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July 2021

Employee Retention Credit -- Refundable Tax Credit Available to Employers

       Refundable tax credit available to employers for 2020 and 2021 – the Employee Retention Credit. Employers can qualify for this credit by satisfying one of two criteria:

  • Their operations were fully or partially suspended due to a COVID related governmental order or
  • Whose gross receipts fell compared to 2019 (>50% for 2020; >20% for 2021)

       If an employer qualifies for each quarter during 2020 and 2021, the tax credit could be up to $33,000 per employee.  Employers that qualify:

  • For 2020, any employer that carried on a trade or business or was a tax-exempt organization
  • For 2021, employers that were eligible for 2020 plus colleges, universities, and hospitals

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South Dakota to End Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Governor Kristi Noem and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) announced South Dakota will terminate its participation in the federal government’s pandemic-related unemployment assistance programs.

The termination will be effective on the week ending June 26, 2021, for all three COVID-19 Relief programs in which South Dakota elected to participate. South Dakota will continue to pay regular State claims. The agreement signed to initiate these programs allows South Dakota or the U.S. Department of Labor to terminate the programs upon 30 days’ written notice to the other party. 

 “DLR’s online jobs database SDWORKS has averaged over 23,000 job openings daily,” said state Labor and Regulations Secretary Marcia Hultman. “Our Job Service offices are open and ready to help and support those returning to the workforce, in need of additional skills or training, or who need an extra hand in overcoming barriers.”

 To search for new jobs or receive virtual employment services, visit

Click here for the May 12, 2021 media release.

SBA - PPP Loan Program (March 31 deadline)

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grant

The Treasury Department is Delivering COVID-19 Relief for All Americans


The South Dakota Department of Health is making available antigen cards are being made available to businesses in South Dakota.  The cards are relatively a simple test to use, results are provided in 15 min., and they’re available at no cost to the business.  Click here for a letter from Dr. Tim Southern, SD Public Health Laboratory which explains the initial offer and next steps for those interested.  Click here for a document explaining BinaxNow use and reporting.


Want to learn more about how to utilize the 211 Helpline, and the type of needs/questions we answer daily? The Helpline Center is offering 211 University!

 This 1-hour presentation will share information about the expansion of 211, our response during the COVID-19 pandemic and new features including the 211 app!  There will also be a ”how-to” portion of the presentation regarding how to search our online database of over 5,000 resources.

Feel free to forward this email/invitation to your contacts; 211 University is open to the public. We simply ask for advance registration.


 Additional information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, is available at https:/

There will be short videos on the website (https:/ on Monday for interested applicants as well.

For returning applicants, the required information will be very condensed. you will need to fill out a new application, using the same log-in on the same application portal (https:/ In addition, you’ll need to upload the following documentation:

  • P & L Statement for 9/1 – 11/30 for both 2019 and 2020, or other supporting documentation (bank statements, expense register, etc. – these items are only required if the applicant is submitting handwritten documents) The numbers input into the application must match the numbers on the P&L/supporting documentation, so it is would recommended that you add a note if there are adjustments made to the numbers. There is a new box in the application for this to make it easier. This will all make the review process go a lot smoother, and more importantly – quicker.
  • If a business’s annual revenue was less than $150,000 in 2019, you do not need to submit a P&L or other supporting documentation. The information input into the application will be used instead, just like during the first round.

For new applicants, here is the information you should have handy and ready to submit:

  • Certificate of Good Standing from the Secretary of State’s Office (a screenshot showing proof of good standing is acceptable. Click here attached for an example.) For sole proprietors, you should submit a copy of your tax license from the Department of Revenue. If the business does not have either, you should attach a document of explanation of why you don’t have either.
  • Government-issued ID of authorized business owner
  • W-9
  • 2019 Tax return
  • P & L Statement for 9/1 – 11/30 for both 2019 and 2020, or other supporting documentation (bank statements, expense register, etc. – these items are only required if the applicant is submitting handwritten documents) The numbers input into the application must match the numbers on the P&L/supporting documentation, so it is recommend that you add a note if there are adjustments that are made to the numbers. There is a new box in the application for this to make it easier. This will all make the review process go a lot smoother, and more importantly – quicker.
  • Information regarding all COVID aid for 2020. Like the first round, any federal grant amount, like PPP, will need to be deducted from the potential grant award. For businesses that may have had PPP loans or other aid, you will be given the voluntary opportunity to provide your March – August financial numbers and statements so that the aid could be counted against any potential losses during that time period. It’s important to note that you would not be eligible to receive any funding for the March – August loss if you did not apply during the first round, but providing the numbers & documentation has the potential to help for this round of funding.
NOTE:  IT IS VITAL THAT YOU COMPLETE THE APPLICATION IN ITS ENTIRETY.   The Department will continue to process applications for the first Round as fast as possible, and payments will continue on those over the next couple weeks.


