CIRAS Survey UPDATE: Business Impacts of COVID-19

June 12, 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

  • The proportion of businesses operating at reduced capacity continues to increase due to reduced demand, COVID-19 safety concerns, and a negative outlook for the economy.
  • Concerns about employee well-being and international supply chain difficulties are on the rise.
  • Businesses continue to seek assistance with COVID-19 testing, protecting employees at work, and finance, along with other topics such as cleaning supplies and restoring lost revenue.

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,