COVID-19 Tourism and Small Business Resources

Resources for the Fairfield hospitality industry

LINKS

Governor Proclaimation Public Health Proclamation 2020.05.13

IDPH reopening Guidance

Small Biz Best Practices

Retail ready to open resources

U.S. Travel Association COVID-19 CARES Act Relief Resources.

U.S. Travel Association National Travel and Tourism Week Toolkit

U.S. Travel Association COVID-19 Travel Industry Research

Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) has compiled a list of resources that cover research and analytics companies, academic research, social media groups, and public organizations and associations.

State grants for cultural projects.

Additional grants for cultural projects from funders across the country.

Unemployment assistance for Iowa employees and employers affected by reduced hours or layoffs.

 

TOURISM RELATED WEBINARS:

From April 8, 2020: Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs webinar for Iowa artists, filmmakers, musicians, cultural nonprofits and creative small businesses.

From March 30, 2020: U.S. Travel Association webinar on Understanding the CARES Act

  • Watch the webinar
  • View the full slide deck outlining CARES Act provisions and eligibility (PowerPoint slides available upon request)
  • View an FAQ. U.S. Travel Association will continue to add to this page, which will be available with other resources.

From March 19, 2020: Roger Brooks' Special Presentation: Dealing With the Coronavirus: What to do immediately to help save your tourism industry, and downtown businesses

FUNDING AND PROGRAMS

FEDERAL CARES ACT

The $2 trillion dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), provides economic relief to businesses, states and municipalities and individuals affected by COVID-19. While the scope of the CARES Act is wide-ranging, this limited summary provides a high-level overview of unemployment benefits and the relief available for qualifying business concerns.

IOWA BUSINESS TAX DEFERRAL:

The application for deferral of the eligible taxes and waiver of penalty and interest remains open. To be eligible, businesses must have a physical location in Iowa and be experiencing business disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the FAQs from the Iowa Department of Revenue and apply for tax deferral here. Due to the anticipated volume of applications, staff will work diligently to review and respond to requests. A complete application is not a guarantee of tax deferral.

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 will process applications in order of receipt of application and submission of all required documents until funds are exhausted. Please review the requirements and eligibility guidelines here before starting an application. Click here to learn more and apply.

SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE LOANS

The SBA issued a disaster declaration for the state of Iowa as of March 21, 2020. The declaration allows pandemic-impacted small businesses to apply for low-interest support loans. The declaration comes after Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds submitted a federal funding request via the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Click here for application links and more information.