COVID-19 Information & Resources
[UPDATE: Tuesday, February 23, 2021]
The Biden-Harris Administration and the U.S. Small Business Administration are taking steps with the Paycheck Protection Program to further promote equitable relief for America’s mom-and-pop businesses.
The SBA will:
- Immediately implement (starting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24) a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees
- Allow sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants
- Eliminate an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal
- Eliminate PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make federal student loan payments by eliminating federal student loan debt delinquency and default as disqualifiers to participating in the PPP; and
- Ensure access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.
- Addressing waste, fraud, and abuse across all federal programs. Unlike the previous round of the PPP, loan guaranty approval is now contingent on passing SBA fraud checks, Treasury’s Do Not Pay database, and public records.
- Promoting transparency and accountability by improving the PPP loan application.
- Improving the Emergency Relief Digital Front Door.
- Continuing to conduct extensive stakeholder outreach to learn more about challenges and opportunities in the implementation of current emergency relief programs.
- Enhancing the current lender engagement model.
Borrowers can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program by downloading the First Draw PPP loan application or Second Draw PPP loan application and working with a participating PPP lender through the SBA Lender Match tool.
Read the Press Release to learn more
[UPDATE: Friday, January 8th, 2021]
Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation. The proclamation continues to require that when people are in an indoor public space, and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn.
The only change in the proclamation is:
Spectator limits for sporting and recreational gatherings, including for high school-sponsored events, will be lifted Friday, January 8th, 2021.
Other public health measures have been extended until Saturday, February 6th, 2021.
Click HERE to view the full proclamation.
[UPDATE: Monday, January 4th, 2021]
This week, SBA announced that the deadline to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic Economic Injury Disaster Loan has been extended to December 31, 2021.
To date, SBA has approved $197 billion in low-interest loans, which provide U.S. small businesses, non-profits, and agricultural businesses working capital funds. Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications will continue to be accepted through December 2021, pending the availability of funds.
Loans are offered at affordable terms, including a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin. All eligible small businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to apply.
[UPDATE: Wednesday, December 16th, 2020]
Today, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed an updated proclamation requiring social distancing and reasonable public health measures doe many social, community, business, and leisure activities.
For high school-sponsored events and other sporting or recreational events, including youth and adult sporting events, spectators are no longer limited to just two spectators if all spectators are from the same household.
Restaurants or bars, including a wedding reception venue, winery, brewery, distillery, country club, or other social or fraternal clubs can resume in-person services at their regular business hours. Bar seating is now allowed.
These new measures take effect on Thursday, December 17, 2020, and expire on January 8, 2021.
The full proclamation can be found online HERE.
[UPDATE: Wednesday, December 9th, 2020]
Today, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing health measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
A summary of the enhanced public health measures can be found HERE.
[UPDATE: Monday, November 30th, 2020]
COVID-19 testing is now available at Women’s Health & Family Services located at 2635 Lincolnway, Clinton, IA 52732. Call 563-243-1413 to schedule an appointment.
[UPDATE: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020]
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday announced new statewide mitigations, including reduced capacity limits at many businesses, to combat the surge of COVID-19. The restrictions, formally called Tier 3 mitigations, will take effect at midnight Friday, Nov. 20, in all 11 state-designated regions
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will continue to track the positivity rates and hospital capacity metrics in regions over a 14-day monitoring period to determine if mitigations can be relaxed; if additional mitigations are required; or if current mitigation should remain in place.
Below is a summary of the new mitigation requirements:
Retail (including service counters)
- Operate at no more than 25% capacity, including general merchandise stores, “big box” stores that offer groceries and pharmacy and convenience stores
- Grocery stores and pharmacies may operate at up to 50% capacity
- Encourage delivery or curbside pickup options wherever possible
- When in-store shopping is necessary, promote efficient trips and consistent circulation
Personal care services
- Operate at the lesser of 25 clients or 25% capacity
- Face coverings must be worn at all times by clients and service providers
- Suspend services where a face covering cannot be worn (e.g. facials, beard trims)
- Physical, occupational and massage therapy allowed as deemed necessary by a medical provider, but appointments must be spaced by a minimum of 15 minutes, and facilities should take steps to sanitize and circulate clean air through service rooms before and after each service
- Virtual consultations recommended
Health and fitness centers
- Operate at no more than 25% capacity
- No indoor group classes
- Face coverings must be worn at all times, including while engaged in individual exercise regardless of person or machine spacing
- Reservations required
- Locker room areas should be closed
- Hotel room occupancy should be limited to registered guests only, with the maximum allowance being the number of individuals permissible per existing fire code for each applicable guest room
- Fitness centers should be closed, or operated only on a reservation model, with capacity limited to 25% of the maximum occupancy for the room
- Grab-and-go food allowed
- Event and meeting space closed
- Additional COVID training for all employees required even if previous training occurred
- Operators should coordinate with IDPH to implement testing protocols and contact tracing, upon request, consistent with available testing supplies
- All employees must wear face coverings at all times unless eating or drinking; exemptions only for safety purposes
- Only manufacturing staff and key personnel allowed in facilities. Non-production employees must work remotely. Non-essential staff and visitors are not permitted. Exemptions only for critical equipment repairs, supply deliveries and safety reasons (“critical visitors”)
- All critical visitors must have an Employee Health and Safety (EHS)-approved risk-assessment done in advance, including travel history, tracking and temperature check prior to entrance
- Implement additional workstation realignment when feasible
- Stagger and space shifts, and designate shift entrances and exits (when possible) to minimize interactions of employees across unique shift groupings
- Station sanitation required at beginning and end of shifts
- Operators must suspend COVID-19-related incentive pay and promote staying home when sick or showing symptoms
- Implement temporary leave policies to accommodate workers who are sick
- Develop and implement safety protocols for employee travel vans to promote spacing, require face coverings, temperature checks, air circulation and vehicle sanitization
Bars and restaurants
- All bars and restaurants must close between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following day
- No indoor service
- All bar and restaurant patrons should be seated at tables outside
- No ordering, seating or congregating at bar (bar stools should be removed)
- Tables should be 6 feet apart
- No standing or congregating outdoors while waiting for a table or exiting
- No dancing or standing indoors
- No tables exceeding 6 people
- Reservations required for each party
- No seating of multiple parties at one table
Indoor recreation, theaters, cultural Institutions (e.g. casinos, bowling, arcades, movie theaters, museums and zoos)
- Gaming and casinos close
- Indoor recreation centers, including theaters, performing arts centers and indoor museums and amusement centers close
- Livestreaming of performances encouraged with social distancing of performers and minimum operational staff
- Outdoor activities allowed at 25% capacity or less
- Outdoor group activities limited to 10 or fewer people; participants/guests must wear face coverings at all times
- Reservations for outdoor activities required for each guest
In order for a region to move back to Tier 2 mitigations, a region must experience less than 12% test positivity rate for three consecutive days; greater than 20% available intensive care unit (ICU) and hospital bed availability; and declining COVID-19 hospitalizations in seven out of the last 10 days.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, November 17th, 2020]
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced new COVID-19 mitigations late Monday, expanding the mask mandate, further limiting gathering sizes and reducing bar and restaurant hours, among other measures to slow the spread of the virus. The new rules took effect at midnight Tuesday, Nov. 17, and will continue through Dec. 10, 2020.
