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Limited re-opening of dine-in restaurants, gyms, and entertainment venues can begin on Wednesday, June 10. Occupancy rates will be limited based on risk, with an overall occupancy maximum of 250 people. All critical businesses are required to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan by June 29, and the Department of Health (MDH), Department of…

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When Minnesota bars and restaurants reopen June 1, seating will be limited to outdoors and no more than 50 patrons at a time to accommodate social distancing. To help local bars, restaurants, and cafes the Bemidji area, local partner agencies of the Bemidji Alliance, as well as the City of Bemidji officials, are working together…

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Beltrami county commissioners recently passed board resolution #20-05-14 to provide small businesses and self-employed individuals with a property tax liability of $200,000 or less the opportunity to apply for the abatement of the first half of 2020 property tax penalty. Small businesses suffering because of the COVID-19 Emergency are eligible for an abatement of penalty…

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Bemidji, MN – May 4, 2020 While the effects of COVID-19 are directly impacting all of us, our local business community is particularly being hit the hardest. For many of our Bemidji area business owners, the inability to open their doors and serve our community has severely limited not only their livelihood, but it is…

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Article from DEED’s digital library Published on March 31, 2020 | Economic Development Article: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/#/detail/appId/1/id/425890 Over the past few weeks, several state and federal programs have been built to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Different programs make sense for different businesses, so we’re providing this summary guide to help small businesses quickly see…

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#1. Select a virtual conference tool that will work for your needs. Consider the cost, features (video, recording, screen sharing), ease of use and fit for your meeting types (e.g. the number of participants). Most popular methods: Zoom, Easy to set up, 100 participants, Free account allows 40 minute meeting time, Pro subscription $14.99 +…

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Recognizing that some employers and employees may still have questions even after reviewing the Governor’s executive order and CISA’s guidance, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has established a webpage devoted to the issue:  Business Exemptions You can also email questions to: CriticalSectors@state.mn.us. If your business doesn’t fall within one of the categories…

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a waiver to CDL and CLP holders who have experienced issues with obtaining access to DMV offices and to medical examiners, many of whom are refusing to take appointments for DOT physicals due to contamination concerns.  The waiver extends the date of expiration – until June 30 -…

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Thanks to a concerted effort by the state of Minnesota and the SBA to contain the economic impact of Coronavirus, the state’s small businesses are now eligible for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and can apply for a loan on their website at SBA Disaster Loan Program. As small businesses consider applying for…

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