COVID-19 Resources

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.


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DSM Forward

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.

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, 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.

  • Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives Crisis Management
    Chambers and businesses need to prepare for the impacts of COVID-19 transmission in the United States. Learn more about implementing a series of actions that minimize the impact on local communities and support the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) containment strategy. Includes pandemic guidance, crisis communication templates, and other pandemic related resources.

Employment Resources

To best support employers and employees in Greater Des Moines (DSM), The Partnership has compiled employment resources information for both businesses in need of immediate temporary workers, as well as individuals actively seeking job assistance who have been impacted due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Events & Webinars

The Partnership continues to produce virtual events with the goal of supporting DSM businesses with tips, resources and subject matter experts during this time.

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

Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources from SBA
Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to recover cost of Coronavirus-related leave
U.S. Small Business Administration Issues Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Iowa
March 30 -Iowa Workforce Development updates leave policy for employees impacted by COVID-19 layoffs
May 19, 2020 – SBA clarifies PPP loans in 4-important ways
June 5, 2020 – Trump signs new law relaxing PPP rules
August 28, 2020 – Governor Reynold’s proclamation impacting bars/restaurants
November 10, 2020 – Governor Reynold’s proclamation continuing public health emergency
November 17, 2020 – Governor Reynold’s proclamation
January 6, 2021 – Eligible Paycheck Protection Program expenses now deductible

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.