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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
City of Tempe Launches New Financial Navigator Program 

The City of Tempe, in partnership with the national nonprofit Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), is launching a free Financial Navigators program to help residents navigate critical financial issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tempe’s Human Services Department has been awarded a new $80,000 grant to implement the program. Navigators will provide one-on-one assistance over the phone to help residents access available programs and services to manage income disruptions and other financial concerns. View the full article from the City of Tempe and learn more today! 
Chamber News
Grow the Way You Do Business
Grow the Way You Do Business
When you decide – and pay money – to join the Chamber, you do so because you want to take your business and career to the next level.

The Tempe Chamber Business Academy is designed to just that. Taught by highly-skilled subject matter experts, these interactive 90-minute classes will give you a competitive advantage in business.

To view the full academic schedule and reserve your spot today click here!
Local, State, and Federal News
COVID-19 Testing Locations

Whether you have COVID-like symptoms or have been around someone with COVID-like symptoms, it's always a good idea to get a diagnostic test. According to the City of Tempe, an estimated 40% of positive COVID-19 cases are either asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic.  Find the nearest testing location to you.
City of Tempe Adds Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity 

Just recently, the City of Tempe completed two bicycle and pedestrian projects to allow for continuous, off-street, low-stress riding and walking. Read more about the Rio Salado Muti-use Path Underpass at McClinktock Drive and Western Canal Multi-use Path Extension.
Provide Feedback on Proposed Ideas for Rio Salado and Beach Park Master Plan

Would an aerial experience appeal to you? Or maybe you’re more of an aquatics-lover. The responses are in for the Rio Salado and Beach Park Master Plan Request for Information (RFI), which solicited ideas from the business community to activate the area surrounding Tempe Town Lake. The community is invited to a virtual meeting to provide input on the four idea categories that emerged from the RFI; Water, Land, Aerial, Support amenities. View the open house dates and more information here. 

(Article provided by the City of Tempe)
Updates from the Office of Governor Doug Ducey

September 1, 2020: Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order deferring requirements to renew standard driver licenses that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020 by one year from their original expiration date. This action will minimize in-person visits to Arizona Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) Offices and help contain the spread of COVID-19. Read the full news release here. 

August 31, 2020: Governor Doug Ducey held a Media Briefing at the University of Arizona to discuss the Flu Plan of Action for this upcoming flu season. Watch on-demand here. 
Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership Offers Assistance to Manufacturers Affected by COVID-19

On August 20, 2020, Arizona Commerce Authority’s Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (AZ MEP) announced they are accepting applications from Arizona manufacturers in need of assistance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The enhanced support is made possible by a one-time allocation as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, awarded to AZ MEP by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Read the full release here. 
COVID-19 Finance Resources
With the ever-changing financial landscape of COVID-19, the Tempe Chamber provides its members with the most up-to-date and resourceful financial information. See below for funding opportunities that may still be available for you or your organization. 
Small Business Administration Accepting New Applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

Last month, the Small Business Administration announced it would begin accepting new applications for the Ecnonomic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) of up to $10,000. Click here for more information. 
Maricopa County Small Business Relief Program 2.0

Maricopa County has opened the second phase of the Maricopa County Small Business Relief Program.  Different from Phase 1, the new eligibility qualifications provide additional flexibility to new & already awarded applicants. Learn more about this refined program and apply by October 2, 2020. 
U.S. Small Business Administration Loan Clinic

During the first Wednesday of each month, learn about SBA’s lending role and how to prepare a request for capital. This free monthly clinic will help attendees understand credit requirements, interest rates, collateral terms, and amounts available. Click here for more information. 
Member News
Alamo Drafthouse Tempe is Open for Business! 

As of August 31, 2020, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in South Tempe has re-opened its doors to the community - but with some new house rules. Learn more today. 
Stay Cool Cruising the Zoo! 

A message from the Phoenix Zoo: 

Due to overwhelming requests by our members and the community, we have added more dates for Cruise the Zoo! We have enjoyed this experience as much as our guests – and due to popular demand, we have now scheduled Cruise the Zoo for Friday, September 4 – Monday, September 7, and Friday, September 11 – Sunday, September 13 as well as Friday, September 25 –Sunday, September 27. Hours will be limited to 7 a.m. – noon, with all cars needing to be in line by 11 a.m. We will be accommodating up to 450 vehicles per day. Cruise the Zoo allows guests to view a variety of Zoo animals such as flamingos, giraffes, elephants and more while maintaining safe social distancing measures. Learn more today. 
House of Tricks - The Return of Wine Nights 

September 14 through 17, House of Tricks is bringing back wine nights - with a twist! Axel will prepare specially priced wine flights paired with a cheese plate and tasting notes that can be enjoyed at home, at your leisure...not just one night! Learn more today! 
SRP Grants Sixteen Schools with Funds to Further History and Social Science Programs

Teachers are students across the Valley and Florence are starting the school year with new tools to help them learn more about history and social science thanks to grants by SRP. The History and Social Science Grant program, which awarded more than $32,000 to 16 schools, provides a unique opportunity for schools and teachers to develop projects and programs that improve student performance in the interrelated disciplines of history, geography, civics, government, and economics. Grants are up to $2,500 per school.
Salt River Project annually contributes more than $1.3 million to education initiatives, grants and partnerships and provides free training and resources to educators throughout the state. To learn more about SRP Grants for Teachers and get grant-writing tips, visit View the full release here. 
Tempe Chamber Members Contribute to Help Implement Arizona's Drought Contingency Plan 

Cox and Swire Coca-Cola USA were two of the nine organizations funding to support Arizona’s efforts to increase water supply reliability through a system conservation project with the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT). To view the release and learn more, click here. 
Shop On in September 

With fall just around the corner, check out the links on the September Business Assistance calendar and take advantage of the virtual opportunities to network, develop your skills, and get expert advice. Many of these are recorded too - watch them later when it's convenient for you! If you are interested in signing up for Shop On, click here. 
Paul Davis of Greater Phoenix Offers COVID Cleaning

Did you know that Tempe Chamber member Paul Davis of Greater Phoenix is now offering COVID-19 cleaning for commercial and residential properties? Check out their latest feature on AZ Family Channel 3.
Partnership Webinars
Weekly Informational Webinars That Help You Return Stronger

Each week, the Arizona Commerce Authority presents a free, daily webinar where local business leaders and subject matter experts provide support and available resources across Arizona - helping small business return stronger.

This week's webinar:
Job Board
The Porch is Hiring for Management Positions

Click here to learn how you can apply to work in one of Tempe's newest restaurants. 
God's Garden Treasures Florist Seeking Part-Time Employee

Are you looking for a fun, fast-paced environment in which you can utilize your people, organizational, and creative skills? Click here to learn more.
Accurate Air is Hiring for an HVAC Service Technician! 

An experienced HVAC Service Technician is wanted. Find out more information about this position and opportunity here. 

Tempe Community Action Agency 

A Customer Customer Service Assistant is wanted to work at the Apache location in the Community Action Program. Click here for more details. 
City of Tempe 

The City of Tempe is hiring for a College Connect Tempe Advisor. This is a temporary position until June 2021. Click here for more information. 
Venus Manufacturing

Multiple job positions for Warehouse employee and Installer I are available. For more information and criteria click here. 
The Centers for Habilitation (TCH)

TCH is hiring for Custodial positions and Care Workers. For more information on these openings click here. 

Carvana has multiple job openings at various locations across Arizona. For more information click here. 
Helpful Business Resources
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
1438 W. Broadway Rd. Ste. 213, Tempe AZ 85283


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