COVID-19 Resources & Updates

The NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC is still providing free one-on-one business counseling for our clients. However, we have transitioned to 100% remote business counseling for the foreseeable future. In addition to our usual business counseling services, we are committed to providing accurate and up-to-date resources to assist your business during this rapidly changing economic environment.

If you are a client and need to speak with someone, please contact us at 641.422.4111 or

If you are not a client and need to speak with a business counselor, please complete this request for business counseling.

Looking for your first steps in managing your business during a global pandemic? We’ve put together a list of Initial Strategies for Your Small Business.

Strategies for Small Business during COVID-19

The NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC is working to help our clients combat uncertainty and provide strategies for your business to innovate, adapt, and survive in this rapidly changing economic environment. We have created an on-going digital series to connect experts to entrepreneurs on specific challenges you might be facing right now. The Strategies for Small Business series will focus on Marketing Wednesdays and Finance Fridays. Please follow us on Facebook to be notified of upcoming webinars, or continue to check our website.

Customer Relationships & Advanced Digital Tools | Wednesday, April 1 @ 9am

Finance Friday: Small Business Relief Applications | Friday, March 27 @ 2pm

     Updated with PowerPoint and video

The 3 Non-Negotiable Digital Essentials for Small Business | Wednesday, March 25 @ 9am

      Updated with PowerPoint and video

Finance Friday: First Steps | Friday, March 20 @ 2pm

     Updated with transcript, video forthcoming

State and Federal Business Resources

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund

On Monday, March 23, Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to any Iowa businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. To be eligible for a small business relief grant, eligible businesses must:
• Be experiencing business disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic
• Have employed between 2-25 people prior to March 17, 2020
Application deadline is Tuesday, March 31, at 12 p.m. (Noon)
APPLY: Click here to complete an application.
Please be patient and try again later if you are unable to access the application. The program is not first-come, first-serve. Each application received will be reviewed for all three programs.
Click here for more information and FAQs. 


COVID-19 Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund

A fund has been created to support Targeted Small Businesses (TSB) with zero employees that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to businesses that are sole proprietors or single-member LLCs that are also TSB certified, or have an application submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) by April 10, 2020 to become TSB certified.

APPLY: Click her for more details and to complete an application.

Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)

Business Recovery Assistance

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Coronavirus Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources

Disaster Loan Assistance
As of 3/21/2020 Iowa is eligible for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. If you believe you would like to apply for this loan, we recommend gathering the following information for your application:
  • Last three years of federal tax returns for your business
  • Last three years of personal federal tax returns
  • A Personal Financial Statement
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • A business plan with financial projections might be helpful, but probably not required


America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Covid-19 Small Business Resources


Iowa Workforce Development

Iowa Business Recovery Resources

Updates and Resources about COVID-19

Including details on Iowa’s declared Public Health Emergency which allows for:
Suspends penalty and interest on late property tax payments
Evictions suspended
Temporarily allows bars & restaurants to sell alcohol as drive up/carry out

Employer Webinar: Unemployment Insurance during COVID-19