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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources for the Greater Burlington Businesses and Community

The situation involving the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly day by day and information coming out at a staggering pace. We want you to know the Greater Burlington Partnership is here working on your behalf. We're working diligently to compile relevant information and resources to help you stay up-to-date. The Greater Burlington Partnership divisions of the Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Downtown Partners, Inc. and Economic Development are dedicated to helping support our businesses and community through this challenging time. As events change and new information becomes available this page will be updated to keep Greater Burlington Area Businesses and community members informed.

 

 

 

April 2, 2020

Press Release: Iowa Insurance Commissioner Reminds Iowans Experiencing Economic Impact Due to COVID-19 to Consider ACA Special Enrollment Periods and Other Health Coverage Options

The Iowa Insurance Commissioner sent out a press release reminding Iowans who have experienced a change in employment status due to COVID -19 may be eligible to enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage through healthcare.gov.  A special enrollment period (SEP) is a period outside of open enrollment when a person can enroll in or switch ACA coverage. Iowans can find a licensed insurance agent at iid.iowa.gov/find-a-licensed-agent.

Read the full press release.

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Guides & Checklist for Resources Created Under the CARES Act

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created three documents to assist businesses access resources created under the CARES Act (Phase III bill).

Guide to SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans - Determine who is eligible, what are the loan parameters, how you can access an emergency $10,000 grant, and how you apply.

Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit - Determine who is eligible, how much is the tax credit, which employees count toward eligibility, and how the credit is paid.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist - Guide to determine if you are eligible, what lenders will be looking for, how much you can borrow, and if the loan will be forgiven.

  

 

April 1, 2020

Understanding COVID-19 Business Resources with Local Experts Webinar

Today the Greater Burlington Partnership hosted a webinar on Understanding COVID-19 Business Resources with Local Experts. For those of you who were not able to attend or would like to re-watch the webinar we have included a link to the video along with relevant links to items discussed through out the meeting.

Stay tuned to GreaterBurlington.com/Covid19 and the Greater Burlington Partnership Facebook page for more upcoming webinars.

Links and Information:

Undestanding COVID-19 Businsess Resources with Local Experts YouTube Link

GreaterBurlington.com/COVID19 - Greater Burlington Partnership compiled information on all things Business Related to COVID-19.

Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Family & Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster - Made Possible by IowaWORKS. Download your copy or call IowaWORKS at 319-753-1671 to get a physical copy.

After watching the webinar, please take a minute to complete the survey below. We want your feedback and ideas on topics you want to be covered in upcoming webinars. Thank you.

Fill Out Webinar Survey Link

Understanding COVID-19 Business Resources with Local Experts YouTube Link

 

March 31, 2020

With $349 Billion in Emergency Small Business Capital Cleared, SBA and Treasury Begin Unprecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds

Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.

The CARES Act establishes a new $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program. The Program will provide much-needed relief to millions of small businesses so they can sustain their businesses and keep their workers employed.

The Paycheck Protection Program is specifically designed to help small businesses keep their workforce employed. Visit SBA.gov/Coronavirus for more information on the Paycheck Protection Program.

  • The new loan program will be available retroactive from Feb. 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.

Loan Terms & Conditions

  • Eligible businesses: All businesses, including non-profits, Veterans organizations, Tribal concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors, with 500 or fewer employees, or no greater than the number of employees set by the SBA as the size standard for certain industries
  • Maximum loan amount up to $10 million
  • Loan forgiveness if proceeds used for payroll costs and other designated business operating expenses in the 8 weeks following the date of loan origination (due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs)
  • All loans under this program will have the following identical features:
    • Interest rate of 0.5%
    • Maturity of 2 years
    • First payment deferred for six months
    • 100% guarantee by SBA
    • No collateral
    • No personal guarantees
    • No borrower or lender fees payable to SBA

Read the full Press Release.

 

March 30, 2020

Greater Burlington Partnership Webinar: Understanding COVID-19 Business Resources with Local Experts on Wednesday, April 1 at 8:30 AM

The Greater Burlington Partnership is hosting a webinar for all Chamber of Commerce Members and Downtown Partners, Inc. stakeholders Wednesday, April 1 at 8:30 AM. A registration link has been provided by email to all Chamber of Commerce Members & Downtown Partners, Inc. stakeholders. If you did not receive the email please call the Greater Burlington partnership office.

