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Legislative Update (3-24-20)

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Neighbor,

Minnesota small-business owners who are facing economic hardship during the COVID-19 outbreak are urged to seek relief through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance Program.

Minnesota is among states where the federal SBA’s low-interest loans are available to cover small-business operating expenses after a disaster declaration was issued.

The coronavirus is taking a huge toll on our state’s small businesses and this is just one resource they can use to navigate these tough times. Each business has its own set of circumstances and there’s no silver bullet to fix everything, but this is one thing that can help as we learn more about the extent of our situation and see what further action comes from the state and federal levels.”

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) indicates this program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and private non-profits. These loans can go toward working capital to meet needs including payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments that can’t be paid due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Long-term repayment options of up to a maximum of 30 years are available at 3.75% interest, and at 2.75% interest for non-profits. Businesses can defer payments for the first four months and it is recommended owners apply at sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

Loans can be directly dispersed within three weeks. Businesses will need to gather their tax statements from last year, in addition to providing financial information to show current and expected business losses. 

Questions can be directed to the SBA Hotline at 1-800-659-2955. More information from Minnesota’s DEED can be found at https://mn.gov/deed/.

On another note, the American Red Cross needs our help because nearly 2,700 blood drives have been canceled in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Blood drives account for more than 80 percent of blood that the Red Cross collects, so if you are healthy and eligible to donate, please visit RedCrossBlood.org, or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App to schedule an appointment.

-Steve

 
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