|Tuesday, October 13, 2020|
Tempe Small Business Grant Program
Announced on Friday, the City of Tempe has allocated $1.1 million in CARES Act funds to create the Tempe Small Business Grant Program to help small businesses who have experienced significant impacts due to COVID-19. The Tempe Small Business Grant Program will assist small business by helping with up to $10,000 in funding. Awards are based on $1,300 per full-time employee up to a maximum of $10,000, whichever amount is less. The goal is that by providing businesses money to meet their expenses, they can retain or hire staff. Applications are now open. CLICK HERE to learn more and apply.
Meet the Candidate Event | This Friday
On October 16, 2020, community members will have the opportunity to learn more about the Tempe Chamber endorsed 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! CLICK HERE to view the Tempe Chamber and EVCCA complete Voter’s Guide for the November 2020 election.
|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!
2020-21 Mentoring Program Applications Extended Through October 30, 2020
The Women in Business Council mentoring program applications are now available to any Tempe Chamber member! To learn more, you can download the Mentoring Program Overview which includes program benefits, the entire program schedule and sponsorship information. Any questions regarding the mentoring program can be directed to the Vice President of Marketing and Programs Sukki Jahnke.
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Tempe Safety Supply Program
COVID-19 has affected every business in our community and beyond. To help, the City of Tempe has allocated some of its CARES Act funds to provide 150 of our small businesses with items needed to protect staff and customers.
(Registered businesses may pick up their packages from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26 at the Tempe/APS Joint Fire Training Center, 1340 E. University Dr., Tempe)
Interim Tempe Police Chief to Take Oath During Thursday City Council Meeting
Tempe’s new Interim Police Chief Jeff Glover will take an oath of office during the Tempe City Council meeting this Thursday at 6 p.m. to officially begin his one-year role as interim chief.
Tempe Business Roundtable
On October 20, 2020, the City of Tempe will be hosting a business roundtable moderated by Councilmember Robin Arredondo-Savage and will feature the U.S. Small Business Administration and Maricopa Small Business Development Center.
Learn about Tempe’s new business grants, how you can get free masks and hand sanitizer for your business, SBA loan clinics, support for veteran owned businesses, and much more! Register today.
Participant Panel and Meeting Dates Announced for Tempe Public Safety Advisory Task Force
Late last week, Mayor Corey Woods announced the members of the new Tempe Public Safety Advisory Task Force and its schedule of meetings.
Stated in the City of Tempe release, "the task force will come together in a series of focused conversations to co-create the future of policing in Tempe, with an actionable strategic plan. The outcomes of the plan will be to continue to build upon the trust, accountability and dialogue between the community and the Tempe Police Department."
November 3rd General Election Information
City, state and Federal elections are just three 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.
Moving Arizona Forward: PHX East Valley Statespersons' Event
On Wednesday, October 21, 2020, learn how Congressman Andy Biggs and Greg Stanton are moving Arizona forward and their plans for the state, during an illuminating discussion moderated by Fox 10's John Hook. Learn more and register today.
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.
New Financial Navigator Available for Tempe Residents
A new no-cost Financial Navigator Program is available to help residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic connect with financial resources, understand how to work with creditors and maximize their income.
Residents will get one-on-one assistance over the phone and can tailor a plan to their specific needs, everything from applying for rent assistance to managing college loans to finding free tax help. View the full City of Tempe article.
$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. View the full City of Tempe release here.
Small Business Administration Accepting New Applications for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
The Small Business Administration is still accepting new applications for the Economic 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.
Applications for Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grants Opens
The Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant has opened for gyms, fitness centers and studios, bars with a series 6 or 7 liquor license, water parks, tubing operators, and movie theaters seeking rent relief. Since launching in August, the LFAF has approved over $8.5 million in rent relief to nearly 650 local businesses across the state.
Grants are prioritized for businesses that are most in need of the funding to meet their rent or mortgage obligations and do not have access to other financial support.
See frequently asked questions here. Submit your application and see more information here.
Downtown Tempe Cancels 2020 Fantasy of Lights Parades
The Downtown Tempe Authority is reinventing the holiday season in downtown Tempe. As we approach this holiday season, we are encouraging patrons to make downtown Tempe their home for the holidays.
Waymo Driverless Milestone Announced October 8, 2020
Five years ago this month, Waymo (then part of Google) provided the world's first ride in a self-driving car on public roads. Last year, Waymo started regularly doing fully driverless paid rides on full-speed public roads in the Metro Phoenix area as part of the early rider testing program. And as of October 8, 2020, Waymo introduced their fully driverless cars into our commercial ride-hailing service, Waymo One.
Maricopa Corporate College to Host Hiring Fair!
On October 18, 2020, and November 19, 2020, fill your pipeline with qualified IT talent with their FREE Computer Support Tech hiring fairs! With several Computer Support Boot Camp classes coming to an end, employers will have the opportunity to meet with qualified CompTIA A+ and Network+ certified talent. Find out more information today.
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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.
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