Coronavirus News

Businesses Appear Skittish in PPP’s Second Round

The first wave of Paycheck Protection Program funding ran out in a few days, but there’s still money left in the second round. Many companies have lingering questions about loan forgiveness.

‘Rug Pulled Out from Under Us:’ Gym Owners Face Uncertain Future

Many gym owners in Minnesota were expecting to reopen on June 1. Now, it’s not clear when they’ll be permitted to resume operations.

Stuck Inside, Consumers Invest in Outdoor Spaces

As people look toward summer, outdoor enhancements are hot sellers.

Will You Return to the Office? Take Our Survey

Twin Cities Business wants to know your plans and how you’re feeling about your options as we all try to make sense of best practices for the workplace in the near future.

Minnesota Approved for Over $2B in PPP Loans

More than $175 billion has been approved nationally in the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program.

After Coronavirus, Which Industries Are Still Hiring?

The labor shortage is history, but not all industries are shedding jobs due to coronavirus.

Minnesota’s Health Systems Ramp Up Covid Testing

The state’s health care systems are preparing to meet the governor’s “moonshot” number of 20,000 Covid-19 tests per day.

Craft Breweries Call for Regulatory Relief

The Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild asks for permission to sell beer in 12- to 64-ounce containers. The group is also calling for suspension of regulatory fees.

Caribou Coffee Workers Plan Protest; Company Announces Pay Increase, More Protection Against Covid-19

Executives take a pay cut while frontline workers get a 10 percent wage increase for May and more protective gear in stores.

Need to Know on Round Two of PPP

Community banks advise on best approaches to the application process, and how to get in the queue for the next bout of federal funding.

Retailers Eye Phased Reopening Plan

The Minnesota Retailers Association issues a step-by-step plan to reopen retail businesses. The owner of Patina explains the urgency.

Elbow-to-Elbow Working Conditions in Meatpacking Plants Fuel Spread of Covid-19

A union rep says the plants are “not designed for social distancing.”

From Record Sales to Zero Revenue: What Punch Pizza is Learning While Closed

Punch Pizza co-owner John Puckett shares his pandemic learnings about banks, safety, and resiliency.

Marine Retailers Prep for a Busy Summer

With a green light from the governor, boat dealers prepare for an influx of summer customers.

Minnesota Twins Turn Homer Hankies into Face Masks

The team is partnering with Faribault Woolen Mill Co. and Love Your Melon to convert hankies leftover from the 2019 “Bomba SZN.”

Cargill Plant is Largest Source of Covid-19 Cases in Province of Alberta

Health officials have reported more than 350 cases in households connected to the Canadian meat-packing plant.

Breathe99 Launches Reusable Industrial Respirator

With funding secured from philanthropic organizations and Kickstarter, the company looks toward FDA authorization.

Startups Stick Together in Uncertainty of Pandemic

Entrepreneurial culture adapts to virtual communities as founders brace for a future slowing of venture capital funds.

A Storm is Brewing for Minnesota’s Craft Breweries

As the economic impact of the pandemic deepens, the state’s breweries are scrambling to find new sources of revenue.

New Program Supports Mental Health for Health Care Workers

Nonprofit MN Mental Health Advocates has rolled out a free mental health program for the state’s health care workers.

Ford, 3M Gear Up to Produce Air-Purifying Respirators

A new type of powered air purifying respirator design developed by Ford and 3M will begin to be manufactured Tuesday.

3M Sues New Jersey Firm Over Price Gouging

The Minnesota manufacturer has filed a lawsuit against Performance Supply LLC for allegedly inflating the price of N95 respirators.

MN Legislature Creates Workers’ Comp Presumption for Frontline Workers

Health care, child care, and first responders are all included, but grocery store workers and others in high-risk jobs are not.

Discovering Resilience to Conquer a Common Foe

While the coronavirus is formidable, a former congressman offers lessons on how businesses and community members overcame a past disaster of major proportion.

Walz Extends Stay-at-Home Order, Lifts Some Restrictions on Small Businesses

The governor has asked Minnesotans to stay home as much as possible through May 4, but he’s also expanded the list of “essential” businesses.

Pikup App Aims to Help Neighbors in Need

The Pikup app was originally geared toward college students. Now, it’s being used to help cut down on grocery store trips.

The Pandemic-Induced Pivot of the Mental Health Industry

To mitigate the risk of in-person therapy sessions, clinics are using teletherapy to offer services to clients. But increased financial concerns act as barriers to the increased need for help.

Bachman’s to Reopen Amid Industry Confusion About Plant Sellers

The 135-year-old retailer and grower obtained an exemption from the state to open its nurseries on April 6. Some other independent garden stores have not.

