Today I’m all about funding opportunities. If your business could use assistance, read on!
Overarching: the American Rescue Plan has spun off a large number of programs to help support and grow our businesses and economy. This is great news, but we also can understand how it can be overwhelming. In case it’s helpful, I wanted to make sure you had access to this guide that shares an overview of available opportunities all in one place. Here’s the link: A Guide for Navigating Funding Available for Business Growth.
DEED’s Main Street COVID Relief Grants program
Comcast RISE Investment Fund
Saint Paul Restaurant Resiliency Program Phase 3
In other news… Home is where the win is! Saints walk their way to 11-1 victory in home finale, Vikings take Seattle in front of over 66,000 fans, Kiril Kaprisov will play his first Wild home game on October 19th., and the St. Paul Grill reopens on October 8. Aaaah…...
See you in the trenches.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given authorization for Pfizer to give third doses to people aged 65 and older, those who are at high risk of severe illness, as well as frontline workers. Not a done deal quite yet, as the CDC has yet to weigh in on who it believes should get boosters and when. President Biden has said that that 20 million people could get boosters immediately because they had gotten their second Pfizer-BioNTech shots at least six months ago. In all, 60 million people will be eligible for a 3rd Pfizer shot over the coming months. The F.D.A. is reviewing data for a Moderna boosterbut has not received an application from Johnson & Johnson for a booster of its vaccine.
Vaccinated make up minority of severe COVID-19 hospitalizations in Minnesota: Updates from two large Minnesota hospital systems show that fully vaccinated people make up a minority of COVID-19 hospitalizations and an even lower share of severe illness requiring intensive care and ventilators. Read more.
What can employers do now to prepare for Biden’s vaccine mandate?
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has issued warnings and the political drama on Capitol Hill is already unfolding. That’s right, it’s debt ceiling season. Government funding is set to run dry at 12:01 a.m. this Friday without congressional action. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has set up a procedural vote today on a measure that would suspend the federal debt limit. Also included are domestic disaster relief and money for Afghan refugees. The bill is sure to meet resistance from Republicans. Remember: failure to raise or suspend the debt limit does not lead to government shutdown; defaulting on debts, however, is definitely a very real risk.
Rent Control Initiative is on the November ballot for Saint Paul’s voters to consider. Wondering what it’s all about?
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Top things to do in Saint Paul this Fall!
Fall Festivities: Autumn Events in the Capital City!
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Business Strategy, Why We Need to Think Like Scientists: the strategy expert explains how methods like peer review and testing can help when making strategic decisions. Put it to the test: use these 8 scientific methods to evaluate your business strategy.
Metropolitan State University sets the bar!
Met Council is providing some great research:
And in the development world: