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Tuesday, May 19, 2020
A New Website Aimed to Help Arizonans Return to the Workforce

The Arizona Commerce Authority in partnership with the state’s workforce development network ARIZONA@WORK, has launched a new website for Arizonans who have recently lost employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Return Stronger Upskilling website helps individuals find the tools that best fit them, for their next step.

To read more about the partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority and ARIZONA@WORK click here.
Chamber Updates
Federal Update from Congressman Greg Stanton

This Friday, 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. 

The live broadcast will feature a comprehensive update from Congressman Stanton’s recent travels to Washington D.C. and federal issues affecting our district, state, and country. Reserve your seat today. Registration closes tomorrow at 5 p.m. 
New COVID-19 Business Resource Page

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has released a new resource page containing information such as:

-Reopening Guidance
-Recorded webinars
-Partner Agency Information

To view this page click here. 
Office Holiday Hours 

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, 2020. Staff will resume work on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. 

Please Note: Our office is still closed to the public. To schedule a Certificate of Origin please contact 480-967-7891. 
Hownd Surpasses $1.5 Million in Support Vouchers 

Hownd, a foot traffic generation tool and proud partner of the Tempe Chamber, has recently pivoted its focus to help local businesses stay sustainable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through Hownd, customers are able to purchase non-expiring gift cards to their favorite local spot, creating immediate cash flow for the merchant. 

Since creating the Buy Now, Visit Later Support Voucher program, Hownd has generated over $1.5 million for its merchants. Read the full story here. 
Local and National News
SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

Friday, May 15, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration in consultation with the U.S. Department of Treasury released the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application and detailed instructions for the application. To view the full Press Release and details regarding the application, click here. 
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans Still Available 

With a second round of PPP Loans having been resumed as of April 27, 2020, funds are still available to small business owners and self-employed individuals in need. These funds can assist with items like payroll, rent, and utilities. For more information on how to apply, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration website or find a lender near you. 
Reopening Guidance for Your Industry

The Office of Governor Doug Ducey has compiled re-opening guidelines from the Arizona Department of Health Services and created a user-friendly website for businesses of all industries to utilize as they begin to re-open. Click here to view industry guidelines.
City of Tempe Invites Community to Weigh In on Orbit Route Change

This evening at 5:30 pm, the City of Tempe will be hosting a virtual meeting to discuss the potential change to the Orbit Earth route to connect with new employment, residential and activity centers along Rio Salado Parkway and Rural Road. Click here for information on how you can join the City's Webex meeting. 

To view a PDF version of this map click here. 
City of Tempe Closure

The City of Tempe will be closed on Monday, May 25, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day. To access information regarding this closure and contact information to essential services for the City of Tempe, click here. 
Helpful Business Resources
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
1438 W. Broadway Rd. Ste. 213, Tempe AZ 85283


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