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New Member Mentor Program Aims to Engage 50% of New Members

​A valuable benefit of Economic Alliance membership is the opportunity to make connections across the business community. New members are especially interested in getting connected and have a strong interest in utilizing all that comes with Economic Allia…
A valuable benefit of Economic Alliance membership is the opportunity to make connections across the business community. New members are especially interested in getting connected ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/new-member-mentor-program-aims-engage-50-new-members

SBA Disaster Assistance Webinars for Small Businesses

The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan is now available to Iowa small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)​. The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office …
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan is now available to Iowa small businesses and private, nonprofit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/new-sba-disaster-assistance-webinars-small-businesses

Finkenauer Holds Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall with Local Business, Labor, and Workforce Leaders

Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) will hold a telephone town hall with local business, labor, and workforce leaders to answer questions from Iowans in the First Congressional District regarding work and business impacts. Finkenauer wants to ensure Iowa families hav…
On Thursday, March 26, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) held a telephone town hall with local business, labor, and workforce leaders to answer questions from Iowans in the Fi……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/finkenauer-hold-coronavirus-telephone-town-hall-local-business-labor-and-workforce-leaders

Small Businesses Can Create Free Online Storefront to Sell Gift Cards

Now through June 1, small businesses can create a FREE virtual storefront on local e-commerce platform Cedar Rapids Area Shop Where I Live where they can sell gift cards and/or include list business information like menus, store hours, or even with a link…
The spread of COVID-19 is impacting businesses of all kinds. For small businesses, it’s meant closing their doors and/or limiting customer interactions to slow the spread of the i……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/cedar-rapids-area-shop-where-i-live-provides-free-resources-small-businesses

ImpactCR Will Engage and Connect with Young Professionals to Support Retainment

​The ImpactCR Advisory Board is proud of the progress made over the past decade in affecting change in the young professional community. During strategic discussions, the Board challenged themselves to imagine what the next decade could bring, and how to …
The ImpactCR Advisory Board is proud of the progress made over the past decade in affecting change in the young professional community. During strategic discussions, the Board cha……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/03/impactcr-will-engage-and-connect-young-professionals-support-retainment

E-Commerce Offer for Small Businesses Extended Through June 30

Small businesses can create a FREE virtual storefront on local e-commerce platform Cedar Rapids Area Shop Where I Live, and the offer to do so is now extended through June 30! The offer allows small businesses to sell gift cards and/or list information li…
The spread of COVID-19 is impacting businesses of all kinds. For small businesses, it’s meant closing their doors and/or limiting customer interactions to slow the spread of the i……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/04/e-commerce-offer-small-businesses-extended-through-june-30

Additional Financial Relief Options for Businesses: Main Street Lending Program and Employee Retention Tax Credit

​Businesses are still able to take advantage of other federal financial relief option if they did not apply or qualify for a PPP. Some of those options include the Main Street Lending Program and the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
Businesses are still able to take advantage of other federal financial relief option if they did not apply or qualify for a PPP. Some of those options include the Main Street Lend……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/05/additional-financial-relief-options-businesses-main-street-lending-program-and-employee-retention-tax-credit

ImpactCR Engages With Young Professionals in a Time of Social Distancing

For a group that relies heavily on in-person events, the young professionals program ImpactCR is getting creative to stay engaged with area young professionals in the face of COVID-19. The ImpactCR board sought out opportunities to support local businesse…
For a group that relies heavily on in-person events, the young professionals program ImpactCR is getting creative to stay engaged with area young professionals in the face of COVI……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/06/impactcr-engages-young-professionals-time-social-distancing

Rally C.A.P. Initiative Launches to Champion and Protect Local Businesses and Arts and Culture Amenities from Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance today announced Rally C.A.P. (Champion and Protect), a new initiative to champion a local-first mindset and support local businesses and arts and culture amenities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic while followi…
The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance today announced Rally C.A.P. (Champion and Protect), a new initiative to champion a local-first mindset and support local businesses and ……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/06/rally-cp-initiative-launches-champion-and-protect-local-businesses-and-arts-and-culture-amenities-impacts-coronavirus-pandemic

Announcing the LFS Adult Class of 2021

​Each year, 35 of the area’s next generation of leaders embark on a 10-month journey known as the Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) Adult program. LFS is a premier community leadership program that focuses on developing top talent through a formal leaders…
Each year, 35 of the area’s next generation of leaders embark on a 10-month journey known as the Leadership for Five Seasons (LFS) Adult program. LFS is a premier community leader……
https://www.cedarrapids.org/about-us/news/2020/06/announcing-lfs-adult-class-2021

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