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In these challenging times we want to share some useful resources
for our families and business owners

Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work

A program from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to strategize with businesses as they prepare to reopen their doors. 


How do you protect employees and customers from the coronavirus? Where will your staff get COVID-19 tests? Masks? Gloves? Who’s going to pay for all this?


Navigating the New Reality: Real Estate Recovery Planning in an Age of Uncertainty - National Real Estate Investor webinar.    

Economic models indicate a recession, but what form that takes remains to be seen. Ultimately, the capital markets will drive what happens next—that is, how quickly capital flows back into real estate and how long will it take for market participants to jump back in. 

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fullCircle Creative + Coaching

With fullCIRCLE’s creative approach to leadership formation, you can learn how to communicate in a way that builds trust, earns respect + more deeply connects with others. The impact is improved employee engagement, less conflict, increased productivity + better client relationships.

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FINIMPACT: Small Business Survival Guide to Combat COVID-19  

SMBs Survival Guide: Best 8 Financial Tools to Combat COVID-19 by FINIMPACT

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Virtual tour of national parks

The hidden worlds of the national parks! Follow rangers on a journey to places most people never go.

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Free indoor classes from WIX!

 The Place to Learn & Get Inspired by Wix Users Now more than ever, people need a place to find inspiration remotely. Wix Indoor Academy has been created for users to showcase their talent, teach others and give everyone the opportunity to enjoy amazing online content from home.

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Replay of the NAWBO Virtual Lunch & Learn

ARE YOU READY TO GET OFF THE HOT SEAT? Presented by Dr. Donese Worden. 


NAWBO National Articles, Blogs, Stories and Business Resources 

Stars Can’t Shine Without Darkness  - resources from the National Association of Women Business Owners.

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8 Weeks of Inspiration Speakers Searies

By NAMI Greater Des Moines:

We pulled out all the stops to bring you a world class speakers series, and are providing you with front row seats. Every Wednesday at noon, we’ll host a nationally-renowned motivational speaker, curated and collected by our friends at Midwest Speakers Bureau. We promise you a new perspective and a little inspiration to carry you through the week. As an added bonus, if you register and attend all eight events, you’ll earn a special reward from our moderator, Charlie Wittmack.


Replay of webinar: NFIB Coronavirus Part III: Financial Resources and Updates for Small Business 

The webinar walks business owners and employers through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act stimulus bill, which will provide small business grants, forgivable loans, and tax relief.

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Hy-Vee to stream daily KidsFit video activities for kids, families  

Hy-Vee to stream daily KidsFit video activities for kids, families

As schools remain closed across the region due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Hy-Vee has begun offering its Hy-Vee KidsFit program online by streaming a free daily 15- to 20-minute video to share fun, physical activities with children and families. In addition to keeping kids moving and active, the goal of the daily videos is to provide a structured routine for children to follow while they are at home. A new video will be shared every day at 9 a.m., seven days a week. The videos can be viewed on or by selecting the Hy-Vee KidsFit At Home video.

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Support Local Resource Hub launched by Catch Des Moines

Catch Des Moines launched the Support Local Resource Hub to collect resources for local businesses, residents and visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak. The site includes resources for event planners, small businesses and parents seeking virtual family activities hosted by local entities.

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Des Moines Art Center: Virtual Tours Available

The Des Moines Art Center is launching seven virtual tours of permanent collections and special exhibitions, allowing visitors to click through collections as the galleries are closed to the public until April 7. Links to all seven tours are available online


Preventing COVID-19 Cyber Attacks: scan your external systems cybersecurity

ProCircular is offering free vulnerability checks for the networks of organizations deemed critical infrastructure in Iowa and adjacent states. Any organization seeking cybersecurity support can find more information online.

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Quik Trip launches on-lot pickup service

QuikTrip is launching on-lot pickup services nationally, including in the Greater Des Moines area. On-lot pickup services has been in development since 2019 but will now be available for customers to have their items delivered to their vehicle upon arrival through the QT mobile app, the company announced Wednesday.


Iowa Credit Union Foundation has launched a new Emergency Relief Fund.

Donations will be used to assist Iowans in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, $500,000 has been committed to the fund. GreenState Credit Union is donating $250,000. Applications and more information will be available April 1 online. Donations can be made here.

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WDMCS “Grab-and-Go” Meal Service

West Des Moines Community Schools’ Grab-and-Go meal program will offer home delivery beginning March 30 as part of its free program offerings, the district announced. The six meal sites will now be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday only. Free meal delivery is available to families who receive free or reduced-price meals through WDMCS and cannot attend the pick-up sites. More information and sign-up is available online.

Food Packing

Flexibility for families picking up meals for children during COVID-19 school closures

Effective immediately, children do not have to be present when caregivers pick up meals at Iowa’s 303 approved Grab & Go meal sites, the Iowa Department of Education announced.

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Business Record: VIRTUAL EVENT Coping with COVID: HR in turbulent times Wednesday, April 1 | Noon to 1 p.m. 

