Latest COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Information Clearinghouse
1/22/21: Iowa Restaurant and Bar Relief Grant Program - An Extension of the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program
1/14/21: SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to Small Lenders on Friday, January 15 and All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19
8/3/20: Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund Launches
8/3/20: ISU Extenstion Weekly Ag Updates
7/17/20: Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program Launches
7/17/20: Governor Reynolds launches #StepUpMaskUp
6/15/20: SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
6/10/20: Gov. Reynolds lifts 50% capacity for businesses beginning June 12
6/5/20: Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act
5/20/20: SBA and Treasury release application for PPP Loan Forgiveness
5/6/20: Funding Opportunities Available to Childcare Programs
5/4/20: NEW: SBA is now accepting COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance applications for agricultureal small businesses.
5/1/20: Iowa State Universtiy Extension provides business resources including "Retail Ready-to-Open" and "Restaurant Ready-to-Open" resources.
4/27/20: Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation loosening social distancing measures in 77 Iowa Counties effective, Friday, May 1st. (Includes Northwest Iowa Counties.)
4/27/20: SBA resumes accepting PPP applications from participating lenders Monday, April 27th.
4/27/20: America's SBDC Iowa hosts weekly webinar series. Tuesday April 28th features Debi Durham talking about IEDA and state programs. 2pm.
4/23/20: America's SBDC launches social media campaign to support local business, "The 5-Day Challenge"
4/21/20: Governor Kim Reynolds introduces Testiowa.com health assessment website to track the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. Take the assessment today.
4/20/20: Verizon small Business Webinar Series: Pivoting your business: A 30/60/90 day plan. Tuesday, April 21, 1:00pm.
4/16/20: PPP for Sole Proprieters & Indpendent Contractors webinar by NIACC John PappaJohn Entrepreneurial Center
4/15/20: COVID-19 in Iowa website. This page provides information, maps, and resources about the coronavirus response in our local area.
4/15/20: Iowa Small Business Relief Fund for small businesses that are not recipients of Federal and State small business relief dollars
4/14/20: Join Advance Iowa for Live Webinars every weekday to help you navigate COVID-19 resources for your small business
4/14/20: Federal Reserve takes additional actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy
4/6/20: Iowa Workforce Development outlines CARES Act benefits and implementation
4/2/20: With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, SBA and Treasury Begin Unpecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds
4/1/20: Treasury Issues Guidelines, Application Form for SBA Paycheck Protection Program
3/31/20: Farm Bureau: What's in the CARES Act for Food and Agriculture
3/25/20: USDA Rural Development Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19.
3/25/20: COVID-19 Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund - Assistance for TSBs with zero employees that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
3/24/20: The IEDA Small Business Relief Grant Program & Tax Deferral program information and application are now available. Deadline to apply is 3/31.
3/24/20: SBA Disaster Assistance Webinars for Small Businesses - Tuesday March 24th and Thursday, March 26th, 2:30-4:00pm.
3/23/20: Iowa Small Business Relief Fund applications will be available beginning March 24th.
3/23/20: Carranza Implements Automatic Deferment on Existing SBA Disaster Loans Through End of 2020
3/21/20: Iowa Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19 Can Now Apply For an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (US Small Business Administration)
3/20/20: US tax filing deadline moved to July 15 (Wall Street Journal)
3/19/20: SBA Updates Criteria on States for Requesting Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) (U.S. Small Business Administration)