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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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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

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Economic Injury Disaster Loan Information

The attached presentation includes information on who qualifies and how to apply for an economic injury disaster loan, which is a federally funded relief program for small businesses. 

Community Center Events

In an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, the City Council made the decision to close the City Offices and, consequently, the Community Center. Until further notice private and public events are cancelled or postponed. If you have an event planned during next couple of months, please give us a call or send an email. 


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PeopleService Contingency Plan

PeopleService, the water utility servicer, has released the following contingency plan for COVID-19, or the coronavirus.

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