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COVID-19 SBA Economic Aid Office Hours

Have questions about your options for economic aid from the SBA?  

Please join the Minnesota District Office for a COVID-19 Economic Aid Office Hours, on April 21 at 2 p.m. where we will review:

  • PPP and PPP forgiveness - This forgivable loan helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan - This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and non-profit organizations currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. We will also review the EIDL reconsideration process.
  • SBA Debt Relief - SBA provides a financial reprieve to existing borrowers during the pandemic.
  • Targeted EIDL Advance - The Targeted EIDL Advance provides businesses in low-income communities with additional funds to ensure small business continuity, adaptation, and resiliency.
  • Shuttered Venue Operators Grant - The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program provides emergency assistance for eligible venues.

Register Now


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Upcoming SBA Trainings

The SBA Minnesota District Office is hosting training webinars to provide SBA COVID-19 funding options and general technical assistance to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start, grow, expand, and recover. 

To learn more and register today, visit the links below:

  • SET: Essentials of Becoming Credit-ready (SBA Business Smart Series)
    April 21, 10 a.m.; Register
  • COVID-19 Economic Aid Office Hours
    April 21, May 5, 2 p.m.; Register
  • Reading Basic Financial Statements to Drive Goal Setting and Revenue- presented by SBDC consultant RuthAnn Karty
    April 23, 10 a.m.; Register
  • SADBOC Government Procurement Training (SBA and partners)
    April 26 - 29, Learn more
  • Almorzar y Aprender: 21 Preguntas para comenzar su plan de negocio
    April 28, 12 p.m.; Register
  • GO: How and Where to Find Additional Resources (SBA Business Smart Series)
    April 28, 10 a.m.; Register
  • Getting Your Small Business Ready for Loans and Purchase- presented by SBDC consultant Julie Anderholm
    April 30, 10 a.m.; Register

  • Veterans Resource Brief
    May 7, 8 a.m.; Register
  • Boots to Business Reboot - Full Day Training for Veterans/Spouses
    May 26, 8 a.m.; Register

Opportunity to Share Pandemic Impacts to Your Small Business

The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis continues to track the pandemic’s ongoing effects among businesses across the Ninth District, a region that includes Minnesota, the Dakotas, Montana, parts of Wisconsin, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

Taking this 5-minute survey will help the FRB and the public better understand effects on your firm. With other business voices from across the Ninth District, your input will help the Federal Reserve System shape monetary policy to help businesses thrive. If you get this survey from multiple sources, please respond to the survey only once.

All responses are anonymous. The FRB expects to share data and respondent comments to better spotlight challenges facing all businesses. To maintain anonymity, please do not include any self-identifying information in any comments.

This survey will be open from  April 12 through April 19.

SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity.


SBA Resource Partner Trainings

  • How to Expand Your eCommerce Business (SCORE)
    April 20, 6 p.m.; Learn More
  • Simple Steps to Starting a Business - 5 Part Series (SCORE)
    April 20 - May 11, 6:30 p.m.; Learn More
    April 21 - May 12; 6:30 p.m.; Learn More
  • Writing Your Tactical Business Plan (SCORE)
    April 20, 9 a.m.; Learn More
  • Closing the Confidence Gap for Women (SCORE)
    April 21, 12 p.m.; Learn More
  • HR Strategies for People and Practices - 2 part series (SCORE)
    April 21 and May 5, 1 p.m.; Learn More
  • Entrepreneurship Information Sessions (WomenVenture)
    Several sessions in April and May; Learn More
  • Google Analytics 2.0 - Beyond the Basics (SCORE)
    April 27, 2 p.m.; Learn More
  • Selling a Business (SCORE)
    April 27, 9 a.m.; Learn More

  • QuickBooks Basics: Desktop Version (SCORE)
    April 27, 10 a.m.; Learn More

  • Tech and Communications Diversity Opportunity Symposium and Virtual Fair (FCC)
    April 28, 12 p.m.; Learn More

  • How to Project Cash Flow to Run or Save Your Business (SCORE) 
    April 29, 9 a.m.; Learn More
  • Navigating Today’s Crises and Disruption with Confidence (BBB) 
    April 29, 11 a.m.; Learn More

  • Getting Ready (WomenVenture)
    Several Session in April and May; Learn More
  • Department of Defense SBIR/STTR Info Session (MN SBIR)
    May 5; Learn More
  • The Benefits of Cybersecurity in Business (VBOC)
    May 6, 12 p.m.; Learn More
  • Planting the Seeds of Veterans Agriculture (VBOC)
    May 12, 11 a.m.; Learn More

SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity.


Tax Tips from the IRS

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Stay Updated

For more on SBA programs for the coronavirus, please visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus.

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