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.
Business impact survey
This is a follow-up to the survey the City conducted in early April. As a result of that survey the City did the following:
- Connected businesses to County, State and Federal resources
- Created a Small Business Emergency Deferred Loan program
- Provided small, deferred payment loans to 70 small businesses
- Partnered with local business organizations to provide critical technical assistance to local businesses and residents
As we enter into the next phase of life during COVID-19, this survey will help the City understand how to best continue to be a resource and how to best serve Brooklyn Park businesses.
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
Temporary Outdoor Dining Registration
On Friday, May 22, 2020, Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeffrey Lunde issued a directive allowing regulatory flexibility so that restaurants and bars may begin to serve food and alcohol in outdoor areas. This move is in response to Governor Tim Walz’s announcement on Wednesday May 20 that restaurants can open for outdoor service on June 1. Mayor Lunde’s directive addresses the restaurants in Brooklyn Park that do not have outdoor seating or would like to expand their existing outdoor seating. It also loosens codes to support restaurants that would like to open in this capacity on June 1.
Brooklyn Park Emergency Deferred Small Business Loan
Applications for this program are now closed.
On May 8, the Brooklyn Park Development Corporation (BPDC) approved the allocation of funds to businesses through the Emergency Deferred Loan program. The loan program’s application opened on April 24 and closed May 4. Over 80 businesses applied for the program and 70 businesses met eligibility requirements to receive funds. Eligible applicants represented a variety of industries with over half being businesses owned by Brooklyn Park residents, 82% of businesses reporting they are owned in part or in whole by people of color, and over 70% being owned in part or in whole by women.
The BPDC board moved to distribute funds to all eligible applicants with those who received funds from the State or Federal government only being eligible to receive the minimum award amount of $2,500. The remaining funds were distributed to businesses based on total number of employees. The largest award amount was $5,000.
Hennepin County Small Business Relief Program
Hennepin County’s Small Business Relief Program is designed to help small local businesses meet immediate financial needs. As part of this program, self-employed entrepreneurs and business owners with no additional employees will be able to apply for grants of $1,500 up to $3,000. Applications opened Tuesday, May 19 and will close at noon on Friday, May 29.
DEED Small Business Loans
Now available for any business closed by executive order. Small businesses are a vital part of Minnesota’s economy and this program will provide a source of working capital to help businesses sustain operations during this challenging time. Businesses should apply directly through a certified lender.
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.
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.
Asistencia de solicitud de préstamo
El Centro para el Desarrollo Económico Latino (LEDC) ha ofrecido ayudar a los dueños de negocios de habla hispana a solicitar préstamos para pequeñas empresas estatales y del condado. Más información está en su sitio web.
Programa de ayuda para pequeñas empresas
Las pequeñas empresas y los trabajadores independientes del condado de Hennepin están sintiendo algunos de los impactos más profundos de COVID-19.Los empresarios independientes y los dueños de negocios sin empleados adicionales podrán solicitar subvenciones de $ 1,500 hasta $ 3,000 a partir del martes 19 de mayo al mediodía. Este financiamiento es parte del Programa de ayuda para pequeñas empresas, que está diseñado para ayudar a las pequeñas empresas locales a satisfacer las necesidades financieras inmediatas al proporcionar subsidios de emergencia para gastos elegibles de interrupción comercial debido a COVID-19.
El período de solicitud es del 19 al 29 de mayo al mediodía para que los empresarios independientes soliciten subvenciones de hasta $ 3,000. Hasta $1 millón en total está disponible. Si las solicitudes exceden los recursos disponibles, los fondos se otorgarán utilizando un sistema de lotería aleatorio, así como criterios de elegibilidad. Los beneficiarios del fondo recibirán una notificación por correo electrónico el 5 de junio o antes.
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.
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