COVID-19 Resources

Albert Lea Economic Development Agency will be supportive and help get information to our local businesses about how to best be prepared and proactive in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will also keep this page up-to-date with resources for businesses including financial resources and news on programs and opportunities as they become available.

Resources for Businesses

Below is a list of links to government programs and resources related to COVID-19 Relief and Information. For the most up-to-date information, please visit these links.

For available federal grants and loans please visit; COVID-19 relief options (

Shared Work Option Program – MN Employment and Economic Development Program as alternative to layoff

Minnesota Unemployment Insurance – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Unemployment Benefits

Corona Virus Tax Relief – On Friday, March 20, the U.S. Treasury Department, IRS and U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits designed to immediately and fully reimburse them for the cost of providing COVID-19 related leave to their employees. Additional guidance, including how to claim the credits in advance, is being prepared and will be posted to the Coronavirus Tax Relief page on as soon as it is available.

U.S. Small Business Administration – Guidance for Businesses and Employees to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce – COVID-19 Business Preparedness Checklist

Centers for Disease Control

U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Is Your Business COVID-19 Ready?  – COVID-19 Resources from the MN Chamber of Commerce

Main Street America – COVID-19 Main Street District Resources

National Retail Federation: Coronavirus Resources for Retailers

NFIB: Small Business Resources

If you have any questions please contact Albert Lea Economic Development Agency staff, Phillip Johnson and Noelle Hagen. (, or 507-373-3930).

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