Together, we are tapped into a strong network of partners, so it’s important to share with you what what feels like the most relevant information and advice for the Saint Peter business scene at this point.

  1. Unemployment insurance – We’ve talked to workers who have been laid off who have had success filing for unemployment insurance at https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp . It requires patience to get through, but folks are getting through
  2. Small Business Loans – It’s important you fill out the forms, as comprehensively as possible, to make yourself eligible for SBA loans should you want them down the road. This link is very important. Please click on it, even if you think you already know what you to know:  www.mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/?id=424149
  3. City of Saint Peter no-interest loans – Watch for news this week about the City offering loans comparable to 2009 when the downtown median project interrupted business. We’ll keep you updated. Dozens of businesses took advantage of the program in 2009
  4. The Saint Peter Chamber website is a fantastic source for local information. Businesses are regularly updating the messages they want the public to know at https://www.stpeterchamber.com/our-community/covidbusiness/ . For resources, go to https://www.stpeterchamber.com/our-community/covid/
  5. We’re talking to local businesspeople: They say they are communicating with their banker by phone, e-mail or appointments to touch base on their business loans
  6. Local businesspeople are touching base with their financial advisors especially by phone and e-mail just to have a conversation about market ups and downs. This isn’t the first time in history
  7. Chamber/City online meetings: The focus is on economic impacts to LOCAL businesses. The first meeting was 9 a.m. Friday, March 20, and the next will be 9 a.m. Friday, March 27. We will e-mail you the link so you can join the session (free) online or by phone. It’s a video chat led by City Administrator Todd Prafke, and you can ask questions via a chat box. We had 38 attendees on Friday and lots of positive feedback
  8. Our partners at Greater Mankato Growth are continually updating their excellent blog at https://greatermankatoblog.com/ .
  9. Our partners at the Minnesota Chamber offer a toolkit and link to their most recent webinar at this link: https://www.mnchamber.com/
  10. Stores like Arrow Ace Hardware, St. Peter Lumber and Rental, Saint Peter Food Co-op, Family Fresh Market and Kwik Trip are deemed essential at this point and are therefore operating during regular hours or in some cases special hours
  11. Restaurants are also deemed essential at this point as they are offering food delivery, takeout and curbside pickup. See the Chamber’s restaurants information at https://www.stpeterchamber.com/our-community/covidbusiness/
  12. Click here for the Chamber’s Facebook page, which offers updates and shares of messages from local businesses

As always, we are in reach at [email protected] or 934-3400. The Chamber office will remain open regular hours (with lots of sanitizing) as long as we are allowed. We think we are an important information and connections hub at this point.