COVID-19 Business Resources

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Benton County CARES Business Assistance Grant Program

Benton County CARES Business Assistance Grant Program. Application deadline is September 30. Please contact the Benton Economic Partnership at 320-968-6197 or with questions.

Stearns County COVID19 Small Business Relief Grant Program

Stearns County COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant Program - City of St. Cloud application. Deadline to apply has been extended to September 18.  Please contact our office at 320-650-3111 or email Cathy Mehelich with questions.   

Sherburne County Grant Programs

  • The Business Relief Fund provides grants of up to $30,000 to qualifying Sherburne County businesses with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees that can demonstrate that their business was directly and adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Applications will be accepted September 8 through September 30, 2020.  Application can be found at here.
  • The Community Resource Grant program provides support to community organizations that help provide housing services, food, childcare programs, employment opportunities and access to social and health services.  Round II applications will be accepted September 9 though October 31, 2020.  Application can be found at here.
  • The Commercial & Non-Profit Rent & Mortgage Relief Fund offers up to $1,500 a month in relief to sole proprietors and non-profits who did not qualify for the Business Relief Fund or Community Resource Grant programs.  Applications will be accepted September 8 through September 30, 2020.  Application can be found at here.


Career Resources

Unemployment Insurance


Accessing Voluntary Equipment for Safe Work Environments

African Development Center

CentraCare Health Systems

Entrepreneur Fund

Initiative Foundation

MN Chamber of Commerce

MN Department of AG

MN Department of Employment & Economic Development (MNDEED) Resources

MN Department of Labor & Industry Resources

MN Department of Revenue

Printable Flyers

Private Sector Offers for Assistance

  • Businesses that can provide assistance, resources or equipment towards the fight against COVID-19 please e-mail 

Sherburne County

Small Business Administration (SBA) Resources

Social Distancing Guidance for Essential Retail Businesses

St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce

The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce will be receiving 128,000 one-time use paper masks from the State of Minnesota to distribute throughout the Stearns County. These masks are intended to be provided to customers entering your business who do not have a mask on in advance. We expect to receive the masks between July 29 - 31 and will be distributing them from Crossroads Center at a designated time on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please carefully consider your request, as we anticipate demand higher than supply. If you would like to secure masks, please email with the following details: 

  1. Your requested amount
  2. Your business name
  3. Email contact information

Stearns County

U.S. Department of Labor

Workplace Guidance

Stearns County Emergency Operation Center has published the following guidance: