Midwest Partnership January Newsletter
Midwest Partnership Membership
Are you a member of Midwest Partnership? Would you like to become one? Your support is essential to the economic vitality of our region. All donations are tax deductible.

Small Business Webinar Series
Region XII is sponsoring a new small business webinar series! These workshops will cover a wide range of topics and are a useful resource to all businesses no matter the size. To view the full list of upcoming webinars check out the link below.

Paycheck Protection Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced on January 8, that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining Program changes to enhance its effectiveness and accessibility was released on January 6 in accordance with the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Non-Profits, and Venues Act. This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Marketing and Business Plans by America’s SBDC Iowa
America’s SBDC Iowa provides no cost, confidential, customized and professional business advice in all of Iowa’s 99 counties to both entrepreneurs and existing small businesses. Experienced counselors provide resources and information to individuals wanting to start a business, grow an existing business, or plan for a transition. Ms. Laurie Pieper from SBDC Iowa will talk about resources available to help develop marketing and business plans. 

Wed, Feb 17, 2021 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM CST Register
Save the Date! Annual MWP Golf Outing
The Annual Midwest Partnership EDC Golf Outing will be held at beautiful Lake Panorama National on Friday, June 25th, 2021.

Start Planning for the COVID-19 Vaccine Now
With the first rounds of the new COVID-19 vaccine being administered experts are urging you to begin planning for the vaccine now. Read the full article from Iowa State with what this vaccine could mean for your business, the proposed schedule of administration, and answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.

Greater Des Moines Partnership
Partnership 2021 Board Chair Fred Buie, President of Keystone Electrical Manufacturing Company, shared the following six areas The Partnership will continue to focus on through the end of the year:

Broadband Expansion
Talent Pipeline
Talent & Economic Development Marketing
Business Recovery, Retention & Expansion

Learn more about these priorities and find out how they relate to small business growth in Greater Des Moines (DSM)
Available Building Spotlight
Lincoln's Lounge is an available building located in Stuart Iowa. Located at 114 NW 2nd Street this building has 3,195 square feet to work with. The building also has a new roof with an extensive warranty. For more information about Lincoln's Lounge check out the link below!

Midwest Partnership EDC | 515-523-1262 | info@midwestpartnership.com