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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

Date: Monday, March 23, 2020 Time: 3:30 PM

There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a whirlwind of changes for our businesses and is having an impact on all of our daily lives. WCEDC has compiled this list of helpful programs and resources to help your business navigate this new and ever-changing environment. 
Governor's Newsroom Updates
The Office of the Governor of Iowa is continually updating and releasing information as this situation unfolds. 
IEDA Resource Guide
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has released a comprehensive guide for businesses and has created two new funding programs to assist Iowa Businesses:
  • Iowa Small Business Relief Fund (Application deadline is Noon on Tuesday, March 31, 2020) 
  • Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund

Learn more here

GDMP Resource Guide
The GDMP has released a comprehensive guide for businesses and acts as a hub of additional resources on topics including, but not limited to:
  • Business Planning and Preparedness
  • Illness Prevention
  • Supporting Local During COVID-19

Click here to review the GDMP resource guide.

SBA Funding Resources
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has put together a small business guidance & loan resource guide for assistance specifically related to small businesses. Types of assistance found in the guide include:
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
  • Guidance for Businesses and Employers
  • SBA Products and Resources
  • Government Contracting
  • Local Assistance

Click here for the SBA funding resources


Facebook Grant Opportunity
Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. This program will be opening in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back often for updates!
FCC Keep Americans Connected Pledge
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced the Keep Americans Connected Initiative. In order to ensure that Americans do not lose their broadband or telephone connectivity as a result of these exceptional circumstances, he specifically asked broadband and telephone service providers, and trade associations, to take the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. So far, over 390 companies and associations have signed the Chairman's pledge to Keep Americans Connected. Learn more about the pledge at the link below:
IWD Resource Guide
Iowa Workforce Development has compiled a comprehensive resource guide for employers during this situation. To learn about frequently asked questions regarding employer and employees, unemployment insurance benefits, webinars, and more, please check out the IWD website for a collection of resources.

Warren County Businesses During COVID-19

The Chambers of Commerce in Warren County are compiling lists of Warren County businesses that are getting creative with responses to COVID-19 within their communities. Please visit the Chambers of Commerce to see what local businesses are offering during this unique situation.


Carlisle Chamber Updates & Guide

Indianola Chamber Updates & Guide

Norwalk Chamber Updates & Guide


COVID-19 and Your Community

You can visit your community information by visiting their webpages as well, please click on your community below for more information.