|Tuesday, November 24, 2020|
Happy Thanksgiving From the Tempe Chamber!
While this year has been full of challenges, we are grateful for the continued partnerships with Tempe businesses and organizations, and for the opportunity to keep working together. With more than 650 members, we thank all of you for innovating with us this year.
Please note: the Tempe Chamber office will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observance of Thanksgiving. *Staff will resume work on Monday, November 30, 2020.
*The Tempe Chamber's physical office remains closed and staff is still working remotely to serve our members. Certificate of Origin Appointments can be made by contacting (480) 967-7891.
Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee Toys for Tots Drive
Next Friday, Tempe Chamber's Military Affairs Committee will be hosting a Toys for Tots Drive at MAC6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a new and unwrapped toy or check made out to "Toys for Tots - Maricopa" and help "Fill A Truck!"
Emerging Issues Forum: Building Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
Taking place on December 11, 2020, beginning at 8 a.m., Emerging Issues Forum: Building Workplace Diversity & Inclusion will bring together a panel of diversity and inclusion leaders from different industry sectors to share tangible ways they have advocated for equity in their workplace.
Sponsored by SRP, this virtual event will be moderated by the City of Tempe's Diversity and Inclusion Manager Jonae Harrison and identify ideas and tips attendees can incorporate into improving the culture within their organizations.
Military Affairs Committee Silent Auction Closes Friday
Still searching for the perfect gift for the Holidays? The Tempe Chamber's Military Affairs Committee Silent Auction is still LIVE and accepting bids until 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
This silent auction includes specialty items like an autographed Larry Fitzgerald helmet, an Arizona Coyotes autographed hat and puck, and a 2006 Ferrari-Carano PreVail Back 40 Alexander Vall bottle of wine.
2021 Mentoring Program | Still Time to Apply!
The Tempe Chamber Women in Business Council has updated the 2021 Mentoring Program timeline to February through April with two monthly workshops. The application deadline for Mentors and Proteges is December 15, 2020. For a comprehensive review of the program and new dates, read the Mentoring Program Overview.
|Hownd Announces Buy Now Gift Later Just in Time for the Holidays|
Now available on the MyHownd app, Hownd released a brand new feature which allows consumers to purchase a Buy Now, Gift Card, or Voucher offer and gift to someone - perfect for the holidays!
Tempe Schools Return to Virtual Learning
Both Tempe Elementary District No. 3 and Tempe Unified High School District are returning to virtual learning.
Tempe Elementary District No. 3 returned to virtual learning yesterday, while Tempe Unified HighSchool District will return to virtual learning on November 30, 2020.
Arizona Speaks 2020: The State of Small Business
On December 8, 2020, join the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) as they partner with leading economist Jim Rounds, President of Rounds Consulting Group, to study and quantify the full impact that small businesses have on our economy.
During ASBA’s virtual Arizona Speaks event, former Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels will lead a live conversation with Jim to discuss key findings in the report and what it will take to help us advance our position going forward. Learn more and reserve your virtual seat today.
College Connect Virtual Workshop
On Wednesday, December 2, 2020, College Connect Tempe will be hosting a virtual workshop for students with answers to link you to a successful college experience. Learn more and register today.
Maricopa Small Business Forum
On December 3, 2020, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and U.S. Department of Treasury will be hosting a Maricopa County Small Business Forum that will provide a brief overview of small business lending conditions during the pandemic, and showcase options available to assist small businesses. This virtual event will feature nonprofits and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) who provide technical assistance and alternative financing options which provide access to capital and support small business growth.
For more information and registration, click here.
Tempe Virtual Job Fairs
Looking for a job in Tempe? December 8, January 26, and March 16, learn about great companies and current openings during the City of Tempe's free, virtual job fair. See more information and register today. Just interested in registering for December 8th? Click here.
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.
|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.
Apply Now for Emergency Rent, Mortgage Funds Through City of Tempe
Nearly $2 million in new emergency rent and mortgage assistance is available through the City of Tempe to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic remain housed. Applicants must live or work in Tempe and meet income and other requirements. Those approved can receive up to $10,000 or six months in assistance; funds can be used for back payments.
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.
|Dell Technologies Black Friday Sale Kicks Off Early!|
Dell’s Black Friday Sale starts early this year. From November 16 - 27 you can shop special deals courtesy of our friends at Excelerate America. Access up to 40% off hot tech, like laptops, workstations, drawing pads, premium active pens, and more!
Take advantage of this exclusive access to Dell’s Black Friday Sale by visiting https://bit.ly/eaDellpartner.Follow easy instructions to find your very own coupon and link. Then let the holiday tech savings begin!
Phoenix Sky Harbor Introduces COVID-19 Rapid Testing
Monday, November 23, 2020, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport announced XpresSpa Group opening an XpresCheck™ COVID-19 Testing Facility inside of Terminal 4, at the airport.
For more information and to access the full press release, click here.
Give the Gift of Workplace Happiness
This holiday season, give your team the gift of a happy workplace! With numerous virtual training options, Maricopa Corporate College is here to help you achieve a positive working atmosphere, promote professional development within your organization, and provide customizable training solutions to benefit your team.
Sun Devil Trophy & Awards Custom Gifts
This holiday season, Sun Devil Trophy & Awards has custom gifts for any occasion. From photo frames to water bottles - Sun Devil can do it all.
Courtney Valleywide Properties Welcomes New Team Members
In a recent release from Courtney Valleywide Properties, two new team members have been added to the offices:
Best Business Books to Read Right Now
Earlier this month, CO by U.S. Chamber of Commerce published an article useful for business leaders that may provide a quick boost of inspiration - especially in these circumstances.
|Upcoming Webinar Information|
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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