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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Resources Available to Assist Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Links are provided to the original pages, as the information available is being continuously updated.


The State of Minnesota is staffing a hotline to respond to COVID-19 general requests for assistance. The hotlines at staffed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and can be reached at 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504.

Is your business a “critical industry”?

On March 25, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-20, directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to April 10 at 5:00 p.m. Exemptions are provided for critical industries. The following link will help you to determine if your business is in a critical industry:

Minnesota OSHA COVID-19 Information

Resources and information for businesses as it relates to the Covid-19 virus:


DEED Emergency Loan Program

DEED is creating a Small Business Emergency Loan Program to make loans of between $2,500 and $35,000 for qualifying small businesses. The loans will be 50-percent forgivable and offered at a 0 percent interest rate. 

Click here for more information on other resources for businesses available through DEED.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Minnesota small businesses can now apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Learn more at this website created just for Minnesota here. The SBA will continue to send information and updates to help keep you up-to-date. Sign up via or on twitter @SBA_Minnesota

Corona Virus-Related Paid Leave for Works and Business Tax Credits

The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Department of Labor announced in a March 20 news release that small and midsize employers can soon begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing coronavirus-related leave to their employees. View the complete March 20 IRS news release.

Unemployment Resources

The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program developed the “Shared Work” initiative to help employers avoid laying off employees during an economic downturn, such as the one caused by the spread of COVID-19. Businesses can apply for select employees working reduced hours to receive partial unemployment insurance benefits to offset a portion of their lost income. More information and the application can be found on the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance website.

Sales Tax Grace Period

Restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses impacted by the temporary closure order have a 30-day grace period in paying sales and use tax, with no penalties or interest. Affected businesses with a monthly Sales and Use Tax payment due March 20, 2020 will have until April 20 to make that payment. These customers should still file their return by March 20. Find out more at the Minnesota Department of Revenue website.

Assistance for Artists

Springboard for the Arts sponsors a Personal Emergency Relief Fund that provides Minnesotan artists grants of up to $500 to compensate for income lost due to canceled gigs or events. More information and the application can be found on Springboard for the Arts’ website.

Business Consulting

To access one on one assistance from trained small business consultant free of charge, contact Open to Business advisor Rob Smolund at, or call 612-843-3260

Women Venture

Women Venture is offering training, loans, and business support while hosting a Covid-19 hub with information and related support links. More information can be found on Women Venture’s website.

Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD)

MCCD has several resources available to small businesses, and links to other related resources and programs. Visit the MCCD site to learn more.

For additional resources and information visit the Hennepin County Economic Development resource page:

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