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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.  

Impact of Flooding on Businesses

Survey of Minnesota Businesses and Organizations Affected by Flooding in June 2014

DEED needs help in finding out about how the flooding is affecting businesses or organizations around the state. Any business affected by the flooding should complete this survey to help create a preliminary damage assessment by identifying those most affected by flooding in June 2014.
The data will be used by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and other government entities to assist communities and businesses in the recovery process.
Please download, print and complete this 2014 Floods Disaster Impact Survey and then fax it back to DEED (fax number is printed on the bottom of the form.) and the local emergency manager
or forward this link [] to any businesses or organization in your community to complete the survey onlline.

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.