- Masks are required at all indoor public places when and where individuals are unable to socially distance for 15 minutes or longer
- Masks must be worn by all workers who have direct contact with patrons, and patrons must wear masks when they are not seated at their table to eat or drink (while playing games, dancing, etc.)
- See Section Five of the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for a list of exceptions
- No more than 15 people indoors and 30 people outdoors
- These restrictions apply to wedding receptions, family gatherings, conventions and other nonessential gatherings but do not apply to gatherings that occur during the ordinary course of business or government
Restaurants and bars
- Establishments must close in-person services between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- No bar seating
- 6 feet distancing between groups
- Groups limited to eight people unless the larger group is from the same household
- Patrons must be seated when eating or drinking, and businesses must limit congregating
- These restrictions also apply to wedding reception venues; wineries; breweries; distilleries; country clubs and other social/fraternal clubs; bowling alleys; pool halls; bingo halls; arcades; indoor playgrounds; and children’s play centers
Sporting and recreational events:
- Youth and adult group sporting and recreational gatherings are prohibited except at the high school, college and professional levels
- In addition to mask and social distancing requirements, only two spectators permitted per each high school athlete, performer or competitor
- Students can be closer than 6 feet and are not required to wear masks
- Group fitness activities are prohibited
- These restrictions apply to health clubs, health spas and gyms
A hospital must reduce its in-patient, nonessential surgeries to a level that uses at least 50% fewer beds than it did on average during Sept. 2020
[UPDATE: Tuesday, November 10th, 2020]
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed an updated proclamation highlighting the use of masks or face coverings, avoidance of high-risk activities, and employee and public restrictions. The proclamation also details requirements for gatherings of more than ten people.
Click HERE to read the full proclamation.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, September 29th, 2020]
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a new proclamation extending the disaster proclamation to October 4th, 2020. The updated proclamation also enforces the continued restrictions placed on Johnson and Story counties.
Click HERE to read the updated proclamation.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, September 1st, 2020]
Governor Reynolds allocated federal CARES Act Funds to assist Iowa farmers, producers, and biofuel producers impacted by COVID-19. The Iowa Beginning Farmer Debt Relief Fund and the Iowa Livestock Producer Relief Fund provide short-term relief to eligible Iowa farmers. The Iowa Biofuels Relief Program provides relief funding to eligible biofuel producers located in Iowa.
Click HERE to learn more!
[UPDATE: Thursday, August 27, 2020]
Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency.
The proclamation, effective at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2020, orders all bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs to close in
six counties: Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Story county. They may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises.
Restaurants in these six counties are permitted to remain open but must stop selling and serving alcoholic beverages after 10:00 p.m.
The proclamation also strongly encourages all Iowans two or older to wear a mask or other face-covering when in public settings, especially in circumstances when it is not possible to remain six feet away from others outside their household unless it is unsafe to do so because of health or disability.
These new public health measures remain in effect until September 20, 2020
Click HERE to download the full proclamation.
[UPDATE: Monday, August 17th, 2020]
In this interview, Andy Sokolovich of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation speaks with Jenny Holm of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce to develop a more robust understanding of the Chamber’s role in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting small businesses throughout the Greater Clinton Region.
If you are interested in participating in our latest interview series, please email email@example.com or call (563) 242-4536.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, August 4th, 2020]
Volunteer Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announces the launch of the Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund, an extension of the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program
The program will provide short-term relief to nonprofit organizations that have seen reduced revenue and/or increased costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible nonprofits may be awarded a grant of up to $25,000, based on income, expenses, outstanding obligations and other state and federal assistance received. The program has $10 million available, which was allocated through federal CARES Act funds.
Visit www.iowabusinessrecovery.com for more information!
[UPDATE: Friday, July 24th, 2020]
Iowa – Gov. Reynolds signs a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency for another 30 days
Click HERE to read the full proclamation.
[UPDATE: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020]
Updated CDC Guidance
Click HERE to view the updated CDC guidance regarding changes in isolation recommendations for symptomatic persons.
[UPDATE: Friday, July 17th, 2020]
COVID-19 Test Event in Maquoketa, IA – July 18th from 6 AM – 10 AM
A “pop-up” Test Iowa site has been scheduled for Saturday, July 18th from 6 AM to 10 AM at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 E Quarry St. Maquoketa, IA 52060. This will be a one-time drive up testing site and will close promptly at 10 AM.
Epic Health and Wellness, headquartered in Dubuque, is administering this free COVID-19 testing opportunity for residents in and around Jackson County in coordination with Clinton/Jackson County Public Health, Jackson County Economic Alliance, City of Maquoketa, Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, Maquoketa Police Department, Jackson County, and the Jackson County Fairgrounds.
People must first complete an assessment at www.testiowa.com and have the “QR” code that comes with completing the assessment. Testing will not be administered to people who have not completed the assessment and received the code. If you do not have access to the internet, please consult with your primary care physician regarding testing.
CRDC/EICC Interview w/Olivia & Kate of the O.K. Clinton Podcast
A HUGE thank you to Kate and Olivia of the O.K. Clinton Podcast for providing us with an opportunity to learn more about the COVID-19 impact on college students, the community vision through the eyes of young professionals, and why it’s important to get involved. This interview was inspiring!
Illinois Cure Funding
The State of Illinois will take steps to deploy $250 million to local governments in the coming months. The additional state relief funds will help local governments secure reimbursement on eligible costs associated with the emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis. The funding will be disbursed by the state to communities seeking reimbursement for emergency costs beginning in July.
- County and Municipal Governments DO NOT need to apply for assistance. 80% of the program’s assistance is allocated by rule and the department has determined how much will be initially allocated to each County and Municipality. The searchable PDF linked [HERE] indicates each amount.
- For local governments, which are not a County, a Municipality, or a Public Health Department the deadline is tomorrow, July 17. Local governments outside of Cook, Lake, Will, Kane, & DuPage that are not counties, municipalities, and certified public health departments can apply for the program. In addition, local governments serving areas that have been most disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency will be prioritized in the application process. List of zip codes for these areas [HERE]. Application for this category of units of local government is on the website [HERE].
[UPDATE: Friday, July 9th, 2020]
The deadline to apply for PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) funds has been extended to Saturday, August 8th, 2020.
Businesses disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic now have until Aug. 8, 2020, to apply for funds through the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting new loan applications Monday morning following President Trump’s signature of the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act on Saturday.
The previous deadline to apply for funds through the PPP was Tuesday, June 30. About $130 billion of the $670 billion designated for the PPP remain available for businesses.
Please contact your local lender for more information.
[UPDATE: Thursday, July 8th, 2020]
In this episode of the CRDC/EICC collaboration to interview business leaders, HR pros, educators, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders, Christine Caves and I engage two local innovators who are connecting rural communities with fiber internet service. Working from home was growing in popularity prior to the pandemic, but has become a necessity for many rural offsite professionals. Ensuring access to high-speed internet is essential!
Thanks to Scott and Tim of StradaComm for sharing your vision with our audience and supporting rural connectivity!
