Resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19
Get help navigating resources
Hennepin County has contracted with a number of small business technical assistance providers that can answer questions and assist you in connecting to resources:
In addition, many organizations offer low or no cost business consulting and technical assistance in Hennepin County: Business technical assistance providers (PDF)
Elevate Business HC
Hennepin County in partnership with the Mpls Regional Chamber, is pleased to announce Elevate Business HC, a new public/private initiative offering pro bono services to businesses located in Hennepin County. The COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest have impacted local businesses and economic recovery is a priority. The goal of the program is to provide resources to help re-build, re-establish and re-ignite business.
Visit www.elevatebusinesshc.com, to learn more and register your business.
Business 4 Business MSP is a broad coalition of public and private partners in the Twin Cities committed to building a local support network to help small businesses survive and recover from COVID-19 and other challenges facing our small business community.
Business district COVID-19 toolkit
To help businesses and communities navigate changing landscapes and challenges, Hennepin County is working with partners to collect and share best practices for business districts.
This toolkit has been updated as of June 19 with the latest information and resources.
Business district survey
We want to know what challenges we should direct our attention and creativity to help you and small businesses the most. Please take this 5 question survey to let us know what you'd like us to focus on and share out to the broader community.
Business consulting available through Open to Business
To access one on one assistance from trained small business consultants free of charge, contact Open to Business. Open to Business is an approved lender for the State of Minnesota Small Business Emergency Loan Program.
Suburban Hennepin County business contact: Quoc Vo at email@example.com, 763-464-6432
City of Minneapolis business contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-789-7337
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Safely Returning to Work site is the best source for guidance about how specific business types can safely be open to customers, requirements for reopening and guidance on safe operations.
Other state and local agency resources
- MN DEED
Up-to-date COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Workers
- Small Business Administration
Maximize Small Business Saturday during COVID-19 webinar, Nov. 17
Coronavirus relief options
- MN Department of Revenue
Minnesota Sales and Use Tax Information including delaying payments
- MN Department of Labor and Industry
Labor and Industry information about license exams and workers compensation
- City of Minneapolis businesses
Information and resources for businesses in the City of Minneapolis
For state and federal resources, go to https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/
Additional county COVID-19 resources can be found at hennepin.us/covid-19.