Polk County, Warren County and the cities of Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights have announced the final list of recipients of the Small Business Recovery Grant program to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 292 recipients received a total of $1.7 million through the program. The list of all businesses awarded is viewable to the public on the Greater Des Moines Partnership’s website. This program was led by the Greater Des Moines Partnership in addition to the participating cities and counties in the Greater Des Moines (DSM) region.
The Small Business Recovery Grant awardees are all sole-proprietors or businesses with 0 – 30 employees that have had restrictions placed on their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant awards ranged from $1,000 – $5,000, with up to $10,000 for businesses in the City of Des Moines.
“The Small Business Recovery Grant program is another example of our public and private sectors coming together to invest in the future of our region,” said Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “We must continue to support our small businesses as a key strategy of regional economic recovery moving forward.”
The grant program was funded through contributions from the City of Des Moines, Polk County, Principal Foundation, EMC Insurance Companies, American Equity, the City of Urbandale, Warren County, City of Johnston, Delta Dental, Meredith Corporation, Nationwide, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa, Wells Fargo Foundation, City of Indianola, City of Norwalk, City of West Des Moines, City of Clive, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, IMT Insurance, City of Windsor Heights, City of Carlisle, Bankers Trust, Kemin Industries, NCMIC Group, Veridian Credit Union, Global Atlantic Financial Group, GuideOne Insurance, Merchants Bonding Company, Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Community Choice Credit Union, Warren County Economic Development Corp. and Warren County Philanthropic Partnership.
“We are thankful for the impact small businesses have in making our region a vibrant place where people want to live,” said Polk County Supervisor Robert Brownell. “This fund was a total community effort, and we are hopeful it will help small businesses toward the path to recovery.”
This year more than ever it is important to get your annual flu shot. The flu shot is still the best way to protect yourself and those around you from the flu. Not only will it protect you, but it will help reduce trips to the doctor’s office and hospitals, which will be extremely important this year to help conserve valuable healthcare resources.
Timing of your flu shot does matter! It is important to get the flu shot at the right time to make sure it lasts the entire season. Just recently the CDC reiterated that it is important to get a flu shot by the end of October and receiving one prior to September may be too early, as vaccine immunity may wane before the season is over.
When you choose Medicap Pharmacy as your flu shot destination, you are helping those in need right in your own community. Through the partnership with the Food Bank of Iowa, Medicap Pharmacy will donate 12 meals to the local food pantry for every flu shot given at participating Medicap Pharmacy locations from September 23 through November 23, 2020. Do good for you and others – choose Medicap Pharmacy as your flu shot provider. Visit www.IowaFluShots.com for more information.
Medicap Pharmacy is taking extra precautions this year to help protect our patients and staff. We are offering a contactless immunization form option this year. The patient will be emailed a secure link and will complete the online form. Not only will this new option limit the touching of paper, but it also will limit the amount of time spent in the pharmacy. If a patient would rather come into the pharmacy to fill out paperwork, rest assured we will be sanitizing clipboards, pens, chairs, and all areas of the pharmacy to help protect the patients. Social distancing measures will be in place throughout the pharmacy and our staff will be wearing masks and we request that you do too. If a patient doesn’t feel comfortable coming into the pharmacy, no problem! For your convenience, our staff can also offer curbside flu vaccinations.
Flu shots are available during regular business hours and no appointment or prescription is necessary, walk-ins are welcome. Medicap Pharmacy can provide flu shots to patients ages 6 months and up with most insurances.
Come to Medicap Pharmacy where you have a knowledgeable pharmacist giving you your flu vaccine, protecting your health, and helping you pick the right vaccine for you. This year, for those patients 65 and older, there is a new vaccine formulation on the market. At Medicap Pharmacy, we believe in providing our patients with the most protection and therefore we will only have the four-strain available this year, as it protects you from 4 different strains of the flu.
Medicap Pharmacy is part of GRX Holdings, LLC is located in West Des Moines, IA and is the single overall owner of 22 Medicap Pharmacy locations in the central Iowa area. Medicap Pharmacy is distinguished for its commitment to providing expert, personalized health care. In addition to filling prescriptions, GRX Medicap Pharmacy locations specialize in administering immunizations, health screenings and diabetes education.
If you would like more information, please call 515.440.1270 or e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.IowaFluShots.com
COVID-19 continues to add stress and create uncertainty to our lives. With these headwinds, it is more important than ever to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The Greater Des Moines Partnership has put together GetActive Workplace Wellness toolkits and tip sheets addressing a number of health-related topics. Here are some helpful tips and resources to get you started.
Your mental health is very important right now, and it is an easy thing to leave on a back burner. One in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences some form of mental health issue in a given year. Stress at home, in the workplace, and with other elements of daily life can take their toll on us. The stigma and misunderstanding of mental health in society discourages people from seeking help and receiving treatment. Chamber Members can use these resources from The Partnership’s GetActive Workplace Wellness toolkit to help employees in their organization better understand mental health.
Additionally, any Iowan can access free, confidential counseling and assistance by
contacting Covid Recovery Iowa at CovidRecoveryIowa.org or 1-844-775-WARM.
Simply being physically active does so much good for us. The opposite is also true. The absence of activity can be detrimental to our health. Exercise doesn’t have to mean running a marathon. Simply working some extra steps into your daily routine and making sure you do a little more standing or walking instead of sitting can have a big impact. Chamber Members can use these resources from The Partnership’s GetActive Workplace Wellness toolkit to help employees in their organization learn tips and tricks to stay active.
In today’s fast-paced world, stress is unavoidable. Demand of work and home have us pulled in many directions. A little stress can be good, as it can make us rise to the occasion. Long-term stress, however, is detrimental to our health. It can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Chronic stress can trigger long-term changes in brain structure and function. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Chamber Members can use these resources from The Partnership’s GetActive Workplace Wellness toolkit to help employees in their organization learn tips and tricks to manage stress.
All of the GetActive toolkits can be found at DSMpartnership.com/getactive.