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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.
NOTE: IF AN AWARD THROUGH THIS PROGRAM IS ACCEPTED BY THE APPLICANT, THE NAME OF THE BUSINESS AND THE AWARD AMOUNT WILL BE PUBLIC INFORMATION.
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
Businesses in violation of any executive orders