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Emergency Assistance for Child Care Providers

As part of their COVID-19 Response Supplemental Budget proposal, Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan proposed $30 million in funding for emergency grants for licensed child care providers that are caring for children of workers in critical sectors. 

There are approximately 420,000 children under the age of 12 who’s guardians are a worker in a critical sector. The state estimates that about 120,000 of those children are likely to need and use licensed child care. Child care providers play a key role in enabling emergency and essential personnel to go to work.

To help ease the burden of the financial strain that the child care industry has been experiencing, the State passed a proposal to provide emergency funds on March 28.

The Department of Human Services, Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, and Child Care Aware of Minnesota are working together to distribute these funds. Follow the link to learn more. 

 

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Stay Home MN

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The Stay at Home, or Shelter In Place, Order goes into effect at 11:59PM, 3/27 and lasts until 5:00PM, 4/10. There are a lot of questions about what this means for different businesses and their employees. If you have any questions, check out the FAQ page (linked above). If you are looking for more details try contacting the state Emergency Operations Center at 651-297-1304 or toll-free at 800-657-3504.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to CARES Act

Follow the link to review information for small business owners regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (or CARES) Act. 

Governor Issues Stay at Home Order

The Governor has issued a shelter in place order, also known as a “Stay at Home” Order. The order will take effect at 11:59PM on Friday, March 27th and last until 5:00PM on Friday, April 10th. 

Click to download the Governor’s Executive Order.

Sibley County No Spray Request Forms

 

The 2020 forms to request that Sibley County avoid the ditches on your property while spraying for noxious weeds are here.

Sibley County Libraries

Sibley County Library Closure Updates

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Emergency Assistance for Small Businesses

During this time of pandemic and government ordered shutdowns, one of the biggest concerns within the community is the welfare of small businesses. Though there are federal funding programs to assist businesses during the current state of emergency, these funds may not be available quickly enough to provide the relief small businesses need. The State of Minnesota offers a similar program that may provide funds more quickly.

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Small Businesses Impacted by Closures.

Thousands of businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 could be helped.

 

St. Paul – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is creating an emergency loan program to help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance to meet their families’ basic needs during COVID-19 closures.  
The loan program was created under the Small Business Assistance Executive Order 20-15 announced by Governor Tim Walz on March 23. The loan program is intended to help businesses temporarily closed under Executive Order 20-04, later clarified by Executive Order 20-08, which stopped onsite customer dining at restaurants and bars and closed an extensive list of other small businesses whose owners may not have adequate cash flow to withstand temporary closure.   
“Over the last week, we’ve heard from many of Minnesota’s small businesses who are facing significant hardships because of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Governor Tim Walz. “Small businesses are the backbone of our communities, and now more than ever, we’re looking to creative solutions like DEED’s emergency loan program to help them weather these extraordinarily difficult times.” 
“We know that this emergency loan program is just one tool businesses will need to leverage to stay afloat,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “It’s an important one because it will get cash flowing quickly to the small Minnesota businesses that need it most.” 
Executive Order 20-15 directs DEED to create a Small Business Emergency Loan Program by making available $30 million from special revenue funds.  These dollars will be used by DEED’s lender network to 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. If other financing becomes available to small businesses that received an emergency loan, such as federal funding, the emergency loan must be repaid. These emergency loans will be made by an existing network of 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.  DEED expects loan applications will available later this week through our lender network. Minnesota small businesses should send questions about this emergency loan program to ELP@state.mn.us