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New Unemployment Eligibility

Under the CARES Act many changes were made to Unemployment. One notable change is that self employed individuals may apply for unemployment if their business is closed due to COVID-19. Here is information from Iowa Workforce Development on how self-employed individuals can apply.

Gift Card Opportunity

Thank you to Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives and to Fareway for donating Fareway gift cards to us. We are able to give these gift cards to businesses that need them. If you are in need of a $50 gift card to Fareway or if you know of someone who is please email us at While supplies last. 

Facebook Group

Please follow and use the "Estherville Information - Covid 19 Business Changes" Facebook Group to announce any business changes during the pandemic. Please use this group to notify the public of any information you think is pertinent about your business. Also restaurants and retail establishments are encouraged to post how customers can still shop with them! Together we will get through this!! Stay strong and please let us know if there is anything we can do for you!

Public Notice

Governor Reynolds issued a proclamation on 3/19/2020, that waives late penalty on PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS through April 16, 2020, to help give some assistance to Iowans dealing with the impact of COVID-19’s arrival in our state. Payments must be postmarked by April 16, 2020, paid online at
www.iowa by April 16, 2020, or dropped off in the drop box on West side of Courthouse by April 16th to avoid a late penalty.  The Emmet County Treasurer’s staff are still in the office handling workflow and answering questions by phone and email. 
If your DRIVER’S LICENSE has an expiration date of January 16, 2020 or later, you do not have to renew your license at this time.  It will remain valid until the declared disaster is lifted.  It is also considered valid to fly with an expiration date during this time period.
If your VEHICLE REGISTRATION expired January 2020, or later, it will be considered valid until the declared disaster has ended. 
If you purchase or transfer a vehicle, you will not be required to obtain a title and registration within 30 days.  This will remain in effect until the declared disaster is over.  Carry your purchase documents/bill of sale in your car when driving until it is transferred into your name and plated. The bill of sale is also needed at the treasurer’s office to complete the transfer.
All of this could change if there is an extension to the proclamation. If you have questions, call the Emmet County Treasurer’s office at 712-362-5679. 

Job Postings

Did you know you can post job openings on the Iowa Lakes Corridor website and on Go HERE to submit a job posting to the Corridor and HERE to view ads and submit to the Chamber! Not only will it be on their website it will also be included in their newsletter! 

Follow Us on Facebook

Do you follow the Chamber on Facebook? You should! We post lots of information about upcoming Estherville events and projects! It's a great way to stay in the know of what's going on! 
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You can follow the Estherville Area Growth Partnership too!
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Federal CARES Act

There is now more funding for the SBA programs through the CARES Act so get your applications in today if you qualify! 
Here is a breakdown of the two programs available to Small Businesses through the CARES Act. 
10 Commonly Asked Questions about these two programs:
Guide to all federal programs available to small businesses:
Breakdown of how to apply for the EIDL:
Breakdown of the PPP:
Iowa Economic Development website with information of all programs available to Iowa Small Businesses and emergency information:

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund

Allocation Range: $500-$3500
Geographic Range: Iowa
Target: Small businesses disrupted by COVID-19 with 1-7 employees that are not recipients of Federal and State Small business relief dollars.  

​To be eligible, businesses are required to:  
​·         have 1-7 employees prior to March 17, 2020 or classify as a sole proprietor.
·         be based in Iowa
·         complete the online application
·         provide a 3 month P & L statement/bank statements
·         provide 2019 and 2020 Q1 revenue

Funds could be used for business expenses in including : *
​·         Rent
·         Insurance
·         Utilities
·         Delivery services
·         Product packaging
·         etc.
Questions, email:
More information and application: 


Governor Update

Governor lifts restrictions in 77 counties, including Emmet and all regional counties except Woodbury.

Iowa reports 349 new cases for total of 5,868. Over 1,600 negative tests for total nearing 40,000. Over 2,000 Iowans have recovered. Emmet is one of 15 counties with zero cases. Nine additional deaths were reported for a total of 127 Iowans who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Here are the businesses that can reopen, while still practicing social distancing and hygiene, as of May 1, all at 50% capacity:

Restaurants (this does NOT include bars)
Fitness centers
Retail stores
Enclosed malls, with no food courts or play centers,
Motor race tracks, but not for audiences; and

Social, community, recreational, and leisure/athletic facilities still limiting to 10 people.

Churches can resume activities for gatherings of over 10 with the use of sanitizer and social distancing of six feet when feasible. Weddings and funerals are still limited to gatherings of 10 or fewer, however.

Still closed: bars, theaters, casinos and gambling establishments, social clubs, including VFW/American Legions aside from take-out meals, Senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities, bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parks, museums, aquariums, and zoos, indoor or outdoor roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks, outdoor or indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers, swimming pools and spas, wading pools, water slides, wave pools, spray pads, and bath houses, salons, barbers, spas, tattoo establishments, massage, door-to-door sales.

The governor said her team is continuing to evaluate other establishments for a possible opening day of May 15. Governor Reynolds urged Iowans to continue using caution and exercising personal responsibility.

All vulnerable individuals with pre-existing conditions and those over 65 are still encouraged to limit their activities outside their homes. This also does not change the recommendation for everyone to continue social distancing, wash hands or use sanitizer, limit gatherings to 10 or fewer, and use a face covering when out.

Library Curbside To Go

The Estherville Public Library has many options available for our community at this time! Consider Library curbside to go - reserve books and materials online and pull up to have them delivered to your vehicle! You can also check out books online through the Library!! So many options to help you stay entertained through the epidemic!

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