Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Request for COVID-19 Assistance
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) needs to assess the impact of the pandemic in Iowa. To assist in these efforts, please complete this  survey , developed by University of Northern Iowa – Institute for Decision Making, to tell us what your business is experiencing and how your business is handling the current crisis. 
IEDA will use the information collected in this survey to inform its public policy in response to the crisis, as well as potential assistance to businesses. The deadline to complete this survey is Monday, March 23 at 5PM.
Reminder: Live Update from CG Public Health TODAY!
CG Public Health is hosting a Live COVID-19 Update today, March 18 at 1PM on the CG Public Health Facebook Page . This update is specifically directed to the businesses community in North Iowa. The Chamber has compiled a list of questions from members who have submitted in advance, however, we ask you participate and ask live today as well.
How to Prepare Your Small Business for Coronavirus
Continuity is important for every stage of business. With the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) now present in Iowa, below are reliable resources to help your small business plan and prepare for your business operations.

  • The Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has created a guideline with resources for small businesses.

  • To help employees and customers understand proper hygiene, here is a poster you can post or share: Stop Germs Poster

COVID-19 will affect your business in some way – from employees staying home sick, vendors unable to fill orders, and customers staying away – your small businesses needs to be prepared.

Iowa Workforce Development FAQs & Resources
Voluntary Shared Work (VSW) program

The Voluntary Shared Work (VSW) program may be a viable option for employers dealing with challenges from COVID-19. The program is intended for use as an alternative to layoffs and can be an effective tool for Iowa businesses experiencing a temporary decline in regular business activity. Approved VSW plans may be valid for up to one year from the plan’s starting date.

IowaWorkforce Development has compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding in impacts of COVID19 on Iowa's workforce. Visit their website for a full list of FAQs and resources.

If you have additional questions, please contact Iowa Workforce Development at 1-888-848-7442.
As your local Chamber of Commerce, we will do our best to continue sending important information as we receive it, without overburdening you with emails. For additional resources and information on COVID-19, please visit our website .

Mason City Chamber | 641.423.5724 | chamber@masoncityia.com | www.masoncityia.com