The Madison County Chamber of Commerce is closely monitoring the changing developments of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact on our membership and our community. Following the example set by major national events, we are exploring virtual and rescheduling options through April 3, and will re-evaluate at that time. Events that can’t be rescheduled or held virtually will be canceled during this time frame.
We advise all employers to be ready to implement strategies to protect their organization and their employees from COVID-19 and have proactive plans to ensure business continuity. These steps are preemptive and will help to mitigate risk as you continue to do business.
Please feel free to consider the following advice and resources as you are preparing for the impact of COVID-19.
Planning and Preparedness
- Review your emergency plans.
- Discuss plans and contingencies, including the need to work remotely, flex hours and consider the possibility of temporary office/store closures.
- Consider flexible policies for those that have absences due to their own illness or their family members.
- Learn what every business and community can do to decrease the spread of the virus.
- Visit the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives crisis management resource center and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce resources and guidelines for business.
- Review Iowa Department of Public Health’s workplace considerations as well as information from Madison County Public Health
- Now, more than ever, small businesses need your support. The Membership Directory is a great place to start.
- If you are doing business with a local provider and your needs have changed, do your best to postpone the work and not cancel.
- COVID-19: Iowa Business Recovery Assistance from Iowa Economic Development Authority
- Coronavirus Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Non-Profits by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation
- Iowa Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus (COVID 19) Can Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Stay informed and look for information from reliable and trusted sources, including: