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.

Iowa jobless claims set another weekly record

The number of new unemployment claims in Iowa during the week ending Saturday broke all previous records, as companies affected by closing orders and other economic fallout from the coronavirus continued to lay off workers.

Meet 2020’s Women of Influence

Recipients of the Women of Influence award have always embodied the traits that we look for in our leaders in times of trouble: stability, strength, empathy and wisdom. The members of this year’s class are no different. Read the free special edition here.

Latest coronavirus updates, 4/2/20

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.

Conference Board offers three scenarios for economic recovery

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 asks community to ‘mask up’

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.

UI-ISU collaboration speeds COVID-19 testing at state lab

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.

Bolstering your company’s viral response

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.

Iowa is a great place for your next warehouse

Signs of Iowa’s desirability as a location for e-commerce fulfillment are popping up around the state, according to the keynote speaker at this year’s CBJ Commercial Real Estate Luncheon, as well as signs of things to come.

UTC-Raytheon merger to be final Friday

Raytheon and United Technologies Corp. will complete their merger this Friday after receiving all regulatory approvals needed.

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The CBJ will host a series of webinars every Tuesday and Thursday designed to support businesses during the coronavirus battle. This webinar will examine “How to Market Your Business During a Crisis.”

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