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COVID-19 Resources

Information for Manufacturers

As MPMA members and manufacturers across the state and nation collectively enter into uncharted territory with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, we are providing this page as a resource for information about this fluid situation.

  • Our primary goal is to help you stay operational in the coming days/weeks/months. We are here to be a resource to our members and to provide the most up-to-date information. New information will be added as it becomes available.
  • We highly recommend that you do your due diligence to ensure you understand how your business is being impacted and how you can stay operational in these uncertain times.

Essential Business Designation

Currently, there is no set application process for the Essential Business designation, nor is there direction on whether or not companies can stay operational once an order is given.

MPMA recommends that manufacturers do their due diligence now to ensure you understand your situation and can clearly convey that in an application process or to explain why you stayed operational. If the approval process is first-come, first-served, make sure you’re ready to apply!

  • Review CISA standards and identify if you meet those standards.
  • Speak with legal counsel to confirm your understanding of your status.
  • Request letters from “essential” customers that will declare you an essential part of their supply chain and need you to remain operational.
  • Show due diligence in following CDC standards.

Small Business Administration Loans

Member-to-Member Resources

Valuable Links

  • Grow Minnesota!: If you need labor resources for essential operations, or have resources available, reach out to this Minnesota Chamber of Commerce program.
  • Emergency Loan Program: DEED is developing a program for Minnesota small businesses
  • Entrepreneur Fund: Supporting businesses in the region hard hit by the coronovirus.
  • Medical Alley: Submit your needs or available resources to help ensure you are working on essential projects.
  • Shared Work Program: Employers experiencing a slowdown in their businesses or services as a result of the coronavirus impact on the economy may apply for the Unemployment Insurance Shared Work Program.
  • Minnesota Department of Health: Find valuable information for employers and employees.
  • Minnesota Department of Revenue: A 30-day sales and use tax grace period for businesses required to suspend or reduce services under Executive Order 20-04.
  • NAM: Information about COVID-19 Policy Action Plan
  • Review MPMA's letter to Gov. Tim Walz. If you have time, contact your local legislators and use our key points in this letter to advocate for your business.
  • Unemployment insurance: DEED has a program for taxpaying employers of benefit changes associated with COVID-1.
  • U.S. Treasury Department: For information about IRS tax extension deadlines.

Contact Us

If you have questions about something not covered here, please contact President/CEO Steve Kalina at or 763-528-3557.

Webinar Series
Manufacturing Solutions to COVID 19 Challenges

Please be aware: the topics listed here are subject to change. Recordings will be posted the day after each webinar.


  • Space is limited on GoTo Meeting when participants log in on their computers.

  • If you cannot get into the webinar via your computer, use the phone dial-in information and call in to hear the content.

  • All webinars are being recorded and will be available the day after each session.


March 24, 2020

How to Navigate Immediate Labor Concerns

Click HERE to watch the webinar

Click HERE for the PowerPoint presentation


March 26, 2020

Contracts & COVID-19: What You Need to Know About Orders & Payments

Click HERE to watch the webinar

Click HERE for the PowerPoint presentation


March 31, 2020

Supply Chain Solutions: How to Remain Operational & Stay Essential

Click HERE to watch the webinar

Click HERE for the PowerPoint presentation


April 2, 2020

Employee Morale and Family Support

Click HERE to watch the webinar

Click HERE for the PowerPoint presentation