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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
    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 and a resource hotline – (605) 373-2005 or 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

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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