News Downtown Greater Council

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

The Greater Downtown Council is actively monitoring local and national events as it relates to our members and community. We will do our best here to keep you updated of news related to COVID-19 and how it may be impacting our community, businesses and events.

For information on prevention, symptoms and what to do if you’re feeling sick, please call the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920. Additional resources can be found at



Important COVID-19 Links


Employment Resources

If your employment has been affected by COVID-19 you can apply for unemployment benefits here.  

Business Resources

Keep Your Google Information Up-To-Date

Keep your Google listing up-to-date by letting people know your current hours, dining options (take-out and/or deliver), current menu, or if you are temporarily closed. Check out their Google for Small Business COVID-19 Resources page to update your business listing.

Minnesota Department of Economic Development


A Guide for Minnesota Small Businesses Who Need Help

Minnesota Small Business Development Center Network

If you need assistance with applying for loans to keep your business running during the COVID-19 pandemic, the SBDC can help. Follow the link to create an account and be connected to someone who can answer your questions.

DEED Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program

The Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program provides loan capital for businesses that are majority-owned and operated by minoritieslow-income persons, women, veterans and/or persons with disabilities. DEED funds this program through certified nonprofit Minnesota lenders. Businesses must apply directly with a certified lender. In northeastern Minnesota, contact:

Northland Foundation

Alex Bastien,

Area Served: Northeast Minnesota – Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties; Tribal Nations – Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Fond du Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (District I), Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (District 2)

Entrepreneur Fund

Mike Lattery,

Area Served: Northeast Minnesota – Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Koochiching, St. Louis, Itasca, Pine, Carlton, Cook and Lake Counties

The U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Find the application here.

If you need assistance with the application process, contact the Small Business Development Center consultants directly by phone or email, or click "Sign Up for Services" here and a consultant will reach out to you.

Information on SBA Coronavirus Disaster Assistance

Phone: 1-800-659-2955 / TTY: 1-800-877-8339



Family Resources

State of Minnesota

The State of Minnesota has launched a website to share information with child care businesses and with families. Visit here to stay up to date.

Community News

GDC COVID-19 2020 #StaySafeMN Phase 3 And What That Means For MN

GDC COVID-19 2020 Superior St Construction Update 6.4.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Outdoor Seating Now Available 5.30.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Outdoor dining beginning June 1st 5.29.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Downtown Information 5.27.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Downtown Events Updates 5.26.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Updates 5.21.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Strong Northland Restaurant Stimulus 5.19.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Updates 5.14.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Virtual Coffee Break May 21st 5.12.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Now Available to Re-Watch - Back to Business: Curbside Retail & Beyond Webinar 5.12.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Back to Business: Curbside Retail & Beyond Webinar 5.8.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Duluth Business Assistance 5.7.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Are You Offering Curbside? 5.4.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Retail Can Begin Curbside May 4th 5.1.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Updates 4.30.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Downtown Property Values 4.28.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Returning to Work 4.24.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 New Funding Available 4.21.2020

GDC COVID-19 2020 Fast Grants Applications 4.20.2020

GDC COVID-19 and Superior Street Update 4.15.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update Member News Update 4.13.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update A Guide For Small Businesses 4.10.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update #StayHomeMN 4.9.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update Small Business Resources 4.8.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update DTA Announcement 4.6.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update COVID-19 Resources 4.3.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update We're All In This Together 3.30.2020

Duluth Skywalks to Temporarily Close until April 13 3.27.2020

Phase III Superior Street Reconstruction 3.26.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update #StayHomeMN 3.26.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update 3.24.2020

Tag Us With Your Take-Out 3.20.2020

Skywalk Hours Reduced 3.18.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update 3.17.2020

GDC COVID-19 Update 3.16.2020