Small Businesses are a vital part of any community and have suffered immensely during the COVID-19 pandemic. That is where the "Jumpstart Owatonna" Fund comes in to help.

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The Owatonna Chamber of Commerce & Tourism with the help of Amesbury Truth, Climate by Design International, Daikin Applied, Federated Insurance, Gandy Company, Life Fitness/Cybex, May Clinic Health System-Owatonna, Owatonna Hospital-Allina Health, Owatonna Partners for Economic Development, and Viracon have teamed up to create the, "Jumpstart Owatonna-Small Business Support Fund".
The goal of the "Jumpstart Owatonna" Fund is to expedite financial support for recovery or renewal to assist local small businesses facing hardship due to COVID-19. Grants up to $1000 or equivalent are available, per business, to help meet the one-time needs in the following categories:

  • Cleaning and Sanitation
  • Equipment repair and/or replacement
  • Supplies that support business activity adjustments due to COVID-19
  • Marketing, public relations, or other communications needs to address business activity adjustments due to COVID-19
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Applicants for the grant must be an authorized for-profit small business defined as an enterprise between 20 full time equivalent or less employees, be a principal place of business in Owatonna, and have shown a negative finical impact due to COVID-19. Applicants DO NOT have to be a member of the Owatonna Chamber of Commerce to apply.

If you would like to make a donation to the Jump Start Owatonna fund, you can mail or drop off a cash or check donation to: Owatonna Chamber Foundation C/O JumpStart (Tax deductible) or you can make an online donation to their GoFundMe page by clicking here!

The Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism office is located at: 320 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN, 55060

If you, or anyone you know would like to apply, or would like more information about the grant you can go click here! Other questions? You can contact Brad Meier, bmeier@owatonna.org or call 507-475-0687

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