[UPDATE: Monday, July 6th, 2020]
IL Governor Pritzker Announces $250 Million in Additional Relief to Assist Communities with COVID-19 Emergency Response
SPRINGFIELD—Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) have announced the State will expedite a portion of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) dollars designated for local governments by the federal CARES Act. Through the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (Local CURE) Support Program, the State will take steps to deploy $250 million to local governments in the coming months. The additional state relief funds will help local governments secure reimbursement on eligible costs associated with the emergency response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Click HERE to view the full press release.
[UPDATE: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020]
CRDC/EICC Interview Series: Amy Simler, Vice President of Strategic Markets at McCarthy Bush Corporation
Iowa Workforce Development Adds Free Online Learning
Iowa Workforce Development announced it has partnered with online learning platform Coursera to offer free online learning opportunities to Iowans during the pandemic. Coursera offers more than 4,300 courses available from a variety of academic institutions and organizations worldwide. The online classes and certificate programs are available to Iowans at no cost if they register for and enroll in any of the courses by Sept. 20 and complete their courses by Dec. 31
Sign up & Learn More HERE
[UPDATE: Friday, June 26th, 2020]
IL Launches New Business Interruption Grants Program
***Applications open June 26th***
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will launch the first round of Business Interruption Grants (BIG) by providing $60 million to businesses experiencing losses or business interruption as a result of COVID-19 related closures. The BIG Program is available for up to 3,500 businesses that experienced a limited ability to operate due to COVID-19 related closures. DCEO will begin distributing funds to qualifying businesses in early July. The total program funding will amount to at least $540 million in grants for small businesses, $270 of which has been set aside for childcare providers, and is funded by the CARES Act.
In the first wave of grants, priority will be given to small businesses that have been heavily restricted or completely shut down during the pandemic and are located in DIAs. Businesses eligible for the program must have experienced extreme hardship, demonstrated by eligible costs or losses in excess of the grant amount, since March and may continue to face depressed revenues or closure. Businesses must also have been in operation for at least three months prior to March 2020. An emphasis will also be placed on those businesses that are located in areas that have experienced recent property damage due to civil unrest, exacerbating the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Specifically, the program includes support for:
- Businesses in DIAs – $20 million for businesses that are located in a subset of DIAs that have recently experienced significant property damage, providing 1,000 grants of $20,000 each
- Bars and Restaurants – $20 million for bars and restaurants unable to offer outside service, providing at least 1,000 grants of up to $20,000 each
- Barbershops and Salons – $10 million for barbershops and salons, providing 1,000 grants of $10,000 each
- Gyms and Fitness Centers – $10 million for gyms and fitness centers that have lost significant revenue due to COVID-19, providing 500 grants of $20,000 each
WHEN AND WHERE TO APPLY: DCEO will begin accepting applications on June 26th. The application submission portal will be posted on this webpage. Until the 26th, DCEO is posting the application questions (below) and required documents for businesses and business support organizations to read, review and prepare. *While a portion of funds are reserved for businesses located in DIAs, the following business types in non-DIA locations are also eligible to apply for assistance: bars and restaurants; barbershops and salons; gyms and fitness centers.
CLICK HERE to access the application.
CLICK HERE to read more about eligibility requirements.
CLICK HERE for an expanded breakdown of the program.
[UPDATE: Thursday, June 25th, 2020]
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signs proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration
Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation extends the public health mitigation measures that are currently in place, including the requirement to maintain social distancing in bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and similar venues. And it extends many of the regulatory relief measures previously implemented.
View the full proclamation HERE.
[UPDATE: Monday, June 22nd, 2020]
Illinois Release Phase IV Reopening Guidelines
To prepare businesses and employers to implement new and updated safety guidelines in Phase 4, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, posters, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest public health recommendations.
Phase 4 guidelines include five new industry categories and updated recommendations for the existing categories from Phase 3. Each set of guidelines includes a common set of guidelines that are expected and encouraged among all employers and activity types, as well as workplace and program-specific guidelines.
See an overview of the Phase 4 changes here.
SBA Rolls Out Dedicated Tool for Small Businesses to Connect with CDFIs, Small Asset Lenders Participating in PPP
The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza announced the launch of a dedicated online tool for small businesses and non-profits to be matched with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), Farm Credit System lenders, Microlenders, as well as traditional smaller asset size lenders in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
[UPDATE: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020]
Tomorrow morning, Thursday, June 18th, the Illinois Small Business Development Center is hosting a webinar on COVID-19 assistance.
Director Don Elmore will provide details about the financial options available, including eligibility requirements, what documents are necessary to apply, program terms, and more.
Click HERE to register via Facebook.
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19.
Learn more about SBA assistance.
[UPDATE: Monday, June 15th, 2020]
Iowa Economic Development Authority Reopening Guidance & Documents
With the economy reopening and Iowa communities open for business, it is critical we still do our part to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. As businesses put their plans in place to maintain the safety of their employees and consumers, we have helpful guidelines and resources to consider. Businesses that stayed open and/or already put safety practices in place can still use this as an opportunity for review.
Reopening Signage [PDF]
PPP Funding Reminder
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ends on June 30th. Almost $130 billion in funding still remains. If you have not accessed the PPP funding and are still interested, please contact a local lender NOW. It may take you a couple of days to find a lender and they need to have time to process the application before submitting it to the SBA. You DO NOT want to wait until June 30th.
Under new guidelines recently enacted by SBA and Treasury, borrowers now have 24 weeks to use PPP funds as opposed to 8 weeks, and the amount that must be used for payroll in order to qualify the loan for forgiveness has been reduced from 75% to 60 %. For any funds not fully forgiven on loans made after June 5, 2020, borrowers now have a 5-year time-frame to pay off the PPP loan (1% interest rate) as opposed to the original two-year time frame.
If you have already applied through a lender and it has not been processed yet, follow up on it immediately to make sure they are still processing the application. Please do not wait until the last minute if you want to access this critical funding.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020]
Thank you to Emily Schulz-Stiles, VP of HR at Citizens First Bank, for joining Andy Sokolovich of the CRDC and Christine Caves of Eastern Iowa Community College on a Zoom interview to discuss their COVID-19 response and opportunities moving forward. Citizens First Bank is celebrating 20 years serving the financial needs of the Greater Clinton Region!
[UPDATE: Monday, June 1st, 2020]
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Iowa Finance Authority director Debi Durham said Friday, May 29th, that the COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program will be available to Iowa renters and homeowners who are at risk of eviction and foreclosure due to a documented loss of income after March 17, according to rules posted on the Iowa Finance Authority website. Those who lost their jobs or saw a reduction in hours or pay due to the virus and resulting closures are eligible for the funds.
Click HERE to learn more about the COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program
[UPDATE: Friday, May 29th, 2020]
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds revealed during a press conference how the Iowa administration will allocate $1.25 billion in federal block grant funding.
The Governor revealed how her administration will allocate $1.25 billion in federal block grant funding received by Iowa to meet the costs of dealing with the pandemic.
$700 million will be allocated immediately as follows:
$215 million for small business relief, Housing assistance, workforce initiatives and feeding Iowa
$100 million relief for farmers
$125 million in relief for local governments
$80 million relief for Iowa health care providers
$85 million to expand tele-health, tele-work and tele-learning
$125 million to costs of the state response to COVID-19
The remaining $550 million would be reserved for the Unemployment Trust Fund and any unforeseen costs that must be addressed. All monies must be expended by 12/31/2020. Federal monies deposited in the UI Trust Fund will reduce the future payments from employers to replenish the fund balance.
