Support and Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic
SWBA is here to help you through this difficult time. As information and resources become available, we'll be updating this page. If you have a specific question, or need help connecting to an expert or resource, please reach out to us and we'll do all we can to get you what you need.
Latest Updates 3/27
Governor's latest executive order goes into effect at Midnight tonight, officially closing most of our boutique shops, and extending the takeout/delivery only food services.
Minnesota State of Emergency
The Governor issued a state of emergency. Here are the main points:
Business Property Safety During Mandated Shutdown
There's already been an uptick in burglaries of closed businesses due to #Covid19 shutdown.
SECURITY REMINDERS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS & MANAGERS
How You Can Keep Operating During the State of Emergency
Delivery Service, Window Service, Walk-Up Service, Drive-Through Service, Drive-Up Service, Online Sales, Online Group Connections and Classes are all allowed and encouraged, keeping in mind the current recommendations for social distancing and increased health recommendations.
The Governor is permitting up to 5 members of the public to be in a location at any given time for the purpose of picking up orders, so long as those individuals stay at least 6 feet apart from one another while on site.
Groceries, Markets, Convenience Stores, Pharmacies, Drug Stores, Food pantries, Health Care Facilities, Child Care Facilities, and other Care Facilities are exempt from the restrictions.
Keep Promoting Your Business and Connect Online
Questions on Unemployment
We know that there is a minefield of options and considerations when determining whether to cut hours, issue layoffs and more. Know that SWBA is here to help answer your questions. Add a forum question below, or call or email us at 612-823-3472 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Unemployment FAQs can be found at
Comcast has announced free access to Minneapolis hot spots and free essential internet access to new customers to help everyone stay connected. Learn more at https://corporate.comcast.com/
Minnesota's small businesses are now eligible for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and can apply for a loan on SBA's website.
Forms to fill out FIRST
Here's a list of documents you'll need to provide to complete the application.
Preparing these documents before you go to SBA.gov/disaster will save you time and streamline the process.
More Info on Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
Forbes Compiles Funding Sources for Small Businesses
Forbes Magazine has pulled together a comprehensive list of government and private/nonprofit companies that have loans or grants available to small businesses impacted by COVID19. They're updating this list as additional sources become available.
MN DEED Loans
Facebook Small Business Grants
Facebook has announced that they will spend $30 Million in Grant funding for small businesses. They are in the process of developing the program, and will be taking applications. We highly encourage all of you to visit the program page, and sign up for updates so that you'll be notified directly as soon as the program is available.
Sick & Safe Time City Interpretation Regarding Pandemic
An employee's accrued sick and safe time hours are legally protected for their use due to Coronavirus symptoms, testing or infection. Protection extends to the employee and the employee's care of a covered family member. Ordinance protection includes, but is not limited to: