Guide for Minnesota Small Businesses who Need Help
Washington County is accepting applications from small businesses and non-profits for COVID-19 relief funding. Applications will be accepted through 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. Businesses must be in Washington County, have no tax lien, and be able to show how they have been impacted, directly or indirectly, by an executive order related to the COVID-19 pandemic. They must have been in operation on or before Nov. 1, 2020.
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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
U.S. Small Business Association
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is working to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Recent federal legislation has created new SBA programs to help small businesses. Information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance (EIDL), the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), SBA debt relief and more is available on the SBA website.
For questions regarding SBA loans, call the Disaster Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can call 800-877-8339.
Minnesota Department of Revenue
Washington County Community Development Agency
Washington County has created a list of resources to help ready and recover businesses and the workforce from the impacts of COVID-19. Please revisit this page often as new resources and programs become available.
Xcel Energy's Pandemic and Civil Unrest Recovery Program
Xcel Energy is committed to helping businesses get back on their feet after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns or civil unrest. If your small or mid-sized Minnesota business has experienced a material impact from the pandemic, along with an electric load decrease of 25% or more in electric demand as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic or civil unrest, you may be eligible for a temporary 25% discount on base energy and demand charges on your bill.
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Resources for Safely Returning to Work
- Temporary Outdoor Event Permit Information (for restaurants seeking additional outdoor dining space)
- DEED's Guidance for Reopening Businesses (what can and cannot be open)
- DEED's Guide for Safely Returning to Work
- Minnesota Fire Marshal's Occupant Load Determination for Retail and Businesses
- Minnesota Fire Marshal's Occupant Load Determination for Assembly Businesses
- Minnesota Fire Marshal's Occupant Load Determination for Salons
- Minnesota Fire Marshal's Guidelines for Partitions for COVID-19 Separation
- CDC's Guidance for Building Water Systems
- American Water Works Association's Shutoffs and Returns to Service Guidance