Friday, December 11, 2020
Statement from HHS and DoD on FDA Emergency Use Authorization of a COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate
Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to Pfizer for its COVID-19 vaccine, the first authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. Operation Warp Speed and private sector partners now begin distributing the first allocation of doses to sites designated by the public health jurisdictions and five federal agencies with which OWS and CDC have been working to plan distribution. HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller released the following statements:

“It is nothing short of a medical miracle to have FDA authorization of a vaccine for COVID-19 just over 11 months since the virus was made known to the world. Because of President Trump’s strong leadership and unwavering support for Operation Warp Speed, we have millions of doses of this vaccine that are now being shipped to every corner of America, with administration to begin as soon as providers are ready. The triumph of Operation Warp Speed is a tribute to dedicated public servants across HHS and the Department of Defense, our partners in the private sector, and incredible American scientists. This vaccine, like any vaccine FDA potentially authorizes, has been through multiple stages of safety review, and it has shown extraordinary effectiveness in protecting people from the virus. Vaccines will help bring this pandemic to an end, which is all the more reason to double down on the public health measures we need to stay safe in the coming months. As Americans get vaccinated, we need to continue taking steps like washing our hands, social distancing, and wearing face coverings to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.” - HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II

“The massive logistical planning our military has contributed to Operation Warp Speed gives me even more pride in the talent and dedication of our service members. They have been crucial in bringing a safe and effective vaccine to the American people and in restoring the health of our country.” - Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller

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211 is now available to all residents of South Dakota

The Helpline Center began offering the 211 Helpline in South Dakota in 2001.  Since that time they've worked with many communities throughout the state to expand the service to additional locations.

Thanks to the passing of Senate Bill 2 through the South Dakota Legislature this year, the 211 Helpline phone number is now available to everyone in the state. The 211 Helpline can be called 24/7 by anyone needing information or support - whether financial, family, mental health, or disaster-related.

Call 211.  Visit

June 30, 2020

EPA Message: 

In our continuing effort to protect human health and the environment and to safely reopen America we wanted you to be aware of the following resources available to your communities as they begin to reopen schools.

EPA Disinfecting Guidance:

CDC Guidance

Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Healthy Buildings program. June, 2020

Council of Chief State School Officers Guidance

June 16, 2020

US Chamber of Commerce:  Updated PPP Forgiveness Guide

Attached is the updated U.S. Chamber Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness. This guide reflects recent substantive changes made by Congress and the administration to the PPP program to provide borrowers with more flexibility. These changes include:

 -         Extending the time to spend PPP funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;

-          Lowering the amount that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%;

-          Extending the deadline to restore FTEs and payroll from June 30, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; and

-          Setting the repayment term for loans made after June 4, 2020 at five years.

The U.S. Chamber’s updated Guide to PPP Forgiveness reflects all of these changes, as well as others made in recent guidance issued by the Department of the Treasury. It is designed to help your members more easily understand the forgiveness application process. However, note that while this guide reflects all of the most recent changes, it is possible that further changes could be made. Therefore, we will continue to update this guide as needed.

June 4, 2020

This page is routinely updated in order to provide you with easy access to the latest information.

CDC Guidance for Events and Gatherings


Executive Orders

Department of Health

In depth information on precautions, trends and updates.

Department of Labor

For information on reemployment assistance and COVID 19 resources.

Department of Tourism

Information on current travel resources, including events, attractions and cancellations throughout the state.



A variety of resources for businesses and individuals.


Spark Sioux Falls Key Industry Task Force virtual panel discussions. Discussions will be held every Tuesday at 9 am through the month of June. Our first panel will be centered around the Food, Ag & Manufacturing industry. We hope you can join us and our distinguished panelists for a thoughtful discussion.

To register for the Food, Ag & Manufacturing Industry panel discussion please go here:  Please include this in any information you send to your members or your local industries so they can participate.

Keep your eyes open for future invites to the remaining industry panel discussions!

Spark Sioux Falls is a longer-term regional recovery initiative supported by Forward Sioux Falls and initiated by the City of Sioux Falls, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, and Experience Sioux Falls.

Previous Posts

May 20, 2020 - US Chamber PPP Forgiveness Guide

This morning, the U.S. Chamber published a new Paycheck Protection Program Guide to Forgiveness. Like our previous guides, this document provides businesses with an easy to understand explanation of what they need to do to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans. Click here to download the guide. Please note, this guide will be updated as new guidance is issued by the Dept. of the Treasury. 

Also, we continue to update our Reopening Business Digital Resource Center as new state guidance is issued. Click here to access the resources center, and see below for more information.

US Chamber Resources

This week, as part of the Path Forward initiative, the U.S. Chamber unveiled its Reopening Business Digital Resources Center to equip America's business community with the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources as we look to reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed.

In addition to the Reopening Business Digital Resources Center, and as you and your members face new questions and unprecedented new challenges, the U.S. Chamber has also created a comprehensive toolkit of key messages, example posts, and social media graphics for you to utilize while sharing the tools and resources with your local business communities and networks.

In response to the launch of the Reopening Business Digital Resources Center, U.S. Chamber president Suzanne Clark released the following statement:

“Any return to work must prioritize the health and safety of employees and consumers, and business owners across America need clear guidance at the federal, state, and local level on how to reopen their businesses safely and sustainably. The Chamber’s new resource center will help businesses as they prepare for a new normal, and how our nation’s public and private sectors manage this transition will determine how quickly we can stage an economic comeback."

