In yesterday’s press conference, Governor Reynolds mentioned the “Essential Services” information. This document was produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is available at https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce As a reminder, this is just guidance and is not currently being used in Iowa as a Shelter in Place order has not been implemented.
Small Business Loans
• Governor Reynolds has announced the creation of The Iowa Small Business Relief Fund. This provides grants from $5,000-$25,000 for small business having between 2 and 25 employees. The application is available at: https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/our-agency-detail-resources/6710. The application is currently available through March 31.
• Governor Reynolds announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of January 31, 2020 and continuing. The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans. The declaration comes after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds submitted a federal funding request via the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.
o Applications can be made via the SBA’s website: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
o Applicants can monitor the status of their applications online after submission.
o For questions, please contact the SBA disaster assistance customer service center at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Additional resources for businesses can be accessed at www.safeguardiowa.org
Governor Reynolds and DHS Director Garcia discuss child care at: https://www.facebook.com/IAGovernor/videos/150434152903935/