New Emergency Loan Standards, Governor Ducey's Reopening Plan and More!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Governor Ducey Announces Reopening Guidance

Yesterday Governor Doug Ducey held a press conference to announce Executive Order 2020-34 which contains guidance on resuming additional business operations for barbers, cosmetologist and dine-in restaurants. He also issued Executive Order 2020-35 regarding reporting by nursing and residential care institutions. Here is an overview:

  • Friday May 8th, retail can be open for business with limited occupancy. Find the retail guidance here.
  • Friday May 8th, licensed Title 32 salon and cosmetology businesses can open. You can find that guidance here. All openings are voluntary. 
  • Monday May 11th, dine-in establishments can operate. Dine-in guidance can be found here. All openings are voluntary. 
  • Executive Order 2020-35 regarding reporting by nursing care institutions and residential care institutions related to COVID 19. Read that here
  • AZDHS Guidance can be found here.
Tempe Emergency Loan Criteria Expands to Include Businesses with 50 or Less Employees

The Tempe Small Business Emergency Loan program, in partnership with with Desert Financial, has funded several loans for Tempe Businesses since it's announcement two weeks ago. 

In order to serve a larger amount of businesses, the criteria no longer limits businesses with 5 or more employees. Starting now, the eligibility criteria for the emergency loans now include "Tempe Businesses with under 50 employees".  

To learn more about how to apply for an emergency loan, call Desert Financial at 602-335-6318 or visit the emergency loan web page to learn more.
Chamber Updates
State of the District with Congressman Greg Stanton
Live Broadcast Event

On Friday, May 22, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. the Tempe Chamber of Commerce presents the State of the District, a Federal Update with the 9th District US Congressman Greg Stanton.

This year's event, will be an interactive live broadcast with Congressman Greg Stanton who will provide a comprehensive update on federal issues affecting our district, state, and country. Register today!

The 2020 State of the District is presented by FOX.
Road to Recovery Webinar

On Tuesday May 12, 2020 at 1:00 pm, the Tempe Chamber, in partnership with the US Chamber, will host a webinar designed to help your business and employees navigate the return to work safely, successfully, and sustainably. Jennings Imel, Western Region Manager for the US Chamber of Commerce will cover the following topics:

- Beyond PPP & EIDL: Main Street Lending Program, Employee Retention Tax Credit, and other programs to help business
- Path Forward: a discussion on how to get America back to work
- Phase IV: what issues are likely to be addressed in the next coronavirus bill

You must register in advance for this webinar. Capacity is limited.
Local and National News
IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief & Economic Impact Payments

The IRS is offering tax help for taxpayers, businesses, tax-exempt organizations and others affected by COVID-19.

The page specific to relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities includes filing deadline information, employee retention credits and more. 

In addition, that page includes a full list of online resources for small business and self-employed taxpayers. Learn more here. 
Chambers Ask Congress to Help Nonprofits

Like many other organizations, nonprofits have been financially harmed during this crisis. Some have had to close their doors, while others are on the brink unless Congress acts.

A coalition of 3,738 organizations, including the Tempe Chamber, sent a letter to Congress urging to extend relief to local chambers of commerce, civic groups, trade associations, and other nonprofits so they can continue to provide important, community-minded services.
Tempe Wastewater Helps COVID-19 Scientific Data

In an innovative partnership to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the City of Tempe is working with scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute to study the city's wastewater. Wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) is the science of studying community sewage for public health information.

To better understand the science behind the wastewater data, this dashboard displays emerging research about the “COVID-19 gene copies per liter” measured within five collection areas throughout the city. Lean more here.
Helpful Business Resources
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