|Tuesday, November 10, 2020|
Tempe Chamber of Commerce Releases New 2021 Policy Agendas
Yesterday, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce released its 2021 Local and Federal Policy Agendas. These documents, released annually, outline the
legislative priorities of the business community for our local, state, and federal government. The Chamber’s agendas are developed by its Government Relations & Transportation Committee comprised of chamber members with final approval given by the board of directors.
Military Affairs Copper 5 Honors
This 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. Registration will close Thursday, November 12th at Noon.
2021 Mentoring Program New Dates & Extended Deadline
The Tempe Chamber's Women in Business Council has updated the 2021 Mentoring Program to allow for a more efficient timeline. The new program timeline runs February through April with two workshops monthly. Graduation will still be held in May at the 2021 Leadership Conference. For a comprehensive review of the program and new dates, read the Mentoring Program Overview or visit the Women in Business webpage.
The 2021 program will have reduced program fee of $99 for proteges wishing to participate. The new application deadline for Mentors and Proteges is December 15, 2020.
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Governor Ducey Announces Resources to Support Small Businesses, Business Recruitment and Hospitality Industry
Arizona’s small businesses and hospitality sector have been especially hard hit by the pandemic, with thousands of jobs lost since March. To provide a boost to these critical sectors and the Arizonans they employ, on November 6, 2020, Governor Ducey announced $7 million to support economic recovery efforts.
The funding includes:
- $4 million for the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT)
- $2 million for the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)
- $1 million for local chambers of commerce to implement programs that accelerate local economic recovery related to COVID-19.
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.
Downtown Tempe Authority Needs Your Help!
Downtown Tempe Authority, the Business Improvement District for downtown Tempe, has partnered with the International Downtown Association to gather consumer opinions with a second, updated survey (you may have taken the initial Urban District Consumer Survey). As COVID continues to profoundly impact our community, it is more important than ever to know the priorities, concerns and behaviors of our office workers, residents and consumers.
With that in mind, Downtown Tempe Authority, in partnership with the International Downtown Association and RRC Associates, is launching Wave 2 of our Covid-19 Downtown District Sentiment Survey. Based on feedback and suggestions from Wave 1 participants, we have added new questions to address shopping, special events and transportation issues. Learn more and take the survey today.
Arts and Culture Head Ralph Remington to Leave Tempe
Ralph Remington, deputy director for arts and culture for the City of Tempe, will leave the city at the end of 2020. A national search for his replacement will begin soon.
Remington, who came to Tempe in 2016, will serve as Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission. Remington will serve in Tempe until Dec. 31.
Volunteer Opportunity - 2020 Fall Festival of the Arts
The Downtown Tempe Authority is looking for volunteers to work the upcoming Fall Festival of the Arts in Downtown Tempe, December 4-6, 2020. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Watch new Dementia Friendly Summit Recording
A recording of the City of Tempe's 2020 Dementia Friendly Tempe Summit is now available for residents who were unable to participate in the Nov. 7 event.
The panel addressed a range of topics, including:
- The decline in the incidence of dementia diagnoses
- Self-management of chronic conditions
- The importance of a Plan B to share your reality with people around you
For more information and the link to the recorded presentation, click 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.
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.
Did you know that you can save on all the items you can think of to keep you and your team cozy this fall?
Yep, we’re talking rich hot chocolate, delicious coffee, spiced cookies and more.
It’s all part of the incredible savings available to you when you’re part of our Office Depot OfficeMax Small Business Savings Program.
Plus, when you’re signed up, you can access discounts on other business essentials including:
- 20% to 55% off item office supply core list
- Average 10% off 200 technology core items
Tempe Chamber Members Recognized at Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards
Last week, several Tempe Chamber members were recognized and awarded during the 2020 Governor's Celebration of Innovation Awards, hosted by the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority.
-Arizona State University, Innovator of the Year – Academia
-BD, Innovator of the Year – Large Company
-Viasat, Innovatory of the Year - Large Company Finalist
Community Dispose-A-Med Drive-Thru
On November 14, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00a.m., Tempe Coalition will be hosting a dispose-a-med drive-thru at McClintock High School. This drive-thru will be administered by law enforcement and un-wanted discarded prescriptions will be safely disposed of.
Sundt Construction Recognized As One of the Fast-Growing Companies in the Valley
Late last month, Sundt Construction was recognized as one of the top 10 fast-growing companies in the Valley according to the Phoenix Business Journal. Sundt Construction was one of the 75 companies recognized during the Phoenix Business Journal’s 26th annual Arizona Corporate Excellence Awards.
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.
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Restaurant Relief Session
Increase Profits by Leveraging Temporary Expansion of Premises for Outdoor Dining
Held by the Arizona Commerce Authority, next week's webinar will bring together a diverse group of industry experts and city officials to discuss how to temporarily expand your premises to provide outdoor seating for food and alcohol consumption.
Speakers from the Arizona Restaurant Association, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, the City of Mesa and Maricopa County will outline what licensing and permits are required, how to obtain them and what state resources are available to expedite its availability.
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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