Year: 2020

COVID-19 Child Care Provider Resources

New 3/26 at 3:30 p.m. – Please help spread the word to your local child care providers! Press Release:   https://mn.gov/governor/news/?id=1055-425024 General Program Information:   https://www.greaterminnesota.net/childcare/ SWIF Region Program Information:   https://swifoundation.org/emergency-child-care-grants/ Scott Marquardt Southwest Initiative Foundation Economic Development and Chamber Partners, Here are some Coronavirus resource compilation websites for child care providers: State of Minnesota:    https://mn.gov/childcare/ Child Care Aware of America: https://info.childcareaware.org/coronavirus-updates https://www.childcareaware.org/coronavirus-landing-page/ Minnesota Department of Human Services:    https://mn.gov/dhs/ Minnesota Department of Health:   https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools.html CDC:    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.html WomenVenture:    https://www.womenventure.org//resources/covid-19-update-hub/resources-for-child-care-providers.html National Association for the Education of Young Children:  https://www.naeyc.org/resources/topics/covid-19 These Facebook pages also have a lot of Coronavirus resources for child care providers: Minnesota Association of Child Care Professionals:   https://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaAssociationOfChildCareProfessionalsMACCP Minnesota Child Care Provider Information Network:    https://www.facebook.com/MCCPIN/ Child Care Aware of West/Central Minnesota:   https://www.facebook.com/CCAWestCentral/ First Children’s Finance:   https://www.facebook.com/FCFMinnesota/ First Children’s Finance is hosting a webinar on Friday (3/27):   https://bit.ly/Covid19CC Minnesota DEED website:   https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/employers/ For child care providers established as a nonprofit organization: Propel Nonprofits:    https://www.propelnonprofits.org/covid-19-resources-for-nonprofits/ Otto Bremer Trust emergency fund:   https://ottobremer.org/emergency-fund/ Attached is a memo from Governor Walz. Thanks, Scott Marquardt Southwest Initiative Foundation

COVID-19 Business & Organization Facebook Group

We have created a Facebook Group for our businesses, organizations, churches, etc. to post their latest updates and information they would like to get to our residents.  As you can see below, those using this group to find updates on our businesses will be able to search all the posts – so when you are sharing one of your business posts or just adding a text update, make sure to use keywords that people would likely search for your business.  To note, the search does include your name or businesses name whatever you are using to share your information – it does that automatically.  We will update this page as we have tips on posting and searching. Those checking out this Group Page – MNbumpBusinessOrganizations – will see this (below) which has the “search” box near the bottom. If you have suggestions on how Big Stone Area Growth / MNbump can assist in connecting to resources, please use our contact tab at the top of this website and let us know! This is not intended …

Business Assistance due to Coronavirus

Written by Vicki Oakes, MNbump Blogger Ortonville EDA & Big Stone Area Growth The BEST resources for all of the local announcements, stories… KDIO 1350 AM – all the latest local news on-air & online! LINK:  https://www.facebook.com/KDIORadio/ and a subscription to our local newspapers Ortonville Independent & the Northern Star! KDIO Interviews (Thank you to KDIO for sharing the audio with us!) 3/30/2020 – Sheriff Brown & Dona Greiner’s Interview 3/26/2020 – Sheriff Brown & Gloria Tobias (Countryside Public Health) What does the Stay at Home Declaration mean…   LOCAL ASSISTANCE:  $5,000 Emergency Loan Funds  24 months at 0% interest + first payment deferred 6 months Loans are available from Big Stone Area Growth and the Ortonville EDA on a first-come for serve basis.  (Funds are available through one or the other organization – and cannot be funded through both to combine/double the $5,000) Links to the Program Description & Applications below: IMPORTANT… please read the Directions to fill & submit the forms:  If you don’t save to computer before completing, you’ll lose the info…  Click …

Capital Investments in Ortonville over the Last 10 years

A great article from the ortonvilleonbigstonelake.com website! Original Post Link:   2020 Listing the Ortonville Investments Looking at the past 10 years… listing the businesses that have made major capital investments (investing in the permanent structures & securing our brick and motor tax base in the City of Ortonville for years yet to come).  Investing in our town.  I personally have found this list to be impressive!  Let’s take a few minutes to reflect and celebrate these awesome investments in our community!  – and if you see that I missed someone, give me a shout by using the contact form on this website.  (you’ll see a photo and then a very brief description – click on each of their links to see more about each business) Bluestem Dental photo taken during construction. Parking lot is now paved & building complete. Bluestem Dental – or newest business and building in town which just recently opened.  The lots were cleared and construction began… what a conversation piece as we anxiously awaited the completion!  Located on First Street and houses 10 …