|Tuesday, November 3, 2020|
Today is Election Day! Have You Voted?
If you haven’t already cast your ballot, be sure to check out the Tempe Chamber’s 2020 Voter Guide. We developed the Voter Guide to connect you with the information you need to support pro-business issues and candidates.
|Local, State, and Federal News|
Update from the Office of Governor Doug Ducey
On October 29, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey stated that Arizona continues to monitor COVID-19 and announced more than $1.6 million to expand assistance to Arizona food banks.
•To date, a total of 242,480 cases have been reported to public health
•Last week, percent positivity increased to 6.3%
•$600,000 for St. Mary’s Food Bank
•$525,000 for Community Food Bank
•$500,000 to replenish the Double Up Food Bucks Program
“With enhanced guidelines in place for schools and businesses, and with the leadership of our educators and our business community, I’m confident that we can continue to protect public health and keep our economy moving during this time,” said Governor Doug Ducey.
City of Tempe COVID-19 Update
Maricopa County is putting federal CARES Act funds to good use by offering a number of assistance programs to help residents with their physical and financial health. These programs remove the financial barriers to getting a COVID-19 test or flu vaccination, provide financial assistance to people struggling to pay their rent or utility costs and support businesses and nonprofits with grants to cover financial losses incurred during the pandemic.
(Article provided by the City of Tempe)
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.
Military Affairs Committee Copper 5 Event & Silent Auction
Next Friday, the Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee (MAC) will host the Annual Copper 5 Honors event, broadcasted LIVE from the 161st Refueling Wing. This FREE event will honor both an outstanding officer and enlisted member of the 161st Air Refueling Wing to commemorate members of the Copper 5 aircrew.
During the program, the MAC will open a two-week long online silent auction to serve as a pre-holiday fundraiser for the committee. If your company would like to donate an item, you must fill out the online form. In order to be included in the online auction, you are responsible for emailing, mailing, or dropping off the donation to the Tempe Chamber by Tuesday, November 10, 2020. This auction will close on Black Friday, November 27, 2020.
Tempe Chamber VP Featured on MAC6 Community Connections
Last week, Business Development Vice President Erika Acorn was featured as a guest on MAC6 Community Connections, hosted by Jennifer Burwell and Kyle McIntosh. During the broadcast, Acorn joined Dr. T. Greg Tucker with VIC Technology Venture Development and Kelly Lorenzen with KLM Consulting, to discuss all things life, business, and of course, some of their favorite foodie locations. Listen on-demand today.
|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.
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
The Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant is open 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.
Tempe Coalition 4th Annual Celebrating Champions for Youth
On November 18, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m. this live streamed event will honor and celebrate those who have helped Tempe Coalition advocate for programs, policies, laws to help provide Tempe youth with an environment where they can live to their full potential. Learn more and register today.
House of Tricks Brings Back Date Night with Tricks
For a limited time, House of Tricks is bringing back their famous “Date Night with Tricks” as a to-go only offering featuring a 3-course, customizable menu to share with your special someone. Choose your own Starter, Entrée and share a dessert for one low price of $78+. This special menu is only available from 5-9pm through November 7th.
|Upcoming Webinar Information|
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 Servers/Hostesses/Bussers
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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