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COVID-19 Small Business & Unemployment Information

State of South Dakota – Small Business and Healthcare Provider Relief Fund (for COVID)

  • The State of South Dakota has launched a fund to help small businesses, community-based healthcare providers, and non-profits negatively impacted by COVID.
  • Governor Noem and the South Dakota State Legislature have created several grant programs to help businesses combat the financial impacts of COVID-19. The application period opens Tuesday, Oct. 13.There are five components of the program:
  • To learn more about the grant programs, visit covid.sd.gov.
    The application period runs Oct. 13-30. After it closes, all applications will be reviewed and funds dispersed. If you have any desire to access available funds, it is important to apply now – even if you are not sure if you qualify – because the provisions of the program may be changed in the future.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Small Business Information

Chamber Resources

  • Support Sioux Falls
    • consists of a website at supportsiouxfalls.biz and a resource hotline – (605) 373-2005 or business@siouxfalls.com. These tools provide access to information needed for business operations, connect consumers to ways they can support local businesses and offer a channel for business leaders to share concerns about the type of ongoing support needed from our government and program leaders.
  • Elevate Rapid City
    • is working to connect businesses who have supplies to sell with those who are in need. Please visit the website to fill out this form if you are a business in need of supplies or a business who can fulfill a need for items such as hand sanitizer, gloves, N95 masks or more. Learn more at https://elevaterapidcity.com/resources/coronavirus-news/

Guidance on What Jobs are “Essential” 

The Department of Homeland Security has specific guidance regarding essential and non-essential businesses.  They have a list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Click here for more info. 

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