NOTE: If you have been exposed to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), or are experiencing symptoms of the disease, call your doctor/medical professional. Resources are provided as information only. We are not doctors or legal experts and the information provided should not be accepted as medical, legal, or financial advice. Due to the evolving nature of this pandemic, the information provided could change often and without notice. We encourage you to reach out directly to the local, state or federal entities necessary with any questions.
A Letter From Our CEO
The purpose of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is to promote the business, civic, tourism, and agricultural interests of our members and area residents. This includes serving as a resource for businesses during times of emergency. In response to the recent updates regarding community spread of the COVID-19 virus in our great state of Iowa, it is with great caution and concern for our community that we have decided to cancel Chamber events for the next few weeks.
We are aware that many of you have also made the difficult decision to cancel, postpone, or limit your events as well. During this challenging time, one of the most important things we can do is remember to stay positive and support each other. Our local businesses are the livelihood of our community and our community thrives because of the continued support and encouragement we give to each other.
With that said, we encourage you to find safe, creative, responsible ways to support our local business community. We have provided some ideas on our website and hope you will consider participating as you see fit. As always, you can reach out to us with questions regarding local business or event updates and we will do our best to assist you; however, moving forward, we strongly encourage you to visit the links provided below to ensure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in our area.
Show your support and help spread the word by using the #SupportLocalBoji hashtag on social media!
Spending more time online? Engage with your favorite businesses - it doesn't cost a thing! Like, Comment and Share their social media posts. It's free to you, but it helps to remind business that we haven't forgotten about them.
IGL Corona Relief is a group of volunteers focused on providing for the needs of the sick and vulnerable in the Iowa Great Lakes during the spread and treatment of the corona virus. Please click HERE to enter your email address to volunteer, request assistance or donate.
Leave Reviews Online
Reviews help businesses all year long. They help customers decide where to eat, shop, stay, etc. Take some time to leave reviews for your favorite local businesses so everyone knows where to go once we're able to get back to business as usual!
Local and State Resources
State of Iowa
Dickinson County Emergency Management
Iowa Economic Development
CARES Act Summary - Guidance for Iowans
Iowa Workforce Development
IWD frequently updates its FAQs for employers and claimants regarding this information and it can be found at their website here.
Food Assistance State Programs
Department of Education
Eligible schools and organizations across Iowa are providing USDA Child Nutrition Summer Food Program (SFSP) meals now to children 18 and under. Click here to find a summer meal site near you; call 211 or 1-866-3-HUNGRY; or text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877.
Department on Aging
The Area Agencies on Aging provide home delivered or drive-through meals, and emergency nutrition services for any Iowan age 60 and above regardless of income on a voluntary contribution basis. Find your local Agency on Aging or call the LifeLong Links hotline at 866-468-7887.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at food banks and pantries across Iowa, go to volunteeriowa.org.
Local Food Bank Information
Find your local food bank service area information here.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Official Website & Announcements from the CDC
Department of Labor & OSHA
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- To view the official guidance from the DOL please click here.
- Fact Sheet for Employees
- Fact Sheet for Employers
- Questions and Answers
- Download the new required Employee Rights Poster Here.
Loans & Financial Aid
- Facebook Small Business Grants Program
- James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Industry Relief Fund
- Kiva US Small Business Loans
- Opportunity Fund COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund
- Restaurant Workers Community Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund
- The Main Street Initiative by Mainvest
- Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance
- Verizon and LISC Small Business Recovery Fund
- WaFd Bank Small Business Lifeline