COVID-19 Resources

The Chamber suggests local businesses seek information from the resources provided below while trying to navigate through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  We will continue to update this page as more resources and information become available. Please call us at (319) 352-4526 if you have any questions. We are happy to assist any business in Waverly seeking these resources during this time. 

**Latest Information**

Path Out of the Pandemic - President Biden's COVID-19 Action Plan

Opening April 30, 2021: The American Rescue Plan Act establishes a $28.6 billion “RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION FUND” (RRF) within the Small Business Administration (SBA) Click here to register. 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Video Update on The American Rescue Plan Act: Everything you need to know about the American Rescue Plan Act and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Round Three of IEDA Business Recovery Survey to gauge COVID-19 Impact on Iowa businesses (Deadline is 5pm on March 24, 2021.)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put together a COVID Vaccines Digital Resources Center

Iowa Rent and Utililty Assistance Program Eligibility precheck is available for this program which may provide eligible Iowans with assistance for a period of up to twelve months. Applications are anticipated to be available in March.

Reopening Tips & Resources: 

City of Waverly - Waverly Chamber: Reopening and Recovery Toolkit for Businesses 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Reopening Guide for Businesses
Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals: Reopening Criteria for Restaurants
Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals: FAQ for Restaurants
Reopen Main Street by Downtown Professionals Network - Free Webinar Link
DSM Forward by the Greater Des Moines Partnership
Iowa State University Extension & Outreach - Retail Ready to Reopen - Retail Design Creative Practices
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Weekly Webinar - Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Reopening Business Resources Center 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Small Businesses Reopening Playbook
State Fire Marshal's Business Capacity Calculations
Iowa Restaurant Association – Welcome Back Page 
Small Business University - Free Webinars for Businesses

Iowa Small Business Relief Application & Recipients

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Recipients:
Rounds 1-10
Rounds 11-20
Rounds 21-30
Round 31 - Round 32 - Round 33 - Round 34

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund ApplicationApplications were due Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Frequently asked Questions on the Iowa Small Business Relief Fund Application 
Iowa Small Business Relief Fund Screening FAQ

Grant and Loan Information 

Iowa Rent and Utililty Assistance Program Eligibility precheck is available for this program which may provide eligible Iowans with assistance for a period of up to twelve months. Applications are anticipated to be available in March.

 At Your Side Small Business Grant program through Main Street America

This holiday season, eBay is giving back to the small businesses that power America through its Up & Running Grant program. eBay is awarding more than $500,000 in grants and education resources to help small businesses stay up and running online and secure their future into 2021 and beyond. 

The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Nonprofit Recovery Fund will provide short-term relief to nonprofit organizations that have seen reduced revenue and increased costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Iowa Arts & Culture Emergency Relief Fund provides short-term financial relief to those in the arts, cultural, creative and humanities fields most impacted by state disaster declarations, natural disasters, and other forms of emergencies.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program will provide short-term relief to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that face significant hardship in the payment of utility bills for service provided during the months of disruption to their business.
Guide to the Main Street Lending Program - A Federal reserve lending program for larger businesses with no more than 15,000 employees and requesting loans ranging from $500,000 to $25M
U.S. Chamber Foundation's Save Small Business Fund **NO LONGER AVAILABLE**
Letter of Explanation 
Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance & Resources Link
SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus 
Guide to SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) COVID-19: Iowa Business Recovery Assistance
Targeted Small Business Sole Operator F
und for Single Owned Businesses with No Employees
Red Backpack Fund for Female Entrepreneurs
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for Agricultural Businesses
IEDA Small Business Utilitly Disruption Prevention program
HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program
Iowa Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program

Survey Results:

COVID-19 Impact on Iowa businesses, results for Bremer County: May Results, July Results
Survey Results on Consumer Confidence in Waverly, in partnership with Main Street Iowa

Business Guidance:

Summary of the COVID Relief Package for Small Businesses provided by the SBDC
Human Resources Insights on COVID Relief Package expansion and COVID vaccine mandates in the workplace prepared by the SBDC
COVID-19 Vaccine: FAQ's on allocation, prioritization and timelimes as prepared by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Iowa Department of Public Health Link for Businesses 
Iowa Department of Public Health - COVID-19 Outbreak Guidance for Businesses
COVID- 19 Main Street America Resources 
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Link
U.S. Chamber of Commerce - COVID-19 Small Business Resource Link
IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief Link
Rural Small Businesses Resources 

CARES Act - National Aid Package:

CARES Act Summary by U.S. Chamber of Commece as of 4/23/20
CARES Act Summary by U.S. Chamber of Commerce as of 3/26/20
The Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act 
Independent Contractor's Guide to CARES Act Relief

Paycheck Protection Program for Small Businesses of 500 Employees or Less
(included in the CARES Act):

What Small Businesses Need to Know About the New Pandemic Relief Package – Changes to PPP and More
Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness
Includes the following changes:

  • Extending the time to spend PPP funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
  • Lowering the amount that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%;
  • Extending the deadline to restore FTEs and payroll from June 30, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020;
  • Setting the repayment term for loans made after June 4, 2020 at five years.

Program Overview
Lender Information Fact Sheet
Borrower Information Fact Sheet
Application Form 

Employee Retention Tax Credit for Private Employers and Non Profits of Any Size
(included in the CARES Act):

Program Overview

Employer Information:

Iowa Workforce Development link for filing unemployment
Summary of Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Q&A for Employers
Waverly Health Center COVID-19 Employer Information
Employee Rights Poster for COVID-19 by Iowa Works
A Guide to Paid Leave Programs

Information and Legislation From Gov. Reynolds Concerning COVID-19:

Govenor Reynolds latest State Public Health Emergency Declaration as of 3/5/2021
Governor Reynolds previous disaster declarations

Relevant Resources:

COVID Recovery Iowa: Free Counciling & Support for all Iowans for an assesment on whether soemone should be tested for COVID-19
North Iowa Small Business Hotline for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Call 641-422-4737 or email with your questions. Hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Rural Development COVID-19 Response
Advance Iowa’s Creative Solutions for your Business Webinars
Crisis Averted - 20 Steps Businesses Need to do Now (Slide Deck) (Webinar) 
Impact of COVID-19 on Small Businesses Report by Main Street America
How to Move Your Business Online

Community Resources:

Bremer County COVID-19 Resources:
Community Resources from W-SR United Way 
IDPH Guide for making Homemade Face Masks and Step by Step Instructions

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