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:

Osceola Regional Health Center:

State of Iowa:

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.

CARES Act:
Many financial assistance programs have been announced as part of the new federal CARES Act:

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 disastercustomerservice@sba.gov 
  • 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:

  • 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:

Other resources: