Business Resources

Local Resources for Businesses

The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce Staff, Board, and Committees are connected to the Decorah Area business community and are happy to talk with you about your start-up idea, business growth opportunity, or business diversification. Staff can also connect you with trusted professionals for more in-depth discussions regarding business planning, building restoration/renovation, marketing and design efforts. The Chamber staff work closely with Winneshiek County Development and Tourism, Downtown Decorah Betterment Association, Northeast Iowa RC&D, the City of Decorah, area lenders, and business owners at every level of experience so they are well-positioned to make productive and strategic connections.

When it is time to start a new business venture or expand an existing one, it is important to have enough capital. The Chamber can connect businesses to opportunities and offers its own revolving loan program, backed by the USDA. For more information, please call the Chamber at 563-382-3990

The Chamber is currently accepting applications for this program. To be considered for funding in 2024, applications submitted by August 30th.

Decorah Area Chamber Revolving Loan Application

The Winneshiek County Attorney’s Office has outlined important procedures to follow when accepting checks to better protect your business. If your business has received bad checks, contact your local police department.

As technology advances, the opportunity for counterfeit currency to circulate improves. Always know what to look for to protect yourself from losing out on real money!

​As business moves more and more online, it’s important to keep yourself safe. Use these cybersecurity strategies to keep your business and your personal information secure.

The DACC is a member of the Emergency Management Team serving as the liaison for businesses during a disaster. In a disaster, it is important to have a plan. This simple document can make all the difference if a disaster were ever to strike.

The City of Decorah requires a permit to conduct business in the residential district according to the City of Decorah’s zoning code Section 17.16.090.

Accidents are a part of life, but when they happen in your business it’s important to gather as much information as possible to protect everyone involved. Provide your employees with this simple incident report and make sure they utilize the document any time an incident occurs, even when it appears minor. You never know when a simple fall could become something much worse.