Local Business COVID-19 Resources
The City of Chaska is ready to support our business community in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following serves to connect businesses to local, state, and federal resources that are available.
Small Business Emergency Assistance Program
The Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA) has partnered with Carver County cities to offer emergency assistance funding to local small businesses.
To apply, businesses must meet the following qualifications:
- Less than 40 employees
- Less than $2M in annual revenue
- Had at least a 10 percent loss of revenue since March 15, 2020
- View Small Business Emergency Assistance Guidelines (PDF)
Eligible businesses can apply for up to $10,000 in funding. Funds will be available to assist with expenses such as payroll, rent, utilities, payments to suppliers, and more as outlined in the program guidelines.
Applications will be accepted online from August 17 thru September 4. If eligible applications exceed funds available, then a randomized selection process will be used. Approved applicants will be notified by mid-September if they have been accepted.
Visit the Carver County CDA website for more information.
Chaska Business Roundtables
- Watch the second Chaska Business Roundtable. Kylle Jordan from MN DEED talked about strategies to reopen
- Watch the third Chaska Business Roundtable. Max Musicant from the Musicant Group gave tips to re-engage customers.
Resources for Reopening
- Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Guidance by Industry Type
- For questions about Occupancy Load, contact John Edberg, Chaska Building Official at 952-227-7531
- If you would like to install a tent or temporary assembly, review the City’s Temporary Assembly or Tent Installation Policy (PDF)
- Creating Community During COVID-19
- Take a look at the results from our community survey (PDF) on what our community feels is important safety measures for businesses.
Local Business Status
- View spreadsheet list. There are several tabs for different types of businesses.
- View interactive map.
- Thank you to Jo Anne Gramith, who created the comprehensive list that made both of these resources possible!
City and Local Programs and Resources
- Business Growth Incentives
- Downtown Sign Grant Program
- Downtown Storefront Rehabilitation Loan
- Downtown Chaska Business Alliance
- SouthWest Metro Chamber of Commerce
- Carver County Community Development Agency (CDA)
- Open to Business Program
- Carver County Business Resources: Additional business readiness, recovery, and workforce assistance from Carver County
State and Federal Programs
- Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled some highlights of the provisions to help small businesses.
- Small Business Emergency Loans: Minnesota DEED will use their lender network to make loans between $2,500 and $35,000 for qualifying small businesses. The loans will be 50% forgivable with no interest. If other financing becomes available to small businesses that received an emergency loan, such as federal funding, the emergency loan must be repaid. Learn more about terms, eligibility, and application process on the MN DEED website.
- Governor Walz has requested an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration, clearing the way for businesses to apply for loans to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. If you have questions, please call the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) hotline at (800) 659-2955.
- MN DEED: Information and resources for employers and businesses.
- MN Department of Revenue: Details on business tax changes - a 30-day Sales and Use Tax
- U.S. Small Business Administration: SBA disaster assistance in response to the coronavirus.