Current Resources

Emergency Business Relief

Elevate Business HC

ACER, Hennepin County in partnership with the Mpls Regional Chamber, are pleased
to announce Elevate Business HC, a new public/private initiative offering pro bono services to businesses located in Hennepin County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest, businesses have been greatly impacted and economic recovery is a priority. The goal of the program is to provide resources to help re-build, re-establish and re-ignite business.

Elevate Business HC provides expertise in three areas:

  • Technical Assistance: One-on-one consultation with professional service providers to find solutions in a variety of areas including financing, human resources, technology, and many others
  • Peer-to-Peer Roundtables: Reoccurring and facilitated small group discussions segmented by industry and areas of participant interest with a focus on sharing best practices and problem solving
  • Topic-Driven Webinars: Industry and subject matter experts will discuss issues facing employers with a focus on workforce needs in remote environments during the COVID-19 pandemic

Visit, to learn more and register your business.

Funding for Elevate Business HC is provided by Hennepin County through the Federal CARES Act.

Ramsey County Business Grant

Ramsey County opened a new round of a Small Business Relief Grant Fund, targeting Ramsey County businesses:
  • Which were awarded Rounds 1 and 2, but did not complete the paperwork to claim thier grants;
  • Are designed as self-employed/sole proprietor/creative businesses (including homebased businesses); or
  • Employee 1 – 75 employees
NOTE : Businesses that have already received funding through Ramsey County’s Small Business Relief Fund are also eligible for consideration, and able to receive an additional grant up to $5,000 (businesses with employees are eligible for no more than $15,000 cumulatively from Ramsey County) or $2,500 (self-employed, sole proprietor, and creative businesses) are eligible for no more than $10,000 cumulatively Small Business Relief funds) respectively.
Application process has been streamlined and consideration given to those who’ve received prior grants, but not the maximum of what is offered in this round.

Changes for Round 3

  • Updated Eligibility
    • Updated maximum # of employees to 75
    • Business must have been opened by March 1, 2020
    • No maximum revenue threshold
  • Amounts
    • New maximum for businesses with employees $15,000
    • New maximum for sole proprietor/creatives $10,000
    • Businesses who have previously submitted have been contacted to see if they have additional costs that would be eligible.
  • Deadline
    • The application process closes on Friday, December 4 or until funds are exhausted,, whichever is soonest
    • Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served.
  • Application
    • The application has been reduced to a one-time submission to expedite review and processing
Apply Today or Share with Your Network:   Round 3: Ramsey County Small Business Relief Fund