In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of our business community are mobilizing their expertise, capabilities, and resources to assist with the relief and containment efforts in our community.
Governor Doug Ducey Issues an Executive Order: Prohibiting The Closure of Essential Services
The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA) released today the findings from a survey conducted of its more than 5,000 members to determine the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their revenue, operations, and supply chains.
Governor Ducey's open letter to Arizona Families, Educators, School Leaders and Education Community Members.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) information regarding the Economic Injury Disaster Loans:
- Active SBA Lenders Located in Arizona
- SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus
- Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet for Businesses
- Three Step Process for Disaster Loans
A Message From Our President & CEO, Anne Gill, IOM
This message is concerning the impacts of COVID-19 on the Tempe Business community along with initiatives and resources our chamber is working on.
BUSINESS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND RESOURCES
March 17, 2020 - Customer support fund, non-payment and late-fee, and no shut-off information
The Arizona Commerce Authority’s COVID-19 Arizona Business Resources page provides information, tools and guidance on business finance support, workforce assistance, essential infrastructure information, supply chain, and logistics, housing and community volunteer opportunities. This site will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.
"After extensive discussions with federal, state and local officials and in recognition of the need to address the spread of COVID-19, we will be temporarily closed. This measure will take effect from 7 pm local time today and will end on March 29. The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers, and employees are of paramount importance and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community," - Arizona Mills.
Small Business Disaster Relief Resources are available at the link above. These resources are relating to:
- US SBA Disaster Loan
- COVID-19 Tax Relief
- Business Education/Webinars
- Unemployment Benefits
Arizona Disaster Number AZ-00065
Arizona State University
March 20, 2020 - Launching ASU For You!
From 5-6 a.m. on Wednesdays those over 65 years of age can enter these stores and shop with other seniors. Bashas' reservation stores will be open from 6-7 a.m.
Any local businesses - whether they are a storefront, consultant, or solopreneur - is being offered a complimentary hour of brainstorming. All a business owner needs to do is register for an available time slot using this calendly link.
Inviting and your management team to participate in a complimentary virtual training series on how effectively to manage and engage with your teams in a virtual environment. This series is comprised of four 30-minute virtually training sessions beginning on Thursday, March 19, 2020, from 9:00 to 9:30 AM Pacific time.
Students who were previously seeing a youth specialist on campus, or students who now have a need, can connect via email.
- OpenTempe App
- MVD Liscence Expiration Extension
- Tempe Facilities Closed Unitl Further Notice
- Tempe 311 is a source of information for residents to connect with the city for non-emergency services. In response to the COVID-19 CDC guidelines, Tempe 311 is reducing hours during this week to transition their work environment. For this week, Tempe 311 staff will be taking calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through March 27. Once the new operational procedures are in place, the regular hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. will be reinstated. You can also utilize Tempe 311 online any time at tempe.gov/tempe311 or use the Tempe 311 mobile app. Download the Tempe 311 app from iTunes app store or Google Play. In the app store, search Tempe 311.
- In support of local restaurants, the Arizona Restaurant Association is hosting Arizona Takeout Weeks. If you are craving food from a local favorite, get it. If you've always wanted to try a particular establishment, now is your chance! Arizona Takeout Weeks is a great resource to discover who is offering take out, curbside service and delivery. Restaurants: you can submit take out menus, delivery options, and curbside hours to email@example.com
Effective today, the ordered closures and operational changes include:
- Gymnasiums, fitness centers, and workout studios shall be closed to the public as of 1 p.m. on March 19.
- Restaurants, nightclubs, and bars shall be closed to the public as of 8 p.m. on March 19, except for services of delivery or curbside pick-up.
- Recreational and entertainment venues, such as movie theaters, comedy clubs, bowling alleys, arcades, and others shall be closed to the public as of 8 p.m. on March 19.
- View Mayor's Announcement here.
Emergency declaration, help for businesses and prevention tips
City of Tempe (March 16) Coronavirus (COVID-19) response: Food and utility assistance, helping neighbors and local business
March 16, 2020 - Tempe communication to the community
The Tempe Fire and Rescue Department has put together a resource page.
The company continues to support efforts with new internet offer for lower-income customers and relaxing data usage overage charges
Crexendo is offering free video conferencing tools for business
3/20/2020 Podcast: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act - What's Even Legal For Employers, Employees?
To ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors, employees, physicians and communities, Dignity Health in Arizona is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and is continually adjusting practices as necessary. Effective Thursday, March 19 at 7 a.m., visitation at Dignity Health hospitals in Arizona will be restricted to only one visitor for the emergency department, labor and delivery, nursery ICU, and trauma patients. For safety purposes, no other visitors will be permitted.
March 23: All Downtown Tempe Parking is now free in support of our local businesses.
Ways to support your small and local businesses
As our communities continue to respond and react, we felt that it was important to assure our clients that Elite Auto Repair is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is taking all precautions to continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees & our clients.
We have implemented the following:
- Sanitation procedures followed throughout our facility on an hourly basis.
- Shuttle Vehicles, Loaner Vehicles and all Customer’s Vehicles “Touch Points” will be sanitized and wiped down upon drop off and prior to pick up (or utilization).
