Virtual information session offered for small businesses seeking CARES Act grants

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Planning & Community Development Department • Government Services Center

320 West Second Street, Suite 301 • Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: (218) 725-5000 • Toll Free in Minnesota: 1 (800) 450-9777 


Matthew Johnson




August 12, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Johnson

Director, Planning & Community Development Department



Virtual information session offered for small businesses seeking CARES Act grants

For small businesses interested in applying for an assistance grant from the county's Small Business Relief Fund, a virtual information session will be offered  Thursday, August 13, at 11 a.m. Information on the session and a link to participate can be found at


The St. Louis County Board on Tuesday, as part of a plan to distribute the county's portion of CARES Act funding, approved $6 million in Small Business COVID Relief Grants. These grants will be distributed in two phases to qualifying businesses adversely impacted by and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Phase I is anticipated to begin August 24 and will focus on businesses and non-profits with 25 or fewer full-time employees. These businesses may apply for assistance equivalent to $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $25,000, for COVID-related expenses incurred by the business such as to purchase PPE, cleaning supplies, signage and safety barriers.


Phase 2 is anticipated to begin on September 7 and will provide emergency grant assistance of up to $50,000 to businesses and non-profits with 100 or fewer full time employees for COVID-related expenses.


The information session will be offered via WebEx, and will include an overview of the following:

  • St. Louis County Small Business COVID Relief Grant Programs
  • St. Louis County potential to administer local business COVID Funds.

All interested stakeholders are encouraged to participate. The County is planning two additional  online WebEx community meetings next week (August 17-21). Dates and times will be announced as soon as details are finalized. People are encouraged to visit  for the latest details. People also may send any comments or questions to