Pandemic Resources, Opportunities, and Recommendations for Businesses

Updated: Jan 21

As we come across links to helpful information for small businesses, we post it here.

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Brick and Mortar is compiling links as a resource to local and regional businesses. It is our mission to help small businesses succeed in this constantly changing time.

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Not to Miss

The City of Duluth is waiving fees for businesses to use the sidewalk and parking areas for Social Distancing and Curbside Delivery. Also for Sign Permits. Applying for each Permit is still required. Information on Outdoor and Expanded Alcohol Service can be found here as well. Visit the Outside Your Front Door page of the City's website. The City is more flexible and ready to help than ever - be creative and reach out to planning with questions

MN Dept of Health Social Media Toolkit

Worth a Read

EY: Building a better working world, a company that works with a sizes of businesses solving their pressing issues and they share the insights in articles. Check them out and get inspired.


Minnesota Retailers Association has great resources, signs to print, summarized best practices, webinars and more

Retail Doctor Bob Phibbs. Contact:

Takes questions on his Facebook on Saturdays and addresses them live Sunday mornings Free course link: Reopening Retail and Rebuilding Trust

Article: 10 Reasons to be Optimistic about Retail after COVID-19

Retail Prophet Doug Stevens

Blog posts, Podcast, hosting live Webinars

Article: To Save Retail, Let It Die (09 05 2017) This one is a bit spooky in its accuracy

ReOpening Safely: Strategies for Safer Retail Stores created by the American Institute of Architects

Restaurants and Bars

AIA MN is mobilizing architects to provide one-hour consultation services to restaurants, bars, and food service establishments, on a first come basis

Architects Association (AIA) has posted example social distancing layouts for .pdf download

Support multiple Northland restaurants at once by visiting Strong Northland

The online food ordering system, under Google. Per order fee waived until July 1st


Eden, a workplace platform available the largest metro areas, has created a Tactical 12 Point Plan for Workplace Reentry. There are great tips here for all businesses. 35 page .pdf

ReOpening Safely: Strategies for Safer Offices created by the American Institute of Architects

What's Going on Locally

Know which of your favorite Lincoln Park Businesses are open and when

Share with the City of Duluth your thoughts on what they can do to allow for easier commerce during COVID-19?