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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Urban District Consumer Survey Results Released

Yesterday, Downtown Tempe Authority announced the release of the second Urban District Consumer Survey results, in partnership with the International Downtown Association. Some of the key takeaways include:
  • More respondents in Tempe feel that both the public and business response to the pandemic was not as safe and thorough as it should have been.
  • Dining outdoors and shopping in stores are the two activities people feel most comfortable with. Tempe is fortunate to be at the start of the outdoor dining season.
  • 57% are working remotely due to Covid with only 14% expecting to return to the office within 6 months.
  • 46% expect to spend less on the holidays this year than normal with just 4% expecting to spend more.
  • 55% expect their online shopping to increase and just 6% expect to spend more in stores than a normal year.
Chamber News
Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee Toys for Tots Drive

This 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.

Reserve your seat and learn more today. If your organization is interested in using ticket credits associated with its membership, please email
2021 Mentoring Program | Two Weeks 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
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!

Win prizes, find great promos, and support our local businesses by visiting, or download the MyHownd app at Google Play or Apple Store.

Looking for more ways to support locally? Visit our online business directoryfor a full list of Tempe Chamber members that you can search by name or industry.
Member News
Tempe Chamber Members Mentioned in Az Business Angels Awards Nominations

Earlier today, Nominations for the Az Business Angels Awards were announced and included several Tempe Chamber members. 

Each year, the Az Business Angels Awards cast a spotlight on the nonprofits, individuals, business leaders, and organizations that are making the biggest impact on our communities. Tempe Chamber members featured are: 
  • Desert Financial Credit Union | Az Business Angel of the Year  — Business 
  • Lost Our Home Pet Rescue | Animal-focused Nonprofit of the Year
  • CHASSE Building Team |Collaboration of the Year
Shop With A Cop Challenge

ECD Systems recently joined the Tempe Chamber and has already become an active member. ECD has a long history of giving back to the community supporting organizations like St. Mary’s Food Bank, The Phoenix Zoo, Ryan House and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 

This Christmas, ECD Systems is focusing its annual employee fundraiser and Christmas raffle to support the Tempe Police Foundations Shop With A Cop program. ECD Owners Mike and Ben will double the employee donations and raffle proceeds and hopes to gift over $3,000 to the Foundation. Learn more and view the full article today. 
Local News
City of Tempe COVID-19 Testing Updates
  • Starting on December 8th, the City of Tempe will begin its Testing Tuesdays program. Every Tuesday, ASU, the City of Tempe and Tempe Fire Medical Rescue will offer free COVID-19 saliva tests at Cahill Senior Center, also located at 715 W. Fifth St. Those interested in a test should make a reservation here. 
  • The City of Tempe will offer free COVID-19 saliva tests in partnership with ASU Biodesign Institute, Tempe Fire Medical Rescue and Care7 on December 2nd and 3rd at Westside Multigenerational Center, 715 W. Fifth St. The tests will be especially helpful as they occur five and six days after Thanksgiving, when people may have experienced exposure to relatives not typically in their home circle.
Individuals can get more information on all Tempe’s COVID-19 efforts at
Downtown Tempe Authority Announces Holiday Pop-Up

On December 6, 2020, Downtown Tempe Authority will be hosting another Holiday Pop-Up at 6th Street Park in Downtown Tempe. This open-air, outside activation will have over 50 socially distant vendors that will definitely have that unique something you'll want during the holidays. Learn more today. 
Nominations Now Open for MLK Diversity Award

Hosted annually by the City of Tempe and the Human Relations Commission, the MLK Diversity Awards honor people who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, inclusion and who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Awards are given to adults, students, businesses and organizations. Individuals must live, work or volunteer in Tempe. Businesses must be located in Tempe. Current elected officials and Human Relations Commissioners are not eligible for awards. 

Click here to submit a nomination by December 15. 
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 

Tomorrow, 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.

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. 
Upcoming Webinar Information
Virtual Workshop: Selling to the Federal Government

On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration will be hosting a virtual webinar, providing attendees with an overview of how to sell to the federal government, to include SBA programs and certifications to assist your small business. 

SCORE of Greater Phoenix 

Tempe Chamber's partner SCORE; an organization that provides free business counseling, will be hosting several upcoming webinars aimed to help your small business! 

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:
Job Board
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. 
Venus Manufacturing

Multiple job positions for Warehouse employee and Installer I are available. For more information and criteria click here. 
The Centers for Habilitation (TCH)

TCH is hiring for Custodial positions and Care Workers. For more information on these openings click here. 

Carvana has multiple job openings at various locations across Arizona. For more information click here. 
Helpful Business Resources
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
1438 W. Broadway Rd. Ste. 213, Tempe AZ 85283


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