The situation involving the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has put a strain on businesses throughout the world. In response state and federal resources are being introduced weekly to help businesses stem the effects. While resources are available, businesses are left to wade through the information and assess for themselves.

With information and resources changing at a rapid pace, the Greater Burlington Partnership is collaborating with local experts to help our Chamber of Commerce members & stakeholders decipher the information and help you decide which resources are best for your business.

In the webinar, local experts will discuss financial options available to businesses such as the newly released CARES Act - Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), tax options available, and information vital to small businesses.

Following the presentations, a Q&A session will be held. All questions will be submitted via chat.

Panelists:
Della Schmidt, President & CEO Greater Burlington Partnership
Chris Wallace, Attorney with Anderson, Roberts, Porth, Wallace & Stewart LPP
Janine Clover, Director, America’s Small Business Development Center Iowa
Wood Stortzum, Chamber of Commerce Board Chair & Community Bank President, U.S. Bank, N. A.

 

The webinar is limited to 450 seats. A recording of the webinar will be available at GreaterBurlington.com/Covid19 once the webinar is complete.

This webinar is a benefit of your Chamber of Commerce Membership or as a stakeholder in Downtown Partners, Inc.

 

Coronavirus Emergency Loans - Small Business Guide & Checklist

Prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.

Read the full Small Business Guide and Checklist

 

 

March 27, 2020

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the CARES Act. The President is expected to sign the legislation as soon as it hits his desk and begin to roll out the programming. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

 

Bipartisan Small Business Task Force Unveils Final $377 Billion Emergency Coronavirus Relief Package 

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, along with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released the final bipartisan small business emergency economic relief plan that provides more than $377 billion for small businesses to meet their payroll and expenses, and receive education and assistance throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act is Division A of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

An updated section by section of the Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act can be found here and one pager can be found here

The Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act: 

  • Creates the Paycheck Protection Program, a nearly $350 billion program to provide eight weeks of cash-flow assistance to small businesses through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to quickly snap-back after the crisis.   

  • Allows the Paycheck Protection Program to cover payroll costs, paid sick leave, supply chain disruptions, employee salaries, health insurance premiums, mortgage payments, and other debt obligations to provide immediate access to capital for small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19. 

  • Provides $265 million for grants to offer counseling, training, and related assistance to small businesses affected by COVID-19 to SBA resource partners, including Small Business Development Centers and Women’s Business Centers and $10 million for the Minority Business Development Agency’s Minority Business Centers and Minority Chambers of Commerce.  

  • Allows for expedited access to capital by establishing a $10 billion program for small businesses who have applied for an EIDL loan to request an advance of up to $10,000 on the loan to provide paid sick leave to employees, maintaining payroll, and other debt obligations.   

  • Requires SBA to pay all principal, interest and fees on all new and existing SBA loan products including 7(a), Community Advantage, 504, and Microloan programs for 6 months, and provides $17 billion for this purpose. 

 

Senator Chuck Grassley released a CARES Act: Recovery Check FAQ 

Yesterday, Senator Chuck Grassley released a CARES Act: Recovery Check Frequently Asked Question Documentvia the Medium.com including who is eligible for a recovery rebate, who qualifies as a child for purposes of the rebate and more.

Read the FAQ Here.

 

March 26, 2020

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration

Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, suspending the following: elective and nonessential medical and dental procedures, extending and expanding retail business closures, ordering health care facilities and nursing homes to engage in advanced health care screenings, and removing additional legal barriers to ensure a continued strong response to this disaster. 

Suspending as of 5 PM Friday, March 27:

  • Elective & nonessential medical and dental procedures

Extending & Expanding Retail Business Closures until April 7 as of 10 PM March 26 to include:

  • Bookstores
  • Clothing stores
  • Shoe stores
  • Jewelry stores
  • Luggage stores
  • Cosmetic, beauty, or perfume stores
  • Florists
  • Furniture and home furnishing stores

This closure order does not affect other retail establishments, such as discount stores, grocery stores, or pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies, and household goods.

The state of public health disaster emergency shall expire on April 16, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended by the governor.

