This year has been like no other in recent history, and small businesses have arguably suffered the greatest, but there is hope and help. The State of Minnesota and Carver County offer assistance programs to help small businesses bridge the financial gap.
State programs include: COVID-19 Business Relief Payments (aid for restaurants, bars, gyms and bowling centers) administered by the MN Dep't of Revenue to eligible businesses (notified if eligible) through their e-Services account by Dec. 31, 2020 (payments mailed out in early Jan.); Minnesota Convention Center Relief Grant Program (established temporarily), which grants up to $500,000 to eligible convention centers that apply (applications available Jan. 5) administered by DEED; and Minnesota Movie Theater Relief Grant Program (established temporarily), which grants up to $150,000 to eligible theaters that apply (applications available Jan. 5), also administered by DEED. Carver County's Emergency Business Support Program offers eligible businesses that apply (applications available Jan. 1) up to $20,000 toward payroll, rent, mortgage, utilities, payments to suppliers, property taxes, and other critical non-payroll business operating expenses.
We understand that small businesses are the heart and soul of our communities, and we encourage small-business owners to seek out and take advantage of these assistance programs to help ease the effects of the pandemic on their enterprises.