. She describes the last year saying, "We are living in a time and moment that cannot be erased from our memories. There was no time to grieve in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the social unrest and murder of George Floyd. As a leader of a non-profit, I never got a chance to stop, reflect back, or revive myself. But, my grief became my power, and my power become my passion and this became my dream for my staff, team and everyone who was impacted."
Though things may feel chaotic, Ekta and her team at CAPI hope to offer hope and stability to their clients and those hit hardest by the consequences of COVID-19. Learn more about CAPI and opportunities to support their mission.