Posted on March 23,2020
Last updated: April 3, 2020
Information is changing rapidly. RDA, the City of Rochester, the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, RAEDI, Olmsted County, and others are tracking local, state, and federal responses and sharing information as it becomes available.
Business coaching: The following organizations offer guidance on government relief programs, business continuity, or other issues relating to COVID-19:
Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) - Free or low-cost business mentoring and training
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - No cost business small business consulting
Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) - Advice for employers on unemployment programs, and City COVID-19 Emergency Loan administration.
Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce (RACC) - Helpful webinars and information to understand state and national government COVID-19 responses.
BrandHoot - Offering nonprofits free 30 to 60 minute virtual working sessions for technical assistance.
Collider Coworking - Entrepreneurs to reach out to talk through COVID-19 related challenges.
April 3, 2020 - Rochester Area Foundation Together Fund grant for area nonprofits affected by COVID-19
March 26, 2020 - New City information hotline available for your questions on COVID-19: 507‐328‐2822
March 26, 2020 - Liquor license payment deferrals and contract parking suspension options available to businesses affected by COVID-19.
March 21, 2020 - COVID-19 Emergency Economic Development Loan Application - Loans available to small businesses for up to $25,000. The application is due April 3, 2020.
March 18, 2020 - The City of Rochester is allowing restaurants offering take-out options to designate up to two parking spaces in front of their businesses for customers. Contact Public Works for more information.
March 16, 2020 - City of Rochester approval of funding for lessening the direct and immediate impact of COVID-19
State of Minnesota
March 23, 2020 - Small Business Emergency Loans - Following Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's Executive Order 20-15, MN DEED has established a loan program to assist small businesses affected by Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 following the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more and apply here.
The current Minnesota state of emergency allows immediate unemployment eligibility for some employees. Minnesota Office of Labor strongly requests that applicants start the process online. Phone lines are extremely taxed.
Minnesota Shared Work Program offers employers the opportunity to reduce hours rather than lay off employees.
United States of America
March 21, 2020 - Minnesota businesses are now eligible for Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance in response to COVID-19
US Small Business Association responses – Information for small businesses impacted by COVID-19 that includes federal loans and recommendations for managing a business in challenging times.
Non-government programs and grants:
Facebook Small Business Grant Programs – Up to $100 million in grants dedicated to supporting small businesses in response to COVID-19.
Social service hotlines
Health Provider Information
507-538-3270 (7:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Monday - Friday)
507-284-5300 (7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday)
Dedicated COVID-19 Line: 507-328-4636 (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday - Friday)
Dedicated COVID-19 Line: 507-292-7266 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday and 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday)
Family Service Rochester - Telehealth (online mental health services)
Call 507-287-2010 for more information
City of Rochester – Ongoing news releases and updates.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) travel advisories – Ongoing updates on travel advisories within the United States and abroad.
U.S. Chamber guide to healthy habits – Background on COVID-19 and best practices to stay healthy and deal with employee diagnosis.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guide for workplaces – Specific to federal standards for preventing spread in workplaces.
Post Bulletin (removing pay-wall for online stories related to COVID-19)
Med City Beat (no pay-wall)
Townsquare Media (106.9 KROC, Y105 FM, Quick Country)