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Kim Reynolds announces millions in small business relief for bars and taverns in 6 Iowa counties

This news story was published on September 2, 2020.
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DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today that the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program will be reopened to provide relief grants (socialism?) to bars, taverns and other establishments impacted by the Aug. 27, 2020 COVID-19 disaster proclamation that closed bars in six counties — Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk and Story County. Eligible businesses will receive a one-time $10,000 grant to assist with cash flow.

“One of our goals since day one of this pandemic has been to provide appropriate and timely economic relief to the businesses most impacted by COVID-19,” Gov. Reynolds said. “A business that is forced to close, even temporarily, means a business owner, workers and families are affected. This short-term program can help bridge the gap for those local businesses as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The extended program will be open to bars, taverns, breweries, distilleries, wineries or other establishments licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises. Those businesses not in good standing with the Alcoholic Beverages Division, Department of Inspections and Appeals or Department of Revenue will not be eligible for the grants.

“We’re pleased to be able to provide a rapid response to assist our businesses in today’s constantly-evolving environment,” said Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham. “The new reiteration of the Iowa Small Business Relief Grant program now offered as the Business Disruption Relief program will provide immediate cash flow assistance to hundreds of establishments who have been closed due to the continued public health emergency.”

As before, the reopened Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Program will be administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The application period will begin Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 and be open for two weeks. More information can be found at

The program will be funded with CARES Act dollars and is estimated to cost $5 million.

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3 Responses to Kim Reynolds announces millions in small business relief for bars and taverns in 6 Iowa counties

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    September 6, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    While I was working in the flower beds in the front yard, my neighbors stopped to chat as they returned home from walking their dog. During our friendly conversation, I asked their little girl what she wanted to be when she grows up. She said she wanted to be President some day.
    Both of her parents, liberal Democrats, were standing there, so I asked her, “If you were President what would be the first thing you would do?”
    She replied… “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people.” Her parents beamed with pride!
    “Wow…what a worthy goal!” I said. “But you don’t have to wait until you’re President to do that!” I told her.
    “What do you mean?” she replied.
    So I told her, “You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull weeds, and trim my hedge, and I’ll pay you $50. Then you can go over to the grocery store where the homeless guy hangs out and give him the $50 to use toward food and a new house.”
    She thought that over for a few seconds, then she looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50?”
    I said, “Welcome to the Republican Party.” Her parents aren’t speaking to me anymore.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    September 4, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    How about some relief for the people who own rental property? With the govt. giving the losers who rent the freedom from paying that rent while still taking advantage of where they are living leaves the owners out in the cold. It’s almost humorous, in a sad sort of way. The people who worked hard, bought property, and rent it out get burned, while the losers, who don’t have jobs and spend most of their income (govt. supplied) on drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes, skate. Gee, guess whose going to be voting for Biden???

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    September 2, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    5 million is chicken feed. Billions have they been given. Slush fund much like the tobacco money was used for. Not too concerned. Imagine if they did the right thing. it would be ground breaking. A historic legacy for all to see in the future. Instead just passing on how well they do at cheating. Greedy.