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Paycheck Protection Program Funds Are Available To Businesses With Less Than 20 Employees

Paycheck Protection Program Funds Are Available To Businesses With Less Than 20 Employees

The SBA has opened a two-week window for small business and non-profits with fewer than 20 employees to apply for PPP funding.

The (SBA) would like to provide more equity for small businesses with less than 20 employees, including sole proprietors, independent contractors, and the self-employed to have access to Paycheck Protection Program loan funds.

The SBA has opened a two-week window for small business and non-profits with fewer than 20 employees to apply for PPP funding. That window opened on Feb. 24 and will extend through Tuesday, March 9.

To see the announcement from the SBA and how to apply, click here: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-3, and reach out to your local lender.

Access to relief is a lot of work for you, but if your business activity is down, please file, these programs are meant for you. Past PPP programs have provided many entrepreneurs with forgivable loans.
As always if you have success stay in touch, and if you need something stay in touch. The EDA is here to be of assistance to you.

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Lanesboro Hire, Train, Motivate, Retain – 9 am Wednesday

Wed., January 20, 2021 from 9:00 – 10:00 am via Zoom

How can you transform your small business into an exceptional place to work that attracts, retains, and motivates employees to be their very best? No matter the size of your business, it’s crucial to hire motivated employees to build a strong team. Even after you bring on solid candidates, the work isn’t over. Retaining your most valued employees is integral to running a successful business. 

                                                                REGISTRATION LINK

Learning Objectives:  

  • Develop smart hiring strategies
  • Discover the value of investment in training and professional development
  • Explore best practices and tips to keep employees motivated
  • Gain an understanding of the motivators that increase employee retention
  • Discuss Lanesboro community assets that support employee engagement
  • Consider how to promote these assets to attract employees

CO-PRESENTERS

Rebecca Rowe is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) with a demonstrated history of working in the local government and previously in manufacturing. Skilled in benefits administration, recruiting, employee relations and employment law. Strong human resources professional with a Master of Science – MS focused in Training and Human Resource Development from University of Wisconsin-Stout. Rebecca Rowe

Julie Kiehne is an administrative professional with 30 years’ experience in educational, managerial, and executive roles. Serving as Winona State University’s Business Outreach Coordinator, she is committed to delivering high quality, customized training programs tailored to improve organizations’ vitality in the region. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Mankato State University, and her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Winona State University. Julie Kiehne

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Hire, Train, Motivate & Retain: Creative Employee Management Strategies for Small Business

Wed., January 20, 2021 from 9:00 – 10:00 am via Zoom

How can you transform your small business into an exceptional place to work that attracts, retains, and motivates employees to be their very best? No matter the size of your business, it’s crucial to hire motivated employees to build a strong team. Even after you bring on solid candidates, the work isn’t over. Retaining your most valued employees is integral to running a successful business. 

                                                                REGISTRATION LINK

Learning Objectives:  

  • Develop smart hiring strategies
  • Discover the value of investment in training and professional development
  • Explore best practices and tips to keep employees motivated
  • Gain an understanding of the motivators that increase employee retention
  • Discuss Lanesboro community assets that support employee engagement
  • Consider how to promote these assets to attract employees

CO-PRESENTERS

Rebecca Rowe is a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) with a demonstrated history of working in the local government and previously in manufacturing. Skilled in benefits administration, recruiting, employee relations and employment law. Strong human resources professional with a Master of Science – MS focused in Training and Human Resource Development from University of Wisconsin-Stout. Rebecca Rowe

Julie Kiehne is an administrative professional with 30 years’ experience in educational, managerial, and executive roles. Serving as Winona State University’s Business Outreach Coordinator, she is committed to delivering high quality, customized training programs tailored to improve organizations’ vitality in the region. Julie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Mankato State University, and her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Winona State University. Julie Kiehne

                                                                REGISTRATION LINK

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League of women voters – Lanesboro Candidate forum Oct 14, 2020

League of women voters – Lanesboro Candidate forum Oct 14, 2020

The appearance on or use of this website platform for political campaigning is voluntary and not subsidized or promoted by the City of Lanesboro. It is a private effort. Any appearance or nonappearance of a candidate on this website platform is not to be construed as support by the City, or lack thereof, for any candidate.