In addition to the Reopening Business Digital Resources Center and the toolkit, please see below for additional new resources, invitations, and reminders from the U.S. Chamber.

Small Business Reopening Playbook

Click here to view the U.S. Chamber's new Small Business Reopening Playbook which provides in-depth information and resources for you and your members as you plan and prepare to reopen and get back to work.

Considering that reopening strategies will largely depend on the state and business type, this guide has consolidated federal, state, and local guidelines, industry specific resources, insights and strategies from leading experts, and more.

Legislative Update

Earlier this week, House Democrats introduced The Heroes Act.  The text of The Heroes Act, H.R. 6800, is here. A one pager on the legislation is here. A section-by-section summary is here. A resource on the state and local relief provisions is here.  The U.S. Chamber is not weighing in on this package in its current form, but we will engage when bipartisan negotiations are expected to occur in the future.  In the meantime, we are evaluating items in the package that we support, those that we oppose and items that we’d like to see included in a final deal.

Guides and Resources from the U.S. Chamber

The U.S. Chamber continues to create, update, and evolve its various guides and resources to continue bringing you and your members the information you need during this difficult time. We encourage you to continue utilizing and sharing the following items as you see fit:

Governor Noem's Back to Normal Plan

Guidelines for individuals and businesses, along with answers to common questions are included in this plan.  Click here to access the four page plan.

Checklist for Manufacturing Businesses

The South Dakota Department of Health recently released a checklist of safety measures for manufacturers. Click here for the list.

Paycheck Protection Program Funds Replenished

Congress approved another $310 billion for PPP loans and $60 billion for disaster loans last week, but experts say it likely isn’t enough to cover the demand.  The program is set to resume Monday, April 27 at 10:30 am ET, according to the Small Business Administration.  Click here for details.

This fund is for South Dakota small businesses and non-profits with 250 employees or less who have already experienced a direct financial impact related to COVID-19. This program has limited funds of $10.5 million and applications are being evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

South Dakota businesses impacted by the COVID-19 virus. All details and a loan application can be found here. GOED expects high demand for these loans. Applications will be evaluated on a “first come, first served” basis.


Listen to Senator John Thune during the April 13 Sioux Falls Downtown Rotary Meeting

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) published its first round of implementation guidance pursuant to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The initial WHD guidance is available in three-parts:
March 26, 2020: Please find links to summaries on the Corornavirus legislation. 


Sign up for Department of Labor Newsletter:    https:/

SD Department of Labor - UNEMPLOYMENT:

April 1 Updates from the Department

We have reviewed the first batch of questions you provided us regarding UI and COVID-19. Guidance is now posted at:

For the latest news on the relaxed requirements for unemployment insurance, go to . . .

The Small Business Administration has made all states in the NW Region eligible for Disaster Assistance Loans.  See below for information specific to each state, and click here for the online application. 

·         Iowa

·         Minnesota

·         Nebraska

·         North Dakota

·         South Dakota


Internal Revenue Service


The South Dakota Department of Health (SD-DOH) continues to respond to the emergence of the novel coronavirus. We are working with the CDC and our healthcare partners across the state to protect South Dakotans from COVID-19.
For the latest information on the South Dakota go to 

TELECOMMUTING:  Shared by Chamber member Microsoft
If SD businesses need help transitioning to telecommuting, here is guidance we put out based on our experience with COVID-19 in China and Italy, and with our employees.

There are tips for telecommuting down in the links. And businesses can leverage extended Microsoft Office 365 for their business through the crisis to enable collaboration during this period of remote work.


The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt. CO— is working to bring you the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time.

April 14, 2020 -Yesterday, the U.S. Chamber launched its new “Path Forward” program focused on how the nation can return to work following the current crisis.  You can learn more about this initiative in the letter we sent to all of our membersAdditionally, we will be hosting a series of webinars, which you can sign up for by clicking here.

Friday, May 8, 2020
Dear Midwest Chamber Friends –

We released a new guide today to help businesses navigate the Main Street Lending Program. This is a lending program separate from the PPP that is designed to assist businesses with up to 15,000 employees through government-backed loans. Click here to download the guide

Additionally, we have developed and published several other resources this week to help businesses in accessing available assistance programs, as well as navigate the maze of new guidance regarding the return to work. Those resources include: 

·         State-by-State Business Reopening Guidance

·         Report Examining COVID-19 Litigation Impact

·         Treasury Guidance for State, Local, and Tribal Governments


USDA Unveils tools to Help Rural Communities

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide (PDF, 349 KB) is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.

USDA has taken many immediate actions to assist farmers, ranchers, producers, rural communities, and rural-based businesses and organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on these actions, visit

US Department of Treasury

The U.S. Department of Treasury issued additional guidance yesterday regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. Links to the resources provided by Treasury can be found, or on their webpage.

USD Beacom School of Business Webinar Series
Webinars designed to assist business.  Webinars


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