Healthy Businesses, Thriving Community 

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce remains committed to supporting Madison County during what has been an unprecedented and difficult time for all businesses across the country. Our priority is the health of our community, businesses, and thousands of employees and citizens. We have formulated the following responses and strategies to make sure thatour memberbusinesses and organizations in Madison County thrive.

Convening A Cross Section of Community Leaders and Businesses

  • With a cross-section of area partners we are supporting continual communications focused on understanding the changes in directives and policies from state and federal agencies impacting businesses, as well as relief and resources which will enable our local economy to thrive. Partners include: Madison County Emergency Management, Madison County Public Health Department, Madison County Development Group, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Catch Des Moines, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Tourism Office, the Office of Congresswoman Cindy Axne, and more.
  • The Chamber team is focused on daily calls and emails to all of our members.
  • Business leaders continue to be surveyed and contacted to understand what their questions are and how we can help.
  • Connecting needs in the community will be an important role for the Chamber. Helping non-profits access food, supporting local blood drives, and promoting volunteerism are just a few of the ways we are working to close the gap on community needs.
  • COMING SOON: Virtual Friday Chamber Coffee events through Zoom to allow members to discuss how they are coping and disseminate updates regarding the COVID-19 response. We hope this informs the membership about resources available to them plus fosters conversation and a little therapy.

Providing Education and Resources

  • The COVID-19 Toolkit launched the week of March 9 and is updated frequently with information ranging from work from home strategies to resources for small business loans.
  • The Chamber is publishing and sharing articles through our website, www.MadisonCounty.com, social media, and Chamber Chat newsletter which are intended to help our businesses think in innovative ways, have knowledge and access to resources, and adopt best practices.

Promoting Creative Commerce and a Thriving Community

  • The Stay Safe, Shop Local initiative was launched on March 18 to promote continued support for our member businesses and publish their immediate needs. Members (both business and non-profit) have actively contributed to this initiative with information about their online commerce capabilities, changed or reduced hours, and any special requests for assistance from the community.  This has been widely shared across our community thanks to the support of our partners.
  • A “Creative Commerce” toolkit will be developed that highlights the resiliency of local businesses including virtual dance classes, virtual art classes, learning opportunities and more. We hope this inspires other businesses to think creatively.

Supporting Critical Workforce Needs

  • Madison County Chamber members received a survey to indicate how their organization is responding and adapting during this time. Additional research has been done to supplement this list. We are working to connect those who are seeking employment with the employers who have job openings.
  • Tools and resources will be published in a Workforce Toolkit that includes unemployment, workshare, and paid family leave details once those are made available.

Understanding and Advocating for Critical Policy Decisions

  • The Madison County Chamber is continuing to track policy decisions and changes that have positive and negative impacts on our members.
  • Regular policy resources are being added to the COVID-19 Toolkit.

During this pandemic, as Madison County moves from understanding and evolving into recovery, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce will be prepared to step up to support “Shop Local” branding, workforce placements, ongoing resilience training and continue to keep a pulse on business needs. The strength and collaboration of partners across this community has been incredible. We should all be proud of this amazing community that we call “home”!