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COVID-19 RESOURCES: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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During these trying times, your health, safety and continued viability is our top priority. We have created this Information hub to make it easy for you to find the relevant, reliable and credible resources you need. Please know you have our wholehearted commitment to supporting you and your business. Together, we WILL get through this!

Last Update: 6/16/2020, 11:00am

Email Your Senators

Take a few minutes to share your stories, feedback, and comments with your senator. 

Senator Martha McSally: phoenix@mcsally.senate.gov

Senator Kyrsten Sinema: casework@sinema.senate.gov

 

SMALL BUSINESS FUNDING RESOURCES

CARES Act Training, PPP Loan Forgiveness, & Support Resources

The CARES Act Readiness Program for Small Businesses is a free training program that helps both novice and experienced borrowers navigate the CARES Act and get access to the capital they need to sustain their business. 

The Arizona Small Business Association and Arizona Chamber of Commerce have joined forces to bring you the CARES Act Readiness Program for Small Businesses. This training program – offered at no cost to you – helps both novice and experienced borrowers successfully access relief funds. 

UPDATE: We have enhanced our program with a new module dedicated to Loan Forgiveness. This additional training provides individualized support to small business owners applying for PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loan forgiveness. In addition, our PPP Loan Forgiveness module helps users understand the evolving guidance and regulations surrounding forgiveness. ¡Este programa está disponible en español!

24/7 SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center: 1-800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Apply to the Paycheck Protection Program through an eligible bank or lender. First, contact your business bank to find out if they are accepting PPP applications. Here is a list of eligible lenders in Arizona. Or, apply through an online lending marketplace such as, Acronis #Cyberfit Financing, Powered by LendioThe application deadline is June 30, 2020.

SBA and Treasury Announce New and Revised Guidance Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program  Released: June 12, 2020

Independent Contractors CARES Act Guide & Checklist

PPP Loan / Forgiveness Calculator

SBA Resource Partners can help you with the PPP application or loan forgiveness process. Connect with an advisor here. 

PPP Loan Forgiveness

On June 5, 2020, the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (Flexibility Act). 

PPP Interim Final Rule on Additional Revisions to First Interim Final RuleReleased: June 12, 2020

Joint Statement by SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Regarding Enactment of the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act  Released: June 8, 2020

Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Advance

EIDL + Advance Guide & Checklist 

SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic Released: June 15, 2020

UPDATE: Notice from the SBA: Now Accepting New Applications for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance 

Eligible small businesses and agricultural businesses may apply for the Loan Advance here.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are able to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance of up to $10,000. This advance is designed to provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This loan advance will not have to be repaid. 

SBA resumed processing EIDL applications that were submitted before the portal stopped accepting new applications on April 15 and will be processing those applications on a first-come, first-served basis. On June 15, SBA began accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.

The new eligibility for agricultural businesses is made possible as a result of additional funding appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agricultural businesses includes those businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries (as defined by section 18(b) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 647(b)).

SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. For agricultural businesses that submitted an EIDL application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will process these applications without the need for re-applying.

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CUSTOMERS & MARKETING

Every small business has a loyal customer base. Use some of these ideas to continue marketing to, engaging with and serving your customers.

  • Launch a “Buy Now. Use Later.” campaign asking customers to buy gift certificates now for use at a later date or as a gift for the holidays – if promoting on social, use #ActTodayForTomorrow.
  • Own a restaurant? Participate in Arizona Takeout Week
  • Stay connected with your customers and tell them what you're doing to stop the spread of coronavirus while continuing to serve them - information is as good as gold these days
  • Show support for your customers by offering special discounts or referral credits
  • You can email share@abc15.com with the subject line "We're open in AZ" if you'd like your business to get a news highlight

 

EMPLOYERS & EMPLOYEES

Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA Expansion

On March 18th, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act aimed at providing comprehensive relief to families and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Click here to access a summary of the Act. Once on the site, click the “text” tab for a detailed description.

Recent Employment Law Developments Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

New Employer Tax Credits

Employment Opportunities

Arizonaatwork.com has a listing of companies that are hiring in case you are looking for temporary labor or would like to refer employees you need to furlough/lay-off. They also offer rapid response and lay-off aversion services. For resume assistance or training resources, email the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity here.

Arizona Office of Tourism created a listing of companies in the hospitality industry who are urgently hiring displaced  hospitality workforce.

Unemployment Resources

Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) released an online portal to access Unemployment Insurance Benefits and file your weekly claim.

Federal Emergency Management Agency offers Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for individuals ineligible for unemployment insurance. 

 

ADDITIONAL RELIEF OPTIONS

Coronavirus Tax Relief

The Treasury Department and IRS are extending the due date for Federal income tax filing to July 15, 2020. Click here to read the detailed notice. Visit IRS.gov/coronavirus for the most up-to-date tax-related information. Additional information is available below:

Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020

Coronavirus Tax Relief & Economic Payments

Debt Relief

SBA Debt Relief 

Independent Contractors

Department of Economic Security: Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Grants

Main St. Matters

Loans

Tuscon Resiliency Direct Loan Program

Growth Partners Arizona: Kiva Tucson crowdfunded loans

Growth Partners Arizona: Small Business Success Loan

Chicanos por la Causa Prestamos 

PPEP Microbusiness & Housing Development Corporation (PMHDC)

Tempe Small Business Emergency Loan

SBA Express Bridge Loan

 

HEALTH

General Info

Maintaining healthy habits such as social distancing, frequent hand washing, not touching your face, staying home when sick, covering coughs/sneezes and cleaning common areas remain paramount. Get more helpful tips and information below:

ACNSC: Ensuring Worker Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Arizona Department of Health Services

CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Coronavirus.gov

National Safety Council

World Health Organization

Medical & Hygiene Supplies

Health care providers can order face masks here Thermostats can be ordered here Hand Sanitizer can be ordered here. Please know availability, price and delivery times will vary.

