COVID-19 Resources

Disaster Loan Assistance

Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Non-profits, Homeowners and Renters

COVID-19 ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN APPLICATION
SBA is collecting the requested information in order to make a loan under SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program to the qualified entities listed in this application that are impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The information will be used in determining whether the applicant is eligible for an economic injury loan.

City of Minneapolis

The City has a dedicated Coronavirus page, including an FAQs for Local Business that is being updated regularly as new information comes in.

As you have questions about how City services, regulations, and resources impact your business or the businesses you serve, please check the FAQs. If you don’t see what you are looking for or have questions about your specific situation, contact the Small Business Team at (612) 673-2499 or SmallBusiness@minneapolismn.gov.

The State of Minnesota also has two dedicated COVID-19 hotlines:
Community mitigation (schools, child care, business) questions:
651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Health questions:
651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Target offers to help Minnesota businesses reopen with COVID-19 toolkit offering free social distancing

 

Check out the Safe Retail Tookit here.

Legal Resources

In partnership with the Volunteer Lawyers Network, LegalCORPS has launched an intake line for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19 and the damage and destruction caused by recent civil unrest in response to the tragic killing of George Floyd.

Owners of small businesses and representatives of nonprofits located in Minnesota can call 612-752-6687 to request help from a volunteer attorney through LegalCORPS. The intake line will be staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00 until 4:00. There will be an option to leave a voice mail if nobody is available to take the call.

Areas of assistance will include insurance policy review and claims, contract review, landlord/tenant or other real estate issues, employee relations, financing issues, bankruptcy/workout matters, and navigating the requirements of any state or federal assistance that might become available.

Brief advice of up to 30 minutes of consultation with an attorney is always free and available to all. Free full representation assistance is based on income guidelines, but we are taking the current situation into consideration with each request for assistance and will assess on a case by case basis for those over our income guidelines. Our service guidelines are:

·         at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines for small business owners
·         at or below $250,000 in annual revenues for small nonprofit organizations

Prevent the spread of COVID-19

The best available guidance:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough and sneeze. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your arm
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around others
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Put distance (at least 6 feet) between yourself and other people when in public.

Should I wear a cloth face covering at work?

Yes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommend covering your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

You can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The cloth face cover is meant to help protect other people in case you are infected and are not exhibiting symptoms.  Their cloth cover is meant to help protect you.

The CDC website offers instructions for making homemade cloth masks with or without sewing.

The Minneapolis Health Department is committed to partnering with our businesses to provide information and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.