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced that it is setting aside $10 billion of Round 2 funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses. These dedicated funds will further ensure that the PPP reaches all communities in need of relief during the COVID-19 pandemic – a key priority for President Trump.
Click HERE to learn more.
[UPDATE: Thursday, May 28th, 2020]
The City of Clinton, IA Mayor, Scott Maddasion, offered a final update on the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city is excited to reopen parks, bars, restaurants, and other businesses/organizations while obeying the proclamations issued by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
We had such a great conversation with Erin Clark, PHR, SHRM-CP, Human Resources Manager at the Clinton, Iowa, Nestlé Purina PetCare plant, that we decided to bring her back for round two! Erin has been with Nestlé Purina for over twelve years and has spent the past two years at the Clinton location. #THECommunitysCollege #clintondevelopment
[UPDATE: Tuesday, May 26th, 2020]
While COVID-19 is changing the way we do business, we look forward to entering a new phase of growth and recovery in Iowa. We’re asking businesses, attractions and organizations to take a few minutes and complete this NEW survey, which will help inform public policy on recovery and growth, including potential resources for businesses.
The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 29 at 5 p.m.
Click HERE to access the survey.
IA Governor Kim Reynolds issued an additional proclamation allowing racetracks, speedways, amusement parks, and casinos to reopen June 1st, 2020 with 50% capacity, social distancing, and other restrictions. The cancellation of the Iowa State Fair was discussed, but no decision has been made at this time.
Iowans are encouraged to take an online health assessment so that the state can develop a stronger understanding of the testing needs. The aassesment takes less than 5-minutes and is available at testiowa.com.
IL Phase-3 Business Toolkit
To prepare businesses and employers to implement the new safety guidelines and to bring many residents back to work, the State of Illinois has developed this business toolkit complete with signage, training checklists, and other resources to ensure business and activities are conducted in accordance with the latest and greatest public health recommendations.
Click HERE to access the toolkit and download as a PDF.
[UPDATE: Friday, May 22nd, 2020]
Eastern Iowa Community College partners with Clinton Regional Development Corporation and Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce to launch a no-cost 100% online Manufacturing Awareness Program. The program aims to provide manufacturing skills training via a state-of-the-art online tool to individuals displaced from careers in retail, hospitality, data entry, etc. Many individuals now find themselves seeking new opportunities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Manufacturing Awareness Program is your gateway to a new and successful career in a stable industry!
Click HERE to download the program one-sheet!
The Iowa Department of Public Health releases party infographic just in time for Memorial Day celebrations.
Click on the image above to view as a PDF.
[UPDATE: Wednesday, May 20th, 2020]
Third-Generation Family-Owned Business Benefits from PPP
For 64 years Air Control, Inc., of Clinton, Iowa met its clients’ needs through general construction, design build, HVAC installation, repair and maintenance, steel fabrication and industrial ventilation services. Led by a management team with 125 years of combined experience, it expanded into federal government contracting as an SBA certified 8(a) and women-owned business.
The COVID-19 pandemic hit Air Control hard, forcing it to lay off 35 percent of its 49 technicians and welders due to decreased business and safety risks. Thanks to an SBA-backed PPP loan through Citizens First Bank the company brought its team back to work on housekeeping maintenance and operation repairs during the downturn. President/CEO Mary Pat Connell said the PPP funding “ensured our team job security and income during these unsure times.”
Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration
Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits summer school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume on June 1. And effective this Friday, May 22, Movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place. Swimming pools will also be permitted to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons.
Governor Reynolds also announced that next Thursday, May 28, bars and other alcohol-related establishments that have been limited to carryout and delivery will be permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating. These establishments will follow the same public health measures that restaurants have been implementing for the past several weeks.
Click HERE to view the full proclamation.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, May 19th, 2020]
While COVID-19 is changing the way we do business, we look forward to entering a new phase of growth and recovery in Iowa. We’re asking businesses, attractions and organizations to take a few minutes and complete this NEW survey, which will help inform public policy on recovery and growth, including potential resources for businesses.
The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m.
Click HERE to access the survey.
Iowa Department of Public Health Reopening Decision Trees
The IDPH has created “decision trees” used to guide businesses, agencies, and organizations as they look to reopen. Click on the links below to access each report.
SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application.
Visit the U.S. Department of the Treasury website for more information.
The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist borrowers as they complete their applications, and to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities.
[UPDATE: Monday, May 18th, 2020]
In today’s press conference, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds noted that some restrictions have now been lifted statewide. While some businesses opened quickly, others will slowly reopen as they adjust. She stated that individuals must also determine how they will respond to the easing of the restrictions. The elderly and those with underlying conditions should still take great precautions when traveling outside of their homes. She noted that her decision to ease restrictions was a balance between public health and economic health – for individuals as well as the broader economy. She credited aggressive testing and ample data as assisting in the decision.
Today’s Manufacturing Awareness interview is with Connie Dell of Elkay Manufacturing! Listen in as we discuss workforce development, and the many opportunities available within manufacturing. Click on the link below to learn more about EICC’s Manufacturing Awareness Program –> https://bit.ly/3dOqSNG
COVID-19 AmeriCorps Recovery Effort
Volunteer Iowa is recruiting AmeriCorps and VISTA members and Host Sites to assist with Iowa’s COVID-19 recovery.Demands on nonprofits, including food banks and pantries, are higher than ever. Meanwhile, volunteering by our biggest volunteer group, high-risk seniors, has needed to decline due to COVID-19. By joining AmeriCorps you can help meet critical needs in your community.
As an AmeriCorps member, you can:
- Earn an education award for college or student loans
- Defer student loan payments
- Receive a living stipend
- Make a difference in your community
- Gain valuable career experience through service
Two month through one-year service terms are available. Learn more about how you can Get Things Done for America at https://serviceyear.org/icvs/disaster-response/JNgodZ/.
[UPDATE: Thursday, May 14th, 2020]
Mayor Scott of Clinton, IA provides a weekly update regarding COVID-19 and the city’s response.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has released updated guidance for reopening and additional guidance for those businesses offering direct client services such as salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, etc.
[UPDATE: Wednesday, May 13th, 2020]
Today, Iowa Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits salons, barbershops, and massage and tattoo establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place. It also permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, libraries, and race tracks to reopen in the 22 counties where they have remained closed. These changes are effective at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, May 15.
Click HERE to view the full proclamation.
Ready to Reopen: A Playbook for Your Small Business
A guide to helping businesses of all types and in all regions navigate the complex process of reopening and evolving post-coronavirus pandemic.
Click HERE to access the guide presented by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
With or without COVID-19, a critical economic development priority for our community is making sure that people can find work. The Greater Clinton Region is home to dozens of manufacturing companies that have vacancies and HR Directors eager to fill them. That is why we are thrilled to announce a new workforce development program called “Manufacturing Awareness Program” in partnership with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Clinton Community College. The new program’s purpose is to introduce interested people to the broad spectrum of jobs that make up manufacturing.
To learn more about the Manufacturing Awareness Program, click HERE to download the program one-sheet.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, May 12th, 2020]
IL Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity – The Office of Employment and Training / IllinoisworkNet are launching a new, online website platform created to attract and remotely connect employers seeking qualified applicants with job seekers looking for long-term employment.
Visit IllinoisWorkNet.com to learn more!
The Clinton Regional Development Corporation has partnered with Howes & Jefferies Realtors to launch a new video focused on promoting the Lyons Business & Technology Park in Clinton, Iowa.
[UPDATE: Monday, May 11th, 2020]
Sue Watkins, Branch Manager of the Clinton TEMP Associates office, joined Christine “Chris” Caves of The Talent Link and Andy Sokolovich of the CRDC to discuss their COVID-19 response and the future of the workforce in the Greater Clinton Region.
[UPDATE: Friday, May 8th, 2020]
Today’s interview is with Aimee Hammel, Human Resource Generalist with UFP Technologies. The Clinton plant creates reusable, 100% recycled molded fiber packaging.
“I look for transferrable skills when considering a new hire. Trust, patience, and the ability to adapt to change has proven essential during the COVID-19 pandemic response. It has been enjoyable witnessing leaders emerge among new challenges.” ~ Aimee Hammel
[UPDATE: Thursday, May 7th, 2020]
DES MOINES, Iowa — Governor Reynolds issued a new proclamation opening campgrounds in the state of Iowa, effective Friday, May 8, 2020.
The Iowa DNR will open state campgrounds at 8:00am on Friday, May 8 to campers with self-contained restrooms only. Self-contained is defined as a tent or pop-up camper with a portable toilet or an RV with a functioning, self-contained bathroom. Walk-in campers may begin registering at 8 am.
- Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10: walk-in only, first-come, first-served basis
- Monday, May, 11: reservations will go into effect
- The DNR’s campground reservation system will begin accepting reservations starting Friday, May 8 at 9:00am.
All other reservations will continue as reserved beginning May 15, unless otherwise notified directly by the DNR. The DNR extends an apology to those that had reservations scheduled during the May 8 – May 14 time period. Those reservations will not be honored because refunds have already been issued and the transactions are complete.
While state parks have seen a great influx of visitors at our parks, it is expected to see the same at the campgrounds. Parks staff will be closely monitoring these areas to avoid gatherings of groups larger than 10. Staff presence throughout the parks and campgrounds will remind and educate visitors to continue physical distancing while enjoying some of Iowa’s most beautiful public places. Campers should also abide by the following guidelines:
- Visitors will not be allowed in the campgrounds, only those occupying the campsites
- Campfires at the individual campsites will be limited to campers occupying that campsite
- Six occupants per campsite, unless immediate family contains more than six
- Some pit latrines are now open in busier day-use areas
- All modern restrooms and shower buildings, including water fountains, remain closed
- Communal picnic tables and grills are open for use at your own risk
- Playgrounds, day-use rental lodges and shelter houses will remain closed
- Cabins, yurts and shelter houses will remain closed
- Visitors centers, nature centers and museums within state parks will remain closed
- Beaches remain open but will be monitored closely
- Some campgrounds may be closed due to construction or maintenance issues, so please check the specific closure information below for each park before planning a camping trip.
For the latest closure information for state parks, campgrounds and trails, visit: www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks/Alerts-and-Closures
[UPDATE: Wednesday, May 6th, 2020]
Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa Director of Revenue Kraig Paulsen has announced businesses in Iowa can continue to apply for a deferral of state sales and/or withholding tax.
Governor Reynolds announced the Iowa Small Business Relief Program – which included grants and tax deferrals – on March 23. The Department of Revenue administers the tax deferral part of the program. The first round stopped accepting applications on April 30.
Paulsen said the program is continuing with a second round of deferrals to provide ongoing flexibility for small businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The second round will continue through June 30.
Businesses that have already submitted an application and been accepted for the program will not need to re-apply. Information about the program can be found at tax.iowa.gov/COVID-19. The page contains the application, details about eligibility, important dates, and answers to frequently asked questions. New applicants will be notified by mail.
The second round of the Iowa Small Business Relief Tax Deferral program is available for tax periods beginning May 1, 2020 through Jun. 30, 2020, but note the program has different terms:
- Only payments are deferred.
- Sales tax and withholding tax returns must be timely filed on or before the due date. If tax returns are not timely filed, you will be disqualified from the program and late payment and filing penalties will apply.
- Each payment included in the new program is deferred for 30 days. Penalties will apply and interest will begin to accrue if payment is not made by the end of the 30-day deferral period.
- Payments deferred between and including March 20, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are still deferred for 60 days as indicated in the notice you received previously.
[UPDATE: Monday, May 4th, 2020]
Hosts Andy Sokolovich (CDRC) and Christine Caves (EICC) are back with another interview. Today, they are interviewing Darryl Hogue, who has been Superintendent of River Bend Schools for over five years. His responsibilities include finances, curriculum, human resources, special education, and the vision and direction for 950 students and 120 staff. #THECommunitysCollege #ClintonIowa #ChooseClintonIowa
Community mitigation activities are actions that people and communities can take to slow the spread of infectious diseases. Community mitigation is especially important before a vaccine or drug becomes widely available.
Mitigation strategies include
- Personal protective measures (e.g., handwashing, cough etiquette, and face coverings) that persons can use at home or while in community settings
- Social distancing (e.g., maintaining a physical distance between persons in community settings and staying at home)
- Environmental surface cleaning at home and in community settings, such as schools or workplaces.
More information is available via the CDC website.
[UPDATE: Friday, May 1st, 2020]
CRDC Interview w/IEDA & IFA Director Debi Durham
Erin M. Cole, President & CEO of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation, recently had the opportunity to interview Debi Durham, the Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority to discuss business resources, economic development programs, and answer questions related to Iowa’s road to recovery. Debi also discusses the economic strength of Iowa and steps that the state is taking to ensure our economy remains strong!
[UPDATE: Wednesday. April 29th, 2020]
Interview with Regina Lehman of Sethness Roquette – Clinton, IA
The Clinton Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) and Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) have teamed up to bring you stories from area businesses as they work through and manage the pandemic situation.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Lending Operations Update
SBA and Treasury value all lenders and their small business customers.
To ensure access to the PPP loan program for the smallest lenders and their small business customers, starting at 4 p.m. today EDT through 11:59 p.m. EDT, SBA systems will only accept loans from lending institutions with asset sizes less than $1 billion dollars.
Please note, lending institutions with asset sizes less than $1 billion will still be able to submit PPP loans outside of this time frame. Please also note that lenders with asset sizes greater than $1 billion will be able to submit loans outside of today’s 4 pm -11:59 pm EDT reserved processing time.
This reserved processing time applies today April 29, 2020. SBA and Treasury will evaluate whether to create a similar reserved time again in the future.
SBA and Treasury continue to monitor loan system performance and will continue to provide frequent updates to the lending community.
Iowa Workforce Development
1. The retroactive payments for the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment for the week ending 04/04/20 has been completed for most claimants. All eligible claimants should receive this payment by May 6, 2020.
2. The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is the last program that the U.S. Department of Labor has provided guidance on, and Iowa Workforce Development is currently processing claims for this program. The PEUC program offers an extension of benefits to eligible claimants who have exhausted state unemployment benefits. After the PEUC program is available to be paid in Iowa, IWD will notify all claimants that are potentially eligible for the program by mail. The PEUC benefits will be processed soon and we will post updates when there is a solid date this will happen. We understand the delay of these benefits can be frustrating. We appreciate your patience throughout this process.
