COVID-19 Anoka County Business Resources

Minnesota Main Street COVID Relief Grants

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will oversee the Main Street Covid Relief Grants Program approved by the Minnesota State Legislature and signed by Gov. Tim Walz on June 30, 2021.

This program will make available $10,000 – $25,000 grants to Minnesotan owned and operated businesses that can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. A total $64,200,000 is available for grant applications selected for consideration through a computer-generated, randomized selection process.

Applicants that have not received assistance through previous relief programs will be prioritized for consideration. These programs include the Small Business Emergency Loan program, the Small Business Relief Grant Program, the Movie Theater and Convention Center Relief Grant program, and the County Relief Grant program.

Applicants will receive a grant amount based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTEs) employees on staff.

  • $10,000 – 6 FTEs or less.

  • $15,000 – Between 7 and 49 FTEs

  • $20,000 – Between 50 and 99 FTEs

  • $25,000 – Between 100 and 200 FTEs

Applications will be reviewed and awards will be disbursed and administered by qualified local and regionally based nonprofit organizations. Grant funds received by individual businesses shall be used for working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other similar expenses that occur or have occurred since March 12, 2020, in the regular course of business. These are grants and no repayment will be required.

The Application Portal will open on September 20th at 10:00am CT through September 29th at 11:59pm CT. Limited time only, apply today!
Questions? You can email DEED directly at or contact Anoka County Economic Development Director, Samantha Markman, at 612.358.8925

Anoka County has staff that can offer

your organization FREE technical assistance!

For free, confidential business advice, you may reach out to our Open to Business Advisor Carrie Mikkonen

For workforce related questions, please reach out to Maria Lourey-Bowen, Workforce Development Specialist.
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Federal & State Financing

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), and your local banks are offering disaster assistance and recovery loan programs to help your company from loss in revenue, and more.  See the available programs below.  

SBA - Economic Injury Disaster Loan

In response to COVID-19, small business owners, including agricultural businesses, and nonprofit organizations in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories can apply for the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

Loan directly from SBA that must be repaid; low-interest, fixed-rate, long-term loan to help overcome the effects of the pandemic by providing working capital to meet operating expenses. Proceeds can be used towards Working capital to make regular payments for operating expenses, including payroll, rent/mortgage, utilities, and other ordinary business expenses, and to pay business debt incurred at any time (past, present, or future).

Maximum Loan Amount : $2 million. Note: SBA will begin approving loans greater than $500,000 on October 8, 2021.

Interest Rates: Businesses, 3.75% fixed /  Non-Profits, 2.75% fixed

Deferral: Payments are deferred for the first 2 years (during which interest will accrue), and payments of principal and interest are made over the remaining 28 years. No penalty for prepayment.

Entrepreneur Fund

Financing Options with the Entrepreneur Fund

Entrepreneur Fund SBA Micro Loan

  • Loans amounts $1,000 up to $50,000 with a 6 year term at a fixed interest rate.
  • Microloans can be used for working capital, inventory or supplies, furniture or fixtures, machinery or equipment.
  • You will receive 3rd party professional technical assistance grants allowing your business the best chances for success.
  • You will be assigned a professional team of financial experts to support you in reaching your goals.

Entrepreneur Fund SBA Express Loan

  • Loans starting at $25,000 with a 10 year term at a fixed interest rate.
  • Express loans can be used for working capital, purchasing real estate, equipment, furniture, machinery, supplies, and materials, covering construction and/or renovation costs
  • Expedited turnaround time for a faster decision.
  • You will be assigned a professional team of financial experts to support you in reaching your goals.

Bank Loans

A majority of banks or credit unions have established new loan programs or are offering laxed repayment options on existing loans for both personal and business loans.  Contact a local bank partner to see what assistance is available.  The American Bankers Association has pulled together a list of banks that are offering  special assistance at this time.  This is updated daily.


Unemployment Insurance and Additional Resources for Employers. See the available programs below.

DEED – Rapid Response

Employers planning a closure or major layoffs as a result of the coronavirus can get help through the Rapid Response program. Rapid Response teams will discuss your needs with you, help avert layoffs if possible, and provide services to assist workers facing job losses. For more information, visit DEED’s Rapid Response page or call 1-866-213-1422

DEED – Shared Work – Alternative to Layoffs

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. Workers of employers who are approved to participate in the Shared Work Program receive the percentage of their weekly UI benefit amount based on the percentage of hours and wages reduced, not to exceed 60 percent. Visit Shared Work Program to learn more:

Anoka County Dislocated Worker Program – For permanent layoffs

Our Dislocated Worker program offers free services to help individuals find suitable employment and help take the stress and uncertainty out of the process. Workers may be eligible for this program if they are out of work through no fault of their own, are eligible for unemployment insurance, and are unlikely to return to your previous occupation or industry.

Health Insurance Options for Laid-off Workers

  • Anytime a Minnesotan loses health coverage, including employer-sponsored coverage, they are eligible to enroll in coverage through MNsure via a special enrollment period for the 60 days following the loss of coverage. (Details here.) Additionally, if someone is eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, enrollment is available at all times, regardless of when they might have last had coverage. (Details here.)

Pandemic Unemployment Insurance

For employees that were not traditionally covered under traditional unemployment insurance are advised to now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Insurance (PUI).  They advise you apply now, although the program to distribute benefits to self-employed people is not yet ready, so your information will be in the system for faster processing once the program is ready to make payments.

Unemployment Insurance

On March 16, Governor Walz issued an executive order ensuring workers affected by COVID-19 have full access to unemployment benefits. The order also relieves taxpaying employers of benefit charges associated with COVID-19. This means a company’s unemployment tax rate will not increase if your workers collect unemployment benefits due to COVID-19.  If your workers apply for unemployment benefits, DEED will let you know.  More information about Unemployment Insurance for employers:

For employees not covered by unemployment insurance – both the State and Federal government are working on alternative assistance options.  More information to come. 

Business 4 Business MSP Regional Coalition

A broad alliance of Twin Cities counties, chambers of commerce, community development agencies and other partners are building a local support network to help small businesses survive and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Business4Business Minneapolis-Saint Paul (B4B MSP) coalition will connect small businesses with local resources from public agencies and private sector partners, including technical and financial assistance to provide immediate relief.
Priority outreach will be conducted in partnership with community-based organizations working in low-wealth communities, communities of color, and areas with barriers to access other small business resources.

How to Help

Through these partnerships, B4B MSP will be able support our resilient small business community through unprecedented challenges and continue to drive inclusive economic growth that strengthens our communities.


State & Federal Tax Assistance 


The Treasury Department and IRS are extending the due date for Federal income tax payments due April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, for payments due of up to $10 million for corporations and up to $1 million for individuals – regardless of filing status – and other unincorporated entities.   Visit


Minnesota has also extended the the due date for business and personal income tax payments due April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.

Sales Tax Payment Extension for Eligible Businesses
The Minnesota Department of Revenue is granting a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses identified in Executive Order 20-04. During this time the department will not assess penalties or interest.

Other Resources

Minnesota Dept. of Health:

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Toolkit – available to both members and non-members:

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry – Info relative to the trades, license exams and workers compensation.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – planning guides for businesses:

OSHA – Guidance on Preparing Workplace for COVID-19:

EEOC – Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act:

MetroNorth Chamber 

Business resource page:

Facebook page:

Central hub where individuals and families can access information on finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services:  Dial 2-1-1, 651-291-0211 or 1-800-543-7709 or Text ‘MNCOVID’ to 898211

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