Business Resources, Courses and Updates

Winneshiek County Development & Tourism is here to help support our communities and businesses. Below are a few business resources that are available to you and your employees.  As time moves forward, we will continue to update this page with more information. I have also included additional programs and grant opportunities for certain areas of our workforce. I encourage you to share this information with others as you see fit. 

Stay safe and healthy,
Stephanie Fromm
Executive Director

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Small Business Assistance Program Directory

Use the search filter below to find programs, courses, loans, and grants that may fit your needs.

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Save Small Business Fund

Updated: November 3, 2020

Grants for $5,000 that must be applied toward business expenses. A short application will go live on April 20, 2020, at 2:00PM CDT on To qualify you must: Employ between […]

Links: Website/Application

Small Business Relief Program and Tax Deferral

Updated: November 3, 2020

Financial assistance to small businesses economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offfered grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000, in addition to offering a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes […]

Links: Details | Awards (Several Winneshiek County Businesses)

Iowa Credit Union Foundation Emergency Relief Fund

Updated: November 3, 2020

$500 grants to small business owners and individuals who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic Eligible individuals of this grant program are those: Who have experienced economic hardship […]

Links: Fund Information

American Farmland Trust’s Farmer Relief Fund

Updated: November 3, 2020

The fund will award eligible farmers with cash grants of up to $1,000 each to help them weather the current storm of market disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The initial focus will […]

Deadline: April 23, 2020
Links: Details

Northeast Iowa RC&D Decorah Chamber Small Business Fund

Updated: November 3, 2020

Northeast Iowa RC&D is administering a donor sponsored fund to help small businesses in Decorah impacted by COVID-19. The fund will provide up to $500 stipends to qualifying businesses based […]

Links: Application Form

Small Business Help Line

Our local Small Business Development Counselors are readily available to assist local businesses. Whether it’s local/state/federal applications, business/marketing plans or simply exploring different opportunities to reach your customers, our team is available by calling 563-588-3350 between 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday. This is a free service to all businesses.

Decorah and Winneshiek County Mutual Aid Network

The Network is still up and running! If you need help, advice or have questions, please visit the website or reach out to one of our team members at

Winneshiek County Development and Tourism, in partnership with DecorahNow and MANY other great partner organizations, has launched a mutual aid network to help community members, businesses, and organizations from throughout Winneshiek County and beyond, share information and resources, read more about what is happening locally, let others know they are available to help, and/or to ask for help, suggest ideas, and share positive stories. Please visit the website or follow the page on social media for the most up to date information.

Other Links and Information

Office of the Governor of Iowa
Latest News and Information

Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division
Updated Rules and Regulations for Bars & Restaurants

Iowa Utilities Board
Order Extending Winter Moratorium for Electric and Natural Gas Customers

Iowa Workforce Development
Iowa Workforce Development Response to COVID-19
Application – Unemployment Insurance Benefits.

Other Business Resource Sites

CIRAS at Iowa State University
How to deal with COVID-19

Iowa Business Information on COVID-19

Iowa Small Business Development Center
How to Prepare Your Small Business for Coronavirus

Main Street America Resource Center
Guidance for Your Community
COVID-19 Resources for Economic Development Planning & Recovery

Tourism Resources
Information for Iowa Tourism Partners

​U.S. Chamber of Commerce
COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers [PDF]