COVID-19 Information & Resources
[UPDATE: Thursday, May 28th, 2020]
The City of Clinton, IA Mayor, Scott Maddasion, offered a final update in 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.
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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