Business Resources and News on COVID-19
The Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce understands that this is an uncertain time with many businesses asking critical questions. Our Board of Directors and staff are working closely with community partners and our peers in Dakota County, at the MN Chamber of Commerce and US Chamber of Commerce to provide reliable information for the health of your business. The resources below will be updated daily so please check back for the most up to date information. We believe in the strength, creativity and resiliency of our local businesses. Please reach out to the Hastings Chamber with helpful information, ideas or needs as they come about. Now is the time to unite as one community, we are stronger together.
The Chamber staff will be working remotely as we practice social distancing, the best way to reach us is via email.
Kristy Barse, President - email@example.com
Wendy Goblirsch, Member Services - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Youngren, Tourism - email@example.com
REAL TIME SOLUTIONS Webinar Series:
A series of seven 30 min. impactful webinars with information and direction from local experts on COVID-19 related changes.
WEBINAR CARES ACT & Small Business - Learn what the CARES ACT means for your business from Ethan Hellier at the US Chamber of Commerce.
Upcoming REAL TIME SOLUTIONS Webinars:
Federal & State Funding Options - Friday, April 3rd
Mitigating Business Risk - Monday, April 6th
Employee Legal Information - Wednesday, April 8th
Creating Value Online - Friday, April 10th
Financials: Planning Next Steps - Monday, April 13th
Improve Online Business Performance - Wednesday, April 15th
The following webinars have been created and recorded by the MN Chamber of Commerce.
WEBINAR: COVID-19 Resources for your business
Employer Resources and New Information
Stay At Home MN: Governor Waltz has issued a Stay At Home order that went into effect Friday, March 27th and last until April 10th. Bars, restaurants and other public accommodations are closed until May 1st. The Stay at Home" order (Executive Order 20-20) is over 20 pages long with significant exceptions and details. CLICK HERE to read Executive Order 20-20.
More information on Stay At Home MN, including FAQ can be found HERE.
CARES Act - CLICK HERE to view a small business owner's guide to financial resources through the new federal CARES Act.
The SBA economic disaster loan declaration has been made for MN. Small businesses and Non-profits can apply for loans of $25,000 without collateral. Any loan above $25,000 requires collateral; however, SBA recognizes the reality of the economy and lack of collateral will not be a single disqualifier for the application. Learn More...
The portal to apply for these loans will be available shortly through THIS WEBSITE
Sales and Use Tax Extension - Minnesota Department of Revenue is granting a 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period for businesses identified in Executive Order 20-04. During this time the department will not assess penalties or interest. Learn more...
Unemployment Insurance is open for all MN workers. To receive assistance fast, apply online. Learn more...
FAQ on Unemployment Insurance: DEED - Governor signed to ensure Minnesotans affected by the COVID-19 crisis have access to unemployment benefits, and to ensure that businesses aren’t required to pay into the system to cover these additional costs.
Additional Info on COVID-19 and Unemployment Insurance: DEED - Learn more...
IRS 3.20.2020 News release regarding employer reimbursement for COVID-19 related paid sick leave. More information on how to qualify and submit requests for reimbursements is scheduled to be announced in the coming week. Learn more...
Temporary closure of bars, restaurants and other places of public assessment - Information on Executive order 20.04 Learn more…
Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan Newsroom - Get the latest news, press releases and statements from Governor Walz - Learn more...
US Chamber Business Toolkit - Includes workplace tips, customizable workplace flyers, a business preparedness checklist and updates on the economic impact of COVID-19. Learn more...
MN Chamber Business Toolkit - Learn more...
Hastings and Dakota County Updates
Click the links below for the most up to date community information from the City of Hastings, School District 200, Dakota County and Regina Hospital
Facts Surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates - Ongoing updates on the disease, how it is spread and testing. Learn more...
CDC guidelines for business - Health and workplace details and suggestions surrounding COVID-19. Learn more...
How can you help in your community?
- Use the resources above to set a pandemic plan and share that plan with your employees and customers. Communicate quickly each time their is a change in the plan.
- Reach out to your business owner peers to offer support and brainstorm ideas. Join the Hastings Businesses Band Together Facebook page and share information that has helped your business manage the effects of COVID-19. The Chamber staff can also help in making connections via email.
- Purchase take out from your local restaurants and but gift cards for all other services effected by social distancing (salons, retailers, auto shops, etc.)
- Keep your gym membership, we will all need a place to socialize and stay healthy when this passes!
- Stay up to date on the needs of our non-profits as they continue to provide assistance. Hastings Family Service, Hastings United Way and 360 Communities
- Thank all those on the front line, especially healthcare professionals.
- Continue to follow recommendations from the CDC surrounding social distancing and hand washing.