Governor Tim Walz has expanded access to unemployment benefits. If you have had your hours cut, been laid off, or are experiencing childcare challenges due to COVID-19, you are encouraged to apply right away. Get details and apply for unemployment benefits here.
The Small Business Administration has announced an Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to support businesses affected by COVID-19. If you’re a business owner who has been impacted by this crisis, you can apply for a disaster loan online. There are a number of forms it is helpful to fill out beforehand, and you can see a list of those — along with more information about this program — here. In addition, the Small Business Administration’s Minnesota office is hosting two trainings, twice a day every day, until our community’s needs are met. Find the full listing of upcoming trainings and register by scrolling down the “Small Business Events” section of this website and selecting “show entire month.”
In another executive order, Governor Tim Walz authorized the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to launch a Small Business Emergency Loan program for those whose operations have been affected by COVID-19. This program offers immediate assistance to small businesses and independent contractors, groups that are among the most impacted by the pandemic. The program is designed to help with immediate needs as federal and other aid programs get underway, including independent contractors’ needs – we have many of these workers in our community, and getting resources to them is critical.
In total, this program will deploy $30 million in state funds through a lender network to make loans of $2,500 to $35,000 for qualifying small businesses. The loans will be 50% forgivable and offered at a 0% interest rate. If you have questions, email ELP@state.mn.us.
- We will offer a rotating selection of breads. These include some of our specialties like the multigrain wheat, cinnamon swirl, and focaccia. Some weeks will include a bag of rolls instead of a loaf-style bread – perfect for sandwiches and burgers.
- Our breads are baked fresh for you the day of pick up. We use as many local and organic ingredients as possible, from farms and producers like Whole Grain Milling, Hope Creamery, and Bare Honey. We never add preservatives or stabilizers of any kind. We always love our bread best the same day it was baked, but all of our loaves and rolls freeze very well too.
- Our bread goes great with Hope Butter, which we sell by the pound – we’ve got the best price in the city.
Although we wish you could listen live, the current quarantine means you will need to log onto Butter’s Facebook page to watch the solo performance. Ben is excited to share his music with you and the cafe is still open today and can welcome four people into the shop at one time for counter service.
This is the first in a series of short concerts performed by Kingfield musicians who have performed in our annual celebration called Kingfield PorchFest, which we anticipate happening this year on June 18th. We hope you will enjoy these concerts and look forward to the day when we can gather in community again to enjoy the talents and sounds of our community. Concerts will be archived for your viewing pleasure at www.kingfield.org.
Please note: Butter Bakery Cafe has also set up a sharing library in the front vestibule of their shop. If you have extra items that neighbors may need like a roll of paper towels, a can of beans, a bottle of hand sanitizer please feel free to bring it today as you walk the neighborhood and stop into the cafe for a cookie to go.
Kingfield volunteers have been hard at work helping KFNA by compiling data to share with their neighbors adjusting to this new quarantine. This includes the chart below with details for all our local and loved Kingfield restaurants and cafes, including their adjusted hours, delivery and pick-up opportunities, and online gift-card purchase links. Thanks to neighbors Sara Kelly and Evan Bretzman for collaborating to create this information together.
You can continue supporting our small business community by purchasing gift cards at our local businesses, ideally over the phone or online. It is an easy way to support them with critical cash flow during this crisis, allowing you to redeem them later when the virus spread has subsided.