Read the full text of the proclamation

 

Business Infomation & Resources Update with Jeremy Hess

Jeremy Hess, Executive Director of Economic Development wants to share a message of hope along with information & resources that have come out to help businesses get through this tough time. Topics covered & up-to-date information & resources can be found at GreaterBurlington.com/Covid19.

Topics Covered:

  • Unemployment Resources for Employees & Employers
  • Small Business Relief Grant Program & Tax Deferral + Worksheet
  • Small Business Administration Information Loans
  • Call your local Financial Institution - They're ready to help

 

What is an Essential Business & How to Get Designated an Essential Business

Multiple states have issued executive orders requiring people to “stay at home” and for non-essential businesses to shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To-date, Iowa has NOT issued a stay-at-home order related to non-retail and manufacturing businesses. The ISU Ciras guide provides information related to understanding what the federal and most state governments consider to be an essential business.

Steps to self-determinate as an essential business:

  • Review the CISA Critical Infrastructure Industries list versus your industry and specific business scope. Check both the industries listed and types of services or products under that industry to see if your business qualifies as an essential or critical business.
  • If your business is not included in this list but you are a supplier to a company that is included, you may still be considered an essential business by the state.
  • There may or may not be a formal method to appeal the industries, products, or services included per state.
  • Be aware that each state may use a slightly different method or list to determine their essential businesses.

Read the entire Iowa State University Ciras Guide on "What is an Essential Business?"

Download Essential Industry Letter Template

 

Think HR with Mammoth HR Webinar

Webinar logoThink HR with Mammoth will be hosting a webinar on frequently asked COVID-19 questions for employers on Tuesday, March 31 at 1 PM.  The HR company has taken over 2,000 questions and distilled them down into 26 questions. To register for the webinar visit: Think HR with Mammoth Webinar.

 

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund

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 offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to businesses that are sole proprietors or single-member LLCs that are also TSB certified, or have an application submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) by April 10, 2020 to become TSB certified.

This program will continue to process applications on an ongoing basis until all funds are exhausted. Applications are processed in both order of receipt of application and submission of all required documents and Targeted Small Business certification approval. 

Apply now for COVID-19 Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund.

 

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Tax Deferral Information Gathering Worksheet

This worksheet helps businesses collect information that will be found on the Small Business Relief Grant & Tax Deferral Application.  This is not the actual application.  Instead, this is meant to help a business gather information before starting the application process to save time.

Download the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Tax Deferral Information Gathering Worksheet

 

SBA Disaster Assitance Webinars for Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration's Iowa District will host a webinar to give an overview of assistance available to Iowa Small Businesses through the SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

Webinar Information:

Attendees will join the webinar via Skype.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Click to Join Meeting.

There will be a visual presentation, but you can join by audio only at (202) 765-1264 using ID# 480330157#

 

March 24, 2020

Governor Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program - Financial Assistance and Tax Deferral Now Available to Eligible Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Reynolds today announced the launch of a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000 in addition to offering Iowa businesses a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest.

“Small businesses are the source of thriving main streets and community pride across Iowa,” said Gov. Reynolds. “The Small Business Relief Grant Program is another way we can support our small businesses during this unprecedented time.” 

Iowa Small Business Relief Program Grant:

To be eligible for a small business relief grant, eligible businesses must:  

  • Be experiencing business disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Have employed between 2-25 people prior to March 17, 2020 

The Small Business Relief Grants will assist eligible businesses in maintaining operations or reopening business following the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds may not be used to pay debts incurred prior to March 17, 2020.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority will review grant applications for eligibility and will determine the grant amount by the level of impact including loss in sales revenue and employees. Notification of award decisions and disbursement of grant funds will be expedited.

Tax Assistance:

The Iowa Department of Revenue will review each application as applicable, to determine if it is appropriate to grant a deferral of the eligible taxes and waiver of penalty and interest.

The dual application for grant assistance and tax deferral is available at iowabusinessrecovery.com. The deadline for applications is March 31 at 12:00 p.m. (noon). The program may be restricted due to funding availability. 

Read more about COVID-19: Iowa Business Recovery Assistance

Apply Here for COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Fund

 

Great River Health: A COVID-19 Update from President & CEO Matt Wenzel.

Matt Wenzel, President & CEO of Great River Health sat down for a few minutes to discuss what the organization is doing in Southeast Iowa in regards to planning and preparing for COVID-19.

