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* If your business or organization has received significant damages from a natural disaster report it to your local county or city emergency management office for assistance as soon as possible.   
Disaster assistance for business owners is commonly provided through businesses insurance coverage but when a disaster impacts a large number of businesses in a community a variety of federal, state or other resources may be available to assist in recovery.  

State Resources

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

DEED manages a variety of business development, assistance and recovery programs as well as worker assistance and job training programs to eligible individuals whose unemployment results from a disaster.  Some of the appropriate assistance programs include:
  • Minnesota Investment Fund
  • Small Business Development Centers
  • Temporary Workforce Centers
  • Small Cities Development Program (SCDP)

In addition, DEED will also administer federal disaster recovery programs including National Emergency Grants (NEG) which can provide temporary work for displaced workers and the federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program which can provide assistance to workers not covered by standard state assistance.

For more information, visit the DEED Programs Website.


Federal Resources 

Small Business Administration

In larger disasters, the Small Business Administration (SBA) may provide low-interest loans to help business owners rebuild or repair facilities or replace materials or inventory.  In addition, even if a business or small agricultural cooperative has not suffered direct damages, loans may be made available to assist them through the disaster recovery period.
For more information on assistance program, visit the SBA Website.