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Governor Noem's Small Business Grant Program

During the October 5, 2020 Special Legislative Session funding authority was established for Governor Noem's proposed $400 million small business grant program.  The purpose of these grants is to provide assistance to small businesses that have been hurt due to COVID-19.

The application progress begins October 13 and is scheduled to end October 23. 

Each link below provides eligibility requirements, a total of funding that is available for each category, the maximum amount per category and other details.

Visit the website for complete details:

Questions about COVID-19?  Call South Dakota's Information Line at: 1-800-997-2880

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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