Layoffs Reach Beyond Bars, Restaurants

As the Covid-19 pandemic deepens, companies in other industries are starting to lay off workers.

Great Clips Lays Off 63 Headquarters Staffers

Economic fallout of COVID-19 continues to spread.

Minnesota Medtech Steps Up

While coronavirus continues to take its toll on Minnesota, the medical technology sector makes strides to providing more testing and protection equipment.

Love Your Melon Finds Way to Protect Young Cancer Patients From Covid-19

The Minneapolis beanie brand will donate 50,000 masks to children’s hospitals and clinics over the next two weeks.

Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Keeps Spinning—Government Orders

The iconic woolen mill has supplied the military with blankets since World War I, and during the pandemic, it’s being called upon again.

Zoom Hacks from Local Pros

Tips and tricks for making the best of video conferencing.

3M Teams up with Ford to Build Air-Purifying Respirators

The automaker is lending 3M fans to use in a next-generation face mask that filters air for wearers.

Co-working in the Age of Coronavirus

While many co-working spaces close their doors and seek ways to support members remotely, some still remain open.

Ridgedale Center Closes; Only Two Metro Malls Remain Open

Rosedale and Burnsville centers are still maintaining abbreviated hours.

Twin Cities Museum Layoffs Now Surpass 600

The Science Museum of Minnesota and the Children’s Museum forced to lay off or furlough the majority of employees amid covid-19 outbreak. Other museums follow.

Minnesota Unemployment Applications Approach 150K

Unsurprisingly, most applications came from workers in the food industry.

Minnesota Manufacturers Answer Call to Produce Medical Products in Short Supply

Stratasys, Dunwoody College of Technology, and Woodchuck USA are working on medical face shields needed in the fight against COVID-19.

Quarantine Commerce

New products and services from local brands that are quickly improvising to keep employees working during the coronavirus shut down.

Greater Twin Cities United Way Creates COVID-19 Relief Fund

The nonprofit makes it easier to direct donations at the pandemic and beefs up its helpline.

COVID-19 Update: Executive Orders and Medical Supplies

As of Friday, Gov. Tim Walz has signed a dozen executive orders to address the pandemic, while Minnesota’s Fortune 500 companies ramp up production of much-needed medical supplies.

Mayo Clinic Labs Increase COVID-19 Testing in Minnesota

The organization says it can now process as many as 4,000 tests a day.

Zimmern’s Take

The state’s biggest food celebrity on the struggle facing shuttered independent restaurants and what the future might hold.

Coronavirus Update: Farmers Markets, Surgeries, and Rescue Flights

The impact of COVID-19 deepens as the number of closures and confirmed cases continues to rise.

For Freelancers, Questions Linger About Unemployment Benefits

While hourly workers file for unemployment during the COVID-19 outbreak, freelancers aren’t sure when they’ll be getting their next paycheck.

Everyone’s Going Digital

From virtual meet-ups to webinars, event planners and startup incubators are two groups fighting to stay ahead of the planning curve amid the push to #flattenthecurve.

Breach of Contract During COVID-19 Outbreak? Better Dust Off Your Agreements

Force majeure clauses and common law remedies could help businesses that can’t meet contract obligations. But no agreement is the same.

COVID-19 Update: Schools Transition to Online Learning

Gaps in broadband coverage may pose a problem for rural schools.

Target, Best Buy to Reduce Hours

It's getting more and more difficult to operate stores during the pandemic. Both hometown retailers are stepping up employee benefits.

Why are Shopping Malls Still Open?

Despite temporary closures of most public gathering places from churches to casinos, Twin Cities regional shopping centers remain open.

COVID-19 Outbreak: Minnesota’s Fortune 500 Companies Adopt Contingency Plans

The state’s largest companies roll out initiatives to continue meeting consumer demands.

Fitness Industry Grapples with Coronavirus

Studio closures pile up and companies in the businesses of healthy living try to offer clients at-home alternatives.

Essence One Beauty Brand Rushes Hand Sanitizer Into Production

Despite a shortage of 2-ounce spray bottles, the Minneapolis-based company is working to fill orders by March 25.

State, National Emergency Declared Over Coronavirus Pandemic

Minnesota leaders recommend postponing or canceling events with more than 250 people. Long-term economic impacts remain unclear.

Coronavirus Impact: Statewide University Closures, Sporting Events Canceled

Minnesota sees the effects of coronavirus as St. Thomas ends in-person classes and sporting events are canceled.

Coronavirus Declared a Pandemic; U of M Cancels In-Person Classes

The number of cases in Minnesota, meanwhile, grows to five.