|Tuesday, September 29, 2020|
November Election Endorsements and Meet the Candidate Event
Late last week the Tempe Chamber of Commerce announced its endorsements of four candidates and recommendations for supporting all five questions on the City of Tempe’s Special Bond Election that will be on the November 3rd ballot.
The Tempe Chamber endorses the following candidates:
Congressional District 9 – Greg Stanton
Legislative District 18 – Senate: Sean Bowie; House: Jennifer Jermaine and Bob Robson
The Tempe Chamber is also endorsing a YES vote for questions 1 – 5 of the City of Tempe Resolution R2020.48Bond Proposition. The $349 million bond would pay for dozens of capital projects in the next five years including improvements for streets, water, sewer, park services as well as funding for public safety and municipal infrastructure. You can view the Tempe Chamber 2020 Voter Guide here.
On October 16, 2020, community members will have the opportunity to learn more about the candidates through an interactive webinar setting beginning at 8:00 am. Learn more about the Emerging Issues Forum: Meet the Candidates and reserve your virtual spot today!
2020-2021 Mentoring Program Applications Now Open!
The Women in Business Council mentoring program applications are now available to any Tempe Chamber member! In addition, the Women in Business Council will be holding a recruitment information mixer on Thursday, October 8, 2020 via Zoom, beginning at 5:00 pm. During this virtual mixer, you will hear from past mentors and proteges and mingle with possible program participants. To learn more, you can download the Mentoring Program Overview which includes program benefits, the entire program schedule and sponsorship information.
Applications must be submitted no later than October 23, 2020.
Any questions regarding the mentoring program can be directed to the Director of Marketing and Programs, Sukki Jahnke.
Are You Ready to Take Action on Your Professional Development?
The Tempe Chamber is committed to be a key resource for our members and the community – not just for information, but for ACTION! Learn how our Business Innovation & Strategy Council created a next-level series focused on subject matter expert resources, training, and tools that begins in just a few weeks!
The six-month program is priced at $99 for members and $199 for non-members. You can also apply your ticket credits to cover your registration by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship of this program is available. Contact Erika Acorn for details.
Tempe Leadership Receives Cox Charities Grant
|2020 State of the City on October 30, 2020|
The Tempe Chamber’s annual State of the City is the premier forum that brings together Tempe’s business, civic, and community leaders. The 2020 State of the City address, delivered by newly elected Mayor Corey Woods, will highlight key business development initiatives, provide strategic municipal progress updates, address challenges and opportunities, and provide a glimpse into the City's future. Learn more and register today!
|Local, State, and Federal News|
City of Tempe Manager Appoints Interim Police Chief
On September 23, 2020, Tempe City Manager Andrew Ching announced his selection for Tempe Interim Police Chief; retired Tempe Police Commander Jeff Glover. View more information here.
COVID-19 Update from Governor Doug Ducey's Office
On September 24, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey announced that Arizona will continue to monitor COVID-19 with regard to the White House’s Guidelines for Opening America.
In addition, Governor Ducey announced that the State of Arizona is investing $14 million additional dollars to support the efforts of Arizona State University (ASU) and other state universities to contain the spread of COVID-19. ASU will be receiving $6 million for the "development of its groundbreaking point-of-need testing, which will allow people such as first responders, health care workers and those in congregate care settings to get COVID-19 test results within minutes."
Buy Now. Save Local Tempe
President and CEO Anne Gill joined Mayor Corey Woods and several other community leaders to encourage the Tempe community to Buy Now. Save Local. through a promotional video highlighting downtown Tempe. Learn how you can help our community today. To learn about Hownd's Buy Now. Save Local program, click here.
November 3rd General Election Information
City, state and Federal elections are just seven weeks away. The Maricopa County Elections Department has many online tools to help answer questions about what is on the ballot, how to register, how to request an early ballot and much more. You can event sign up for text alerts about when your ballot is mailed and received. Click here to learn more.
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.
|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.
500,000 in Nonprofit Grants Available
Nonprofit organizations can apply for new grant funds as part of the City of Tempe’s COVID recovery efforts. A total of $500,000 is being made available for COVID-19 Relief for Nonprofit (CRFN) grants.
The funds will support nonprofits that work to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic among children and youth, older adults, moderate and low-income households, immigrants and refugees, individuals with disabilities, and individuals experiencing homelessness.
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!
Small Business Administration Accepting New Applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
The Small Business Administration is still accepting new applications for the Ecnonomic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) of up to $10,000. Click here for more information.
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.
Fred's Flowers is Offering 15% Off!
Marigolds are "the herb of the sun", as they resemble the beauty and warmth of the rising sun. Marigolds come in bright yellow, gold, orange and burgundy. This week they are featuring the warm shades of orange and yellow.
Navigating Community in Today's Workplace
On October 21, 2020, Maricopa Corporate College will be hosting an Impact Breakfast Webinar where they will discuss "Zoom etiquette" guidelines, ideas on how to improve your emails, tips on communicating with virtual and hybrid teams, and ways to enhance your organization's overall communication. For more information on how you can attend, click here.
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Honoring Those Doing Good in Tempe - 37th Annual Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards
Join Tempe Community Council as they present the 37th Don Carlos Humanitarian Awards being held virtually on October 14, at 6 pm. Harold “Woody” Wilson, a founding member of Tempe Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Lakeshore Music, will be receiving the Don Carlos Humanitarian of the Year award along with four other awardees doing great things to better the lives of others in Tempe. Find more information here or call (480) 858-2300.
Fall Opportunities for Your Business
Fall means lower temps and the opportunity to take advantage of the many patios along the Tempe Streetcar line. It’s also an opportunity to get some one-on-one business counseling or catch up on some webinars that will help you navigate these interesting times. Take a look at the October Business Assistance Calendar to see what’s new. And take advantage of the FREE Shop On program. It’s simple! Just offer a discount, a BOGO, or a special offer to customers who show a Shop On or Metro card. It could be something special, or an offer you already have. We’ll promote your discount through a mixture of social media, direct mail and other advertising. It’s FREE!
(Article provided by Tempe Streetcar)
|Upcoming Webinar Information|
October 7th Virtual Workshop: Selling to the Federal Government
Small business contractors continue to play an important role in helping federal agencies to respond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Opportunities remain available for small businesses to bid on contracts and contribute to the mission of agencies.
Join the U.S. Small Business Administration for an overview of how to sell to the federal government, to include SBA programs and certifications to assist your small business . Register today.
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:
United Dairymen of Arizona is Hiring for a Business and Sustainability Analyst
Click here to learn how this position will collect and analyze all significant data points to build custom reports for specific departments.
The Porch is Hiring for Management Positions
Click here to learn how you can apply to work in one of Tempe's newest restaurants.
Carvana has multiple job openings at various locations across Arizona. For more information click here.
|Helpful Business Resources|