COVID-19 Updates from the Duluth Area Chamber
March 21, 2020
We continue to receive concerns from members about the impact of this pandemic. Below are messages to consider as we all move forward together:

Message from Hospitality Members
The hospitality industry is urging the public to reschedule large-group hotel reservations, major catering bookings, and large events, rather than cancel. Our local hotels are open, sanitizing, and in need of your patronage.

Message from Local Nonprofits
Nonprofits are facing the reality that rationing every day resources may be necessary as individuals purchase large quantities of items during the pandemic. These organizations are asking the community to only purchase what they need, or donate one of the extra items they've purchased so that we can continue to serve those who routinely go without.

Message to Volunteers
Many volunteers are elderly and have been asked to remain home to ensure health and safety. Support is critical to operations around our community. Please consider volunteer opportunities for those able and willing.

Message from Retailers, Artists, and Restaurants
Continued sales are optimal for all small businesses. Check with local businesses - retailers, restaurants, and artists - online or by phone. Many are working creatively to provide pick up, individualized appointments, or delivery during this time.

Message from Service Providers
Service providers are ensuring your safety while keeping their operations open. These organizations are sanitizing their spaces, taking additional precautions such as e-visits or drive-thru service, and many are providing discounts during this time.


I encourage you to connect with me if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. I can be reached at dross@duluthchamber.com or 218-740-3751.

In support,
David Ross
President
Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Relief Fund
The Entrepreneur Fund has developed the  Small Business Relief Fund  to support businesses in our region hard hit by the Coronavirus pandemic. Funding will allow EF to provide financial grant assistance to business owners who are facing significant challenges but do not qualify for local, state or federal relief. You can find more information on this initiative  here .

Right now the fund is seeking donations to support its development and is not yet accepting applications.


U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans are not yet made available to Minnesota. We are awaiting this announcement soon. Until then, the SBA Office is collecting email addresses of those businesses that are being impacted by COVID -19 in order to activate an SBA Economic Disaster Declaration. The more businesses that they hear from, the better. The email address for the SBA Office is  deed.mnsbao@state.mn.us . Once the fund is activated and we have the link, we will send it out so businesses can apply for assistance. If you have questions on this, the SBA’s disaster assistance customer service center phone number is 1-800-659-2955.


Update from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar



Support Local Businesses
Please continue to check back to this page to learn of our local business operations. These businesses continue to think creatively and provide updates along the way.
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We understand needs can change daily. Please submit an updated survey should your request require updating. If you have any questions please email cjohnson@duluthchamber.com .

Business Resources

New information continues to be available to you on our Business Resource page, as we learn more.
  • Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance
  • Local contacts for business support
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Financial Counseling
  • Health Insurance Counseling
  • Nonprofit Aid
  • COVID-19 information
  • Equipping your office
  • Supporting staff
  • Ensuring business operations