Iowa Business Tax Deferral
The application for deferral of the eligible taxes and waiver of penalty and interest remains open through April 30. To be eligible, businesses must be experiencing business disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the FAQs from the Iowa Department of Revenue and apply for tax deferral here. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, staff will work diligently to review and respond to requests. A complete application is not a guarantee of tax deferral. Click here for more information.
[UPDATE: Monday, April 27th, 2020]
CRDC & Eastern Iowa Community College interview w/Erin Clark, Human Resources Manager at Nestle Purina PetCare – Clinton, IA
In this series, hosts Andy Sokolovich (CRDC) and Christine Caves (EICC) speak with Human Resource professionals to find out what local businesses are doing, what’s working, and how they’re keeping up morale during these challenging times.
BREAKING NEWS! [IOWA] Some businesses, such as restaurants and fitness centers, will be allowed to operate at half-capacity beginning May 1 in the 77 counties highlighted in light blue below. Each county’s number of cases is shown on the map below. Hover or tap on a county to see more information, such as the number of cases per 1,000 people.
More information available via the Des Moines Register.
Per Iowa Workforce Development (IWD):
If you have offered work to an employee and they refuse to return, you must notify IWD via the online form linked below.
More information regarding IWD’s COVID-19 response is available at https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/COVID-19.
[UPDATE: Friday, April 24th, 2020]
Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin issued the following statement today on the resumption of the Payroll Protection Program (PPP):
“We are pleased that President Trump has signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provides critical additional funding for American workers and small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We want to thank Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Leader McCarthy for working with us on a bipartisan basis to ensure that the Paycheck Protection Program is funded so that small businesses can keep hardworking Americans on the payroll.
“The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30 AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation.
Click HERE to view the full SBA announcement.
The Clinton Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) interviewed the City Administrators from Clinton, IA, Camanche, IA, and Fulton, IL. Matt Brooke, Andrew Kida, and Randy Boonstra share their response efforts relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and opportunities moving forward.
Click HERE for the most recent Public Health Proclamation from Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.
- the gradual opening of elective surgeries if certain conditions are met and waiting would be detrimental to the patient
- limited opening of farmers’ markets with social distancing rules in place
- licensure requirements for telehealth professionals
- tax sale and debt collection provisions
- election and voting guidelines
- educational requirements
[UPDATE: Thursday, April 23rd, 2020]
Illinois’ stay-at-home order will now be in effect through May, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday. With just one week left until the current April 30 deadline, Pritzker said he plans to extend the deadline until May 30, though some changes will be put in place.
“I know how badly we all want our normal lives back. But this is the part where we have to dig in and understand that the sacrifices we’ve made as a state to avoid a worst-case scenario are working — and we need to keep going a little while longer to finish the job,” Pritzker said.
The order includes modified restrictions beginning May 1.
Click HERE for more information on IL updated restrictions.
- All individuals over the age of 2 will be required to wear a face-covering in public indoor places where they cannot maintain a six-foot distance from others.
- Greenhouses, garden centers, nurseries, and animal grooming sites may reopen as essential businesses. These businesses must follow social distancing requirements and require employees and customers to wear a face covering.
- Retail stores designated as nonessential businesses and operations may reopen to fulfill telephone and online orders through curbside pickup and delivery service.
- Essential businesses and manufacturers will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are not able to maintain a six-foot distance from others.
- Illinois state parks will begin reopening under guidance from the Department of Natural Resources. Fishing and boating in groups of two people will be permitted. Additional guidelines and a list of parks that will open May 1 can be found on the DNR website. Golf will be permitted under strict safety guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
Clinton, IA Mayor Scott provides a weekly briefing featuring COVID-19 updates w/Clinton County EMA Director Chance Kness and Nancy Peart of Prince of Peace.
Over the past few years, Clinton High School has started a new tradition of our Seniors going to the elementary and middle schools (as well as a stop at the Alverno) to help them remember where they came from but to also inspire the younger generations of Kings and Queens to know that they can be just like the big kids if they work hard! We are really excited to put a different spin on the Graduation Walk this year!
Click HERE to view the Clinton High School caregiver Update.
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep calm and stay in the know by checking reputable sources. Here are 4 things you can do to avoid a scam.
[UPDATE: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020]
On Tuesday, April 21st, Congressional leaders agreed to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to aid businesses and non-profits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Senate and House must approve the bill before it is signed by President Trump.
More information will be released as it is received.
On Friday, April 24th, at 9 AM, the CRDC will host the City Administrators of Clinton, Camanche, and Fulton, IL for a roundtable discussion focused on the COVID-19 response, existing projects, housing, and future opportunities.
Register to attend the virtual roundtable via Microsoft Teams.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, April 21st, 2020]
TestIowa is a new initiative in partnership with our state leaders and private corporations. The 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.
Learn more at www.TestIowa.com
[UPDATE: Monday, April 20th, 2020]
The Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has been conducting a phone survey to allow for a better understanding of the needs of Iowa companies and better connect them to appropriate resources. Iowa businesses continue to be concerned about COVID-19 impacts on revenue, workforce, employee well-being.
Click HERE to view the results.
Iowa Workforce Development hosted a webinar to discuss unemployment insurance for self-employed individuals.
Click HERE to access a copy of the Questions and Answers from the broadcast.
[UPDATE: Friday, April 17th, 2020]
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education announced today that all school districts and nonpublic schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year and will continue to offer continuous learning to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This also includes the cancellation of spring sports activities.
Erin M. Cole, President & CEO of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation, had the opportunity to interview U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley. The discussion included information on the federal COVID-19 response, increased funding to support the PPP and EIDL programs, and workforce development.
[UPDATE: Thursday, April 16th, 2020]
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has announced the creation of The Save Small Business Fund. Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, the Save Small Business Fund is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as possible.
A short application will go live on April 20, 2020, at 12:00 PM PT.
[UPDATE: Wednesday, April 15th, 2020]
CDC announces updated guidance for child care facilities that remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Includes additional options for screening children upon arrival to ensure that children who have a fever or other signs of illness are not admitted to the facility.
- The additional options may be useful when personal protective equipment (PPE) is in short supply.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, April 14th, 2020]
The state of Iowa has released an updated dashboard on coronavirus.iowa.gov that will be updated daily to include comprehensive tracking of COVID-19 in Iowa. The new dashboard includes cases, deaths, and tests conducted in each county. The state will also be providing demographic information that was not previously provided as well as Iowa’s epidemiological curve.
[UPDATE: Monday, April 13th, 2020]
Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research & Service has compiled the following list of commercial cleaning companies in Iowa that are familiar with the CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines related to COVID-19. Prior to engaging a commercial cleaning company, we recommend you review the CDC recommendations related to COVID-19 cleaning.
Click HERE to download the list of commercial cleaning companies.
IEDA’s Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications were made the week of April 7. All applicants that were awarded a grant have received notification.
At this time all available funds have been expended. If additional funding becomes available, additional awards will be made from the current pool of applicants. IEDA will not open a new round of applications.
[UPDATE: Friday, April 10th, 2020]
Q&A w/Senator Chuck Grassley: COVID-19 Scams
Click HERE to read the interview.
