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Indemnification and Privacy Notice

Your small business, which has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, would like to apply for financial assistance from the Winona County Small Business Relief Fund. It’s expected given the widespread and serious financial impacts to businesses caused by the pandemic that requests for assistance will exceed the funds made available for this program by the County. This means some applications will be funded and some will unfortunately either not qualify for funding or may qualify, but may result in your business receiving no funding or less funding than you requested due to the funding limits for this program. Winona County and the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce (“WACC”) are committed to using objective criteria to confirm the impact of the pandemic on your business and verify that your business qualifies for relief so that all qualified applicants have an equal chance to receive funding. By submitting an application to receive financial assistance from this program, you agree to waive any and all claims against Winona County, WACC, their employees and elected officials and authorized agents asserting that funding decisions using these objective criteria were discriminatory and resulted in your business receiving no assistance or less assistance than your business requested.

Data Privacy Notice: Per MN Statutes 13.591, Subdivision 1, certain data provided in this Application is private or non-public data; this includes financial information about the business, including credit reports, financial statements, net worth calculations, business plans; income and expense projections; balance sheets; customer lists; income tax returns; and design, market, and feasibility studies not paid for with public funds. Per MN Statutes 116J.401, Subd. 3., certain data provided in this application is private data; this includes data collected on individuals pursuant to the operation of business finance programs.


By applying, I agree to supply additional information as requested by WACC and Winona County demonstrating the the expenses awarded grant dollars were used for.


Eligible applicants include:
- For-profit businesses, including owner-operated franchise businesses
- Nonprofits that earn revenue similar to businesses and were impacted by Executive Order 20-99 Section 7ciii.
Examples include nonprofit cafes or coffee shops; nonprofit theaters, museums, music or arts organizations that primarily earn revenue through ticket sales; nonprofit fitness centers that earn revenue by membership dues or other fee-for-service models.
- Businesses that opened during the pandemic and were required to close or partially close by Executive Order 20-99 Section 7ciii

Applicants listed above must meet all criteria below:
- Have a permanent location in Winona County
- Have no more than 150 employees as of March 2020
- Be registered with no current tax liens on record with the Minnesota Secretary of State
- Be impacted by an executive order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, and be included in one of the categories below:
Businesses and nonprofits required to close or partially close by Executive Order 20-99 Section 7ciii, including restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, caterers, music and other indoor entertainment venues, performance venues, gyms, fitness studios or other indoor recreation venues, or businesses that primarily derive income from sales of goods and services to entities directly affected by EO 20-99. Businesses that have received assistance in the past from federal, state, county or other local programs are eligible for this funding for eligible expenses that were not previously reimbursed.

Eligible expenses include: Payroll Commercial rent/mortgage payments Property taxes Utilities Supplier payments Legal fees Personal protective equipment Repairs to existing building(s) and equipment necessary to comply with public health guidance

Ineligible businesses:
Businesses in violation of any executive orders

By checking this box I agree to the above Winona County Small Business Relief Fund indemnification, privacy, documentation agreements, and guidelines.
By checking this box, I submit that a loss of income has occurred due to Executive Order 20-99 and Executive Order 20-103 and have not defied these Executive Orders
2. Is this business “in good standing” with required business registrations with the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State (OSS) as of March 13, 2020?
3. Is your business “in good standing,” with no tax liens against your business with OSS as of March 13, 2020?

NOTE: For Questions 2 & 3, “in good standing” means that: (1) Your business is current and active with any required business registrations with the Minnesota Office of Secretary of State (OSS). Some business structures, such as sole proprietorships, do not need to be registered with OSS. In these cases, your business is considered to be "in good standing". You may look up your status here:; and (2) Your business does not have any Minnesota tax liens against it with OSS.

4. Is your business current as to property taxes, as of July 15, 2020?
5. Has your business been awarded and received financial assistance from a government COVID-19/CARES Act loan or grant program(s)?
8.  Business Information. 
9.  Primary contact.  Please list a business owner who owns at least 20% of the business as a primary contact. 
10.  Other Business Information.  
11. Business Legal Structure
12. Industry
15. Is this business permanently closed as of this application date?
16. Is this business minority owned? (optional)
By signing below, I hereby certify each of the above representations:

Please fill out form online, or return form to:

Winona Area Chamber of Commerce, 902 East Second Street, Suite 120, Winona, MN 55987 or 

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