COVID-19

Your Johnston Chamber of Commerce is working diligently to serve our community in a positive and encouraging way.

With the onset of the COVID-19 health challenges, we will be updating this page on a daily basis to best serve our Community.

Please watch for more information coming from the Chamber with regards to our upcoming events. Our office is open by appointment only at this time. Please email us with questions!  heather@johnstonchamber.com

Scroll down this list and find great resources and links to help your business or organization.

Small Business Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration

  • The SBA low interest loans are now available to small businesses (500 or fewer employees), private nonprofit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that were established by Jan. 31, 2020 and have been financially impacted as a direct result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  Apply at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Office of Governor Kim Reynolds

  • March 23 — Iowa Small Business Relief Program. Details here.
  • March 20 — Governor Reynolds signs additional State Public Health Emergency Declaration. Details here.
  • Governor Reynolds announced assistance for workers and employers impacted by layoffs related to COVID-19. The guidance includes information for employees filing for unemployment insurance claims, as well as information on programs available for employers. Details here.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

Iowa Workforce Development

  • View recording of webinar on Unemployment Insurance for Employers and Workers here.

United Way 211 Program

DART

  • Rider update: Effective immediately, DART is temporarily pausing all fare collection and is encouraging all riders to use the back door to get on (and off) the bus.
    Front entry is still available for those who are not able to safely board through the back.
    Learn more about our efforts to keep our riders and operators safe and healthy at ridedart.com.

City of Johnston Website

Business Tools

Google Resources
Helping Business & Schools to Stay Connected

Grow with Google
Free training, tools, and resources to help you grow your skills, career, or business.

Google Suite/Hangouts
Services Provided: Video Conferencing | Audio/Phone | Instant Messaging | Information Storage/Sharing | Project Management | Security/Encryption
*In response to COVID-19 through July 1:  free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally including larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive

Office 365/Teams
Services Provided: Video Conferencing | Instant Messaging | Information Storage/Sharing | Project Management | Security/Encryption
*In response to COVID-19: Beginning March 10, Microsoft is rolling out updates to the free version of Teams that will lift restrictions on user limits.

ZOOM
Services Provided: Video Conferencing | Web Conferencing/Webinar | Security/Encryption
In response to COVID-19: free for educators to move toward virtual learning

Facebook Business Hub

5 Tips for staying productive while working from home

20 Tips for working at home

Work from Home 101

Public Health Updates

Polk County Health Department

Iowa Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Johnston Gyms & Fitness Centers Offering Virtual At-Home Work Outs:

Johnston Restaurants Offering Drive-Thru or Take Out:

  • Brickhouse Cafe | Take Out Only- Sat & Sun 6:00am – 2:00pm, Wed. – Fri. 8:00am – 2:00pm | 515-276-4940
  • Cyd’s Catering To GO |Cyds Catering TOGO Menu | 515-208-2091
  • Greenbriar | Take Out Only Monday – Saturday 4:00pm – 7:00pm| 515-253-0124
  • Health House | Take Out and Drive-Thru | 515-410-9699
  • Jethro’s BBQ | Order Online | 515-421-4848
  • McDonald’s | Drive-Thru | 515-331-0250
  • Scooter’s Coffee | Drive-Thru | 515-631-5155
  • ShortE’s BBQ | Take Out Only | 515-252-9887
  • Sonic | Drive-Thru | 515-334-7309
  • Texas Roadhouse | Order Online | 515-251-4597
  • WineStyles | Retail Sales Only | 515-334-9463

Johnston Churches Offering Virtual/Online Services:

  • First Baptist Church | Live Stream Services Every Sunday 10AM | 515-243-8161
  • NorthPoint Church | Live Stream Services Every Sunday 9AM & 10:35AM | 515-986-0306
  • St Paul Presbyterian Church | Live Stream on Facebook Page | 515-276-2818