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Updates from Iowa's Governor Kim Reynolds

June 10, 2020

Today Governor Kim Reynolds issued a proclamation lifting the 50% capacity restrictions for businesses as of Friday, June 12th. They are still required to comply with social distancing and other hygiene requirements.

April 27th, 2020

State Guidance on the following:

April 21, 2020 - TestIowa is a new initiative in partnership with our state leaders and private corporations. Our goal is to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing so Iowans can have better access to testing and help stem the spread of COVID-19 to get us back to normal as quickly as possible.


View video press conferences and news releases from the office of the Governor. - COVID-19 In Iowa website. This page provides information, maps, and resources about the coronavirus response in our local area.


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Iowa Economic Development Authority

COVID-19: Iowa Business Recovery Assistance

Resources gathered by Iowa Economic Development Authority including financial assistance, Iowa Impact, Financial Guidance, Busines Guidance, Health Recommedations, and Connectivity Resources.

Visit the website (


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COVID-19 Small Business Resources

SBDC Webinars for Small Businesses

SBDC Materials for Small Businesses

Disaster Loan Comparison Guide

SBA and SBDC Small Business Help with COVID-19 Pandemic

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U.S. Small Business Administration

See our Assistance page for more info regarding loans and grants.

Guidance for Businesses - COVID-19

The SBA prepared guidance for businesses and employers to plan and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019.

SBA Disaster Assistance Webinar for Small Businesses

Slide presentation from the March 24th webinar. 

SBA Disaster Loan Assistance Portal

Apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan online via the SBA portal:

U.S. Small Business Administration
Processing and Disbursement Center
14925 Kingsport Rd.
Ft. Worth, TX 76155-2243

(The SBA recommends online or email. Mailing the application will add 1-2 weeks to the application process)                                                                                                        

  • NOTE: After applicants have completed the PDF versions of application forms, people should double-check to see if the online Electronic Loan Application has been restored before sending the PDF forms to the SBA via email or regular mail. 
  • If it turns out that the applicant can log-in to the Electronic Loan Application at that point, they should transfer the information they typed into the PDF version of the forms and enter the information into the Disaster Loan Application Portal. While this may be duplicative work, the Disaster Loan applications submitted through the portal will take less time for the SBA to process.


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August 3, 2020

Weekly COVID Ag Updates - Weekly 60-minute virtual updates held on Mondays from 7:30 - 8:30 pm.

May 1, 2020

Small Business Best Practices

Retail Ready-to-Open Resources

Restaurant Ready-to-Open Resources


Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service

COVID-19 information for businesses and manufacturers

With the global spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus disease) the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) at Iowa State University is providing educational guides and direct support for our clients to help them plan, prepare, protect, and recover their operations.


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Coping with COVID-19, Creative Solutions for Business

Advance Iowa frequently has live webinars via Zoom. And all of their past webinars are archived on their site. You can also follow them on Facebook to get alerts each time they are live. 

Upcoming Webinars


Recent Webinars:

Creative Pivots for Restaurants during COVID-19 - May 1

Online Retail During COVID-19 - April 30

Insurance and COVID-19, Business Insurance Consideration - April 23

Managing in Turbulant Times-COVID19 Discussion

Making Bankruptcy a Last Resort

Navigating Families and Business in a Time of Crisis

Taking Care of yourself and others during times of stress

Keeping in Touch with Customers While They are at Home

The Grief Process at Work


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U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Small Business Loans available through the CARES Act Information Sheet (added 4/6/20)

Combating the Coronavirus

Resources for businesses, communications tool kit, chamber actions and business response.

COVID-19 cOVERAGE: Resources & Relief Info for Small Business

Guidance and resources for small businesses.

Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Complete coverage , updated daily with new resources to assist you and  your business.

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Iowa Department of Public Health

Community Mitigation Strategies and current confirmed cases by county, including demographics. Updated daily. (


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

 The following interim guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, in non-healthcare settings: 

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Separate sick employees
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning 

More interim guidance for businesses and employers


Verizon Wireless logoVerizon Small Business Webinar Series

Free webinars designed to provide small business owners with knowledge and trends to help your business grow.


The National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse

Rapid response teams have been coordinating with manufacturers globally with the capacity to produce. Within weeks, millions of units of personal protective equipment (PPE) should be available for distribution.

We are working with governments to determine where demand is and where it is most urgent. This is a tool designed to gather data as efficiently as possible to assist in distribution efforts.

Please note this process is rapidly evolving and we are doing our best to be as responsive to emergent needs as quickly as possible. However, please bear with us given the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic.


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The White House announced new telehealth initiatives including expanding Medicare immediately to cover telemedicine. Click here to download a fact sheet with commonly asked questions. Call your doctor's office if you have additional questions.


Tracking and Understanding the Spread

USA Today answered tons of questions from the public about coronavirus. 

Johns Hopkins University is tracking the spread of the coronavirus around the world, including in the U.S. See the below map for the very latest.


Telework (Working from Home) and other HR-Related Resources

Working from Home and Loving it  (

What do I need to work from home due to coronavirus? (

Checklist For Companies With Remote Employees Due to COVID-19 (Forbes

ThinkHR Corporation - Sample Model Pandemic Flu Policy

HRSimple - Coronavirus Updates for Iowa 



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