CHAMBER CHAT: Work on your business when you can’t work in your business

Strategies to Help Your Business in the Wake of Social Distancing

The country recommended people stay in their homes; airlines are grounding flights, the state has implemented shutdowns on schools and entire industries.  Your customers are being told to only leave for necessities; your employees are working from home, and you’re looking around an expanse of open space in what used to be a bustling business.  What do you do when you can no longer function as the business you’ve always been? Use this time to work on your business, not in it. 

Professional Development  – Learn more about your industry, growing a business and how to lead.  You know that feeling you have when you come back from a really good professional training?  Where you are motivated and can’t wait to implement the new things you just learned. You can still get that feeling; there is so much information to glean from books, podcasts or seminars.

Books on Leadership, Communication, Marketing, Entrepreneurship


Virtual Training from the Library or check your favorite associations for virtual alternatives

Update your skillset – Have you always wanted to learn photography to better market your products?  Or maybe you need help organizing your information. Or you’ve always wanted to perfect your bread making.  Maybe you need a refresher in Quickbooks or to learn how to set up and update your website so you don’t have to hire it out. Heck, maybe you’ve wanted to pick back up the guitar.  You’ve got time on your hands, it’s the perfect excuse to learn a new skill

Implement Systems – Systems can be great for your business.  They help you to respond faster, not have to duplicate processing over and over, batch tasks and can help you run more efficiently.

Tackle that project you’ve been avoiding.  We all have projects that we have been procrastinating about that we mean to do.  They may seem to be too much time, energy or they will be too disruptive to business. Well, now that you’re out of excuses, it might be the perfect time to do it.  Think of how good you’ll feel when it’s done. And it could be a nice distraction.

  • Update your website
  • Launch an e-commerce site
  • Reorganize your office or store layout
  • Upgrade computer systems

Review resources – Check out what resources may be available to you.  Maybe there are grants or opportunities available to you.  We’ve compiled a list of business resources, grants, articles and information for you.  Look it over and see what might work for you. Update the Chamber with your plans and concerns.  Help us know where you’re struggling and what assistance you need. We can advocate for you and your business and point you to resources or just serve as a sounding board. Attend virtual training and networking events offered. 

Get a Different Perspective  – Look at your company as if it was someone else’s.  What advice would you give them? How does your customer see your business?  What suggestions might they have for you? If you were to start all over; would you do anything differently?  Are there things that you are doing that don’t provide value? Are their things that could be added that would create value.

Speak up  – Keep communications with your customers and supporters and other businesses.

Let your customers know how they can support you during this time.  Continue to post to your social media and send out e-newsletters. They want to hear from you.  

Communicate with other businesses. Check-in with your peer group.  See what other people are doing, communicate and collaborate. Network and connect through phone, e-mail or online business groups and virtual meet-ups.  Don’t let the isolation bear down on you. It’s nice to reconnect and realize that other businesses are facing the same challenges you are. Use telecommunication resources like Zoom, Facetime, GoogleHangouts e or even just call them on the phone.

Collaborate and Share Resources – Look for collaborations.  Are there ways you can partner with other businesses and pool resources? Could you barter services during this time?  Maybe you have a knack for accounting or a flair for design that another business may be lacking but they could provide you with marketing or technical support.

Get creative – Are there other ways that you can provide value to your customers?  Can you offer services or inventory in a different way? Could you offer online training or sales, virtual updates, delivery options, meetups or classes?   Now is the time to step out and try something different. You’ve got nothing to lose and could potentially have a lot to gain.

Support Others  – What will you have wished that you had done with this time looking back?  Are there opportunities that you can support or offer your time to organizing?  Everyone is going to be feeling the effects of this. Reach out to your local nonprofit or check-in with at-risk populations in your community if you have something to offer.  At the very least use your platform to share what others are doing.  

Breathe – Things are tough now, but nothing is permanent. Take a step back sometimes.  It can be overwhelming and scary; so much uncertainty. Take some time away from the business.  Connect with family and friends. Reconnect with nature. Meditate. Get some rest. Take care of yourself and your body.  Know that you are doing everything you can and allow that somethings that are outside your control.  

Most importantly, know that you are not alone; everyone is feeling uncertain.  No one knows what the future holds. Prepare as much as you can so that when it does bounce back; you’ll be ready, stronger than ever. 


KQWC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1020 E. 2nd Street | Webster City, IA 50595                                                                                                                                                               515-832-1570                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Visit Website

Mid America Publishing
PO Box 29 | Hampton, IA 50411
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Clay and Collette Hansen
Jim & Diane Middleton
Larry and Peg Hill
LeRoy and Susan Erickson
Robert Malloy
Richard and Connie Wilson

Lawson Auto Body
118 N. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Lyle’s Ford
1000 S. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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T & D Service
500 NW 10th Street – PO Box 124 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Beta Sigma Phi
PO Box 103 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Go Serv Global                                                                                                                                                                                                                              310 E. Broadway Eagle Grove, IA 50533                                                                                                                                                              515-448-3131                                                                                                                                                                                                                         View Website

VFW Post 642
204 S. Kirkwood | Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Access Systems
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
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508 East Locust St.| Des Moines, IA 50309 

