CIRAS Survey UPDATE: Business Impacts of COVID-19

April 24, 2020 — As COVID-19 proliferates across our nation, the crisis continues to negatively impact our economy and spark concerns for the future of small and medium-sized businesses. CIRAS has been conducting a phone survey so we can better understand the needs of Iowa companies and better connect them to appropriate resources.  

Here is what we’ve learned so far:  



Top takeaways from the survey 

  • Only 46% of survey respondents are continuing to operate at full capacity. Many are running at reduced capacity due to precautionary measures, outbreaks, and reduced demand.  
  • Very few respondents are at risk of going out of business in the next 30 daysbut most are increasingly concerned about Employee Well-being, Revenue Loss, and Workforce. 
  • Many continue to seek help with COVID-19 information such as updates, hygiene best practices, the PPE supply chain, and availability of grants and loans. 

CIRAS Helpline 

If your business is impacted by COVID-19, CIRAS can provide no-cost assistance to help you understand your next steps. CIRAS has set up teams to help companies with HR, supply chain, safety, and other challenges

For help contact our or Shankar Srinivasan (515-290-6702,

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