About Too Local To Fail

Too Local To Fail is a resource for business owners and employees in the MSP region, as well as the entire state of Minnesota. We serve as a hub for information including re-opening tools, business best practices and government guidance and resources. We are also advocating for sensible policies and solutions that will support business that are open, re-opening or experiencing mandatory closures through our small business coalition. To sign on to this effort, #TooLocalToFail, click here.

Too Local To Fail Platform For Building Community and Innovation

Too Local To Fail has a new interactive platform designed to shape the future of the Minneapolis-St. Paul economy. Business leaders, employees and stakeholders can share their ideas about re-opening the economy and a return to work.

To access the new interactive tool, click here. Sign up, become a user, and start voting on ideas or contribute your own.

Guidance for Businesses Opening June 1

Governor Walz announced that a new set of businesses will be allowed to re-open on June 1. There is significant guidance that comes with this news. Information can be found below, as well as links to specific requirements.

Restaurants and bars can reopen for outdoor service only as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Ensure a minimum of 6 feet of distance between tables
  • Limit on-premises capacity to no more than 50 persons
  • Limit table service to 4 persons, or 6 if part of one family unit
  • Require reservations in advance
  • Require workers to wear masks and strongly encourage masks be worn by customers

Personal care services (such as hair salons, barbershops and tattoo parlors) can reopen to provide services indoor as long as they:

  • Have adopted and implemented a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
  • Limit number of clients inside the business at any time to ensure 6 feet of distance between persons except when providing services
  • Reduce occupant capacity to no more than 25%
  • See clients by appointment only; do not allow walk-ins
  • Require workers and clients to wear masks at all times; do not provide services that cannot be performed without masks

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Best Practices

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has created a best practices resource which can serve as a starting place for all industries as many plan to re-open safely. It includes comprehensive federal guidance provided by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Minnesota Retailers Association Re-Opening Resources

Minnesota Retailers Association created a webpage for retailers re-opening. The page walks you through the requirements and best practices to consider as you prepare to re-open. MnRA also offers storefront signage to download and print.

Target - SAFE Retail

Target has developed SAFE Retail Toolkit that shares established methods by which retail can operate safely, prioritizing the safety of employees, customers and communities alike.
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CARES Act - SBA Loans

$300 billion have been made available to small-businesses via the Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) through the recent stimulus package.

As part of our “Too Local To Fail” effort, we want to help Minnesota small businesses be ready to apply for these dollars. Information about the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and other resources can be found here.

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development

For more information about Sales Tax Grace Period, Unemployment Benefits, and Emergency Loan Program for MN Small Businesses, click here.

Hennepin County Application Period Opens Tuesday, May 19 for Self-Employed Entrepreneur Fund

Self-employed entrepreneurs and business owners with no additional employees will be able to apply for grants of $1,500 up to $3,000 starting Tuesday, May 19 at noon. This funding is part of the Small Business Relief Program, which is designed to help small local businesses meet immediate financial needs by providing emergency grants for eligible expenses of business interruption due to COVID-19. The application period is May 19-26. To apply, click here.

Counties Adjust Property Tax Deadlines

For property tax information for Hennepin County, click here. For Ramsey County information, click here.

City-wide Call Hosted by the Office of Mayor Jacob Frey