COVID-19: Small Business Resources

Chamber Members,
Together we are navigating unchartered territory.  We want to assure you we are working hard on your behalf and helping to support our members and the Eden Prairie community. 

Help us understand
We are tracking the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on our area businesses, non-profits and community as a whole.  If you have immediate comments, please e-mail them to Pat at

As we continue to gather updates and information from the White House all the way down to our city and area businesses like Eden Prairie Center and others, we are sharing this via our Chamber eBlasts.  We will continue to do this as the information and updates warrant it. In addition, we are part of the conference calls that the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner has set-up and will provide any updates the commissioner and his team share with us, and also ask specific questions as well to advocate for help on behalf of our business community.

Chamber Office
We are currently working from home.  Staff will be checking e-mails for any questions and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

On behalf of the Eden Prairie Chamber, we thank you for your support and your efforts during this difficult time.

Stay safe and stay positive!

Pat MulQueeny, IOM


COVID-19 Business Relief Inquiry
The Minnesota Department of Revenue sent out the initial round of COVID-19 Business Relief Payments. Businesses that did not revieve a COVID-19 Business Relief Payment but think they meet the program criteria can contact the department using the online inquiry process. This inquiry process will be available through Friday, February 5, 2021. Click the link below for more details.


Stay Safe MN Downloadable Graphics

Hennepin County Small Business Relief Program


MN Chamber Tool-Kit: Is your business ready?

MN Department of Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Loans Guide and Checklist

CDC Guidance for Employers and Businesses

Unemployment Insurance

Leading Through Crisis: A Leadership Summit with John C. Maxwell
Join John as he shares what he is learning and experiencing first hand as he leads with hope during this time of global crisis. It is hardships like this when leaders learn what it truly means to turn unexpected challenges into unprecedented opportunities.

During this candid discussion about the pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis forcing leaders to lead through difficult times, you will learn to understand fear, see the big picture, and overcome challenges.

Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Employees are eligible to take FMLA leave if they work for a covered employer and: have worked for their employer for at least 12 months, have at least 1,250 hours of service over the previous 12 months, and work at a location where at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within 75 miles. Employers are required to give eligible FMLA workers up to 12 weeks of job-protected (but not necessarily paid) leave if they are sick, including with complications from the flu or a similar illness and/or they need to care for an immediate family member (children, spouse, parents) who are ill. Visit this Department of Labor resource for more information

Home Internet Access
If you do not have internet access at home, or cannot afford to maintain it, but need internet for work or school, there are several options available through providers:
Comcast Internet Essentials, a low-cost home internet package for qualifying individuals and households, is now available for free for the first two months.
Access from AT&T is a low-cost home internet package for qualifying individuals and households (no special for COVID-19 but still available at a low cost).
Additionally, many internet providers have announced that they are waiving late payment fees, increasing caps on internet speeds and will not disconnect customers for not paying monthly bills on time. If you have questions or concerns about your internet connection, contact your provider or visit their website for more information

News and Press Releases

Governor Walz Executive Order Restricts Gatherings and Hours of Venues – Download Executive Order 20-96 below:

Minnesota Ready Coalition to Governor Walz on Business Reopening – Download below:

Minnesota Senate considers proposal to reopen businesses CLICK HERE

Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Administrator Jovita Carranza on the Success of the Paycheck Protection Program CLICK HERE

Emergency Executive Order 20-20: Directing Minnesotans to Stay at Home

SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus CLICK HERE

USDA’s Office of Food Safety and Marketing and Regulatory Programs Statement to Industry CLICK HERE

Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak CLICK HERE

How can we help?

Additional Resources

Helpful Links With Additional Information and Local Updates
US Government
MN Government
US Chamber
MN Chamber
Hennepin County
SouthWest Transit
MN Governor
MN Department of Health

Member Health Facilities
Fairview Hospital
MedExpress Eden Prairie
Park Nicollet Eden Prairie
Ridgeview Medical Center