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Information for Businesses

We care deeply about your business and are actively working with state and federal partners on measures to assist businesses through this unprecedented time.

We know that many Minnesota businesses have taken extraordinary measures to offer telework, paid leave, and other options to their employees during this time of uncertainty.

When we have new information for businesses, we will immediately post it here.

News Releases

See all news releases DEED has done related to COVID-19

A Guide for Minnesota Small Businesses Who Need Help

New state and federal programs have been built to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Different programs make sense for different businesses. This guide will help small businesses quickly see which programs might be right for their situation.

Critical Sector Worker Exemptions

Governor Walz has issued Executive Order 20-20, directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of their homes from March 27 at 11:59 p.m. to April 10 at 5:00 p.m. to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Small Business Emergency Loan

Small Business Emergency Loans are available after the governor has declared a peacetime emergency.

Minnesota Small Business Loan Guarantee Program

This program enables a small business to obtain a term loan when it cannot otherwise qualify for a loan.

Federal SBA Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants (COVID-19)

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering a low-interest federal disaster loan for working capital to small businesses and private non-profits suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Unemployment Insurance

Information for employers affected by COVID-19. If your workers apply for unemployment benefits, we will let you know.

Frequently Asked Questions for Businesses

Answers to common questions for employers and businesses.

Governor's Stay at Home Order

The Governor's Office has posted Frequently Asked Questions regarding #StayHomeMN.

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