- We are adhering to social distancing recommendations by utilizing a kiosk drop off and electronic invoicing systems.
Our staff will be fully engaged in the effort to protect our guests and our staff during this difficult time.
As always, we appreciate your trust in our organization and the opportunity to serve your needs.
$40 Off Credit when guests make a $100 minimum purchase for Take out or Dining Room Guests through March 19th
Given the advancement of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the United States and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close all domestic Graduate Hotels effective March 20, 2020. While our team is deeply dedicated to serving both our guests and neighboring communities, we believe closing our hotels is critical for the health and safety of all at this time. We appreciate your support and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented time. We will continue to work closely with local government and health officials to monitor and assess this situation and look forward to serving our communities in the near future.
For any assistance or questions, I can be reached at 480-436-9934
Offering free advisroy services to make sure that Arizona Business Owners have the most current and accurate info.
This bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers.
The Treasury Department and IRS are extending the due date for Federal income tax payments due April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
Stay up-to-date with Kyrene School resources for students and families
During this challenging time, we want you to know that the Maricopa Community Colleges are here to support you and your employees in any way that we can. Collectively, through our Workforce and Corporate Engagement teams and 10 community colleges, we offer an abundance of online training options to upskill employees and future job candidates and we plan to develop additional virtual offerings to serve your educational needs over the coming weeks.
- Online Courses: For employees looking to use this time to upskill, we have hundreds of online courses, both credit and non-credit, and our 10 colleges are actively transitioning many of their classes to an online format, meaning there are more opportunities than ever for employees to increase their skills from the comfort of their home offices. We will share a comprehensive list of these training opportunities in the coming days.
- Virtual Employee Training: As many of us transition to teleworking for the foreseeable future, now is an important time to keep your employees happy and engaged. We are available to host virtual training sessions with your teams to keep engagement levels high. Training topics include subjects such as “Making Virtual Teams Work” plus many more.
- Digital Recruiting and Messaging: We are aware that many of you are experiencing evolving staffing needs during this time. For organizations seeking to hire to keep up with increasing demand, we are here to support your urgent hiring needs through digital recruitment campaigns to our students, alumni, and community and via our job posting sites. Please click here for more information about these free resources available to you.
- Digital Employee Engagement Content: We also intend to help you navigate this unprecedented situation by producing and sharing helpful blog articles, webinars, and more to assist you and your employees with the unique challenges that you are facing today. Follow Maricopa Corporate College on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, to stay up-to-date with our latest content for employee engagement.
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Open for Drive-thru and takeout
Snell & Wilmer
Web Conference Recordings:
1) Managing Business Needs During a Pandemic (March 18)
2) Managing Business Needs During a Pandemic (March 17)
3) Employment 101 During a Pandemic (March 16)
What we doing and how we can help.
The Porch at 1128 E Baseline Rd is offering 35% off all to-go items, 50% off beer, wine, and white claws, special liquor packages that include bottles of Tito's, Margaritas and Moscow Mules, special "Family Style" Value Meal Packages, and all gift card purchases go to our Employee Assistance Fund. Follow Us on Instagram and Facebook for updates of all of our specials
As Tempe Union High School District moves through our second week of school closures, we would like to communicate with you what we are doing to assist our students to continue learning and help our families cope with the challenges and struggles that the closures generate. We are all navigating uncharted waters of school closures and at-home learning due to COVID-19, and TUHSD understands the hardships that this places on not only our families but you as businesses and community organizations.
For the students, we have held three laptop distribution days for those who may not have any other access to a computer at home during the school closure.
TUHSD Teaching & Learning Department continues to work with our Department Leads and teachers so that instructional resources are provided to students throughout the closure.
Many of our families have utilized our meal pick-up service - available to anyone younger than 18, regardless if they are a current TUHSD student or not. Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day continue to be available.
We are also highly aware of the emotional and mental toll that this situation can take on our students, families, teachers, and staff. Therefore, our City of Tempe Youth Specialists continues to provide much-needed services to students and families to help them cope. Our Social and Emotional Coordinator communicates with teachers and staff as we maneuver through these extraordinary days.
We appreciate all the information and support we have received from many of you, and thank you for your continued care, kindness, and encouragement as we work together through this unprecedented time.
We also want to acknowledge the challenges businesses are facing and want to help. I will be compiling a list of businesses/organizations that are offering incentives, discounts, specials, any special hours, etc. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org the information you want listed and we will post the list on our “Meet Our Partners” page of the website, employee discount page and perhaps through social media.
March 17, 2020 - Teachers will notify students as soon as these resources are available within their Schoology courses.
March 16, 2020 - Beginning Wednesday, March 18th, meals will be available for pick up at three of our school locations.
March 27, 2020 - School is closed until the end of the year
March 13, 2020 – TUHSD will close its seven campuses to students beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.
If you wish to donate to assist our efforts in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, please consider making a secure credit card gift to the United Food Bank at give.unitedfoodbank.org. United Food Bank is still accepting volunteers. Click link above for more information on their COVID-19 response.
The SBA has now approved an Economic Injury Loan for Arizona's small businesses. Click above to see how you can apply.