Financial assistance is available.
As we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19 on our communities, Mid American is working to connect you with opportunities for assistance.
Our Chamber members and local small businesses may be eligible to receive assistance from the new Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program being offered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The program provides utility bill payment relief to eligible small businesses and nonprofits that face significant hardship in the wake of COVID-19.
Eligible business and nonprofits that apply can receive financial assistance applied to utility bill debt incurred between March 17th, 2020 and June 30th, 2020.
Applications are being accepted online only, on a first come, first served basis until August 22nd, 2020 or until funds are exhausted.Check eligibility here
The ‘Commitment to ReVive Vermillion’ initiative is a commitment from Vermillion Area businesses to practice key social distancing measures to keep our community safe during these current times.
The Commitment covers three key areas:
Participating businesses will sign onto the commitment and display the Commitment poster in their store window or entry way.
Members of the community will be able to provide feedback through a short survey or by emailing the VCDC.View Commitment poster
The House passed the $480 billion relief bill. It has now moved to the President’s Office for signature. President Trump has expressed on multiple occasions that he supports the bill and will sign.
“The bill includes more than $320 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, created by the CARES Act, which was passed late last month. The program, which quickly ran out of money because of heavy demand, provides forgivable loans to small businesses that keep their employees on the payroll.
About $60 billion of the additional PPP funding would be set aside for businesses that do not have established banking relationships, such as rural and minority-owned companies.”
Experts discuss strategies and tools to create a positive and productive work environment — even if you can’t see your team every day.
Empathy, transparency and flexibility are critical to caring for your employees and keeping them engaged during the coronavirus pandemic.
Experts unpacked these three pillars of a successful company culture — both during a crisis and in the long term.
1. Make employee health priority No. 1 with policies, protocols, and one-on-one working input
2. Create a fun, empathetic and efficient work-from-home culture that serves employee needs and business goals
3. Embed flexibility into company culture
4. Have hard conversations with transparency, empathy and humility
5. Adopt best practices gleaned from the crisis
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today unveiled a one-stop-shop of federal programs that can be used by rural communities, organizations and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide is a first-of-its-kind resource for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities to help address this pandemic.Download the Rural Resource Guide here
The purpose of the Paycheck Protection Program is to help employers keep their employees on the payroll. The loans offered under the Paycheck Protection Program are forgivable – which means that a business may not have to repay some (or possibly all) of the loan. The SBA created a webpage dedicated to providing information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. Here you will find program details, frequently asked questions and the program loan application.Visit SBA's Paycheck Protection Program Website