Governor Doug Ducey Announces New Guidance for Arizona
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Doug Ducey announced a new Executive Order, pausing the operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing, that went into effect yesterday at 8:00 pm. Unless extended, the pause will remain in effect until June 27, 2020.
Further recap of the press conference includes:
- Indoor or outdoor public events of 50 or more are prohibited
- Schools will delay the first day back with a target date of August 17, 2020
- New grant for long-term care facilities
- Vulnerable individuals should continue to remain at home
- Continue to physically distance
For the full recap of the Governor’s announcement click here.
EVCCA Releases Fourth COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
Today, the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA) released the findings from the fourth survey of a series to determine the pandemic's impact. Through this survey, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, along with other EVCCA members, can better support its member base and community by advocating for the immediate and long-term needs of said demographics.
Top concerns expressed were acquiring and retaining customers due to lingering COVID-19 fears, followed by the ability to pay expenses, overhead and payroll. Employee stress, obtaining funding to continue operations and supply chain disruptions rounded out the top concerns of respondents.
Community Leaders Recognized at 2020 State of the Chamber & Annual Awards
Last week, nearly 400 business professionals and community leaders participated in a live broadcast of the 2020 State of the Chamber & Annual Awards, presented by Southwest Airlines. Celebrating 112 years of service to the community, President & CEO Anne Gill reflected on the past year and shared the vision of the year ahead. We would like to thank our event sponsors for their generous support.
-2020 Large Business of the Year, Chasse Building Team
-2020 Small Business of the Year, Boulders on Broadway
-2020 Business Woman of the Year, Jennifer Burwell
-2020 Volunteer of the Year, Tom Binge
-2020 Spirit of Tempe Award, Tempe Community Action Agency
-2020 Tempe Leadership Outstanding Community Leadership Award, Julie Kent
-2020-21 Board Chair, Chad Akin
Office Holiday Hours
The Tempe Chamber office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2020, in observance of Independence Day. Staff will resume work on Monday, July 6, 2020.
Please note: The Tempe Chamber's physical office remains closed and staff is still working remotely to serve our members. Certificate of Origin Appointments can be made by contacting (480) 967-7891.
Maricopa County Small Business Relief Program
On July 6, 2020, the Maricopa County Small Business Relief Program will begin accepting applications to support the continued viability of small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This program will provide up to $10,000 to qualifying organizations for expense reimbursement.
Please note: Grants will be provided on a first come, first serve basis until funding is exhausted or the grant period closes.
For more information regarding this grant, please click here. Specific application details are soon to come from the county.
City of Tempe Updates as of June 26, 2020
-Mayor-Elect Corey Woods, first-time City Councilmember Doreen Garlid and re-elected Councilmembers Randy Keating and Joel Navarro will take the oath of office on July 2, 2020 beginning at 6:00 pm. This ceremony can be watched live on Tempe 11 or at tempe.gov/tempe11. View the full City of Tempe release here.
-Funding is still available for nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness through an emergency solution grant through the City of Tempe. Applications are due July 7, 2020. Click here for more information. -The City of Tempe has relocated its cooling center to the Pyle Adult Recreation Center as of June 29, 2020. The move provides a central location for people to cool off, as other city facilities reopen to the north and south. Read the full release here.
Downtown Tempe Authority Needs Your Input
Downtown Tempe Authority has partnered with the International Downtown Association (IDA) to gather opinions and priorities of residents and stakeholders during the reopening process. Have your voice heard and take the survey today.
Please note: all answers are confidential and will be reported only in aggregate along with all other responses.
Arizona State University Plans to Bring Students Back for Fall Semester
Arizona State University (ASU) announced it will be bringing students back to campus before classes begin on August 20, 2020. ASU's current plans reflect the current public health guidance and are subject to change before and after classes begin. View the full article here.
Restaurant Recovery Casting Opportunity
Raising Cane's Founder and CEO Todd Graves is planning a television reality series to help restaurants struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of the series is to help a diverse group of 20 restaurants come back better than ever! Restaurants interested in learning more and being featured can apply here. Applications will close July 31, 2020.
Get the Word Out About Your Business & Shop On!
Shop On is Valley Metro's FREE marketing program, designed to give extra exposure to businesses impacted by the construction of the Tempe Streetcar. All you need to do is offer a discount, BOGO or other deal to people who will show a Shop On card or transit pass. Learn more about this program and fill out the form today!
Arizona State University Invites Employers to Learn About IT Apprenticeship
Arizona State University (ASU) was recently awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to accelerate the expansion of apprenticeship in IT-related roles across a range of employers. Led by the W. P. Carey School of Business, ASU seeks to establish a public private partnership to create a Digital Workforce Apprenticeship.
On July 16, 2020, ASU invites employers to a partner briefing where the purpose is to:
- Learn more about the program
- Hear from early adopters of the program
- Ask questions and share feedback
ASU Virtual Career Fair
ASU invites you to take part in their Virtual Career Fair Summer Series to take place on Wednesday July 22nd from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
If you have open positions, these events will be an excellent way to connect with new and seasoned Sun Devil grads!
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DriveTime is currently hiring for a Corporate Office Receptionist at their Tempe headquarters. Click here for more information.
City of Tempe
The City of Tempe is currently looking to hire a temporary College Connect Advisor. This position is a temporary grant-funded position with funding allocated through June 2021 or until the funding cap is expended. Click here for more information.
A temporary Facilities/Site Service Technician position is available. Click here for more information and how to apply today.
Carvana has multiple job openings at various locations across Arizona. For more information click here.
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