For more information visit Great River Health.

 

Great River Health has established a 24-hour public call center to provide answers to questions about COVID-19 and direct callers to health system resources.

Image may contain: textThe telephone numbers are 800-871-3313, toll-free, or 319-768-1009.

The call center is staffed by registered nurses who can answer questions about respiratory symptoms and potential exposure to the illness.

Callers who have a cough or difficulty breathing and a fever may be referred to the health system’s new Respiratory Center at Family Medicine-Great River Medical Center, 1201 W. Agency Rd., West Burlington. Appointments are required. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 am. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Respiratory Center appointments also can be made through other Great River Medical Center and Great River Health primary-care clinics.

Family Medicine patients who need appointments for other acute symptoms will be seen by a provider at Family Medicine, Mercy.

Patients with symptoms that are tolerable are encouraged to remain at home and self-quarantine for at least seven days or until they are fever-free without medication and have no symptoms for three days.

Where to go for more information
• For more information, visit greatriverhealth.org
• For COVID-19 questions, call the Iowa Department of Public Health by dialing 211

 

March 23, 2020

Governor Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program

Governor Reynolds today announced the launch of a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000 in addition to offering Iowa businesses a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest.

Applications will be available Tuesday, March 24, at 8 AM. Application deadline is Tuesday, March 31 at 12 PM.

 

U.S. Department of the Treasury, IRS & the U.S. Department of Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave.

Today the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor announced that small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees.

Key Takeaways

  • Paid Sick Leave for Workers - For COVID-19 related reasons, employees receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave and expanded paid child care leave when employees’ children’s schools are closed or child care providers are unavailable.
  • Complete Coverage - Employers receive 100% reimbursement for paid leave pursuant to the act.
    • Health insurance costs are also included in the credit.
    • Employers face no payroll tax liability.
    • Self-employed individuals receive an equivalent credit.
  • Fast Funds - Reimbursement will be quick and easy to obtain.
    • An immediate dollar-for-dollar tax offset against payroll taxes will be provided
    • Where a refund is owed, the IRS will send the refund as quickly as possible.
  • Small Business Protection - Employers with fewer than 50 employees are eligible for an exemption from the requirements to provide leave to care for a child whose school is closed or child care is unavailable in cases where the viability of the business is threatened.

Read the entire news release.

 

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration

Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The proclamation includes additional mandatory closures, relaxes certain restrictions to promote additional social distancing and provides regulatory relief to Iowa health care industries, among other actions outlined in the proclamation.

The proclamation closes the following from Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March, 31st, 2020:

  • Salons
  • Medical spas
  • Barbershops
  • Tattoo establishments
  • Tanning facilities
  • Massage therapy establishments
  • Swimming pools. 

To assist Iowans further, it suspends all foreclosures on residential, commercial, and agricultural real property. 

The proclamation also provides professional licensing relief to remove barriers who want to step up and serve in medical professions and to prevent the expiration of professional licenses during the disaster.  

To promote further social distancing, the declaration suspends in-person requirements for various activities. 

Read the entire proclamation.

 

March 22, 2020

Iowa Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) Can Apply For SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

The SBA is now making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses.

The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.

Applications can be made via the SBA’s website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/

Applicants can monitor the status of their applications online after submission.

For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email  disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

Disaster #: IA-00091 Effective Date: 1/31/2020 Incident Period: 1/31/2020 and continuing Incident: Coronavirus (COVID-19) States Affected: Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Counties Eligible:

Primary Counties:

Iowa: Adair, Adams, Allamakee, Appanoose, Audubon, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clarke, Clay, Clayton, Clinton, Crawford, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Des Moines, Dickinson, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Greene, Grundy, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock, Hardin, Harrison, Henry, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Kossuth, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Montgomery, Muscatine, Obrien, Osceola, Page, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Sac, Scott, Shelby, Sioux, Story, Tama, Taylor, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Winnebago, Winneshiek, Woodbury, Worth, Wright

Contiguous Counties:

Illinois: Carroll, Hancock, Henderson, Jo Daviess, Mercer, Rock Island, Whiteside

Minnesota: Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Jackson, Martin, Mower, Nobles, Rock

Missouri: Atchison, Clark, Harrison, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Worth

Nebraska: Burt, Cass, Douglas, Otoe, Sarpy, Thurston, Washington

South Dakota: Lincoln, Minnehaha, Union

Wisconsin: Crawford, Grant, Vernon

 

March 21, 2020

Gov. Pritzker Announces Statewide Stay At Home Order to Maximize COVID-19 Containment, Ensure Health Care System Remains Fully Operational

Following the advice of leading public health experts around the globe, Governor JB Pritzker announced today has signed a statewide stay at home order, aiming to keep new cases of COVID-19 from rapidly increasing and ensure the state's health care system remains fully operational to treat patients in need of urgent care.
 
