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This list contains all updates from Jan 1, 2021. For a list of updates from 2020, click here.

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NEW! Elevate Hennepin County

Hennepin County and the Minneapolis Regional Chamber announced the launch of a public-private initiative offering pro-bono services to businesses located in Hennepin County. The programs included are designed to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. They include:

  • Technical Assistance: Professional service providers are available for one-on-one consultations to discuss and find solutions for issues impacting individual businesses in a variety of areas including financing, human resources, technology, and many others.
  • Peer-to-Peer Roundtables: Reoccurring and facilitated small group discussions segmented by industry and areas of participant interest with a focus on sharing best practices and problem solving.
  • Topic-Driven Webinars: Industry and subject matter experts will discuss issues facing employers with a focus on workforce needs in remote environments during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include areas like workforce diversification, employee mental health and wellness, insurance policy review, and many more.

Click here to register and learn more.

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF)
4/30 Update

Registration is open for the U.S. Small Business Administration 's Restaurant Revitalization Fund to ensure as many businesses as possible are aware of the program. We are encouraging all restaurants to apply as soon as the portal opens at 11:00 a.m. CT on Monday, May 3.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund was established to assist businesses where the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drink including restaurants, bars, bakeries, breweries, wineries, distilleries, etc. 

To prepare for Monday's launch, you can:

  1. Sign up to receive updates - Small Business Administration (SBA) (
  2. Register in the application portal - SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund. This is the same portal you will use on Monday, May 3 at 11:00 am CT. You only need an email address and U.S. phone number to get registered.
  3. Visit the Restaurant Revitalization Fund website at Restaurant Revitalization Fund ( Pay special attention to the links below for answers to questions.
    1. Restaurant Revitalization Funding Program Guide ( updated 4/28/2021
    2. Restaurant Revitalization Fund Knowledge Base – SBA Restaurant Program ( updated frequently
    3. Webinar: Special briefing on RRF with SBA and Public Private Strategies Institute overview of RRF
    4. Webinar: Learn how to apply for RRF overview of portal
  4. Print and fill out the application to be prepared for the questions that will be asked in the portal (Restaurant Revitalization Funding Application Sample (
  5. Review the documents requirements in 3 and 4 above and have them ready to be uploaded on Monday.
  6. Contact call center support at 1.844.279.8898 with questions.

Ramsey County Small Business Grants
2/1 Update

Round 4 of Small Business Relief Funds will open on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 8am  and will close at the end of Friday, February 5, 2021 at 11:59pm.

In the event of an over-subscription of eligible applications, Ramsey County will perform a random selection process after the application period closes.   

In order to serve as many businesses as possible, those who have previously received an award from Ramsey County (Small Business Relief Fund Rounds 1, 2, or 3) are ineligible.

Documentation to prepare:

  • Verification of employees (if applicable, not necessary for self-employed/sole proprietors)
  • 2019 business tax return or year-end business financial statements
    • Can be schedule C or F, 1120 or 1120-S, or 1065
  • Verification of good standing with the Minnesota Secretary of State (if applicable, not necessary for self-employed/sole proprietors)

Learn more and Apply

COVID-19 Funding Options Portal
1/21 Update

As U.S. small businesses continue the hard work of economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to capital is paramount. For some companies and non-profits, they have exhausted their existing funding sources to sustain their operations.  There are many unique funding resources available through Federal, state, and local governments in addition to philanthropy and non-profit organizations.  Unfortunately, it can be difficult for businesses to know where to look or what to look for in finding additional assistance.  Click here to access this mobile-friendly, new resource.

WHAT IT IS: A free, curated list of thousands of funding sources at the national, state, regional, and local levels designed to support small businesses in accessing capital to recover from COVID-19.  The opening page captures programs that are available nationally.  Visitors then only need to enter a ZIP code of interest to see which programs their area may be eligible.  The information is current as of the date of publication, so resource availability may change over time.

Funding providers can submit requested updates, additions, or corrections to the data by emailing the information to for evaluation and update.

WHAT IT IS NOT: An endorsement by the U.S. Small Business Administration that individuals or small businesses should pursue applications with any of these organizations.  The information is provided for reference only.  Businesses and non-profits are encouraged to independently explore these resources to self-determine if they should pursue further assistance from the programs identified.

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
1/15 Update

The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.

Learn more & Apply

Hearing All Voices: Small Business Workshop & Listening Session
1/13 Update

Small business owners in MN, ND, SD, IA, WI, IL, KS, and MO are invited to attend “Hearing All Voices” on January 21 from Noon to 2:00 pm Central time.

Why should small business owners attend?

  • It’s a small business workshop presented by IRS executives who will share tax information with small business owners.
  • It’s also an opportunity for small business owners to have an open dialogue with the IRS.

This event is open to small business owners, and those who assist small business owners. No registration is required. 

Get Zoom Information

Paycheck Protection Program
1/9 Update

The new round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans opens on Monday, Jan. 11 for small businesses who are applying to the program for the first time.  

The SBA is giving priority to first-time borrowers who apply through community lending institutions, rather than the big banks. PPP applications through large financial institutions will begin at a later date. 

Learn More

Hennepin County Small Business Relief Program
1/4 Update

The Hennepin County Small Business Relief Program is accepting grant applications now through Thursday, January 14 at noon to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that have been financially harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application guidelines will be available in Spanish, Hmong, Somali, and Oromo as soon as possible.

A total of $24.6 million in relief funding will be available. This funding was given to Hennepin County by the State of Minnesota to support businesses and nonprofits impacted by the pandemic and related state restrictions, including Executive Order No. 20-99.

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