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Blogs, Webinars & Support for Iowa Businesses During COVID-19


IASourceLink has collected multiple blogs, articles, webinars and support groups from across our network and beyond to share with our visitors. All dates/times for webinars and events are subject to change, so please make sure you are checking back for regular updates and new opportunities for you during this time. Make sure to check out our general resources page for various state and federal links to best practices, assistance programs, and more relating to COVID-19. We also have a financial assistance page for various grants and loans available to small businesses at this time.


Upcoming Webinars:


March 31st

Center for Business Growth and Innovation Presents: The Grief Process at Work with 
Celina Peerman from The Peerman Group | 10:00 a.m. | Join Here
Dealing with the current pandemic takes a tremendous amount of mental energy, and can impact how we function in our day to day lives. In this webinar, Celina Peerman from The Peerman Group and Amy Dutton from UNI's Small Business Development Center will talk about processing grief at work and how to cope with the current crisis. The webinar will be live at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 31st and recorded to be viewed at a later date. 

What the Stimulus Package Means for Small Businesses and Nonprofits | 12:00 p.m. | Register Here

Ryan West, Deputy Director, Iowa Workforce Development, will conduct a webinar and give an update on COVID-19 and unemployment benefits for employers and employees. 

Center for Business Growth and Innovation Presents: Distress Loans: Lessons from the 2008 floods with Scott Swenson from SBDC - Kirkwood College | 2:00 p.m. | Join Here
As the crisis continues on many programs are offering financial assistance in the form of disaster and distress loans. Join SBDC Regional Directors Scott Swenson and Amy Dutton as they look back at the lessons learned from disasters lending from the 2008 floods. The webinar will be live at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 31st and recorded to be viewed at a later date. 

April 1st 

Greater Des Moines Partnership Presents: U.S. Chamber Virtual meeting on COVID-19 Federal Legislation | 1:00 p.m. | Register Here
Join us for a virtual meeting with Allison Dembeck Executive Director of Congressional & Public Affairs with the U.S. Chamber on COVID-19 Federal Legislation.

April 3rd

Greater Des Moines Partnership Presents: COVID-19 & Supply Chain Disruptions with Mike O’Donnell - Iowa State CIRAS | 9:00 a.m. | Join Here
Mike O’Donnell, Program Director at Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS), will conduct a webinar on how CIRAS can assist manufacturing firms with supply chain disruptions and other challenges caused by COVID-19. Join us to learn what resources are available and how CIRAS could help you.

Greater Des Moines Partnership Presents: Remote Selling | 10:00 a.m. | Register Here
As organizations in the region respond to the changing developments of COVID-19, remote selling may be more critical than ever to business success. Join us for a 1-hour virtual seminar on remote selling. Attendees can learn specific techniques to succeed in selling remotely. 

Past Webinars


March 30th


Center for Business Growth and Innovation Presents: FFCRA - What is it and How does it apply to my business? With Brenda Lamarche from BRL HR Consulting |
 Watch Now
Join this webinar live to learn more about the Families First Cornoavirus Response Act from Brenda LaMarche from BRL HR Consulting. Brenda will be joined by Advance Iowa's Dan Beenken to discuss how FFCRA impacts your business. The webinar will be live at 10 a.m. Monday, March 30th and recorded to be viewed at a later date. 

Iowa Workforce Development: COVID-19 & Unemployment Benefits with Ryan West | Link Coming Soon

Ryan West, Deputy Director, Iowa Workforce Development, will conduct a webinar and give an update on COVID-19 and unemployment benefits for employers and employees. 

Center for Business Growth and Innovation Presents: Planning During Disruption with 
Jordan Vernoy, CNP from See What I Mean | Watch Now
In the midst of crisis, we need to be able to look further down the road and plan for our businesses and organizations. Join Jordan Vernoy from See What I Mean and Amy Dutton from UNI's Small Business Development Center as they discuss tools and methods to be able to plan for the future when your current operations are interrupted. The webinar will be live at 2 p.m. Monday, March 30th and recorded to be viewed at a later date.  

March 27th

Center for Business Growth and Innovation Presents: 
Iowa Small Business Relief Programs with Amy Kuhlers from IEDA | Watch Now
During this 30 minute conversation, Amy Kuhlers from the Iowa Economic Development Authority will discuss the application process for the aid efforts from the State of Iowa that Governor Reynolds announced earlier this week. The webinar will be live at 2 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook, and will be recorded to be viewed at a later date. 

March 26th

Center for Business Growth and Innovation Presents: 
SBA Iowa Disaster Recovery Programs with Dave Lentell from SBA Iowa | Watch Now
This 30 minute webinar with Dan Beenken from UNI's Advance Iowa and Dave Lentell with SBA Iowa will feature a short discussion on the programs and options that are available to Iowa businesses under the disaster recovery guidelines. The meeting will be live at 10 a.m. on Zoom and Facebook and recorded to be viewed at a later time. 

Center for Business Growth and Innovation Presents: 
Cash Flow Management During Crisis with Steve Lindaman from Veridian Credit Union | Watch Now
Join this informal conversation with a commercial lender to talk about managing your cash flow during a crisis and how to start and have a conversation with your banker. Dan Beenken from UNI's Advance Iowa will host Steve Lindaman from Veridian Credit Union. 

March 25th

Center for Business Growth and Innovation Presents: COVID-19 & Unemployment Law Changes with Danielle Smid from BrownWinick | Watch Now

Danielle Smid from BrownWinick and Dan Beenken from Advance Iowa talk through the recent changes to unemployment law in Iowa in response to the the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Center for Business Growth and Innovation Presents: Flexibility & Productivity During COVID with Phil Jones from Rada | Watch Now

Shifting schedules, managing employee expectations, and remote working are creating challenges for Iowa businesses. Join Dan Beenken from Advance Iowa and Phil Jones from Rada Manufacturing discuss ways to handle staffing/productivity changes during the current health crisis.  

March 24th

Iowa City Area Business Partnership Presents: SBA Disaster Assistance | Watch Now

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan.  Today's webinar will focus on loan program details, eligibility, application requirements as well as where and how to submit an application. There will also be information on counseling assistance available from SBA Resource Partners (such as the Iowa Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, Women and Business Center, and Veterans Business Outreach Center).

Center for Business Growth and Innovation Presents: Managing a Virtual Workstaff with Josh McNary from McNary Marketing & Design LLC | Watch Now

Technolgy is more essential than ever when managing a remote work staff. Join marketing and technology expert Josh McNary from McNary Marketing & Design LLC and Dan Beenken from Advance Iowa as they discuss methods and tools to help manage a remote workforce. 

March 20th

Iowa Workforce Development Presents: Family First Response Act & Unemployment | Watch Now
Featuring Brenda LaMarche with BRL HR Consulting, this webinar will discuss the federal Family First Coronavirus Response Act, which becomes effective April 2nd. Navigating the Iowa Workforce Development process for unemployment will be discussed as well. For businesses with 500 employees or less.

March 17th


Iowa Workforce Development Presents: Employer Webinar - Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19 | Watch Now
A webinar specifically for employers. Here's what you need to know in order to navigate unemployment insurance benefits during COVID-19.
 
 

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