COVID-19 Business Resources

Safely Return to Work

COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Toolkit

The Minnesota Department of Health has developed an online toolkit to assist employers in finding the resources they need to help their workforce get vaccinated safely and efficiently: COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Toolkit 

Face Covering Requirements in the State of Minnesota

On July 22, 2020 Governor Walz signed an Executive Order 20-81 that requires Minnesotans to wear a face covering (mask) in indoor businesses and indoor public settings, as well as other settings. To ask questions or report violations of this Executive Order that relate to worker health and safety: Contact the Department of Labor and Industry by email at or by phone at 651-284-5050 or 1-877-470-6742.  Visit the Minnesota Department of Health FAQ web page for additional information.

Stay Safe MN Guidance for Businesses

For the latest information regarding best practices and regulations pertaining to businesses in Minnesota during the pandemic, visit the State's Industry Guidelines web page.

Visit Minnesota's Department of Labor website for more information pertaining to businesses safely returning to work. 

SBA Announces Resources for Restaurants

April 21, 2021—The SBA just announced new resources that are available for restaurants. You can find more information on this at:

Congress Passes The American Rescue Plan

March 18, 2021—The American Rescue Plan, which Congress passed recently, included several provisions for small and medium size businesses. Here is a link to a 6 page fact sheet you might find useful. The content for businesses are highlighted in the areas of Unemployment Insurance, State Small Business Credit Initiatives, and Employee Retention Credit and Paid Leave:

Governor Walz Signs COVID-19 Relief Package Bill

The bill provides $216 million to be dispersed in grants and direct aid for economic relief. Close to $115 million is allocated to counties to assist businesses in their communities; up to $88 million is slated for restaurants, bars, and other businesses that have suffered at minimum a 30% reduction in sales from last year. The bill also provides a 13-week extension of unemployment insurance if Congress fails to act before federal jobless benefits expire Dec. 26.

For more detailed information about how local businesses may receive support, read the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s COVID-19 Business Relief Payments Bulletin

Xcel Energy Discount for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 or Civil Unrest
If your business is an Xcel Energy electric customer in Minnesota and saw an electric load decrease of 25% or more as a direct result of the pandemic or civil unrest, you may qualify for a 25% discount on the base energy and demand charges on your bill from Jan. 1 through Aug. 31, 2021. To find out more and get started, fill out the interest form on Xcel's website

Ramsey County Resources

  • Ramsey County Business Resources 
  • Open to Business has tools for financial support options within Ramsey County. Noah Her, Ramsey County’s Open to Business adviser, is available to businesses looking for a one-on-one consultation to discuss their options in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Contact Noah by phone at 612-294-1911 or email at
  • Ramsey County Small Business Relief FundRamsey County is providing emergency assistance to small local businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Relief Fund will provide grants of up to $7,500 to small businesses most in need of support.

Additional Resources for Small Businesses

City of Arden Hills Grant Opportunity

On October 12, 2020 the Arden Hills City Council approved Resolution 2020-049 extending the application submittal period for the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program to October 23, 2020.

On May 26, 2020 the Arden Hills City Council approved Resolution 2020-024 providing for temporary flexibility within the City Code for businesses to continue operations consistent with the Governor’s Executive Orders.  Any temporary flexibility requested by local businesses must be reviewed and approved by City Staff.

THIS GRANT IS CLOSED: for further information, please contact City Staff at 651-792-7800.


Stay Informed!

  • Check this page for updates. To receive COVID-19 email or text updates from the city, visit Notify Me and the Alert Center to sign up for the latest announcements.