COVID-19 Resources

Day County Economic Development office continues to support businesses during this unprecedented time. Let us know how you are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and how we may assist you.

Day County Courthouse is now open to the public (don't forget your mask!) In addition, we are available by phone (345-3159), email (wadc[at], or Zoom video. 

Latest Resources:

KELO 11/18: ‘Thousands’ of SD businesses seeking COVID aid haven’t answered state email on finance data
    ** Check your inbox and spam filter **

10/5 SD Legislature Special Session
Senate Concurrent Resolution 
  1. $400 million set aside for small business interruption grants    
  2. $40 million for small nonprofit interruption grants
  3. $10 million for small business start-up grants
  4. $115 million for community-based health care or personal service providers grants (nursing home, skilled nursing facility, assisted living, senior nutrition, in-home services for elderly, and providers of behavioral health, intellectual disability, developmental disability, etc. Full details on resolution Page 5)
  5. $15 million acute care hospitals grants
  6. $2 million adult education and private non-accredited education grants
  7. 5 million destination marketing grants
  8. $10 million housing assistance (rent, utilities, mortgage) grants

Nonprofit Resources:

SD Community Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund - Matching Day County Community Foundation grant dollars (Apply ASAP)

Webinars & Virtual Training:

How to Offer Gift Cards Online
4/1 Featuring Blue Sky Technologies of Brookings 

SBA Economic Disaster Loan Information Webinar
SD Tourism 3/26

Unemployment Insurance Webinar
SD Retailers Association & SD Dept. of Labor 3/27

How to Work Remote like 9Clouds

What Your Business Can Financially Do Right Now
Fresh Impact 3/16 featuring Sioux Falls consulting CFO Megan Dahle

CARES Act & TeleTownhall with Rep. Johnson
4/1 1 Million Cups Aberdeen & Sioux Falls

Paycheck Protection Program
More Info:

Additional Resources

LISC-Lowe's Rural Relief Small Business Grants --

10/13-10/23 Apply for SD Small Business Grants on

10/6 Video & Factsheet SD Retailers Association breaks down the details on the small business and start-up grants

LISC Small Business Relief Grant (Oct. 5 deadline)
Eligibility & Application

Governor Noem Outlines Framework for $400 Million in CARES Act Funding for South Dakota Small Businesses (9/9) 

SBA Debt Relief (Sept. 27 deadline)
Eligibility and application

Governor Noem Small Business Relief Fund
Eligibility and application

Paycheck Protection Program
Eligibility and application

Economic Injury Disaster Loan 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
For independent contractors, self-employed, and gig workers
Apply now

SBA Guidance on EIDL Advance

Comparison of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Payroll Protection Program (PPP)

NorthWestern Energy announced $300,000 in aid to assist communities they serve that are struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apply here

Small Business Guide to CARES Act
US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

CARE Act: What Small Businesses Need to Know 
3/27 US Chamber

Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Checklist
3/27 US Chamber

"SBA Approves Economic Injury Disaster Loan Fund Program Access for South Dakota" 
SD State 3/20

"Coronavirus: SD Lawmakers pass several emergency bills overnight to end 2020 session"
Argus Leader 3/31

"Here's What Is In The 'Families First' Coronavirus Aid Package Trump Approved"
NPR 3/19 - Free testing, paid sick leave, unemployment aid, and nutrition assistance

Guidance for Small and Medium Manufacturers

COVID-19 Manufacturing Best Practices
SD Manufacturing & Technology Solutions

“Seven ways to support the small businesses in your community during the coronavirus crisis”
Inc 3/16
Many other ideas out there. How can you offer creative ways for folks that love your business to help you get through this time?

"Gannett launches website to help local small businesses hit hard by coronavirus crisis"
Argus Leader 3/23 -- Add your business, or add your favorite places as a visitor

Restaurant Employee Relief Fund

How Facebook is Supporting Small Businesses
4/5 Mari Smith, social networking expert

SD Governor's Office of Economic Development

SD Department of Labor

U.S. Small Business Administration

IRS Tax Relief

Bush Foundation 

Main Street America

Facebook Small Business Grants Program

TechSoup Resources for Nonprofits

SD Small Business Development Center
SD Manufacturing & Technology Solutions
SD International Trade Center

Local Media & Updates

Day County Alerts

Reporter & Farmer daily updates

State of South Dakota

US Centers for Disease Control