The Urbandale Chamber is closely monitoring the changing developments of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its impact on our members and community. Please reference these gathered resources to aid in your decision making as you are preparing for the impact of COVID-19. For more advice and resources on planning and preparedness for organizations and illness prevention strategies, visit the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Hub. This is an ever-evolving situation, and it is important for us to continue to support local businesses and each other especially during challenging times.
The Urbandale Chamber of Commerce created a covid policy based on the positivity rate of residents in Polk County. The Urbandale Chamber is currently in:
Polk County Positivity Percentage by Population *this is the number the Chamber uses
Urbandale Chamber Policy at a Glance
|5-day Positivity Rate PERCENTAGE||OFFICE||EVENTS||RIBBON CUTTINGS||ROOM RENTAL|
|LESS THAN 5%||OPEN||IN PERSON||IN PERSON WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS||AVAILABLE WITH NORMAL CAPACITIES|
|RELAXED HYBRID||5-7%||OPEN||IN PERSON/VIRTUAL||IN PERSON/VIRTUAL||AVAILABLE|
|MODERATE HYBRID||8-14%||OPEN LIMITED STAFF||IN PERSON/VIRTUAL||IN PERSON/VIRTUAL||AVAILABLE|
|STRICT HYBRID||15-20%||OPEN LIMITED STAFF||VIRTUAL ONLY||RESTRICTED ATTENDANCE||UNAVAILABLE|
|VIRTUAL ONLY||ABOVE 20%||VIRTUAL||VIRTUAL ONLY||UNAVAILABLE||UNAVAILABLE|
DSM Forward is a compilation of playbooks devoted to helping businesses and industries prepare for next steps related to economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. DSM Forward includes industry-specific playbooks, assessments and recommendations — leveraging international, national, state and local sources, and following federal, state and local public health official recommendations — to help guide businesses and organizations as they determine pathways toward the future in an everchanging landscape.
Click your industry below to be linked to the related industry playbook.
- Child Care
- Construction & Development
- Events, Arts & Culture
- Financial Services
- Personal Services
- Restaurant & Food Services
Small Business Resources
Find helpful information for small businesses pertaining to financial assistance, employer and employee resources, strategies to maintain business continuity and more.
This Zoom webinar explains how to register and list items for sale on wwww.centraliowa.shopwhereilive.com, an online e-commerce website to bring small businesses together to sell their products and services virtually. The site is a fully functional e-commerce site that allows businesses, not only the opportunity to be listed but to actually receive orders to generate much-needed dollars during a time when cash flow is needed. Interested in setting up an online store? Submit a vendor registration.
Government & Public Policy Information
Stay up-to-date with the essential public policy information for federal, state and local levels on the COVID-19 Policy Information page.
Related News Releases and other Resources
8/23/2021: FDA Approves First COVID-19 Vaccine
Free Counseling and Support
You’re not alone. Find support for coping with the effects of the pandemic. COVID Recovery Iowa provides free virtual counseling, virtual activities, referrals and help finding resources to any Iowan seeking assistance or a listening ear. Counselors are available 24/7. For more information, visit COVID Recovery Iowa.
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Counseling
SBDC offers one-on-one counseling that can be done virtually, including help with loan application processes or other business issues that this crisis is causing, such as distribution, sales, buying, marketing, HR issues and more. Find a counselor on the SBDC website.