The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation exists to support economic growth in the four-county region. This includes serving as a resource for businesses during times of emergency.
Our office will remain open during regular business hours, M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
NOTE: Resources are provided as information only and should not be construed as medical or legal advice. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), or are experiencing symptoms of the disease, call your doctor/medical professional. Consult an attorney if you have legal questions related to COVID-19. The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation does not provide legal advice.
Corridor COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant
February 1, 2021
The Corridor COVID-19 Business Recovery Grant is a competitive grant program that assists regional for-profit businesses and industry with recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The program is funded through a grant from the US Department of Commerce.
Matching grants up to $3,000 are available. The match requirement is one-half the total amount of the grant award. For example, a business receiving a $3,000 grant would be required to provide a $1,500 match.
Primary objectives are to aid businesses in enhancing their online presence, developing new products and services and capturing new market opportunities. Particular emphasis will be placed on improving the safety of consumer experiences via sales online.
A small number of grants are available. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and grants awarded until all funds are exhausted. Measures may be taken to ensure that grants are distributed across all four counties and that retail, service and manufacturing/production businesses are represented among the recipients.
Click here for the application.
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Resource provided by the ISU EDA University Center
For Small Businesses
From the SBA
- The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act
- Guidance and assistance for owners to plan and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
- SBA to provide Disaster Assistance Loans to small businesses impacted by COVID-19
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) fact sheet
- Summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES")
From the SBDC
From Iowa Workforce Development
- Iowa Division of Banking (IDOB) Summary of SBA Loan Programs
- Small Business Grant and Loan Programs - Information Summary Sheet
Coronavirus Relief Resources for US Business Owners (UBS Financial Advisors)
The Small Business Owner's Guide to the CARES Act - U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
(Corridor Senior Vice President Brian Dalziel is experienced with several SBA programs and is available for consultation, 712.264.3474)
Chambers of Commerce:
- Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
- Spencer Chamber
- Storm Lake United
Additional Guidance for Employees
Looking for employment? Check out the Corridor job posting page for open temporary jobs.
From Iowa Workforce Development:
- Updates & Resources about COVID-19
- Voluntary Work Shared Program
- Unemployment Insurance Info for Workers
Additional Guidance for Employers
Looking for employees? Post your open positions on the Corridor job posting page.
From the Center for Disease Control – Interim guidance for businesses and employers
From OSHA – COVID-19 Control and Prevention
From the Food Industry Association – Coronavirus resources and preparedness checklist (for the food industry)
Fact Sheets in Various Languages – Printable Coronavirus fact sheets in English, Spanish
From Iowa Workforce Development:
- COVID-19 Scenarios & Benefits Available Fact Sheet
- Unemployment Insurance Guidance Fact Sheet
- Unemployement Insurance Info for Employers
- Voluntary Shared Work Program
- Avera Holy Family Hospital
- Buena Vista Regional Medical Center
- Lakes Regional Healthcare
- Spencer Hospital
Iowa Department of Public Health – Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Center for Disease Control – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (What you should know)
The World Health Organization – Q&A on Coronaviruses (COVID-19)