Hello Brooklyn Park Businesses,
This is a stressful time for many as we all work to understand how to best protect ourselves, our families and our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please know that the City of Brooklyn Park along with Hennepin County and the State of Minnesota is doing whatever we can to ensure you get the most up-to-date and accurate information about this ever-changing situation.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the City of Brooklyn Park is exploring several strategies to help businesses during this unprecedented time. Please continue to ask your customers to utilize your online services when possible.
Below is a list of federal, state, and local resources available to businesses dealing with the impacts of COVID-19. The COVID-19 webpage has the latest information as well as resources for residents and businesses.
Stay safe and healthy everyone and please do not hesitate to reach out to the City with any questions you may have.
Click here to view a brief guide on federal and state loan programs as well as tips for small businesses to begin applying for a loan.
COVID-19 Community Relief Grant
The City of Brooklyn Park is rolling out a round of Business Relief Grants as part of our Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocation from the federal government. The grants are designed to help businesses, residents, and organizations cover costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible businesses can receive up to $15,000 in grant funds based on the information and documentation provided in their applications. The maximum grant award will consider awards received from previous City, State, or County funds. Applications are open until September 15.
If you have questions, please reach out to Daniela Lorenz at Daniela.email@example.com or call at 612-280-9491.
Face Covering Guidance
The new Executive Order (EO) requires face coverings to be worn in all public indoor spaces and businesses, as well as working outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Business are expected to have workers wearing face coverings and to encourage customers to do so as well.
To be in compliance, businesses must:
- Have clear signage showing that face coverings are required for both customers and employees.
- If you need signs, contact Daniela Lorenz at Daniela.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Update your COVID-19 preparedness plan to include face covering requirements.
Helping customers comply with the EO:
- If a customer is not wearing a face mask, ask them to wear one. There are exceptions for health conditions.
- If a customer says they have a health condition that prevents them from wearing a mask, keep a distance when possible.
- A customer can momentarily remove their face covering in order to show proof of identity when necessary.
- If a customer is being disagreeable, work with them to the extent you are comfortable.
- Businesses have a right to refuse service to someone who is not following the EO if they feel it is unsafe for customers and employees.
Questions? Contact Daniela Lorenz at 612-280-9491 or email Daniela.Lorenz@BrooklynPark.Org.
Hennepin County Emergency Relief
Hennepin county has announced that there is $10 million available for a new round of emergency funding for small business affected by COVID-19. Small businesses with between one and 50 employees may be eligible to apply for grants of up to $15,000 to support emergency relieve and costs associated with reopening under public health guidelines.
The application window opens on Thursday July 30th at noon through Wednesday August 12 at noon.
Priority will be given to businesses that have received $5,000 or less in COVID-19 related emergency relief funding from local, county, and state sources.
Learn more on their Small business relief programs page.
Business for All Grant program
Apply for grants up to $50,000 to support business growth, including $10,000 emergency COVID-19 Business for All Grants to help small businesses in crisis. Join leaders such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristen Bell, Lisa Price, Armando Christian “Pitbull” Perez, and Jeff Hoffman to empower every American with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Safely returning to work
A new Executive Order lays out directives for how certain non-critical businesses and entities can re-open starting Monday, May 18. It also states that non-critical businesses such as bars, restaurants and other places of public accommodation (includes gyms, salons and others) can re-open on June 1, 2020, provided the owner has a written plan and is taking certain precautions.
Here are some materials available to you as you consider how to return safely to work.
- COVID-19 preparedness plan template
- Guidelines for reopening
- Guidance on safely returning to work
- COVID-19 prevention best practices
- COVID-19 retail best practices
Reopening guidance for restaurants
Here are some specific resources for restaurants aiming to open by June 1, 2020
- Reopening guidance from the National Restaurant Association
- Reusable bags and takeout containers
- Food safety for delivery and takeout services
- Visitor and employee health screening checklist
- Frequently asked questions about Executive Orders
- Reducing food waste through donation
DEED Small Business Loans
Small Business Grants Program began accepting applications on June 23. Applications are open until Friday July 3rd. Businesses that are affected by COVID-19 may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in grant.
Department of Labor payroll tax credits
Small and midsize employers will benefit from two new refundable payroll tax credits from the Department of Labor, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related family and medical leave and sick leave to their employees.
Hennepin County “Survive and Thrive” tip sheet
Hennepin County created this document for businesses facing major construction and road closures. Small businesses may find these tips and framing strategies helpful in the midst of this challenging economic climate.
Technical assistance providers throughout Hennepin County can help your business with financial planning, legal support, marketing, networking, grants, preparing for a loan application and more.
ACER is a nonprofit organization that engages community members living in the north and northwest suburbs. If you need help with completing small business loans applications, technical assistance for businesses or mini emergency grants for micro businesses, call 612-217-0282 or visit www.acerinc.org.
U.S. Small Business Administration loan programs
Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). It includes paycheck protection, debt relief, economic injury loans and express bridge loans as financial supports for your business. Visit the SBA website to learn more about the loan program that are currently available and how they may help your business.
The Paycheck Protection Program reopened applications on Monday, April 27, at 9:30am CST. Businesses are encouraged to apply early. Learn more and find an SBA approved lender to apply for this program here.
- List of approved SBA lenders >
- View the SBA guidance webpage >
- An explanation of the Act’s provisions for small businesses
- Detailed guide to CARE Act provisions
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist
The Unemployment Insurance Shared Work Program allows employers experiencing a slowdown in their business to seek an alternative to layoffs – retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Additionally, employers can direct employees whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 to apply for unemployment benefits. The State also has a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program specifically for people who would not be eligible for regular unemployment benefits, including self-employed people, independent contractors, workers in non-covered employment, people lacking sufficient work history to get regular UI, and people living in a household where the head of household has died as a direct result of COVID-19.
Guide to the Main Street Lending Program
Get more information on the Main Street Lending Program from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
COVID-19 Provider Impact Grant
Hennepin County has set up a COVID-19 provider impact grant to provide financial support to organizations providing food access to communities impacted by COVID-19. Organization can receive grants up to $50,000 to fund necessary expenditures. Applications are due August 1.
More state and federal resources
- MN Department of Revenue information on new tax deadlines
- Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Preventing Stigma Related to COVID-19
- Share Facts about COVID-19
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Web page
- Information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Prevention, Symptoms and FAQ
- Best practices and answers to your questions from the MN Chamber of Commerce
- Workplace tips, preparedness checklists, legislative updates and more from the US Chamber of Commerce
Stay Safe Signs
Free signs encouraging customers to wear masks when they enter your store are available to you! Attached is a printable copy of the State of Minnesota’s “Stay Safe” sign. We encourage all businesses to post these for customers to see when they enter your place of business. This helps keep you, your customers, and employees safe as we begin to reopen during the COVID-19 outbreak. Don’t have a printer? No worries! You can contact Daniela Lorenz at Daniela.Lorenz@BrooklynPark.Org to request a sign for your business