Pine River Chamber invites businesses to financial assistance presentation

Members and nonmembers invited to learn about financial assistance options


Members and nonmembers of the Pine River Chamber of Commerce are invited to a presentation at Bites Grill and Bar to review one option for financial assistance during COVID-19.

The presentation at noon Tuesday, March 16, will feature Cy Struss of First National Bank North and Larrie Nelson of Pine River State Bank. They will speak on Payroll Protection Program loans available to businesses that have continued to employ workers during the pandemic.

The program is designed to help businesses to keep staff during the pandemic. Struss and Nelson are expected to lay out the details for those present, including:

  • PPP second draw loans.
  • Who qualifies.
  • How and when businesses earn forgiveness.
  • How the loan amounts are determined.
  • How to apply.

Qualifying businesses must be able to prove that gross revenues were down 25% during any quarter in 2020. Deadline for applications is March 31. Further details will be discussed at the luncheon.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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