  • Panelists: Amanda Young – SVP, chief human resources officer | Bankers

  • Trust CJ Jacobson – Vice president of people and culture | ITA Group Jo

  • Ellen Whitney – Attorney, Davis Brown Law Firm  

  • Ali Payne – President | ethOs || Practice leader of organizational engagement | Holmes Murphy & Associates

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Data Boost by Verizon Wireless

  • Verizon is giving all of its customers an extra 15GB of data for a month, even for unlimited plans. 

  • For unlimited data customers, the extra 15GB of data is going toward mobile hotspot functionality.

  • Customers don't need to do anything to get the extra 15GB of data — it'll be automatically added to plans.

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Free Yoga with

Join The DoYogaWithMe Community  Get access to bonus, subscriber-only videos Improve your practice with exclusive challenges and programs. Entire site at is for free for 2 months!

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Fresh Produce from Loffredo

Loffredo Fresh Foods has started this store to provide fresh produce options to the public. They will be offering a special value box of vegetables and fruit along with other purchase options. Please take a look at their catalog to see all options.

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RSM Coronavirus Webcast Series and Resource Center

RSM US is an audit, tax, and consulting firm, focused on the middle market in the United States. It is launching a weekly webcast series on issues related to the coronavirus. RSM's goal is to share insights for business leaders to understand: 

  • The economic impact from this pandemic

  • How organizations can prepare for the future

  • How to mitigate risk

You can also access their Coronavirus Resource Center.

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List of Awesome Educational Resources for You and Your Kids

Check out our list of amazing online resources for you and your family: thinking games by grade, virtual museum tours, educational youtube channels, school program resources by grade and more. We have been collecting them to help you grow stronger and find new ways in the new times.

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Governor Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Iowa Small Business Relief Program

Financial Assistance and Tax Deferral Now Available to Eligible Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 (deadline for applications is March 31 at 12:00 p.m.). $4 million in funding available in the initial round. This will also give the state an assessment of additional need for potential future rounds of funding.

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Iowa Small Businesses Affected by Coronovirus (COVID 19) Can Apply for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans are working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster.


IOWA BUSINESS RECOVERY ASSISTANCE: More resources from Iowa Economic Development Center

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 closures and postponements, Iowa Economic Development Center gathered more resources and information that may be of use to all partners across the state.

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SBA: Disaster Loan Assistance

Iowa businesses that were established by Jan. 31 and have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are allowed to apply for low-interest support loans.The SBA is now allowing loans to be made available to small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations. It is offering loans up to $2 million for those that have temporarily lost revenue. "These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can't be paid because of the disaster's impact," Iowa Governor Reynolds said in a statement.The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits. The SBA will allow long-term repayments. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis.


Dark Side of the Spoon donating a meal to the Food Bank of Iowa for every to-go order 

Dark Side of the Spoon Hospitality Group is working with the Food Bank of Iowa to donate a meal for a family of four for every to-go order sold at one of our restaurants. The recent crisis facing our community has underlined the need for restaurants to take a leading role in combating hunger.

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Leading with Empathy: Special Free Webinar Series
by Sarah Noll Wilson team
starting Thursday, March 26th | 1-2 PM CST

  1. Examine what happens to a brain on stress and how that impacts productivity and creativity

  2. Disprove myths of empathy related to leadership effectiveness

  3. Introduce three specific empathetic practices known to reduce stress in others and increase trust

  4. Bonus tool – A practice of how to be empathetic in a challenging relationship 

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Livestream Concerts #couchtour

Phish, Melissa Etheridge, Miley Cyrus, Questlove, Chloe x Halle, and more. You can still enjoy music with live concerts and webcasts from your favorite musicians while social distancing at home.

An increasing number of artists are still trying to provide experiences for fans without sacrificing safety. Here are all the shows you can stream now.  


Activities and online resources for homebound kids: A coronavirus guide

Stuck at home with the kids because of coronavirus? Here’s a list of educational and entertaining activities to keep them occupied.

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CREW Network: Commercial Real Estate 

Understanding an Economy in Crisis

Our entire industry is navigating challenges amid the COVID-19 crisis. Our March 20 Virtual Conversation Corner led by Spencer Levy provided an overview of the economic situation and industry impact, and how to help your company and clients navigate these turbulent times and prepare for what’s next.

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COVID-19 Labor & Employment FREE Webinar with Nyemaster Goode, P.C. 

Friday, March 20
3:00 - 4:00 PM

Nyemaster Goode, labor & employment attorneys, will discuss the following topics: 

  • The new federal legislation

  • Unemployment issues

  • Structuring furloughs/layoffs/terminations

  • FMLA issues

  • Child care concerns

  • ADA considerations

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Rita Perea Leadership Coaching and Consulting is offering 1 HR FREE COACHING SESSION 

Rita Perea of Rita Perea Business Coaching is offering free 1 hour business coaching to those managing this changing environment.

Rita Perea is an executive coach, keynote speaker, author and talent development trainer with 25-plus years of leadership experience with business leaders in a wide range of industries. 

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Order family size home made meals from Audry Macri

Audry Macri packages home made meals to pick up that are family size with a great variety on the menu including rigatoni pasta and homemade Italian ciabatta bread. Her contact is 515-577-0876. 

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