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  • MCCE COVID-19

  • Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

     
  • We are Minnesota’s largest broad-based business organization representing more than 2,300 companies – and more than half a million employees – throughout Minnesota. The Chamber builds on its legacy as a voice for business by advancing public policy that grows jobs and the economy, and providing valuable services to members so they stay and grow in Minnesota. A business climate that allows for innovation and forward-thinking leadership will help grow the strength of Minnesota’s economy for future generations.

    UPCOMING EVENTS:

    Women in Business Webcast: Disrupting education - was COVID the tipping point for real change?, February 23: Register

     

    Chamber Week at the Capitol: Session Priorities in action, March 1-4: Register

    Mark your calendar!

    24th Annual Golf Tournament - Legends Golf Club, June 7
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    We want to hear from you

     

    COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in Minnesota with more doses on the way. While it may be months until a vaccine is available for much of the population, the time is now to plan what it means for your business. The Minnesota Chamber wants to know how your business is preparing for a COVID-19 vaccine. To take the survey, click here.

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    Needed relief on the way for businesses

    This week, the Legislature passed bipartisan legislation providing $216 million in grants to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Governor Walz signed the bill into law. The legislation includes: 

    • $88 million will be sent in direct payments to businesses.
      • Grants will vary from $10,000 up to $45,000 based on employee count.
    • $14 million for movie theaters and convention centers processed by DEED.
    • $114.8 million in business grants sent to counties for grants to be provided to for-profit and non-profit businesses.
    • An additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits for individuals.
    • Employers will not have an increase in experience rating for unemployment insurance.
    • Waiver of license renewal penalties by commissioner of agriculture for food retailers, food manufacturers, wholesalers and brokers.
    • Waiver of certain liquor permit fees.

     

    This is welcome news for Minnesota businesses. The Chamber played a pivotal role in getting this aid passed and into the hands of employers and employees. The continued closures and restrictions have created hardships for thousands of employers and employees alike. The bipartisan agreement is meant as a temporary bridge to help keep the doors open for small businesses. The Chamber will continue to advocate for additional business relief when the legislative session kicks off next month.

     

    Head to the Chamber's COVID-19 Business Toolkit Funding - Loans and Grants section to find out more details from the Department of Revenue on eligibility and payments.

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    The following suggested guidelines can be replicated as general best practices, applicable to most workplaces. Download the PDF here.

    Osha
    https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

    CDC
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html