COVID-19 Resources

North Dakota Department of Commerce COVID-19 Resources


EDA CARES Act Supplemental Funding PowerPoint 5-6-2020


CTB NDWBC Training Efforts for COVID Affected Businesses
The North Dakota Women’s Business Center (CTB) is seeking professional trainers to create, produce and record trainings in a variety of topics. The topics must be related to the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses and entrepreneurs, must serve the rural and urban communities of North Dakota and must focus on female-owned. The training proposal can include options for online content to be uploaded to the clients’ online training website. It can include training in person or virtual. The client prefers each training have worksheets or tangible workbooks their attendees can use to accommodate the training. Learn more.


Draft Community Survey Templates:

Gather business and worker impact information for your community to provide to your elected officials and leaders using these survey templates:

Blane Canada template 

Second community survey


Cleveland Clinic helps employees return to work safely with these tips

Learn how to create a safe workplace. Helping your employees return to work, safely and confidently, during the coronavirus pandemic is no easy task. Cleveland Clinic has gathered resources form their health experts and the CDC to help you develop and implement a plan.


Financial Resources

BND COVID-19 Relief Programs– Open April 29

COVID-19 PACE Recovery Program (CPRP)- Assists local financial institutions in providing low interest loans to ND businesses through a PACE program model.  However, for this program, there will not be a community match or primary sector.

Small Employer Loan Fund (SELF)- Assists local financial institutions in providing low interest loans of up to $50,000 to small businesses who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and who have less than 10 FTEs. Loans will feature a 1% interest rate with a maximum term of 10-years.

The SBA Disaster Assistance Loan: 
The SBA will provide small businesses impacted by COVID-19 up to $2 million in Disaster Assistance Loans.

Providing virtual assistance to fill out the paperwork:




ND Department of Commerce Loans:



Business Resources

Essential Guide to Getting Your Business Through the Covid-19 Crisis


Free Tools, Resources, and Financial Help for Business Owners Hit by Covid-19


Business continuity planning


US Chamber summary of the CARES Act


The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act



The Nice Center Offers Website & E-Commerce Assistance
The Nice Center at NDSU is an entrepreneurship center with students willing to provide digital support for businesses. Learn more here. The Nice Center and Prairie Den of Fargo have been co-hosting “Getting Your Business Online” workshops on Facebook Live.


Reopening During COVID-19
The North Dakota Safety Council is offering three distance learning courses which will focus on how businesses can safely reopen in the state. Learn more.