Month: March 2020

COVID-19 Child Care Provider Resources

New 5/4 – Update on the Minnesota Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants The next application round will open on May 5 and more information will be made available at that time. Applications will be available through May 12 at 5:00 p.m. Applications are evaluated based on priorities outlined in the legislation, NOT on a first-come-first-serve basis. Whether or not a child care program received a grant in Round One, they still need to complete a new application for Round Two. LINK:  https://www.childcareawaremn.org/providers/emergency-child-care-grants-2/ Please contact EmergencyGrants@childcareawaremn.org with questions. 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 …

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 …

COVID-19 Business Resources

Written by Vicki Oakes, MNbump Connector Ortonville EDA & Big Stone Area Growth Note:  Whether local, state or federal assistance programs, you can call Big Stone Area Growth & Ortonville EDA for help/questions on forms, where to start, etc.  please call 320-839-6155 A few July 2nd updated resources for your view… Transforming Workplaces for a COVID-19 world & beyond – Policies & Procedures, Communications, Controls & Operations LINK to the Checklist July 17th Webinar:  Join Taft Law for our upcoming webinar to learn of OSHA and CDC guidance outlining practical ways employers can protect their workplaces from potential health risks created by the coronavirus, and respond in the event of a coronavirus infection in the workplace and resulting workers’ compensation claims. — Registration LINK: Running low on PPE funds?  This link provides a list of resources with a nice summary on each option:  LINK to Article LINK to grant info & application deadline is Thursday, July 2nd:  https://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/deed-programs/relief/ More than $60 million available in grants to small businesses affected by COVID-19. This program will provide …

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 …