 

LOCAL ACTIVITY

It’s inspiring to see what small businesses are doing to continue serving their customers and likewise, how our communities are rallying together to support small businesses. Below is local news you can use. If you’re doing something you’d like to share, please let us know and we’ll add it here.

Metro

Carefree/ Cave Creek – Lists resources and information on the Corona Virus, a Local Business Directory here, restaurant hours and operations and a list of local nonprofits in the area on their website here.

Chandler – Lists disaster relief loans, small business resources, local restaurant pick-up and delivery options, community information resources, remote working tools and health information tools on their website here.

Gilbert – Lists social media groups, partner agencies, funding and loan resources, and educational and community needs on their website here. Gilbert residents can text “GILBERT” to 313131 for the latest COVID-19 updates and ways for people to support local businesses.

Mesa – Lists information on Mesa’s Operation Takeout, small business information on COVID-19 and additional updates on their website here.

Scottsdale – Community updates from the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce can be found here.

Tempe – Lists information on chamber communications, COVID-19, EVCCA COVID-19 Business Impact Report, and Small Business Administration Disaster Loans on their website here.

Buckeye - The Buckeye Valley Chamber lists all restaurants open for takeout or delivery on their website here. *Note: list available on home page of website for print*

Southwest Valley - The Southwest Valley Chamber, serving cities of Avondale, Litchfield Park, Goodyear, and Tolleson lists all open businesses on their website here, as well as links to resource guides for business owners by industry here.

Surprise - The Surprise Chamber, serving cities/towns of El Mirage, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Waddell, and Youngtown lists resources and information for business owners on their website here.

Peoria - The Peoria Chamber lists all restaurants open for takeout or delivery on their website here, local promotions here, as well as resources for businesses and community members here.

Glendale- The Glendale Chamber is using Facebook to publicly gather and share restaurant menus and to-go options available.

Northwest

Prescott Valley - Prescott Valley Chamber has launched an information and resource page on their website - “Prescott Valley Together” here.

Prescott – The Prescott Chamber includes COVID-19 Updates, Directories for Take-out and Deliveries and a link for shopping local on their website here.

Cottonwood – Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce includes a link to temporary business closures, information about the SBA Disaster loan and Relief information from NACOG on their website here.

Sedona - The Sedona Chamber and Visitors Bureau lists restaurant services and hours here.

Northeast

Flagstaff – The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce website includes current local business operations and promotions in Flagstaff and Williams here.

Holbrook - Visit Holbrook Chamber of Commerce Facebook page here; most businesses are open, although some have reduced hours.

Show Low - Visit Show Low Chamber of Commerce Facebook page here

Winslow - Chamber is working on the list now and will have it posted both on the website here and Facebook page here within the next couple of days.

Tusayan/Grand Canyon- Grand Canyon South Rim Chamber and Visitors Bureau website has updated information here

Southwest

Yuma - The County has an official COVID-19 website here. The Yuma County Chamber has posted a link to open restaurants here.

La Paz County -The La Paz County Health Department website has an official site for COVID-19 updates here.

Southeast

Florence - A list of the restaurants in Town of Florence and their current status can be found on the Florence Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page here.

Coolidge – The Coolidge Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page includes business hours, closures and local restaurants here.

 

SAFETY & SECURITY

US Department of Homeland Security: Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure

Fraud

Be informed on ways to keep yourself, your employees and your business safe from fraud. Tips for recognizing and avoiding COVID-19-related fraud can be found here. The IRS also provides helpful information for avoiding tax scams here

Be aware of phone calls, text messages, and emails asking for personal or banking information, you will not be asked to sign up to receive the personal stimulus cash. Read more here.

COMING SOON: Return Safe. Work Safe.

If you’re a small business navigating through the safety of your customers and employees, we have a training program specifically for YOU. The Arizona Small Business Association and Arizona Chapter National Safety Council have partnered to bring you the Return Safe. Work Safe. virtual training program.

With completion of the training session each participant will receive the following materials personalized for marketing use on social media and in your business:
- A pledge of commitment to the safety of all Arizonians
- A certificate of commitment
- "Keep Arizona Safe" seal of completion 

Training dates and details coming soon!


SHARE YOUR FEEL-GOOD STORY

Has a customer shown incredible compassion? Has one of your employees gone above and beyond? Please share your story with us and we’ll share it with our community. The impact of goodwill is immeasurable at times like this. 

Email your Feel-Good Story here.

 

OTHER RESOURCES

For more information on COVID-19, Arizona’s response to the virus or additional resources, check out the following sites:

Arizona Commerce Authority

Arizona Chamber of Commerce

Federal Resources for Small Business

Office of Governor Doug Ducey

SCORE

Small Business Development Center

US Small Business Administration

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