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. We are in continually contact with our city, schools, county, state and federal officials to get the most up-to-date information and provide information to them on the impact it is having locally. In the coming weeks, we will be reaching out with a survey and questions to help understand the impact on our businesses and to share that with officials so they can measure impacts and ways they can help. If you have immediate comments, please e-mail those to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 with a daily e-mail typically sent at 4:00 in the afternoon. We will continue to do this as the information and updates warrant it. Please share this with anyone you feel should get this information, or direct them to our website (updated with information) and they can sign-up for our e-mails. 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.
We currently are having staff work a rotation of set hours in the office and a work from home model. This may change in the future, but please note that 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
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
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
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