The order takes effect 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2020. In addition to the stay at home provisions, it also orders all local government units across the state to halt all evictions and bans gatherings of more than 10 people.

STAY AT HOME ORDER

All first responders, emergency management personnel, law enforcement personnel, health care workers and others working to support Essential Businesses and Essential Government Functions like grocery stores and pharmacies are exempt from this stay at home order.

Essential Businesses and Operations:

• Healthcare and Public Health Operations: Working at or obtaining services from hospitals; clinics; dental offices; pharmacies; public health entities; healthcare manufacturers and suppliers; blood banks; medical cannabis facilities; reproductive health care providers; eye care centers; home healthcare services providers; mental health and substance use providers; ancillary healthcare services — including veterinary care and excluding fitness and exercise gyms, spas, salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, and similar facilities
• Human Services Operations: any provider funded by DHS, DCFS or Medicaid; long-term care facilities; home-based and residential settings for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with disabilities or mental illness; transitional facilities; field offices for food, cash assistance, medical coverage, child care, vocational services or rehabilitation services; developmental centers; adoption agencies; businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services and other necessities of life for needy individuals — excluding day care centers, day care homes, group day care homes and day care centers licensed as specified in Section 12(s) of the order
• Essential Infrastructure: Working in food production, distribution and sale; construction; building management and maintenance; airport operations; operation and maintenance of utilities, including water, sewer, and gas; electrical; distribution centers; oil and biofuel refining; roads, highways, railroads, and public transportation; ports; cybersecurity operations; flood control; solid waste and recycling collection and removal; and internet, video, and telecommunications systems
• Stores that sell groceries and medicine
• Food, beverage and cannabis production and agriculture
• Organizations that provide charitable and social services
• Media
• Gas stations and businesses needed for transportation
• Financial institutions
• Hardware and supply stores

• Critical trades, includingplumbers, electricians, exterminators, cleaning and janitorial staff for commercial and governmental properties, security staff, operating engineers, HVAC, painting, moving and relocation services, and other service providers that maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences, Essential Activities, and Essential Businesses and Operations
• Mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services
• Educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions
• Laundry services
• Restaurants for consumption off-premises
• Supplies to work from home
• Supplies for Essential Businesses and Operations
• Transportation, for purposes of Essential Travel
• Home-based care and services
• Residential facilities and shelters
• Professional services
• Day care centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order
• Manufacture, distribution, and supply chain for critical products and industries
• Critical labor union functions

• Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging and delivery or carry-out food services
• Funeral services

 

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. 

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special tax filing and payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak.

The filing deadline for tax returns has been extended from April 15 to July 15, 2020.

The IRS urges taxpayers who are owed a refund to file as quickly as possible. For those who can't file by the July 15, 2020 deadline, the IRS reminds individual taxpayers that everyone is eligible to request an extension to file their return.

Read the entire Statement.

 

March 20, 2020

Gov. Reynolds signs additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration, will hold a press conference today.

  • Temporarily suspends collection of property taxes and penalties and interest
  • Temporarily suspends some evictions under the Iowa Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act or the Manufactured Home Communities or Mobile Home Parks Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in certain circumstances
  • Extends expiration deadline for a permit to carry and a permit to acquire a firearm and additional measures
  • Permits the sale of carry-out, delivery, drive-thru of alcohol for unopened bottles of alcohol for bars and restaurants and suspends some fees
  • Permits public meetings or hearings by electronic means to improve the functions of government while maintaining social distancing practices
  • Suspends certain regulations to ease the transportation of agricultural supplies and commodities, food, medical supplies, cleaning products, and other household goods on all highways in Iowa
  • The proclamation also allows related state agencies to implement the state’s public health emergency plan

