COVID-19 Resources

Shoreview has consolidated the resources below to help ready and recover your business and workforce from the impacts of COVID-19. Please revisit this page often as new resources and programs become available.


Minnesota has made good progress on slowing the spread of COVID-19. As we continue the process of reopening our economy and returning to work and activities we enjoy, we must continue social distancing practices to save lives and stay safe. This chart outlines Minnesota's phased in approach to reopening various business and social settings. Learn More


Non-Critical Sector businesses and employers must develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan prior to reopening. Businesses must ensure the Plan is evaluated, monitored, executed, and updated under the supervision of a designated Plan Administrator. Employers must ensure the Plan is posted at all of the business’s workplaces in readily accessible locations that will allow for the Plan to be readily reviewed by all workers, as required. Learn More


  • Shoreview Small Business Emergency Assistance Program - The Shoreview Economic Development Authority (EDA) has authorized a small business emergency assistance forgivable loan program to provide financial assistance to locally owned and operated businesses adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the above link for additional information. Applications open Friday, May 8, 2020.



  • MnDEED Emergency Loan Program for Small Businesses - The Small Business Emergency Loan Program was created to help Minnesota small business owners who need immediate assistance to meet their families’ basic needs during COVID-19 closures. Visit the website for full terms and eligibility details but they include:
    • Loans of between $2,500 and $35,000 for qualifying small businesses
    • 50% forgivable
    • 0% interest rate
  • US Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance Loans -  Minnesota businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for low interest SBA loans. Businesses can apply for loans to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact - visit SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus for further information. 
  • MN Dept of Revenue - 30-day Sales and Use Tax grace period has been approved for businesses required to suspend or reduce services. There will not be any penalties or interest assessed. 


If you have specific questions that cannot be addressed, or if there are specific industry challenges that Ramsey County Community & Economic Development should be aware of, please email:

For workforce related questions, please contact

  • Open to Business - Noah Her, Ramsey County's Open to Business adviser is available to businesses looking for a one-on-one consultation to discuss their options in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

    Contact Noah by phone at 612-294-1911 or email at 


    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order to ensure workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have full access to unemployment benefits. Governor Walz’s executive order also relieves taxpaying employers of benefit charges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Unemployment Insurance program is ready to assist workers who can’t work, workers who have had their hours reduced, and workers who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To get more information about Unemployment Insurance or to apply for benefits, visit


    Shared Work Program:

    The Shared Work program offers an alternative to layoffs for employers facing a temporary downturn in business.