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COVID-19 Business Resources


The Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Guidance for Businesses & Employers: 
The CDC has created information sources that provides interim guidance which “may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in the workplace


OSHA: COVID-19 Safety and Health Standards, Control & Prevention: An overview of information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus outbreak. Includes links to OSHA standards, control and prevention, by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)


North Dakota Department of Commerce COVID-19 Resources


Bank of North Dakota COVID-19 PACE Recovery Program (CPRP)
The COVID-19 PACE Recovery Program (CPRP) assists local financial institutions in providing low interest loans to support North Dakota businesses in their economic recovery due to negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Bank of North Dakota Small Employer Loan Fund (SELF)
The Small Employer Loan Fund (SELF) assists local financial institutions and certified development corporations (CDC’s) in providing loans to assist very small North Dakota businesses in their recovery from the negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic.


The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Guidance for Businesses & Employers:
The SBA has consolidated information regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, Guidance for Businesses & Employers, SBA Products & Resources, Government Contracting and Local Assistance in one place.


Small Business Economic Injury Disaster Loans 
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19.


Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is a forgivable loan available to cover up to 8 week so payroll expenses for small businesses that retain their employees. Contact your bank to apply for this program.


CARES Act Guide for Small Business
The US Chamber has summarized the CARES Act, otherwise known as the stimulus, with specific attention to: small business provisions, changes to the SBA’s economic injury disaster loan program, payments & relief for individuals and more.


US Chamber’s Independent Contractor’s Guide to CARES Act


ND Opportunity Fund (NDOF) Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Business
The NDOF Steering Committee has approved a disaster assistance loan program for small businesses located in the consortium communities that are adversely impacted by the pandemic. The Opportunity Fund leverages private financing to help North Dakota small businesses and manufacturers attain the loans and investments needed to expand and create jobs.


Technical Skills Training Grant
The ND Department of Commerce received $1,000,000 in CARES Act funding in order to provide grant support for workforce training programs for displaced workers seeking to develop the technical skills necessary to make a career change and remain gainfully employed in North Dakota. The ND Smart Restart Technical Skills Training grant program aims to offset the cost for program providers and participants, in order to support and retrain workers to fill available jobs within the state in accelerated, skills-based and hands-on programing. In order to learn more about the grant or how to apply visit


Mandan Strong Business Mini Match
The City of Mandan has created the “Mandan Strong Business Mini Match” program to help small, locally-owned businesses challenged by reduced revenues due to COVID-19. Matching funds of up to $3,000 per business will be available for implementation of strategies related to innovation, adaptability and diversification to become more resilient in the face of crisis. The program requires a 1:2 match from the applicant. To receive $3,000, the applicant will need to commit to an investment of $1,500 in their qualified project. To learn more about this grant opportunity or to apply visit



US Chamber's Reopening Business
As America’s businesses look to reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed, employers are facing countless new questions and unprecedented new challenges.

As part of our Path Forward initiative, this Digital Resources Center provides the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources to help employers and employees return to work safely and successfully. We will regularly update these tools and resources as new information becomes available.


Smart Restart Guidelines


FFCRA Employee Notification Poster
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires most employers to post a notice for their employees regarding FFCRA requirements. The notice must be posted in a conspicuous place on the premises. An employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees or posting the notice on an employee information internal or external website. If you hire a job applicant, you must convey this notice to them.


Coronavirus Paid Leave Programs guide for employers
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act created new temporary paid sick leave and paid FMLA programs that are 100% reimbursable by the federal government. Both programs are in addition to any leave you already offer.


Chamber EDC Info Session: Unemployment Insurance and COVID-19 FAQS with Job Service ND


Chamber EDC Info Session: Establishing a Remote Workplace with NRG Technology Services


Chamber EDC Info Session: Keeping the Team Connected with NRG Technology Services


Chamber EDC Info Session: Staying Secure with Network Center

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