The COVID-19 crisis has created an economic storm in the ocean that is equal in its force, and we might
find all of Owatonna in that storm, but we are among different boats. From skiffs to ocean liners. Sadly, some of these boats have had to remove their motors and toss them into the water. How can the Owatonna community help get these motors back on the boat and economically running?
We know that the Coronavirus pandemic has had a negative effect on local small businesses and sole proprietors, impacting their continuity of services and/or operations. There is a profound need for support to help these companies weather the economic storm.
Resilience & preparedness will be key for a reset, a new normal. Support is needed now more than ever, recognizing the Coronavirus pandemic and its impact will continue to evolve. Anticipated needs include:
To not address the needs, we will slow Owatonna’s recovery which will push some small businesses to permanent closure and employee job loss.
The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism will assume a key leadership role to organize a diverse group of stakeholder community members. This group will help:
A small business support fund represents an added resource. Its formation and advocacy will:
COVID-19 and social distancing measures have created many challenges for our small businesses and sole proprietors. They are a highly important part of our local economy. We are faced with the challenge of ensuring a viable future for them, for our community. Helping them through these difficult times and returning them to an acceptable profitability level, as quickly as possible, is a priority. Owatonna is a community filled with generosity and support – a designated support fund demonstrates that we are all in this together and strengthens our future.
Grant applicants must be authorized representatives of a for-profit, small business defined as an enterprise between 20 employees or less, with principal place of business in the City of Owatonna.
Grant applicants must have demonstrated negative financial impact from COVID-19.
Business must be open or intend to reopen after restrictions are lifted.
Grant applicants DO NOT have to be a member of the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce to apply, but are encouraged to read over application criteria on the grant application form. We encourage ALL qualified business to apply, and in order to process requests in a timely manner, all information must be as accurate as possible.
Our Chamber has approximately 530 members that invest their resources, employee volunteerism and confidence in the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and the business community.