Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Businesses
Please continue to check this page for updated resources to assist businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A 24/7 hotline has been set up for Iowans to call with COVID-19 related questions. Call 211 or 1-800-244-7431.
Osceola County announcements:
- Click here to watch an interview with Ben Davis, ORHC CEO with Pam Juber, RN, Director of Osceola Community Health Services
- Please Donate Personal Protective Equipment to Osceola Community Health Services
- F.A.C.E. (Faith And Community Engage) Masks - Osceola Regional Health Center is seeking volunteers to sew cloth masks
- Coronavirus Update For Employers from the Osceola Regional Health Center
State of Iowa:
- COVID-19 Targeted Small Business (TSB) Sole Operator Fund - A fund has been created to support TSBs with zero employees that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Review the requirements, eligibility guidelines and complete an application here.
- Iowa Small Business Relief Fund:
- The grant application period has passed. Applications are currently being reviewed and award decisions are expected to be made within two weeks. If you applied, here is an update from Iowa EDA (posted 4.3.2020)
- The application for deferral of the eligible taxes and waiver of penalty and interest remains open. Apply and get more information here.
- Governor Reynolds is holding daily press conferences at 11am (note time change effective 4.6.2020). Watch on her Facebook page here.
- Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional closures (4.6.2020)
- Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration (3.26.2020)
- Governor Reynolds orders salons, tattoo parlors, swimming pools closed (3.22.2020)
- Gov. Reynolds signs additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration (3.20.2020)
- Governor Reynolds announces assistance for employees and employers affected by COVID-19 related layoffs
- Gov. Reynolds issues a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency
- Iowa Public Health Community Mitigration Strategies
Iowa Small Business Development Center:
The SBDC has offered to help any business applying for state or federal assistance. Please contact the Fort Dodge office first and then will direct you to someone who can help.
Many financial assistance programs have been announced as part of the new federal CARES Act:
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Frequently Asked Questions (4.7.2020)
- The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
- SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.
- Small businesses and sole proprietorships can begin to apply on April 3, while the starting date is April 10 for independent contractors and the self employed.
- The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.
- Paycheck Protection Program Application and Checklist
- Borrower Information Fact Sheet
- Lender Information Fact Sheet
- Iowa Based Lenders with SBA 750 Participation Agreements as of March 2020
- Treasury Issues Guidelines, Application Form for SBA Paycheck Protection Program
- Other CARES Act info:
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
- Small business owners are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.
- The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
- To apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here: https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications
- SBA Disaster Assistance Webinar for Small Businesses slides can be found here or watch a video with a good explanation of the program on the Advance Iowa FB page here.
- The SBA have provided a tool to find a nearby lender eligible to issue a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program Enter your Zip Code here to start the search: https://lnkd.in/gN2wSsG
More from the SBA
- If you are unable to reach SBA Iowa's office line, please call mobile numbers or email found here. You can call the disaster hotline 1-800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
IRS Employee Retention Tax Credit
- The new employee retention credit can help employers keep employees on their payroll.
- The new employee retention credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19.
- More IRS information available at: www.irs.gov/coronavirus#COVIDreliefIRS
- Iowa Workforce Development outlines CARES Act benefits and implementation
- The CARES Act benefit programs will expand the group of people eligible for unemployment benefits to include the self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, and gig economy workers as well as workers who have exhausted their benefits.
- IWD is now accepting applications for CARES Act benefits. For those who were previously eligible and have already applied, please continue to file your weekly claim. For those who are self-employed or requesting an extension of benefits and are not currently filing weekly claims, please submit your initial application now. You may file a claim here. If you have already filed a claim, you do not need to take any action at this time. Additional information on the CARES Act can be found here.
- PTO and Unemployment Benefits Talking Points
- Employees impacted by COVID-19 closures can and should apply for unemployment benefits online here: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/file-claim-unemployment-insurance-benefits
- In order to comply with current recommended guidelines regarding reducing large gatherings, Iowa Workforce Development strongly encourages claimants to use the online filing system.
- If customers do not have online access, they can call the unemployment insurance customer service line at 1-866-239-0843 and staff can file your claim for you over the phone.
- Click HERE to watch an Employer Webinar: Covid-19 and Unemployment Benefits for Employers
- Covid 19 for businesses
- Covid 19 for workers
- Voluntary work share for businesses
School District Updates:
- Sibley-Ocheyedan School District COVID-19 Information
- Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn School District updates
- Harris-Lake Park School District Updates
- Sheldon Community School District Updates
- WEBINAR: Federal COVID-19 Legislation: What do they mean for nonprofits? Tuesday April 7th at 2pm. REGISTER
- Resources for Nonprofit Organizations from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
- Webinar: Understanding State and Federal Assistance Programs for Nonprofits
- Iowa Legal Aid: 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak: What you need to know
- Nonprofits and Coronavirus, COVID-19
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
- CDC Resources for Businesses and Employers
- OSHA Guidance for COVID-19
- Child Care Guidance in Response to COVID-19 from Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral. For any questions call (877) 216-8481 weekdays 8am-4.30pm
- DHS Child Care Availability
- Iowa COVID-19 Cases By County
- FEMA rumor control page
- Federal Coronavirus Site
- US Department of Labor info on recent Paid Leave for Workers legislation in addition to tax credits for small to midsize businesses.
- Advance Iowa has launched a free video series to support the business community during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- This series will be available live through the Advance Iowa and Center for Business Growth and Innovation Facebook pages twice a day; 10am and again at 2pm.
- Up-to-date information on DNR services, facilities and events impacted by COVID-19
- USDA Rural Development Launches COVID-19 Resource Webpage