Gov. Reynolds shares successes at The Biz


Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made a stop in Humboldt on Tuesday afternoon, July 14, at Humboldt Engraving and Gifts. From left to right are: State Senator Tim Kraayenbrink, Jeff Dreyer, Tracy Newman, Tracy Goodell, Renae Dreyer, Kallie Davis, Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg. Humboldt Independent photo by Jeff Gargano.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds made a stop at Humboldt Engraving and Gifts on Tuesday afternoon, July 14. Lt. Governor Adam Gregg and State Senator Tim Kraayenbrink also were on hand.
Governor Reynolds said she wanted to see how rural businesses were doing during the pandemic and how it had affected their business.
Renae Dreyer, owner/operator of Humboldt Engraving and Gifts, also known as The Biz, said she received a small business economic development grant from the state of Iowa, and also participated in the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to bring her employees back to work.
Dreyer said her business closed to the public on March 27, but continued to take orders online. Dreyer laid off her staff and continued to fill orders on her own.
Dreyer showed Governor Reynolds a chart that outlined how business dropped off and then rebounded to the point where her June sales were bigger than June of 2019.
“The year 2019 was our best ever. Then Covid-19 closed us down. But it helped me diversify and be more innovative,” Dreyer said, noting the financial help from the state of Iowa and the SBA was instrumental.
Governor Reynolds said communities have really supported their small businesses and that the economic development grants provided a great bridge financially. She also praised the work of community banks and their work with the state and businesses.
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