COVID-19 Resources



 
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:
 
NEW GRANT PROGRAM
 
for Pipestone County Businesses,
Nonprofits Earning Revenue as a Business,
& Individuals DBA a Business

 
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 4:30 pm on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021
 

The Pipestone County Board of Commissioners has established a Pipestone County COVID-19 Business Relief Assistance Grant Program. One-time grants may be available to for profit businesses, nonprofit businesses earning revenue as a business (sells tickets or charges fees), or individuals DBA a business that has experienced a financial hardship by either being directed to close their business or to modify their operations due to Minnesota Executive Order 20-99 or subsequent order(s). Priority will be given to those businesses directly affected by Minnesota Executive Order 20-99. Need will most likely exceed the total amount of funding ($256,250) provided to Pipestone County by the State of MN after MN E.O. 20-99. These grants are not first come, first served; all of the grant applications will be reviewed together after the February 15th deadline for submission. 

Grant Applicants:
• Must operate within the corporate limits of Pipestone County
• Must be in business by March 1, 2020
• Must have been adversely affected monetarily by the executive orders issued by the State of Minnesota during the declaration of the COVID-19 virus event impact period of March 1, 2020 through January 10, 2021
• Businesses directed to be closed or reduce occupancy as defined within MN Executive Order 20-99 


Grant funds received by businesses shall be used to cover operational costs due to the pandemic such as: payroll expense support, rent, mortgage payments, utility bills, and other expenses that occur in the regular course of business. The application is located on the Pipestone County website at https://pipestone-county.com/news_detail_T4_R32.php 

The application will require signing an agreement, certifying that your business has been financially impacted by the Executive Order, certifying that grant funds will be used to cover operational costs during the COVID-19 virus event. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 PM, Monday, February 15, 2021 by: email to tyler.reisch@PCMN.US or delivered to the office of the Pipestone County Auditor/Treasurer, 416 S. Hiawatha Ave, Pipestone, MN 56164. They must be received by that date and time.

PRESS RELEASE: 
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GRANT APPLICATION: 
Click HERE to view/print.

For any questions/clarifications, please feel free to contact us at the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-825-3316 or contact:
•Steve Ewing, Pipestone County Administrator at 507-825-1200, steve.ewing@PCMN.US 
 •Tyler Reisch, Pipestone County Auditor/Treasurer at 507-825-1140,
 tyler.reisch@PCMN.US 

 

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Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development and Revenue Announce Resources available through New Small Business Relief Package  

By Commissioners Steve Grove (DEED) and Robert Doty (Revenue)  

We know that many small Minnesota businesses are hurting now due to the pandemic. In response, lawmakers from across the state came together to pass funding for small business relief this month and Governor Walz signed the measure into law.  

As Commissioners of the Minnesota Departments of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Revenue, we're happy to announce the temporary programs established by the state in response to the continued impacts of COVID-19 in order to help Minnesota businesses weather this difficult time.  

The three new programs included in Minnesota’s small business relief package signed into law December 16 are: 

  • COVID-19 Business Relief Payments (Aid for Restaurants, Bars, Gyms, and Bowling Centers) – The Minnesota Department of Revenue (DOR) will administer this funding and notify eligible businesses through their e-Services account by December 31, 2020. Eligible business owners do not need to take any action to receive this aid. Payments will be mailed in early January 2021. For more information, please review eligibility, payment amounts, and the timeline.    
  • Minnesota Convention Center Relief Grant Program – This temporary program was established to provide economic relief for convention centers adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will make grants of up to $500,000 to eligible convention centers located in Minnesota. DEED will administer this program. All convention centers interested in receiving a relief grant must submit a completed application. Applications will be available on January 5th.    
  • Minnesota Movie Theater Relief Grant Program – This temporary program was established to provide economic relief for movie theaters adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program will make grants of up to $150,000 to eligible movie theaters located in Minnesota. DEED will administer this program. All movie theaters interested in receiving a relief grant must submit a completed application. Applications will be available on January 5th.    
  • County Relief Program – We are working closely with Minnesota counties to disburse money. All counties must apply, forms to do so will be available later this week. 

We will continue to share information about these small business relief programs in the coming weeks.  

Minnesota businesses have made tremendous sacrifices to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and save lives. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Aid for Restaurants, Bars, Gyms, and Bowling Centers

The Minnesota Department of Revenue will send COVID-19 Business Relief Payments to eligible businesses under a $216 million economic relief package signed into law December 16.

Eligible business owners do not need to take any action to receive this aid. We will determine eligibility and payment amounts based on the program requirements outlined on this page. You can also view this information in a visual format (PDF).

Eligible Businesses

This program provides direct payments to businesses required to temporarily close or reduce services in November under Executive Order 20-99.

Businesses in the following categories — as reported by the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance program — may be eligible: 

  • Full- and limited-service restaurants
  • Cafeterias and buffets
  • Caterers
  • Bars
  • Breweries with taprooms
  • Family wineries with tasting rooms
  • Distilleries with tasting rooms
  • Bowling centers
  • Gyms and fitness centers

Program Requirements

We will send payments to eligible businesses that meet the rest of the program requirements:

  • Located in Minnesota
  • Had at least $10,000 in taxable sales in 2019
  • Filed Sales Tax returns in 2019 and 2020
  • Experienced a 30% drop in year-over-year taxable sales (April-September)
  • Required to temporarily close or reduce services by Executive Order 20-99

Relief Payment Amounts

Eligible businesses will receive a payment based on their number of employees and participation in the state Unemployment Insurance system. The payments are considered taxable income and will be calculated as shown below.

EMPLOYEES (FULL- AND PART-TIME)

PAYMENT AMOUNT

1 to 20

$15,000

21 to 100

$25,000

101 to 300

$35,000

301 or more

$45,000

Small businesses not in the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance system will receive $10,000.

Payment Process

  1. We will use current tax and unemployment records to determine what businesses are eligible and the amount of their aid payment. 
  2. We will notify eligible businesses though their e-Services account by December 31, 2020.
  3. We will mail payments to eligible businesses in early-January 2021, to the the main address on their Sales Tax account. Electronic payments are not available for this program.

Note: To verify business addresses, log in to e-Services. For questions about your business category or number of employees, contact Minnesota Unemployment Insurance

More Information

We'll update this page as needed with the latest information. For questions about this program or your payment, email us at withholding.tax@state.mn.us or call 651-282-9999.

Love Letter from SBA Minnesota

Our small business communities here in Minnesota have taken some heavy hits from COVID-19 and the last week of civil unrest has added heavily to the devastation here, especially but not limited to the Twin Cities metro area. All Minnesota District Office team members are residents of Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs and we are committed to helping the state repair and recover.

We love Minnesota and the small businesses and non-profits that work hard everyday to create jobs and opportunities for a brighter tomorrow. We are actively looking for ways to support all by sharing information, providing SBA-backed loans to rebuild, and leveraging training tools to make tomorrow better than today. We will share that information with you through this newsletter as it becomes available.

We are here for you Minnesota and we will continue to do all we can, with any and all resources available to us, to help your small business start, grow, expand and recover. Reach out to us at minneapolis.mn@sba.gov or (612) 370-2324 and follow us on Twitter at @SBA_Minnesota to learn about the support we offer and for more information.

Sincerely,

SBA’s Minnesota District Office Team