Following are links to helpful information that we have collected, to help you navigate all of the changes due to the COVID-19 crisis.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Alissa O'Connor at 515-332-2557 or email 

Updates from Iowa's Governor Kim Reynolds

Business Guidelines for COVID19
IDPH Reopening Guidance (05.13.20)
Reopening Criteria for Restaurants from the IA Dept. of Inspections and Appeals

Interim Guidance for Restaurants & Bars reopening guidance from the CDC for restaurants and bars
USDA Federal COVID-19 Business Resources summary of business resources provided from USDA
Food and Grocery Retail Business Fact Sheet guidance from the CDC regarding food and grocery retail business
Food and Grocery Delivery and Pickup Fact Sheet from the CDC regarding food and grocery delivery and pickup services
Guide to Conquering a Business Crisis  guide created by SBDC to help businesses conquer the COVID-19 crisis
Iowa’s SBDA COVID-19 Information
Focus on Five Key Areas Triage Support for Businesses

COVID-19: Iowa Business Recovery Assistance from the Iowa Economic Development Authority including financial guidance, business impact survey and other relevant information
Marketing Your Business During COVID-19 learn more about how to market you business, products and services during these challenging times
SBDC Webinars to Help You Cope with COVID-19 The California Small Business Development Center created webinars aimed at helping your business cope with COVID-19.  Please click the link for a complete list of the available webinars.
Essential Business Explanation
U.S. Department of the Treasury, IRS and The U.S. Department of Labor Announced Plan to Implement Coronavirus-Related Paid Leave for Workers and Tax Credits for Small and Midsize Businesses to Swiftly Recover the Cost of Providing Coronavirus-Related Leave
 The U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020.  The act will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The legislation will enable employers to keep their workers on their payrolls, while at the same time ensuring that workers are not forced to choose between their paychecks and the public health measures needed to combat the virus.

Employee Impact During COVID-19 (SBDC) learn more about pivoting employees and potential employee impacts during the pandemic.  
US Chamber of Commerce’s Guide for Employers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19
Getting Your Business Ready for COVID-19 World Health Organization


COVID-19 Workplace Tips for Employees from the US Chamber of Commerce
Unemployment Information for Employers and Employees Iowa Work Force Development
COVID-19 Unemployment Scenarios & Benefits Chart You can file for unemployment insurance benefits online here
USDA Rural Development Support Programs (FOR EMPLOYEES) learn more about programs USDA Rural Development is offering to individuals.

Back to Business Iowa Podcasts 
a series of podcasts and webinars aimed to help answer questions for small businesses related to the COVID-19 pandemic 
Iowa Legal Aid Information
Walmart to Host Webinar Series for Small Businesses to Supply Walmart and E-Commerce 
Walmart hosted a series of webinars in early April to invite U.S. small business to supply Walmart Stores and its e-commerce platform.  This is a great opportunity for small businesses looking to reach new customers in the current environment.   
Iowa Department of Public Health Community Mitigation Strategies and current confirmed cases by county, including demographics. Updated daily. 
Iowa State University CIRAS COVID-19 Information for Businesses and Manufacturers
Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
 guidance from the CDC for businesses and employers to plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19
Supply Chain Disruption Planning
FREE Operational, Financial and Market Comparison Information.
 link for FREE reports that will equip business owners with FREE operational, financial and local market comparisons to their competition

Business Resiliency Webinar webinar aimed at Business Resiliency: Keeping the Lights On.
Google Numbers Want your clients to have a phone number to call but don’t want to give out your personal cell or home number?
Travel Iowa COVID-19 Update 
travel related closures and cancellations here