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Information for Businesses/Employers

U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – The Paycheck Protection Program is a federal $350 billion loan program for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization, or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by COVID-19. The loan program also has a forgivable component – View more information

Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the U.S. Small Business Administration's size standards for those industries. Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible if their individual locations employ less than 500 workers.

Small Business Assistance – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has requested an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration, clearing the way for businesses to apply for loans to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of impacts due to coronavirus.

  • U.S. Small Business Administration COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources – View more information
  • U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance – View more information
  • If you have questions, please call the U.S. Small Business Association Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955

DEED Loan Program – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has created a Small Business Emergency Loan Program – View more information

The program will make $30 million available to a lending network that will make loans of between $2,500 and $35,000 for qualifying small businesses. The loans will be 50% forgivable, and offered at a 0% interest rate. These emergency loans will be made by an existing network of 23 lenders DEED works with across the state. Depending on the size of the loans offered to businesses, DEED estimates this emergency loan program will provide needed resources to between 1,200 and 5,000 businesses.

Those with questions about the program should contact DEED at ELP@state.mn.us.

Minnesota Small Business Loan Guarantee Program – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) also offers the Minnesota Small Business Loan Guarantee Program to help provide capital to small businesses (fewer than 250 employees) affected by COVID-19. These loans can be subordinate to other financing sources.

Allowable loan uses must be exclusively in Minnesota and include machinery or equipment purchases, maintenance or repair; expenses related to moving into or within Minnesota; and working capital when the working capital is secured by fixed assets when possible. These loans will not be issued directly by DEED, but will instead be issued by approved lenders. As lenders are approved, they will be listed on the DEED website – View more information

Information and Resources – Information and resources for employers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – View more information

Essential Businesses – Refer to the Minnesota Critical Business List to find out if your business is considered essential/critical (based on your NAISC Code) - View more information (PDF)

If you feel your business is essential/critical, but wasn’t classified as such, you can request/apply for an exemption from the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry – View more information (PDF)

Further guidance on Essential/Critical Workforce is provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – View more information (PDF)

Learn more about the Emergency Stay at Home Order/Establishment of Essential Workers – View more information

Additional Unemployment Insurance – Additional Unemployment Insurance information for employers affected by COVID-19 from the State of Minnesota – View more information

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Offers newly approved paid leave, coronavirus free testing, protections for public health workers, and benefits for children and families. Read the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (PDF) and view more information in the "What is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act?" section below.

Sales tax relief information

Information for Employees

  • Information and resources for workers from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development – View more information 
  • Newly approved paid leave, free Coronavirus testing, additional protection for public health workers and benefits for children and families information from the House Committee on Appropriations – View more information (PDF)
  • Unemployment information for workers from the State of Minnesota – View more information 
  • Unemployment insurance FAQs from the State of Minnesota – View more information 

Additional COVID-19 business resource links

How Will the Coronavirus Tax Relief Plan Benefit Me?
What Is The Families First Coronavirus Response Act?
Are Independent Contractors Eligible For Sick/Family Leave?
How Do I Meet Childcare Needs If I’m An Essential Worker?
I’m A Business Owner and Need Financial Assistance – Is There Assistance Available?

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