The Quad Chamber is hosting a webinar with Media Link, Inc. at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, to equip small business owners with the tools to sustain their marketing efforts during COVID-19 and any other disruptive time.
Presenters Adrian Vander Wille and Natalie Linville-Mass from Media Link will share a five-step process that introduces:
- a brief communications audit
- actions related to social media and online listings that can be implemented immediately without any cost
- affordable digital advertising strategies
- the role of innovation during times of distress and beyond.
The process can be applied by any small business owners no matter their experience in marketing. The presentation will also provide real-world examples and resources for attendees.
Click HERE to register for the webinar.
[UPDATE: Thursday, April 9th, 2020]
SCORE Webinar: Building Resilience After a Business Setback
Click HERE to view the recorded webinar.
Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program
Governor Reynolds announced yesterday that she has added another $20 million to the Small Business Relief Grant. The grant was created to act as a short- term stop gap to help Iowa’s small business owners until federal aid became available. The total for the grant program originally set at $4 million has been expanded to $24 million.
Click HERE to learn more!
[UPDATE: Wednesday, April 8th, 2020]
Iowa Economic Development Authority releases Round 1 grant recipients of the Small Business Relief program
Click HERE to view the full list of Round 1 recipients.
Applicants receiving a grant award in the first round of funding will receive notification and instructions via email between April 7-10. An additional round of funding is expected to be available soon, pending availability of funds, at which point additional awards will be made from the current pool of applicants. IEDA will not open a new round of applications.
Eligible businesses/applicants that do not receive a notification between April 7-10 will be considered for potential funding rounds in the future.
Understanding the differences between the Corporate CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Industry Disaster Loan (EIDL)
Click HERE to download a side-by-side comparison.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, April 7th, 2020]
Joel Youngs of the Iowa Small Business Development Center shared the attachment linked below and encouraged the CRDC and Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce to share it with their members and investors.
Clinton County provides a list of companies offering sanitary cleaning services
Click HERE to download the full list w/contact information.
Childcare assistance for essential workers
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced all essential workers in health care, human services, government services and infrastructure qualify for the Illinois Childcare Assistance Program, which will cover most childcare costs with emergency childcare providers. This expansion of coverage includes nurses and doctors, support staff in hospitals, grocery store clerks and food producers.
Click HERE to access the ICAP application.
Mayor Scott Maddasion of the City of Clinton updated the Emergency Proclamation Concerning COVID-19 to include additional closures and restrictions.
Click HERE to view the latest update.
[UPDATE: Monday, April 6th, 2020] Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional closures and relaxing additional regulations to support the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19.
Click HERE to view the news release.
To encourage further social distancing and mitigation efforts, the proclamation orders additional closures effective at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7th until Thursday, April 30th:
- Tobacco or vaping stores
- Toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie, or adult entertainment stores
- Social and fraternal clubs, including those at golf courses
- Bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parks
- Museums, libraries, aquariums, and zoos
- Race tracks and speedway.
- Roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks
- Outdoor or indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers
In addition, all unsolicited door-to-door sales are prohibited.
Legal Assistance Hotline for COVID-19 Questions
Individuals with questions of a legal nature should call the COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline at 1-800-332-0419. It was developed in partnership with Iowa Legal Aid, the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Volunteer Lawyer Project.
The hotline can assist Iowans with business and compliance issues, eviction, denial of unemployment benefits, employment issues and other personal legal concerns. You will be asked to leave a message and someone will return your call.
FEMA Offers Ways for Private Sector to Help Fight COVID-19
The outpouring of support from the private sector to provide medical supplies and equipment has been tremendous. To help FEMA match the many offers of assistance to the right place, at the right time, and in the right quantity, we ask for your help in ensuring partners know how to connect.
Click HERE to view the news release with contact information.
Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) is outlining the benefits of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, which provides unemployment benefits for the self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, gig economy workers, those who have exhausted other unemployment insurance benefits, and those who may not have sufficient work history to qualify for a regular state claim.
Click HERE to view the full news release
[UPDATE: Friday, April 3rd, 2020] – www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov: IWD is now accepting applications for CARES Act benefits. IWD does NOT have authority to pay the CARES Act Benefits to date pending further guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor. We can and will accept claims and will pay them as soon as we are authorized to do so. For those who are self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, and gig economy workers, or requesting an extension of benefits and are not currently filing weekly claims, click here to file your unemployment claim. Please continue to check this website daily for updates. Additional information and FAQs on the CARES Act can be found here.
The Quad Cities Chamber hosted a panel presentation on April 2nd about new government financial assistance programs being implemented as a result of the CARES Act, including the SBA’s Small Business Debt Relief Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Emergency Economic Injury Grants and the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program. The webinar included information about the application process, what businesses should do to prepare, application pre-work and financing options.
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that the distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some taxpayers who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the economic impact payment.
Starting Friday, April 10th, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for loans under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply beginning tomorrow, Friday, April 3rd.
Please contact your lenders as soon as possible, as funding is expected to exhaust quickly.
Click HERE to view and download the Paycheck Protection Application
Click HERE to view and download the Borrower Information Fact Sheet
Click HERE to view and download the Lender Information Fact Sheet
More information can be found at https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final.pdf
[UPDATE: Wednesday, April 1st, 2020] – The Quad Cities Chamber hosted a conversation with U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst on April 1 to discuss the new federal economic stimulus package signed into law late last week. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn, among other things.
The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce will host a Q&A with Senator Chuck Grassley to discuss support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar is scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, at 9 AM CDT.
Click HERE to register.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
The U.S. Department of Labor has created an FAQ page on their website.
[UPDATE: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020] – Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers
As provided under the legislation, the U.S. Department of Labor will be issuing implementing regulations. Additionally, as warranted, the Department will continue to provide compliance assistance to employers and employees on their responsibilities and rights under the FFCRA.
Click HERE to access the FAQ webpage
Congressman Dave Loebsack, representing Iowa’s Second Congressional District, shares a letter with constituents. The letter contains links to resources relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment, small business support, healthcare, education, and housing.
Click HERE to view the letter.
The United States Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship release an updated version of The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act
Click HERE to download the PDF.
The University of Illinois Extension will host a COVID-19 Update for local Illinois officials on Friday, April 3rd, at 12 PM CST. Legal partners at Heyl Royster will discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, updates to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA), impacts on employment issues, and worker compensation issues.
Click HERE to register for the webinar.
[UPDATE: Monday, March 30th, 2020] – Iowa Workforce Development announced that effective immediately, employees who are or will be laid off, or are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19, will no longer be required to use all paid leave prior to being eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. This change is not retroactive and claims will not be backdated prior to the week of March 29, 2020, for new or existing claims by individuals who work for employers.
[UPDATE: Friday, March 27th, 2020] – Message from Community Health Manager Michele Cullen:
I just wanted to take a moment to touch base with you all. As I’m sure you’ve heard we’ve had our first positive COVID-19 test.
We know that this is a difficult time for business and a change in how we do business. As a community, we need to make prevention a priority. We have received several calls concerning different agencies and their policy regarding ill workers, as public health, we want to make sure you have the guidance from IDPH and CDC for addressing any of these issues in your business and helping you to provide a safe working environment.
Any questions contact public health at 563-244-4923.
The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act- Download HERE
A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Clinton County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), one individual in the age range from 41-60 is self-isolating at home.
Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s guidance on paid sick leave and expanded family & medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which takes effect April 1.
Access webinar via Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/858437086
Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral offers assistance in identifying child care resources for essential employees.
[UPDATE: Thursday, March 26th, 2020] – Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration
Additional nonessential retail closures include – bookstores, clothing stores, shoe stores, jewelry stores, luggage stores, cosmetic, beauty, or perfume stores, florists, and furniture and home furnishing stores.
DCEO and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) are establishing the Illinois Small Business Emergency Loan Fund to offer small businesses low interest loans of up to $50,000.
Businesses located outside of the City of Chicago with fewer than 50 workers and less than $3 million in revenue in 2019 will be eligible to apply.
Information Released on the proposed Cornavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Assistance for Small Businesses
The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).
Businesses and organizations are urged to donate personal protective equipment, or PPE, by contacting their local public health department and the county emergency management
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is encouraging Iowa businesses and organizations to donate extra personal protective equipment to assist health care providers and health care facilities responding to COVID-19.
A fund has been created to support Targeted Small Businesses (TSB) with zero employees that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will process applications in order of receipt of application and submission of all required documents until funds are exhausted. Please review the requirements and eligibility guidelines here before starting an application. Click here to learn more and apply.
[UPDATE: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020] – WEBINAR: Applying for Economic Injury Disaster Assistance
Please note: There have been two significant changes since this presentation was recorded on Monday, March 23, 2020.
- NO tax returns required to be uploaded at the time of application regardless of size.
- The SBA is not requiring personal assets used as collateral.
Thank you to Nick Glew of Marion Economic Development Corporation for hosting the webinar.
OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
Download the booklet about COVID-19 and the workplace, with steps employers can take in different types of workplaces.
Iowa Small Business Relief Fund – “Not first come, first served!”
On March 23, Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program to provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to Iowa businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is NOT first-come, first-served. All applications received by the deadline, March 31 at 12:00 p.m. (noon), will be reviewed for consideration.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced an agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. Full article
[UPDATE: Tuesday, March 24th, 2020] – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds launches “COVID-19 in Iowa” website as a resource to Iowans.
On Monday, March 23, Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to any Iowa businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, at 12 p.m.
Please be patient and try again later if you are unable to access the application. The program is not first-come, first-serve. Each application received will be reviewed.
Individuals with general questions can call the MercyOne COVID-19 Information Line at (563) 244-5055 to speak to a health professional beginning Monday, March 23. The information line will be answered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- How to plan in an ever-changing environment
- How to navigate threats, manage emotions and stay focused on what really matters
- Balancing how to manage short-term challenges and mid-range impacts with long-term goals
- What your business needs to do NOW to stay on track for your 2020 goals
UNI Advance Iowa Live Stream Series on Social Media: Topics will include resources available, workforce issues such as managing a virtual staff, unemployment law changes, flexibility and productivity, finance and strategy, marketing, mental health and more.
Visit the UNI Advance Iowa page on Facebook daily at 10 AM and 2 PM for a live virtual business discussion.
Reynolds identified the deceased as an “older adult” resident of Dubuque County who was between 61 and 80 years old. Reynolds and the Dubuque County Public Health Department said that no other information would be released about the individual. Full article
[UPDATE: Monday, March 23rd, 2020] – Gov. Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program
Visit www.iowabusinessrecovery.com for more information
[UPDATE: Monday, March 23rd, 2020] – Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds Press Conference
[UPDATE: Friday, March 20th, 2020] – Governor Pritzker’s Address To Illinois
Gov. J.B. Pritzker issues order requiring residents to ‘stay at home’ starting Saturday
[UPDATE – Friday, March 20th, 2020] Existing Industry Manager, Andy Sokolovich, had the opportunity to interview Marc Schneider of Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research & Service on the topic of supply chain management during disruptions. Click on the image below to listen!
[UPDATE – Wednesday, March 18th, 2020] The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) needs to assess the impact of the pandemic in Iowa. To assist in these efforts, please complete this survey, developed by the University of Northern Iowa – Institute for Decision Making, to tell us what your business is experiencing and how your business is handling the current crisis.
IEDA will use the information collected in this survey to inform its public policy in response to the crisis, as well as potential assistance to businesses.
The deadline to complete this survey is Monday, March 23 at 5 p.m.
Thank you for mobilizing and providing this information on such short notice. We will remain connected with you in the coming weeks to provide additional guidance as warranted.
Our thoughts are with all of you and our business community, and we remain confident the efforts we are undertaking today will mitigate the long-term impact on our economy.
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has created a similar survey seeking information from Illinois-based businesses that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Responses to the questions will assist the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in evaluating specific areas of need.
[UPDATE – Monday, March 16th, 2020] By now, we are all aware of the impacts related to COVID-19. To prepare and educate our regional business partners, the Clinton Regional Development Corporation will be hosting an informational conference call on Thursday, March 19th, at 12 PM. Call-in information is below.
We ask that you announce your name when joining the call, but hold all questions/comments until after our subject matter experts have had the opportunity to share their insights and instructions. Please mute your phone following the introduction to reduce distractions.
Community Health Manager
Community Health/ Genesis VNA
Clinton County Emergency Management
Office: (563) 242-5712 | Fax: (563) 242-3095
MercyOne – Clinton
Office: (563) 244-5730
Call-in information: Dial number: (605) 313-5607, Access code: 289125
What is COVID 19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally, including the United States.
Why is there so much concern about COVID-19?
Because this is a new virus, no one has immunity, and there is currently no vaccine for COVID-19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
– Shortness of breath
Should people get the pneumonia vaccine since it appears people with COVID-19 are at a greater risk of developing pneumonia?
Check with your doctor or health care provider about your vaccine status and what vaccines you are recommended to receive.
What type of PPE should school custodial staff wear when they clean the building after a student develops a confirmed case of COVID-19?
The CDC has developed general environmental cleaning guidance: CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations
I have symptoms similar to COVID-19, should I get tested?
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other seasonal illnesses like the flu or a cold, so just having symptoms doesn’t mean you have the disease. Reach out to your doctor or health care provider if you aren’t feeling well for guidance.
- Biohazard, Trauma, Disaster, Storm and Crime Scene Cleanup List
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- Illinois Essential Business Checklist_3.22.20
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- Iowa Small Businesses Affected by Coronovirus
- SBA Information
- SBA Economic Injury Worksheet
- Iowa Department of Public Health COVID-19 Q&A
- Economic Assistance for IL Families
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- Considerations for Schools & Daycare
Dail 2-1-1 for direct assistance regarding COVID-19
Iowa Workforce & Employer Information
Illinois Workforce & Employer Information
Protecting Your Business
SBA Disaster Loans
Businesses and private nonprofits in Illinois and Iowa may now apply for loans of up to $2 million through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program.
If your business has been affected by COVID-19, this program offers working capital to meet different needs, including payroll, accounts payable and fixed debt payments, until the situation improves. Interest rates are 3.75% for businesses without credit available elsewhere and 2.75% for nonprofits.
Before applying for this loan, however, small business owners should work with their current lenders to secure more favorable terms of credit. Doing it in reverse may cause issues in the future, according to Joel Youngs, Certified Business Advisor and Regional Business Director of Eastern Iowa Small Business Development Center in Davenport.
Supply Chain Disruptions