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Business Assistance due to Coronavirus

Written by Vicki Oakes, MNbump Blogger
Ortonville EDA & Big Stone Area Growth

5:00 4/2/2020 Online meeting briefing  – Businesses welcome (encouraged!) to join via Zoom.Topic: Business Resource Update

Click on link & use password…
Join Zoom Meeting

Password: BSAG


Paycheck Protection Program

MN DEED has now compiled a complete set of business resources




The BEST resources for all of the local announcements, stories…

KDIO 1350 AM – all the latest local news on-air & online!

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 on the link and download the form to your computer BEFORE you fill in the application information.  Once saved on your computer, open that document & complete the application.  Again, SAVE the form and email the form to  – please call 320-839-6155 if you have any questions or issues.

IMPORTANT… please read the Directions ABOVE before clicking on the link…

COVID-19 BSAG Business Assitance Loan Policies and App FILLABLE

Ortonville EDA COVID-19 Business Assitance Loan Policies and App FILLABLE


MN DEED has now compiled a complete set of business resources


And for the top landing page for all informational updates…

New 3/27  LINK:  Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act final
The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress is intended to assist the business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain nonprofits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major programs and initiatives that will soon be available from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to address these needs, as well as some additional tax provisions that are outside the scope of SBA.

New 4/2:  Peacetime Emergency Child Care Grants

New 3/26Day Care Resources (thank you to the Southwest Initiative Foundation!)

As a reminder from our Business Briefing, if you have any questions on the funding resources or any general questions – we are here as a local contact to help through a process,  get you pointed to the resource (and help you through that process if you’d like) – please call BSAG/Ortonville EDA at 320-839-6155.

LINK for detailed affected business list
LINK (form) Request Clarification on who can work & be open
LINK  Stay at home Resources


Countryside Public Health Announcement 3/23/2020

Follow their Facebook for updates directly!  LINK:

KDIO 1350 AM – all the latest local news on-air & on-line!

Ortonville Area Health Service

Minnesota Department of Health


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