SBA warns businesses of loan and grant fraud

With fear in the air and an information vacuum only feeding it, fraudsters are on a tear targeting businesses desperate for good news on their Small Business Administration loan and grant applications.

Recent News

The CBJ is working hard to keep you up to date on the latest coronavirus news. This post contains a roundup of notable cancellations, closures, changes and more.

Businesses should prepare for the possibility of a worst-case scenario in which economic growth doesn’t resume until September and the unemployment climbs to 15% in the third quarter, according to a new analysis by the Conference Board.

Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids has launched an initiative encouraging employees and community members to wear a mask when outside of the home, as federal health officials begin contemplating the same.

University of Iowa faculty and staff are receiving an assist from Iowa State University as the demand for COVID-19 testing at the State Hygienic Lab – part of the UI’s Office of the Vice President for Research – increases amid the spreading pandemic.

Employers are digging in for a multitude of HR issues arising with the spread of the coronavirus, from how to minimize the spread of the infection, to addressing employees staying away from work because of worries about contracting the highly contagious bug.


Boost your odds with a financial crisis plan

March 31, 2020

By Maurie Cashman
Crisis management plans are critical to sound business planning, whether for personal or business purposes. Implementing a financial crisis plan may be the difference in whether you survive or fail.

Get help for pandemic stress

March 31, 2020

CBJ Editorial
We encourage small business owners and their managers who are feeling stressed and desperate to seek the help they might need from a medical professional or, at the very least, from a peer. Keeping stress bottled up is not a healthy way to get through something as foreboding as this.

Make casino site a downtown catalyst

March 18, 2020

CBJ Editorial
A city-owned site between the Cedar River and I-380 once earmarked for a casino could be Cedar Rapids’ catalyst for more downtown development if developed properly.

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