Guidance for Iowa Businesses During COVID-19

The topic on most everyone's mind is the novel (new) Coronavirus (COVID-19). As everyone is doing their part to help stop the spread of this virus, we here at IASourceLink wanted to share resources available to small business owners in Iowa. 

COVID-19 will affect your business in some way - from employees staying home sick, vendors unable to fill orders, and customers staying away - your small business needs to be prepared.

Starting your own business as a result of COVID-19? No problem! Our helpful guide walks you through the necessary steps to get started. 

Iowa Reopening Guidance

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)

The IEDA has collected multiple resources available from their partners across the state - including assistance for employers/employees affected by layoffs, access to disaster loan programs through multiple chambers of commerce, and more! Check out this helpful IEDA IFA COVID Response Summary COVID-19 flyer their team has put together with information on loans/grants and different assistance programs that are available

Iowa Association of Business and Industry (ABI)

The ABI provides a list of resources that are available for employers to provide information and track the disease. One resource they list in particular, is through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where you can learn about what businesses are doing to assist businesses / individuals at this time. Some examples include donated medical supplies, grants, free shipping/items, etc.

Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)

The CIRAS shares quite a few links regarding protecting your business in general, but goes into great detail when talking about protecting your supply chain. 

US Chamber of Commerce

The US Chamber of Commerce has created a customizable flyer for businesses to display ways they are combating potential contamination of COVID-19 and other viruses. Here is a sample model pandemic flu policy for your business to incorporate now and in the future.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

SCORE has provided a comprehensive list for small businesses to prepare for worst-case scenarios. Who are your employees with critical skills who can’t be easily replaced on short notice? Can you train someone quickly, perhaps even outsource their work? Their site also talks about preparing for cross training employees, remote working, and preparing for supply chain issues.

Iowa State Bar Association (BAR)

The BAR has a range of information within the legal side of things, including an interesting article from the Harvard Business Review explaining your legal obligations as an employer during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

The IDPH has a wide range of topics and resources available to the public. This includes things like webinars to prepare your Iowa business during this time, press releases from the governor’s office and other government agencies, info on the food industry and current business guidelines, social distancing, and more. 

Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) | Request Counseling

SBDC counselors are your first stop for navigating through the COVID-19 crisis. SBDC offers one-on-one counseling that can be done through zoom (skype or hangout) meetings or phone conference calls. They can help you through the loan application process or other business issues that this crisis is causing including distribution, sales, buying, marketing, HR Issues and more.

Main Street America Resource Center | View Resources

As COVID-19 begins to have an increasingly significant impact on communities across the country, Main Street America is compiling existing resources, opportunities, and community response examples to help Main Street districts during this crisis.

If you know of any additional resources that would be beneficial to our Iowa Business Community, please contact our team at

All information, when posted, is up-to-date and is subject to change. Please continue to check back regularly for updates.