The Wabasha Port Authority and Development Agency is the facilitator for local economic development activities in the Wabasha community. The Port Authority can achieve development objectives through a number of activities including:

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5 Business Assistance Programs  –  GRANTS & ZERO PERCENT LOANS

Local businesses, the incentive programs below are for you and can be layered to improve your building’s heating/cooling systems and more!

Local Grants to Improve HVAC Systems

City Revolving Loan Fund – ZERO percent interest rate

County – SEMMCHRA GRANT/LOAN Program

County/State – PACE Loan Program

USDA REAP GRANT Program

Detailed program descriptions:

 1. City Grant: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Wabasha is launching a program to help small, local businesses prevent, prepare for, and respond to the Coronavirus by making COVID-19 related improvements to their buildings and businesses, such as HVAC improvements that improve air circulation. Grant awards up to $19,000, guidelines and applications are found on the Port’s HVAC Replacement Program Webpage (Application deadline – January 17, 2022.)

 2. City Revolving Loan: Zero percent interest, To obtain the loan fund guidelines and application,  scroll down this page to review details under PORT AUTHORITY REVOLVING LOAN FUND.  Program’s interest rate is subject to change in March of 2022.

 3. SEMMCHRA GRANT/LOAN Program: Deferred loan to grant program to assist commercial property owners with building rehab projects. The funds can be used to improve the front façade, increase energy efficiency, improve accessibility, and address code-related issues. Contact Karen DuCharme, kducharme@semmchra.org

4. PACE LOAN: No upfront cost – PACE brings value to Minnesota commercial building owners by improving their bottom line. PACE can cover 100 percent of all project costs. Going forward, payments with low interest are repaid through a special property tax assessment with terms up to 20 years. As a result, projects become cash positive with financial savings outweighing financial burden. To learn more about PACE financing nationwide, go to pacenation.org.

5. USDA: Agricultural producers and rural small businesses are eligible applicants for loan guarantees and grants to develop renewable energy systems and to make energy efficiency improvements. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact their local USDA Rural Development State Energy Coordinator well in advance of the application deadlines to discuss their project and ask any questions about the REAP program or the application process.

For an overview of the program, go here: REAP program (March 2022 Deadline)

Contact Cathy Enerson, Port Authority staff, at cathy.enerson@cedausa.com with questions, or Tyler Grabau at finance@wabasha.org, to submit an application.

PORT AUTHORITY REVOLVING LOAN FUND

NAVIGATING STATE OF MINNESOTA BUSINESS PROGRAMS

Small businesses affected by COVID-19

  • SBA COVID-19 Relief Options
    • Description of these programs: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to offer loans and other assistance to small businesses affected by COVID-19, including the Economic Injury Disaster Loan.
    • Who should apply: business size limits vary by type of business, program eligibility varies. Application information varies
    • Learn more.

New small businesses or startups 

  • Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program:
    • Description of this program: DEED relies on a continued partnership with more than 20 nonprofits in delivering this program – with its annual appropriation – to reach as many eligible entrepreneurs as possible. It received $1 million in additional funding during this legislative session.
    • Who should apply: businesses based in Minnesota and owned and operated by one or more Minnesota residents who are Black, Indigenous, or people of color, low-income persons, women, veterans and/or persons with disabilities.
    • Applications are continually accepted. Businesses must apply directly with a certified lender, although DEED may be able to assist in identifying an appropriate lender.
    • Learn more
    •  Contact the local Port Authority Director to learn about layering loan funds: Local Port Authority Loans, Bank Loans, PACE Loans, and State of MN funding.
    • Wabasha your State of MN Direct Lending Partners for Entrepreneur Development Include:
      • For Child Care Entrepreneurs:  First Children’s Finance Lynda Duncan, Portfolio Manager Phone: (612) 279-6514 Email: lyndad@firstchildrensfinance.org 111 Third Avenue South, Suite 220 Minneapolis, MN 55401 Area Served: Minnesota Focus: Child Care Services available (through interpreter) in non-English languages: Somali, Spanish  For All Entrepreneurs beyond local support layer on loans from:  Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Marcia Haley, SBA Lending Director Phone: (507) 214-7021 Email: marciah@smifoundation.org 525 Florence Avenue Owatonna, MN 55060 Area Served: Southeast and South Central Minnesota – Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca Layer on a Loan using the PACE Program
  • Launch Minnesota:
    • Description of this program: Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants are targeted to the most promising innovative scalable technology businesses in Minnesota. The Minnesota Legislature reauthorized funding at $1.5 million for fiscal years 2022 and 2023. Innovation Grants include:
      • Business operations: These grants provide up to $35,000 for business operations, including research and development, direct business expenses and technical assistance.
      • SBIR/STTR Matching Grant: These grants are for first time Phase I and Phase II awardees and will be based on sliding scale of their Federal award (up to $35,000 for Phase I awards and up to $50,000 for Phase II awards).
    • Who should apply: Firms or entrepreneurs whose primary business activity is in innovative technology or in an innovative business model or product, with business operations and headquarters  located in Minnesota, and have not been in operation for more than 10 years. Business has generated less than $1 million in revenue since inception . Businesses are eligible to receive one of each grant over the two-year period. Increased consideration is given to startups located in Greater Minnesota, as well as businesses owned by women, veterans, and/or owners who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).
    • Applications open now
    • Learn more
  • Angel Tax Credit:
    • Description of this program: Through the Angel Tax Credit, eligible Minnesota entrepreneurs exchange equity in their fledgling companies for capital from investors to help their startups grow. In return, investors get tax credits equal to a certain percentage of the investment.
    • Who should apply: Businesses that are headquartered in Minnesota, have a minimum of 51% of employees, 51% of payroll, and 51% of the value of current service contracts performed in Minnesota, have fewer than 25 employees, and meet additional eligibility qualifications.
    • Applying for the Angel Tax Credit is a four-step process for businesses seeking investment
    • Learn more

