Business Resources During COVID-19

In response to the business closures due to COVID-19, the City of New Brighton will keep an updated list of resources that can assist local businesses through the closures and re-openings. 

Local Resources

Outdoor Dining Permit:  The City has began accepting “temporary use permit applications” for outdoor dining areas. There is NO COST for this permit, but an application will need to be submitted.  Learn More 

The ChamberofCommerce.org provides this free step-by-step guide for those in Minnesota looking to start a business, covering everything from validating a business idea to funding it.

Find information about the services local restaurants are providing.  These sources are only guides and its recommended you contact an establishment for the most current services provided. 

Many of your local chambers in Anoka County joined more than 70 other chambers across the state - sending letter 5.5 to Gov. Walz for a more rapid and equitable approach to safely open businesses of all sizes. Read the full text HERE.

Your can apply for or renew business licenses by mail or email.  You can find contact info here.

County Resources

Ramsey County Job Board - For job seekers and employers.

Free face masks available for businesses - Ramsey County is working in collaboration with the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce to supply businesses with face masks.

Ramsey County Small Business Relief Fund:  Beginning Aug. 4, a second round of applications will be accepted for the Small Business Relief Fund, providing grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses and self-employed entrepreneurs. The application deadline is Aug. 21 at 5 p.m.

Ramsey County has created a Recovery Relief Dashboard that layers available resources by jurisdiction.

Find info about short term loans and other available programs.  Ramsey County Means Business

Engagement opportunities through Ramsey County: 
Housing Analysis recorded presentation and slides   Community Engagement Website and Resident Survey   Business Survey

Pay It Forward - Economic First Responders - This program is for individuals who have expertise in various business assistance areas to become a Pay It Forward volunteer as well as for our business community who is in need of additional support.  All Ramsey County businesses are eligible for this program. 

State Resources

DEED has posted information about their Minnesota Small Business Relief Grants, including eligibility and webinars. 

DEED has posted Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About Outdoor Dining.  Learn More

DEED has posted information and guidance on businesses reopening.  Learn More

The MN Chamber of Commerce has info on reopening business.

The MN Dept. of Labor and Industry (DLI) has created a template for COVID-10 preparedness plans.  PDF Version  or  Word Version

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has created a template for COVID-19 preparedness plans.

The MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has a dedicated web page to help employers navigate tools on how to safely reopen operations.   Learn More

DEED is asking employers that to create a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that explains the actions they are taking to ensure social distancing and keep workers safe. The Department of Labor and Industry has created a template plan, which is optional for businesses to use as a starting point. Learn More

Federal Resources

The U.S. Small Business Admin provides information on programs and loans available to small businesses.  Learn More

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) invites small business and workers to participate in the DOL’s Opening America's Workplaces Again National Online Dialogue. Through this dialogue, the public can play a key role in helping to reopen America’s workplaces.

EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive merit basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States. Learn more about funding opportunities.

Small Business Relief Grants - Information about grants available to small businesses.