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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: 3/28/2020, 5:45pm

CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY LOAN SMALL BUSINESS GUIDE & CHECKLIST

The US Chamber of Commerce has created an incredibly helpful Guide and Checklist to help small businesses navigate available loans and financial assistance made available through the CARES Act. 

The Arizona Commerce Authority has compiled information on how your business can benefit from the CARES Act here. Here is a list of available Arizona lenders.

 

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Want the latest news and updates, connect with us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram. Sign up for our newsletter. Need information you can't find? Send us an email at info@asba.com, and we'll get you an answer!

 

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

 

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.

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 Tourismcreated 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. 

 

FINANCIAL

Economic Disaster Recovery Loan

On March 19th, the Small Business Administration approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Arizona that will help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Individual businesses can be eligible for up to $2 million through the program. For more information, visit the SBA website, the office of the Governor website, or click here to apply.

CARES Act

On March 27th, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the CARES Act. Once the bill has passed, the bill will increase to $350B for emergency funding for US small businesses. Read the Summary of Bipartisan Agreement on “CARES” Act here and read the National Small Business Association's CARES Act Fact Sheet here

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist

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

SBA Loans

The SBA works with lenders to provide loans to small businesses. Use their Lender Match tool to get started.

 

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

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

 

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.

 

WEBINARS

COVID-19 Update with NSC & NIOSH - Tuesday, March 31st, 10AM: Dr. John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health returns for a COVID-19 update and Q&A session with the National Safety Council.

Ensuring Business Continuity  - Wednesday, April 1st, 9AM: The Arizona Commerce Authority is hosting the first webinar of a series designed to help Arizona businesses navigate the financial and operational impacts of COVID-19.

Our panel of diverse banking, finance and real estate experts will discuss:
-How business owners should approach workforce and finance issues during this unprecedented time
-Banking and finance options available to business owners such as the Paycheck Protection Program made available through the CARES Act as well as   direction on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan 
-Planning for the future and ensuring business continuity

 

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

Office of Governor Doug Ducey

US Small Business Administration

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