The Covid-19 pandemic has caused economic dislocation for many member companies resulting in business slowing, cash flow challenges, and the need for bridge financing. The following document outlines existing and pending assistance programs. Medical Alley will provide updated information as it becomes available.
The federal stimulus legislation has not passed at the time of writing and is subject to change. Once signed into law, it may take three to eight weeks for administrative rule making and we expect large numbers of applicants. We recommend making contingency plans through May.
Existing Assistance Programs
As COVID-19 drives tough decisions, please keep your employees aware of existing worker benefits.
- Extension of unemployment insurance by 13 weeks
- An increase of $600 per week for four months (in addition to the amounts paid by the states as a base rate)
- Accessibility for individuals not historically covered (e.g., independent contractors, the self-employed, gig economy workers, freelancers, furloughed workers who are still receiving health insurance from their employers)
- Projected to cost about $250 billion
Shared Work – Alternative to Layoff
- Provides partial unemployment benefits to workers with reduced hours as an alternative to doing a layoff
- Allows you to retain workers while reducing operating expenses
State of Minnesota Stimulus Legislation
The State’s $330 million stimulus package followed two separate measures of $200 million and $21 million, bringing the state’s total response to more than $550 million. The latest bill creates a $200 million COVID response funding that can be used to protect Minnesotans and maintain state agencies’ operations. Child-care providers, food shelves, and homeless services will receive additional assistance. Please be aware of the available options for your business.
Information on the following programs can be found on the Department of Employment & Economic Development’s (DEED) website here: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/covid/employers/
Small Business Loan Guarantee Program
- $10,000,000 in FY 2020 from the General Fund.
Here is the small business loan guarantee program summary from Minnesota House Research:
- Retools an old program, unfunded since 2012, to provide state guarantees of loans to small businesses made within 12 months of the declaration of the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.
- Provides loan guarantees of 80 percent of a loan provided by a lender, up to a limit of $200,000.
- Allows loans to be made by banks, commercial lenders, public entities, and private nonprofit economic development organizations with at least three years of experience actively lending to small businesses.
- Defines small businesses as those that employ the equivalent of 250 full-time workers or less.
- Allows funds to be used primarily for working capital, as well as machinery and equipment and a few other expenses.
$30,000,000 in FY 2020 from Special Revenue Fund. This aid is targeted at businesses directly impacted by forced closures.
- Directs DEED to develop a forgivable loan program to award grants to nonprofit corporations to fund forgivable loans to small businesses (the “Small Business Emergency Loan Program”), regardless of such business’s organizational form (i.e., independent contractor, sole proprietorship, limited liability company).
- 0% interest loans during the period of emergency. The loans will be 50% forgivable.
- If other financing becomes available to small businesses like federal funding, they must repay the loan.
- Must demonstrate business was adversely affected by COVID-19, must have claimed all applicable private insurance, and utilized all other sources of applicable assistance available from other private and public sources.
- Loans range from ($2,500-$35,000)
Federal Stimulus Legislation
The Federal government will also be providing several options available to businesses.
The CARES Act includes $367 billion in support for small businesses through the newly created Paycheck Protection Program and relaxed requirements for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Relief Program.
The Paycheck Protection Program creates a type of loan under the SBA’s existing program that makes loans through traditional lenders:
- Loans can be used to pay employees, rent, mortgage and bridge loan interest, and utilities.
- Loan amounts are capped at the lesser of $10M and 2.5x the total of the employer’s average monthly payroll (typically over the preceding 12 months, with special calculations for seasonal employers and businesses that have not been operating for a year).
- The loans will be forgivable, with the principal amount of the loans forgiven in the amount of up to 8 weeks of payments for the above expenses. The amount of forgiveness will depend on employee count.
- Interest rates will not exceed 4%, and no personal guarantees or collateral will be required.
- $10 billion for SBA emergency grants of up to $10,000, which the SBA must distribute within three days.
- $17 billion for SBA to cover six months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans
- The Act includes a $500 billion emergency loan program, including loan guarantees and investments, for large businesses and municipalities suffering from economic distress as a result of the pandemic, including at least $46B for industry-specific loans (e.g., the airlines):
- Borrowers may not pay dividends or make other capital distributions with respect to the common stock of the eligible business for up to a year after the loan is no longer outstanding
- Borrowers must retain 90% of employment levels as of March 24, 2020, through September 30, 2020
Medical Alley Cost Savings Program
As you plan for the upcoming months, saving and cutting expenditures is more important than ever. Please take advantage of our Cost Savings Program.
- The Medical Alley Cost Savings program provides discounted rates on products and services as well as a negotiating tool with existing suppliers. If you have not reviewed these offerings, now is a critical time to do so.
- Working with our 18+ partners (including VWR, UPS, and Office Depot), our members have saved over $15+ million. The average member saves $30,000/year and many save more than $100,000/year.
The Medical Alley Association is here to support you in these uncertain times. If you have questions, please reach out to our team for assistance.
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