Sadler Construction
1905 N. Iowa Avenue | Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Torkelson Construction                                                                                                                                                                                                    202 W. Broadway                                                                        


Eagle Grove Golf Course
1127 270th Street | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Eagle Grove Memorial Library
101 S. Cadwell | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Wright County Fair
1000 E Broadway – PO Box 125 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Eagle Grove Community School
325 N. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Iowa Central Community College
One Triton Circle | Fort Dodge, IA 50501
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Your Own United Resources, (Y.O.U.R.) Inc. 
214 S 13th St, Fort Dodge | Fort Dodge, IA 50501  (New location opening Soon in Eagle Grove)

Farm Bureau Insurance
840 1st Ave. SW | Clarion, IA 50525
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First State Bank
323 S. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Good Wealth Financial Partners
111 N. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Sampson Accounting
303 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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First National Bank Eagle Grove
201 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Town & Country Insurance
323 S. Commercial – PO Box 48 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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City of Eagle Grove
210 E. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Arends, Lee & Emick
PO 644 | Humboldt, IA 50548
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Eisentrager Law
109 S. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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100 NE 20th Street | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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AG Processing Inc
500 N. Commercial | P.O. Box 85 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Daybreak Foods, Inc.
3196 Buchanan Ave | Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Gold Eagle CO-OP
115 E. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Prestage Foods of Iowa
216 N. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Broadway Vision Source 300 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-448-3813 View Website Building Families 120 1st Avenue NW, Ste. 14 | Clarion, IA 50525 515-602-5371 View Website Eagle Grove Chiropractic 318 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-448-3387 View Website Eagle Grove Family Dentistry 306 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-448-5022 View Website Eagle Grove Pharmacy 311 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-448-3814 View Website Eagle Monument Company 1310 SW 1st Street | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-851-0061 Foust Funeral Home 103 N. Cadwell – PO Box 345 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-448-3674 View Website Moffitt Dental 322 S. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-448-4852 View Website Mosaic 210 NW 2nd Street | Clarion, IA 50525 515-532-3221 View Website Reflections 200 W Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-603-6494                                                                                                                                                                                                                    View Website Rejuvenate Salon 320 W Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-603-6343                                                                                                                                                                                                                    View Website Rotary Senior Living 620 SE 5th Street | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-448-5123 View Website Slay Fitness Studio 211 W. Broadway| Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-570-4099 View Website Unity Point Clinic 115 S. Park – PO Box 127 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 515-448-5185 View Website Wright Co. Extension Office 210 1st Street SW | Clarion, IA 50525 515-532-3453 View Website

Emerson Veterinary Clinic
2770 Highway 17 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Eagle Grove Evangelical Lutheran
615 SW 2nd Street | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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First Baptist Church
1210 S. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Grace Evangelical Free Church
1220 S. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Holy Family Cluster
608 2nd Avenue NE | Clarion, IA 50525
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Mount Calvary Lutheran
400 W. Broadway – PO Box 194 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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United Church of Christ                                                                                                                                                                                                1115 SW 2nd Street – PO Box 333 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533                                                                                                                              515-448-3584                                                                                                                                                                                                                     View Website

United Methodist Church
421 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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C & C Property, LLC 
1215 SW 3rd Street | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 

Home Rental Service
1009 NW 1st Street | Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Homeland Realty
201 S. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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J.K. Properties of Brevard
PO Box 141 | Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Ryerson Realty LLC
2761 Country Lane | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Vance LLC 
Deb Vance 

B&S Crossing
316 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
515-448-5072 0r 515-851-2014
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Country Girl Bakery 
223 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 
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Family Table
618 S. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Huntley’s PitStop
213 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533 
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El Jalapeno Mexican Bar & Grill
301 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Jessica’s Country Kitchen/The Farm
223 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Lewright Meats, Inc.
317 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Nine & Dine Restaurant
1127 270th Street | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Rails Bar & Grill
220 Railroad Avenue | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Twiins Shoppe
301 N Commercial Ave | Eagle Grove, IA 50533

215 N. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Arden Scott Collectibles
208 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Ben Franklin
220 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Country Lane Circle | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Casey’s General Stores
200 S. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Christ Furniture
205 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Eagle Grove Greenhouse
120 S. Iowa | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Fareway Stores, Inc.
205 NW 1st Street | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Gramma’s Attic                                                                                                                                                                                                                            209 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533                                                                                                                                                                  515-851-1228                                                                                                                                                                                                                         View Website 

J & J Sports
118 W Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Kauffman Wood Kreations
612 SE 2nd St. | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Larson’s Guns and Ammo
216 S. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533                                                                                                                                                           515-448-9077                                                                                                                                                                                                                        View Website

The Shop
122 W. Broadway | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Union Pacific RR
1400 Douglas Street- Stop 1560  | Omaha, NE 68105
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Goldfield Access
536 N. Main | Goldfield, IA 50542
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MidAmerican Energy Co.
2759 Country Lane Circle | Eagle Grove, IA 50533
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Oldson Plumbing
114 N. Commercial | Eagle Grove, IA 50533

227 W. Herman St. | Woolstock, IA 50599
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Eagle Grove Chamber & Development
212 W. Broadway, PO Box 2
Eagle Grove, IA 50533

Phone: 515-448-4821
Fax: 515-603-6119