|Tuesday, December 8, 2020|
Latest Updates from the Office of Governor Doug Ducey
During a press conference held last week, Governor Doug Ducey announced a series of meaningful actions to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, including easing the regulations of outdoor dining, new special event regulation, and a COVID-19 vaccine update.
-Executive Order 2020-60 increases opportunities for safer dining experiences and makes it easier for restaurants to expand outdoor dining spaces. Learn more and view the full Executive Order here. Restaurants in need of infrastructure to expand their premise and host more outdoor seating can now apply to the Safest Outside Restaurant Assistance Program and receive up to $10,000 to cover expenditures. Learn more and apply today. -Executive Order 2020-59, which included new special event regulations for organized public events of more than 50 people and the City of Tempe is currently exploring how the new state Executive Order could affect event permitting processes. Learn more and view the full executive order. -Executive Order 2020-58 ensures all Arizonans receive the vaccine without any financial barriers. The Governor’s Office has worked closely with insurers to ensure cost-sharing requirements. Arizona is expected to receive an initial shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses in mid to late December, with more doses available in the weeks following. View the full executive order.
Emerging Issues Forum: Building Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
This Friday, beginning at 8 a.m., Emerging Issues Forum: Building Workplace Diversity & Inclusion will bring together a panel of business 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.
2021 Mentoring Program Applications Due Next Week
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.
|Great Gift Giving Options This Holiday Season!|
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Share Your Knowledge + Get Published!
Are you a Tempe Chamber member interested in sharing your professional insight on various topics such as planning, finance, HR tips, and virtual learning opportunities?
Sundt's Marty Hedlund Named DBIA Fellow
Earlier this month, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) named Sundt Construction’s Marty Hedlund as one of the four industry leaders chosen for the 2020 Class of DBIA Fellows. Designated Design-Build Professional Fellow status is the highest DBIA certification level and acknowledges the nation’s most accomplished design-build professionals’ achievements. Learn more and view the full article.
Future for KIDS Launches New Website
Future for KIDS is excited to announce the launch of our brand new website! The new website was designed from the ground up to be easier to navigate on both desktop and mobile platforms and be more straight-forward when it comes to the user finding the information they are looking for. Learn more and visit today.
Tempe Cares at Clark Park Community Garden
On December 5, 2020, Volunteers gathered at Clark Park Community Garden to build a LEHR Raised Garden Bed as part of Tempe Leadership's Tempe Cares Day Series, hosting
various smaller projects due to COVID-19.
A LEHR Garden works by combining technological solutions with organic gardening methods to create a closed loop, complete ecosystem. The LEHR Raised Garden will serve the community as a garden and composter. Sustainable innovation!
U.S. Census Bureau Business Pulse Survey Results
The Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS) measures the effect of changing business conditions during the Coronavirus pandemic on our nation’s small businesses. The survey includes information on small business operations and finances, requests and receipt of assistance, and measures of overall well-being and expectations for recovery.
Based on responses collected November 23 through November 29, below are some of the key takeaways:
- 21.4% of U.S. small businesses experienced a decrease in the total number of hours worked in the last week by paid employees, an increase from the prior week
- 12.2% of U.S. small businesses experienced a decrease in the number of paid employees in the last week
- 46.4% of U.S. small businesses believe more than 6 months of time will pass before their business returns to normal operations. From responses collected 10/4 - 10/12, this statistic was 44.7%
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.
Nominations 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.
|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.
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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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