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Daily Blog

Blog – June 3, 2020: Iowa Spanish Helpline Announcement

Blog – June 2, 2020: Iowa State Star Announcement, CIRAS Webinars

Blog – June 1, 2020: Main Street Lending Program Overview, Iowa Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program

Blog – May 29, 2o20: Main Street COVID Survey Results, IRS June Newsletter

Blog – May 28, 2020: SBA Relief Numbers, New Interim Final Rules

Blog – May 27, 2020: Small Business Webinar Series, COVID Food Assistance Program

Blog – May 26, 2020: America’s SBDC Federal Resource Website

Advice From Regional Directors

How the SBDC Can Help with COVID-19 Response

Now that we are several months into the economic crisis associated with COVID-19, many small business owners feel at a loss for how to make informed decisions about whether the business needs economic disaster recovery assistance – or further assistance! – and how to cover expenses moving into the future. Many have also discovered that […]

How to Succeed in Building an Online Amazon Retail Business

COVID-19 has caused many small businesses to rethink their selling methods. Just because your doors are closed, doesn’t mean you have to stop selling your products. Becoming an Amazon retailer will help you sell your products online. Follow these steps from Todd Rausch, Western Iowa Tech SBDC Regional Director, to learn how to start your […]

Engaging Through Remote Work

For many businesses, COVID-19 will bring about a new way of doing business as normal. An increase in employees working from home (or other safe out-of-the-office location) is one example. What was initially a short-term measure to accommodate social distancing for pandemic mitigation will, for many businesses, result in a long-term increase in remote work […]

Reinventing Your Small Business to Survive COVID-19 — Blog Post from Iowa Western SBDC Director, Sue Pitts

There is a video of Simon Sinek and his team on YouTube where he talks to his team about pivoting their roles in his business. He talks about how COVID-19 is NOT unprecedented. That although very sudden and devastating, Covid-19 is not the first-time businesses have been challenged. The Internet changed the way we shop, […]

Pivoting Today for Opportunities Tomorrow Advice for Small Businesses during COVID-19

As locally, nationally and globally, people are utilizing practices such as physical distancing and staying in place, many small businesses are being disrupted. Whether it be because of industry shutdowns, employee inability to work, lack of access to customers, cancelled events and travel restrictions, supply chain interruptions, cash flow shortages or a variety of other […]