COVID-19 – Resources and Info for Local Businesses

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COVID-19 – Resources and Info for Local Businesses

The New Ulm Chamber is actively seeking ways to help area businesses out.  Your business plays an active role in the community, and we want to help however we can.  We are compiling this list of resources that may be helpful to your business.


Funding: Grants/Loans

Paycheck Protection Program

Governors Office: Executive Orders

MN Deed (MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development)

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act

Minnesota Department of Revenue

Resources for Reopening

The Minnesota Chamber has been holding a series of webinars on returning to work in various types of businesses, including: Customer-Facing Workplaces, Manufacturing Industry,  Office Environments, and more.  View these webinars, and more at the MN Chamber Website.

MN DEED has their preparedness plan ready for businesses to use. It is REQUIRED that businesses have these plans for their business.

How does Executive Order 40-48 directly impact your business? Find out from MN DEED.

Employment/Employee Guidance (State & Federal Guidance)

Worker Protections Document (Including sick leave and FLMA)

Unemployment Insurance

Guidance on Stay At Home Order from MN Governor 

MN Health Official Guidance

CDC Mitigation Guide

CDC Cleaning Formulas

Hospitality Minnesota

DEED: Critical Business List

Governors Office: Executive Orders

Stay At Home Orders: FAQ

How do you hold remote meetings?

Confused on how to hold a remote meeting? For those who have not held a conference call in a few years, the rules have changed. Almost everyone now have cell phones and laptops that allow video conferencing. It allows you to see other team members, share your screen and collaborate on projects so everyone is on the same page!

There are multiple software recommendations that are free (some limited on functions) but it should get you through the next few weeks/months.

ZOOM!: A great product that allows you to share screen, video conference or for those that haven’t gotten dressed for the day, just a plan phone call.

SKYPE: A product from Microsoft that integrates well with most of their software. It comes with a free app and many great free features.

GoTo Meeting: An enterprise based unification software solution for those that need more than Skype or Zoom, it has a vast number of features for medium/large businesses.

Uber Conference: No software downloads needed for this program.  Free and paid versions available.

COVID-19 Learning Resources (Webinars)

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar to try to help businesses navigate COVID-19-related challenges.  You can watch/listen to the webinar here, and hear from experts who can summarize how businesses can access capital, work with employees and better understand how policies passed at the state and federal level can offer businesses relief. Speakers include Commissioner Steve Grove of the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Commissioner Cynthia Bauerly of the Department of Revenue, Commissioner Nancy Leppink of the Department of Labor and Industry and Kristin Parker, employment lawyer and partner at Stinson, LLC. 

Click here to watch the webinar.


Want to know information about the CARES Act? The MN Chamber has a great webinar available. The webinar is free but they require you to register. After you register your browser will automatically redirect your page. 

Click here to watch the webinar


COVID-19 Chamber Meeting: April 24, 2020; Executive Order 20-30. [Click here for direct access to the power point]

The New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar on April 24, 2020 about the affects of COVID-19 on three main topics: Health Implications, HR and Business Operations and Finance. This webinar was not recorded however the resources from the call are on this power point that the New Ulm Chamber of Commerce put together. Please feel free to distribute as you would like. That power point can be found here. If you have any other questions.


CLA Livestreams:

Join our multipart livestream series on Tuesdays and Thursdays to engage in the latest changes related to these uncertain times. You’ll hear strategies for navigating what these developments mean for you. Topics include issues related to legislation, liquidity, workforce, and other relevant topics.

One-On-One Business Consulting Services

Small businesses are at the highest risk of closure since the 2008 crisis.  If you own a small business and need help making decisions at this critical time, please contact either:

Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation (RCEF)

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Consultants with both of these organizations are experienced business professionals, many of whom have owned their own businesses. The services they offer are free.



Your Chamber is here for you during this difficult time.  If there is any other information that you would like, or if there is anything that we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 507-233-4300,, or  Our offices are also open during this time, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.  We are here to help however we can.  #NewUlmStrong

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