This video has been edited to improve the sound.

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LOCAL BUSINESS EDUCATIONAL EVENT – October 28, 2020

LOCAL BUSINESS EDUCATIONAL EVENT – October 28, 2020

Join us for an 8:00 am online zoom session to learn how to create relevant and consistent content to effectively attract online customers for the upcoming holiday season. The consultant, Jamie Bjerke, will share tips for growing and using email marketing along with identifying which social media platform is best for reaching your target audience. Additional small group consulting sessions will include brainstorming, exploring resources, and demonstrations including these topics: Content Marketing, Email Marketing, Facebook Marketing, Target Audiences, and Marketing Strategies. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Small Group 1-hour Consultation Q&A held at the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce office.

Registration Link: for both the Zoom and/or small group sessions

This educational event is brought to you through a Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation grant. The Lanesboro EDA is collaborating with Winona State University to bring you the one-hour online group learning session, as well multiple 2 person, in-person, small group learning sessions. You can sign up for up to two of the in-person learning sessions. Room capacity is a total of 3 persons, masks required.

Participants will: Develop ideas and a timeline for effective content marketing. Identify which social media platforms are the best for your business/industry to engage your target audience. Write a social media schedule and use Facebook ad center to create an audience and publishing schedule. Identify ways to grow an email list and use email marketing as a strategy to reach and engage with your target market.

Consultant: Jamie Bjerke is passionate about helping busy business owners develop and implement marketing strategies that help businesses achieve their goals. Jamie Bjerke is the owner of JLB Marketing and Consulting. Jamie became an entrepreneur about 5 years ago after working in the corporate world for 15 years in sales and marketing. Jamie’s experience is both B2B and B2C marketing. Jamie lives in St. Charles with her husband and two young kids. Jamie is very active in her community and serves as a marketing coach for the Small Business Development Center, SCORE, and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

Registration Link: for both the Zoom and/or small group sessions  

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Grants for small businesses – Rent and Mortgage Relief Programs – $500,000

Fillmore County approves $500,000 of the County’s CARES Act Fund for small businesses

  • These dollars will be in the form of an Economic Development relief grant, up to a $10,000 maximum per eligible business, applications will become available soon on the Fillmore County Website
  • Recipients must comply with all Federal and State CARES Act fund guidelines. 
  • All awarded grants will be subject to audit
  • Program Timeline:
    • Applications will be accepted beginning September 1, 2020
    • The first round of applications will be reviewed by the Fillmore County EDA board on Sept. 17, 2020
    • EDA grant award recommendation presented to the Fillmore County Board on September 22nd. 
  • More details to follow on where to find, and how to submit applications as soon as they become available

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Join us for our virtual Entrepreneurial Bridge! “Thriving in Uncertain Times” – September 29

virtual Entrepreneurial Bridge

Join us for our sixth annual Entrepreneurial Bridge Event on September 29, 2020 which will be held virtually from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.! 

Attendees will be able to network with fellow entrepreneurs from southern Minnesota, listen to keynote speakers, and hear from a panel of small business owners about how they have adapted to the current working environment.

Learn more

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Lanesboro EDA Free Business Enrichment Series Course is about to begin. Sign up today!

LANESBORO EDA Free BUSINESS ENRICHMENT SERIES

Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness - August 12, 9 - 10:30 a.m.

This virtual business training is for individuals that used SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan funds and are seeking the proper procedure to apply for forgiveness of a portion of the loan.

Presenters: Alisha Podobinski, Lead Lender Relations Specialist, SBA Minnesota District Office and Corey Mensink, Regional Commercial Team Lead, US Bank

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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LPU NOTICE 4/21/20

LPU NOTICE 4/21/20

Published date: 04-21-2020

4/21/20

The LPU commission voted in favor of extending the protections of the Cold Weather Rule by restricting disconnection of residential customers for non-payment of utility bills for the duration of the national security or peacetime emergency.

Waiver of late fees for any residential or small business customer due to the economic circumstances related to coronavirus pandemic are considered. Please call the office to make arrangements. (Please note: No late were fees were charged to any customers in March or April.)

We are able to arrange payment plans for customers requesting help during this time based on the financial resources and circumstances of the customer.

Stay Safe & Healthy