Newest Updates Related to COVID-19
  • DEED Emergency Loan Program — Help for small business owners impacted by the Governor’s orders who need immediate assistance to meet their families’ basic needs during COVID-19 closures.
  • Essential Services Survey — As discussion circulates that Minnesota will move toward a “shelter in place” directive, we welcome your thoughts on the process of determining “essential services”.
  • Marketplace Impact Survey — How are you working through COVID-19 road blocks? Please complete this survey to assist GMG in providing resources, such as ramping UP employment due to COVID-19.
  • MN Businesses Now Eligible for SBA Funding — Small businesses are now eligible for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
  • New Federal Paid Leave Program — The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued preliminary guidance for employers to implement these new programs.
  • Swipe It Forward Program — Keep our community and small business industry strong with donations or gift card purchases. Thanks to River Valley Woman for starting this great program!
  • Have a webinar to share with the public?  Let us know and we’ll post it to our website here.
  • Interactive Map — Showing locations of many business options, hours of operation and expanded purchasing options.
  • Until further notice, GMG Staff is now working remotely and our office is operating virtually to protect the health and safety of all. Please reach us at 507.385.6640 or [email protected]
The State of Ag Survey Report Published
The State of Ag Report is a comprehensive survey of Minnesota’s agribusinesses and related businesses. It reveals the perceptions and opinions on the economy and other major issues impacting ag businesses, with an emphasis on education and talent attraction and retention. Read it here!
GMG OFFers Resources For Business Community
New Facebook Group to Support Local Businesses
This Facebook Group was created with the purpose of supporting Greater Mankato area businesses affected by COVID-19 by providing space to inform the public on the best options to support their businesses during this time (i.e., hours of operation, delivery, take-out, curbside, online, gift cards, etc). We have also put together a working spreadsheet of businesses that we will continually update as information is made available. Please contact us for additions or corrections.
New Business Focus Video with Mankato Pet Cremation
In the newest video in our Business Focus series, Wendy from Mankato Pet Cremation gives some insight into her business and the services she provides!
COVID-19 Webinar
The coronavirus pandemic has changed the tax legislative outlook for this year. Join Eide Bailly on Friday, Mar. 27 from 11 am – 12 pm to learn how this will affect individuals and businesses. This webinar will include updates from Capitol Hill, the Treasury and the IRS.

Webinar: Small Business Economic Recovery and Financing Resources
Posted on Mar. 23 by Patrick Baker, Vice President of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
Six Tips for Financial Wellness in the Coronavirus Era
Posted on Mar. 20 by Guest Blogger, Lutheran Social Services
UPDATED: COVID-19 Tax Issues for Businesses
Posted on Mar. 19 by Patrick Baker, Vice President of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.
GMG Advocacy on Business Support
Posted on Mar. 18 by Patrick Baker, Vice President of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc.