COVID-19 Resources for Businesses


    It is important for all employers to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and implement strategies to protect their customers and workers while ensuring the continuation of their operations. Following are links to a variety of resources to help educate employers and employees on how to prepare for and address the impacts of COVID-19.

    Emergency Orders That Limit Business Practices

    • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED): DEED is working with the U.S. Department of Labor, the Walz-Flanagan Administration, and the Minnesota Legislature to take steps to ensure the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic do not create unnecessary burdens on employers and workers. On this website, you will find answers to common questions for employers and workers and more information as it becomes available. View DEED information >

    • COVID-19 Updates from the Minnesota Governor's Office | CLICK HERE

    Recommended Cautions & Guidelines to Re-Opening

    • CDC Guidance for Employers and Businesses | CLICK HERE

    • CDC Cleaning & Disinfectant Recommendations | CLICK HERE

    • Minnesota Dept. of Health COVID-19 Info for Employers | CLICK HERE

    • DEED Developments Blog | CLICK HERE

    • Safe Retail Considerations Post COVID-19 from Target Corp | CLICK HERE

    • Minnesota Retailers Association Presentation | CLICK HERE
    • MN Symptom Screener | CLICK HERE 

    • MDH Building Flushing Guidance to Ensure Water Quality | CLICK HERE

    • U.S. Chamber's Resources for Businesses | CLICK HERE
    • Hennepin County COVID Response Toolkit: Business Districts | CLICK HERE

    Financial Assistance for Businesses & Employees

    • Hennepin County Resources for Small Businesses | CLICK HERE

    • Paycheck Protection Program | CLICK HERE
    • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance | CLICK HERE
    • Business4Business MSP | CLICK HERE
    • Guidance for Affected Small Businesses from the SBA | CLICK HERE 
    • Free, Confidential Business Counseling via "Open to Business" | CLICK HERE
    • IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief | CLICK HERE
    • Tax Info for MN Businesses | CLICK HERE
    • Approved Lenders for Small Business Emergency Loan Program | CLICK HERE
    • COVID-19 and Unemployment: Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the Unemployment Insurance Shared Work Program. This program allows employers to seek an alternative to layoffs, retaining their trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits. Visit the Shared Work Program to learn more about its benefits for employers and employees, and how to apply. Additionally, employees whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 can apply for unemployment benefits. The Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program is taking steps to make the application process simpler for those affected. View the Shared Work Program > & View the MN Unemployment Insurance Program