The Iowa Economic Development Authority has launched Shop Iowa, a new e-commerce platform that gives retailers a place to showcase their products online. The statewide platform will help businesses, particularly those that didn’t have an online presence, to better compete in today’s online economy. “Iowa’s small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and they need our support now more than ever to fully recover and grow during this challenging time,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a news release announcing the online platform Monday. “Shop Iowa is a great way to help small businesses across the state capture online sales that may be going elsewhere and for Iowans to support their communities and the economy by shopping local.”  IEDA has partnered with Iowa-based Member Marketplace Inc. to offer the platform to brick-and-mortar businesses at no cost through June 2021. So far, nearly 150 businesses have registered to sell on Shop Iowa. Iowans can now shop at Retailers can learn more and register to sell at