Best Buy

It's one of the first: Best Buy started letting customers back into its stores last week — but it's by appointment only.

This includes the Duluth location, where you can make appointments with a sales associate or Geek Squad member.

All Best Buy staff will wear gloves and masks, and will undergo a health check before each shift. They're asking everyone to practice social distancing guidelines and will sanitize surfaces and areas after each appointment.

You can schedule an appointment by phone, online or via the store's app.

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As an increasing number of stores open in the coming weeks, their rollouts of safety plans will be something to watch. They can't go back to pre-pandemic operations and most — if not all — will be adjusting operations.

Returning to work

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce released a checklist for businesses returning to work.

Of course, not all businesses can start back up yet. So I hope the chamber's list will be helpful in the future.

First, it reminds businesses to look over guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The remainder of its advice covers social distancing, personal protective equipment, facilities cleaning and sanitizing, vendor engagement, customer engagement, travel policies, employee health, communication responsibilities, risk management and more.

It's available on the chamber's website.

Jobs board

Stay at home executive orders have made it more difficult for people with disabilities to find support workers.

Thankfully, an online job board that matches people with disabilities to personal care assistants and other direct support workers has improved some of its features, according to a news release.

Direct Support Connect is a free, statewide job board that enhanced its job descriptions, job searching abilities and messaging features. The state's Department of Human Services created the website.

Anyone who wants to hire a support worker or find employment as a PCA can use the website.

Shop till you drop

The Laurentian Chamber of Commerce has launched a new app that connects shoppers to Iron Range businesses.

"Shop the Range" is your go-to place for business location, hours, promos, websites, events and more.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the chamber reminds us — more than ever — that we need to support small businesses. And this is one way to do it.

More information is available at or by looking up "Shop the Range" in your phone's app store.

Kelly Busche covers business and health for the News Tribune. As an avid online shopper, her response to the new Shop the Range app is "yes!"