 

March 19, 2020

REQUESTING DISASTER ASSISTANCE LOANS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) updated criteria on states for requesting disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The relaxed criteria will have two immediate impacts:

  • Faster, Easier Qualification Process for States Seeking SBA Disaster Assistance. Historically, the SBA has required that any state or territory impacted by disaster provide documentation certifying that at least five small businesses have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of a disaster, with at least one business located in each declared county/parish. Under the just-released, revised criteria, states or territories are only required to certify that at least five small businesses within the state/territory have suffered substantial economic injury, regardless of where those businesses are located.
  • Expanded, Statewide Access to SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses. SBA disaster assistance loans are typically only available to small businesses within counties identified as disaster areas by a Governor. Under the revised criteria issued today, disaster assistance loans will be available statewide following an economic injury declaration. This will apply to current and future disaster assistance declarations related to Coronavirus.

Learn more here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

 

Iowa to extend filing and payment deadline for income tax and other tax types

The Iowa Department of Revenue today extended the filing and payment deadline for several state tax types, including income tax. The changes, prompted by COVID-19, are designed to provide flexibility to hard-working Iowans whose lives have been disrupted. The changes are a result of an order signed earlier today by Director of Revenue Kraig Paulsen.

The order extends filing and payment deadlines for income, franchise, and moneys and credits taxes with a due date on or after March 19, 2020, and before July 31, 2020, to a new deadline of July 31, 2020.

Read the entire statement.

 

IUB Urges all Utilities to Refrain from Service Shutoffs due to COVID-19, Supports Extending LIHEAP Application Period to May 31

Due to COVID-19 and the State of Public Health Disaster Emergency, the Iowa Utilities Board is urging all utilities including non-investor owned -- especially those providing water service -- to temporarily ban disconnection of service to customers. The IUB also recommends all telecommunications companies suspend service shutoff to customers during this time.

Given the critical role water service plays in hygiene, the request to cease disconnection extends to municipal and cooperative utilities. Customers can review more information regarding COVID-19 impacts and safety of water from the Iowa DNR Water Supply Listserv.

In addition, the IUB appreciates the Department of Human Rights, Division of Community Action Agencies, action to extend the application period for eligible Iowans to apply for financial assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) until May 31, 2020.

The IUB last week issued an emergency order extending the utility disconnection moratorium period until May 1, 2020, and directing all electric and natural gas utilities in the state to cease shutoffs of residential service due to nonpayment for all LIHEAP and weatherization eligible customers.

Read the entire statement.

 

March 18, 2020

The Greater Burlington Partnership is coordinating efforts with the State of Iowa and the Small Business Administration to assess the impact on our businesses and community from the COVID-19 crisis. The Iowa Economic Development Authority needs information to better provide assistance to those affected. Your participation in this survey will help shape the IEDA response in the days ahead. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey to share how your business is being affected. The information will remain confidential.

IEDA IMPACT SURVEY is closed.  Thank you to those who participated.

 

Iowa Workforce Development is hosting a second webinar about Unemployment Insurance for Employers and Workers on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 12:00 PM.  The webinar currently has capacity for 500 people. The recording will be available after the event.  To attend the webinar click the link below.

Employer Webinar - Unemployment Insurance - March 19, 2020 - 12:00 PM

 

March 17, 2020

Effective today, March 17, 2020, at 12:00 PM Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency ordering the closure of Restaurants and Bars, Fitness Centers, Theaters and Gaming Facilities, and Senior Citizen Centers and Adult Daycare facilities until March 31, 2020. 

  • Customers can still order carry-out, driver-through or delivery from restaurants.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited at all locations and venues.

Read the entire State of Public Health Disaster Emergency.

 

The Iowa Workforce Development is hosting two webinars about unemployment insurance for employers and workers affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19).  To access the webinars visit https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/updates-and-resources-about-covid-19.

Employer Webinar - Unemployment Insurance - March 17, 2020 - 12:00 PM

View Webinar Recording

Unemployment Insurance for Claimants - March 17, 2020 - 1:00 PM

View Webinar Recording

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Great River Health - COVID 19 Local Information: Stay up-to-date on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information with Great River Health.

Center for Disease Control: CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Information Page

CDC Full Details on How to Protect Yourself & Others

Take these steps to help protect yourself and stem the spread of the virus

  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Stay home if you're sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

 

Business Resources

Financial Resources

Apply for Small Business Relief Grant Program & Tax Deferral - Deadline March 31, at 12:00 PM

Apply For SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

  • The SBA is now making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

Apply now for COVID-19 Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund

  • The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to businesses that are sole proprietors or single-member LLCs that are also TSB certified, or have an application submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) by April 10, 2020 to become TSB certified.

 

Guide to SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans - Determine who is eligible, what are the loan parameters, how you can access an emergency $10,000 grant, and how you apply.

Guide to the Employee Retention Tax Credit - Determine who is eligible, how much is the tax credit, which employees count toward eligibility, and how the credit is paid.

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist - Guide to determine if you are eligible, what lenders will be looking for, how much you can borrow, and if the loan will be forgiven.

The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act - Easy to follow guide with Frequently Asked Questions and answers.

 

What is an Essential Business & How to Get Designated an Essential Business

The ISU Ciras guide provides information related to understanding what the federal and most state governments consider to be an essential business.

Steps to self-determinate as an essential business:

  • Review the CISA Critical Infrastructure Industries list versus your industry and specific business scope. Check both the industries listed and types of services or products under that industry to see if your business qualifies as an essential or critical business.
  • If your business is not included in this list but you are a supplier to a company that is included, you may still be considered an essential business by the state.
  • There may or may not be a formal method to appeal the industries, products, or services included per state.
  • Be aware that each state may use a slightly different method or list to determine their essential businesses.

Read the entire Iowa State University Ciras Guide on "What is an Essential Business?"

Download Essential Industry Letter Template

 

HR Resources

Iowa Department of Public Health Frequently Asked Questions

Includes answers to these questions and more.

  • We have employees scheduled to travel internationally. Should they go?
  • What if an employee recently returned from international travel?
  • What is the risk of the COVID-19 to Iowans? Are certain groups of people more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than others?
  • What can employers do to reduce the risk of the spread of respiratory illness within the workplace?
  • Who should I call if I have questions?

 

Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave & Expanded Family & Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Poster: Made Possible by IowaWORKS.  Download your copy or call IowaWORKS at 319-753-1671 to get a physical copy.

ACA Special Enrollment Periods & Other Health Care Coverage Options: Press Release from Iowa Insurance Commissioner regarding Iowans who have experienced a change in employment status due to COVID-19.

 

Not sure how to begin planning for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) or how to deal with the fallout? The following resources are available to businesses.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Resources

Iowa Workforce Development Press Release: Governor Reynolds Announces Assistance For Employees and Employers Affected By COVID-19 Related Layoffs

Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives

CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

CDC: Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

Internal Revenue Service

Iowa Workforce Development - Open to customers with an appointment, or to accept identity verification from customers applying for benefits. Email uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov, or  call 866-239-0843.  

OSHA - COVID-19 Website

Safeguard Iowa Partnership - Business Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

SBA: Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan & Respond to COVID-19

SBA: Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

Weekly Email Updates (Friday Facts)

Virtual Meeting Options 

Flyer for UI Guidance

 

How To Support Local Businesses

Greater Burlington Delivers - Chamber of Commerce Member Restaurants that are open for business and offer Delivery, Curbside Pick-Up or Carry Out.

Support Greater Burlington - Ways you can support local small businesses in Greater Burlington.

Eat Downtown Burlington - Downtown Burlington restaurants open for business and offer Delivery, Curbside Pick-Up or Carry Out.

Shop Downtown Burlington - Ways to support and shop your favorite downtown from home.

How you can help

 

Additional Information:

Health & Resource Information

Center for Disease Control

Des Moines County Public Health Department

Great River Health

Iowa Department of Human Resources

Mental Health & Crisis

Small Business Administration

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Congress

U.S. Travel Association

Assistance

Federal Family and Medical Leave Act

Iowa Legal Aid - Information on legal issues due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mortgage, Rent, & Utility Assistance

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

City & State Information

Office of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

City of Burlington - Burlington City Hall Closed to the Public

City of West Burlington - Limited Access to West Burlington City Hall Lobb

Burlington Community School District - Information for families including meals, Chromebook pickup, virtual learning and more

Local Cancellations via The New Mix 107.3 KGRS

 

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