Economic Development

Washington County Small Business Relief Grant Program
Online application available August 10th through September 24th at 4:30 p.m.

Minnesota Retailers Association COVID-19 Resource Page

Update June 20, 2020 - Govenor Walz announced that restaurants could open on June 1 for outdoor service only as long as they maintained social distancing of 6' between tables and limit their service to 50 patrons at a time.  If your restaurant is interested in adding or expanding a temporary outdoor seating area please fill out the Temporary Outdoor Seating Application.

Update May 15, 2020 -
On Wednesday, May 13 Governor Walz issued Excutive Order 20-56 ending the stay at home order at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2020.  This executive order also allows for the opening of non-critical businesses retail based businesses as long as they develop and establish a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan and do not exceed 50% occupancy of their buildings.  Bars, restaurants, and other places of public accomodations are to remained closed until June 1, 2020 with a phased plan to reopen at that time.

Update April 27, 2020 -
Government agencies in the State of Minnesota and the U.S. Government are reporting cases of potential fraud schemes related to economic stimulus programs.  Please review this handout by the Office of Inspector General and contact them at 1-800-767-0385 to report any scams or fraud.  Also for a comprehensive guide for Minnesota Small Business Assistance please click here.

Update March 26, 2020
- On March 25, 2020 Governor Walz issues an executive order, directing Minnesotans to limit movements outside of the homes from March 27 at 5 PM to April 10 at 5 PM to help slow the spread of COVID-19.  If you have questions how on this may impact your business, employment or employees please see the link below.  The link will have you determine eligibility for critical sector work exemptions for your employees and to answer other questions you may have.

Unemployment Resources - For businesses that are seeking assistance and answers to common questions regarding COVID-19.  Please see the link below for resources to help employers and workers in Minnesota.


SBA Disasater Loans - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The State of Minnesota is currently working with the SBA to be added as a eligible disaster area.  To find more information and the current status on the loans click the link below:

Disaster Loan Assistance

MN DEED Assistance Loans - The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has established a loan program to assist small businesses directly and adversely affected and whose industry is named in Executive Orders 20-04 and 20-08 following the COVID-19 pandemic.  Businesses should apply directly through a certified lender. A list of lenders and application materials are available at the links below.  Nonprofits unfortunately are not eligible for this program.
Facebook Grants - Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate.  More details on the program can be found at the link below.


Additional Resources:


The City of Cottage Grove prides itself on being a great place to do business.
We strive to always provide quality customer service, a user-friendly permitting and building process, and a pro-business approach to our work.
Here are some of our current projects to attract new businesses and support current businesses: