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BIPOC & Immigrant Business Grant Now Available

Project Better Together has partnered with the Community Foundation of Johnson County to assist in the administration of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and Immigrant Owned Business Grant. Applications open Monday,  July 6th, and close on Monday, July 27th....

Iowa Workforce Development offers FREE Online Professional Courses

Iowa Workforce Development has partnered with Coursera to offer free online learning opportunities to Iowans during the pandemic. Coursera is an online learning platform with over 4,300 courses available from a variety of academic institutions and organizations...

U.S. Chamber Updates Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

The U.S. Chamber recently updated their PPP guide to reflect recent substantive changes made by Congress and the administration to the PPP program to provide borrowers with more flexibility. These changes include: Extending the time to spend PPP funds from 8 weeks to...

Federal Reserve Board Expands its Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve Board on Monday expanded its Main Street Lending Program to allow more small and medium-sized businesses to be able to receive support. The Board lowered the minimum loan amount, raised the maximum loan limit, adjusted the principal repayment...

Paycheck Protection Program Changes

Last night, the US Senate passed the House’s version (HR7010) of updates to the Paycheck Protection Program. With respect to PPP loans, HR 7010 does the following: Creates a floor of 5 years for loan maturity. Extends the covered period for obtaining and using a loan...

Governor Reynolds Relaxes Additional Restrictions

Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency until June 25, 2020. As previously stated, bars, wineries, distilleries, and social clubs may reopen May 28th with the same public health measures as restaurants. In...

Additional Businesses to Reopen May 22nd

Today the Governor announced additional openings that will impact movie theaters, museums, wedding venues, auctions, and swimming pools effective at 5 am on Friday, May 22, 2020. The governor sited that the additional business reopening were made possible with...

Considerations if an Employee Contracts COVID-19

Businesses across Iowa (and the country) are facing similar challenges related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  One predominate recurring question is what to do if one of your employees contracts COVID-19.  As the virus continues to spread across the states,...

Proclamation: Reopening of Businesses & Establishments Statewide

The Governor announced a new proclamation today that permits additional businesses to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place. It also permits restaurants (but not bars), fitness centers, and libraries, to reopen in...

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Bill for Small Businesses, Hospitals

On Friday, April 24th, President Trump signed a nearly $500 billion COVID-19 economic assistance package, which is the fourth and likely the last installment of Coronavirus aid packages. Since the $349 billion allocated for Small Business Administration’s loans was...

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