Carver County has consolidated a variety of local, state and federal resources for local businesses and partners, related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page will be updated as additional information and resources become available. CareerForce in Chaska has many resources for unemployment and for those looking for work. Their web page is regularly updated with resources.
- MN Chamber: COVID-19 Business Toolkit & Workplace Tips for Employers
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:
- MN Department of Health: COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Employers
- MN Department of Economic Development: Information and Resources for Employers and Businesses
- NEW! Minnesota's Small Business Relief Grants Program will accept applications for a 10-day period, beginning Tuesday, June 23 through Thursday, July 2. The program will make available $10,000.00 grants to Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and Loan Advance: The CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity for an up to a $10,000 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance. If approved, these funds can be used for payroll and other operating expenses, and will be forgiven. This advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending.
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
- The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest or utilities. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act will reimburse American private employers that have fewer than 500 employees with tax credits for the cost of providing employees with paid leave taken for specified reasons related to COVID-19.
- Small Business Emergency Loans: DEED will use their lender network to make loans between $2,500 and $35,000 for qualifying small businesses. The loans will be 50% forgivable, and offered at 0% interest rate. More information on terms, eligibility and application process here.
- MN Department of Economic Development: Information and resources for employers and businesses.
- MN Department of Revenue: Details on business tax changes – a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses required to suspend or reduce services.
- Carver County Public Health has a variety of health posters available for you to use and post at your workplace(s), including COVID-19 and hand washing. Please visit the Health Posters page to review and print available posters.
- The CDC released General Business Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 on April 20. This updated guidance covers suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the workplace; reducing the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces; healthy business operations; cleaning and disinfection in the workplace, and critical infrastructure.
- Facebook: Small Business Grants Program
- Forge North: Resources and Links for Local Startups
- gener8tor: Minnesota Emergency Response Program
- MEDA: Steps for BIPOC-Owned Businesses During COVID-19
- MN Chamber: COVID-19 Business Toolkit
- Springboard for the Arts: Resources for Artists, Creative Workers and Organizations
- Startup Space: Resources and Support for Startups and Small Businesses
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive the Coronavirus
- U.S. Small Business Administration: Disaster Assistance
Safely Returning to Work
- MDH offers a variety of information for businesses and employers about safely reopening.
- Visit the Employment & Economic Development website for specific guidance, COVID-19 preparedness plan templates, frequently asked questions, and more.
- The CDC released General Business Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 this spring. This updated guidance covers suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the workplace; reducing the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces; healthy business operations; cleaning and disinfection in the workplace, and critical infrastructure.
- CareerForce in Chaska can help with all job-related questions.
- MN Department of Economic Development: The Shared Work Program offers an alternative to layoffs for employers facing a temporary downturn in business.
- Restaurant Workers Community Foundation: Resources for restaurants and workers coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Unemployment Insurance program is ready to assist workers who can't work, workers who have had their hours reduced, and workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Workers Protections Related to COVID-19 summarizes employee protections and employer's legal obligations.