COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
The Greater Downtown Council is actively monitoring local and national events as it relates to our members and community. We will do our best here to keep you updated of news related to COVID-19 and how it may be impacting our community, businesses and events.
For information on prevention, symptoms and what to do if you’re feeling sick, please call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920. Additional resources can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.
Back to Business: Curbside Retail & Beyond Webinar
If you missed the Back to Business: Curbside Retail & Beyond webinar on May 12th, you can watch it here.
Important COVID-19 Links
MN Department of Health
If your employment has been affected by COVID-19 you can apply for unemployment benefits here.
Keep Your Google Information Up-To-Date
Keep your Google listing up-to-date by letting people know your current hours, dining options (take-out and/or deliver), current menu, or if you are temporarily closed. Check out their Google for Small Business COVID-19 Resources page to update your business listing.
Minnesota Department of Economic Development
A Guide for Minnesota Small Businesses Who Need Help
Minnesota Small Business Development Center Network
If you need assistance with applying for loans to keep your business running during the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBDC can help. Follow the link to create an account and be connected to someone who can answer your questions.
DEED Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program
The Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program provides loan capital for businesses that are majority-owned and operated by minorities, low-income persons, women, veterans and/or persons with disabilities. DEED funds this program through certified nonprofit Minnesota lenders. Businesses must apply directly with a certified lender. In northeastern Minnesota, contact:
Alex Bastien, firstname.lastname@example.org
Area Served: Northeast Minnesota – Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties; Tribal Nations – Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (District I), Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (District 2)
Mike Lattery, email@example.com
Area Served: Northeast Minnesota – Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Koochiching, St. Louis, Itasca, Pine, Carlton, Cook and Lake Counties
The U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Find the application here.
If you need assistance with the application process, contact the Small Business Development Center consultants directly by phone or email, or click "Sign Up for Services" here and a consultant will reach out to you.
Information on SBA Coronavirus Disaster Assistance
Phone: 1-800-659-2955 / TTY: 1-800-877-8339
State of Minnesota
The State of Minnesota has launched a website to share information with child care businesses and with families. Visit here to stay up to date.
Extending and Modifying Stay at Home Order, Continuing Temporary Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation, and Allowing Additional Workers in Certain NonCritical Sectors to Return to Safe Workplaces 5.11.2020
Extending and Modifying Stay at Home Order, Continuing Temporary Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation, and Allowing Additional Workers in Certain NonCritical Sectors to Return to Safe Workplaces 4.30.2020