Nonprofit lenders/CDFIs/CDCs

  • Main Street Economic Revitalization Program
    • Description of this program: The Main Street Economic Revitalization Program is an $80 million statewide economic redevelopment program that will award grants to partner organizations to establish programs within specific communities to provide grants and guaranteed loans for economic development and redevelopment projects. These projects will address the greatest needs that have arisen in our communities since March 15, 2020 and spur economic revitalization across Minnesota.
    • Who should apply: Once partnership organizations are selected and programs established property owners, businesses and developers will have the opportunity to request assistance from partner organizations serving their community.
    • Learn more
  • The State Small Business Credit Initiative
    • Description of this program: The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) is part of the American Rescue Act (ARPA) of 2021 and included $10 billion for state, territory and tribal business finance programs. Minnesota is expected to receive at least $75 million for state small business financing support. Initial planning has begun and outreach events will be announced soon. Minnesota will be submitting an application for funds once the U.S. Department of Treasury issues official program guidance this summer/fall. The application must be submitted by December 11, 2021 and funds will be awarded once Treasury approves the application in 2022.
    • No application information is available at this time
    • Learn more.
  • American Rescue Plan Economic Development Administration (EDA) programs

Venture Capital Funds

  • The State Small Business Credit Initiative
    • Description of this program: The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) is part of the American Rescue Act (ARPA) of 2021 and included $10 billion for state, territory and tribal business finance programs. Minnesota is expected to receive at least $75 million for state small business financing support. Initial planning has begun and outreach events will be announced soon. Minnesota will be submitting an application for funds once the U.S. Department of Treasury issues official program guidance this summer/fall. The application must be submitted by December 11, 2021 and funds will be awarded once Treasury approves the application in 2022.
    • This program is not yet available.
    • No application information is available at this time
    • Learn more.
  • Angel Tax Credit
    • Description of this program: Through the Angel Tax Credit, eligible Minnesota entrepreneurs exchange equity in their fledgling companies for capital from investors to help their startups grow. In return, investors get tax credits equal to a certain percentage of the investment.
    • Who should apply: An accredited investor per SEC Reg. D’s Rule 501 or a non-accredited investor in certain offerings, and meet additional eligibility qualifications.
    • Applying for the Angel Tax Credit is a four-step process for investors
    • Learn more

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Workforce Center Services to Employers – Provided At No Fee

  • Access to Labor Market Information
    • On-line Industry & Employment Statistics
    • Publications
    • Demographics
    • Wage & Salary Surveys
    • Commuting Patterns
    • Unemployment Rates
    • Cost of Living Rates
    • Employment Outlook Projections
  • Post available jobs at ALL skills levels
  • Accept applications for recruiting
  • Pre-employment Testing
  • Space for interviewing
  • Reception assistance while using our office
  • Link to other resources
  • Employer of the Month Advertising
  • Link to your website & information about you
  • Newsletter with up to date information to help your business.
  • Special training grants opportunities for Existing Workers.
  • Access to State Economic Programs.
  • Exporting/Importing Information
  • Develop opportunities for Industry Collaboration (i.e. Healthcare, Machining, Inventor-Entrepreneur Club)

STATE

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) have programs available to assist businesses including:

  • JOBZ MINNESOTA (Job Opportunity Building Zones) provides local and state tax exemptions to new and expanding businesses and targeted primarily toward industrial, value-added or high-paying service businesses.
  • Minnesota Investment Fund – loans for economic development projects that create jobs.
  • Brownfields and Redevelopment Loans may be available to assist in environmental clean-up and redevelopment of property.  http://www.deed.state.mn.us/programs/mncleanuprevo.htm
  • Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation has a number of programs to assist businesses in the Southeast Region of Minnesota. Loans can be made to start or expand businesses in Southeast Minnesota.