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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Tempe Chamber of Commerce Announces Prop 207 Webinar: How to Prepare Your Workplace for Recreational Marijuana

In partnership with the Employers Council of Arizona, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce announces Prop 207: How to Prepare Your Workplace for Recreational Marijuana; an hour-long webinar on what this newly-passed proposition means for your business. 

Featuring Employer Council Staff Attorney Glenn Pelster, this webinar will not only outline employers' obligations under Arizona's marijuana and drug testing statutes, but will identify effective strategies when dealing with employment issues that accompany legalization of recreational marijuana.

Chamber News
2021 Mentoring Program Applications Due Today

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 TODAY at 5pm. For a comprehensive review of the program and new dates, read the Mentoring Program Overview.
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? 

Our partners at Markitors help provide Tempe Chamber members with the opportunity to share their knowledge and get published. Learn more and submit your insight by December 16, 2020. 
Tempe Chamber Holiday Office Hours

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, December 24th and Friday, December 25th in observance of Christmas, and again on Thursday, December 31st and Friday, January 1st in observance of the New Year.

*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. 
Member News
Digital Transformation for Small Business 

Many small businesses are reluctant to pull that digital trigger and do the digital transformation with their processes and products. Going down that road is a long process. You’ll need a strategy, and you’ll likely meet resistance even within your own ranks. But you also don’t want to get left behind, and you see the opportunities that a digital transformation brings, including mere survival in these times of a pandemic. When is the right time to make this change?

Tempe Chamber member Solminion Development is here to help your business when the time is right for a digital transformation. Read Solminion's recent blog post and when to know if your business is ready.
DoorDash Goes Public

Last week, DoorDash virtually rang the Opening Bell to mark their listing on the New York Stock Exchange, and according to an article written by the New York Times, "DoorDash stock rose 86 percent above its initial public offering price of $102 to close the day at $189.51." 

Arizona State University Introduces Top Leaders to New Executive Roles

As Arizona State University looks to 2021, three distinguished and dedicated leaders will assume new and very important roles that will help to shape our university’s future. 

-Dr. Sally C. Morton, Executive Vice President of ASU's Knowledge Enterprise
-Dr. Nancy Gonzales, Executive Vice Provost and University Provost
-Maria Anguiano, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and Planning and Learning Enterprise Leader

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Search for great promos from Tempe businesses and other nearby merchants. Buy flowers for that special someone, a beard trimming or cool new haircut, a spa day for yourself, a future visit to a local entertainment center or attraction, or a tasty family meal from your favorite restaurant 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.
Local News
Nominations for MLK Diversity Award Due Today

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 end of day TODAY.
Downtown Tempe Launches Virtual State of Downtown

Announced today, Downtown Tempe Association will be hosting a virtual State of Downtown. Usually held at an iconic downtown Tempe destination and hosted by the Downtown Tempe Authority, this year's event has been edited together for a video of their dedicated staff as they share last year’s accomplishments and vision for the future. Learn more today.
Mayor Corey Woods Updates Extension of Premises Permit

On December 8th, Mayor Corey D. Woods signed an updated Extension of Premises Permit proclamation to allow Tempe bars and restaurants to be eligible for a new State of Arizona grant program and to continue to allow the temporary extension of premises permits through May 9, 2021. This extension may be granted upon application, expedited review and approval of the city’s Special Events Taskforce. Additional review and approval is required by the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for establishments with a liquor license. Enforcement measures may be taken if a business extends its premises without City of Tempe authorization.

The new State of Arizona “Safest Outside Restaurant Assistance Program” also offers grants of up to $10,000 that restaurants can use to buy outdoor furniture, equipment and other supplies. Businesses may apply here.

Businesses that already have an expansion of premises permit do not have to do anything more but they may qualify for the Safest Outside Restaurant Assistance Program
City of Tempe Seeks Input on Marijuana Regulations

Due to the passage of Prop 207, the City of Tempe is inviting its residents to take a survey regarding the aspects of the ordinance that Tempe can regulate. Once results are tabulated, a proposed ordinance will be crafted and sent to both the Development Review Commission and the Tempe City Council. Learn more and fill out the survey by December 21, 2020.
City of Tempe Awards $1.2 Million in Grants to Small Businesses

To help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Tempe awarded $1.2 million in grants earlier this month to about 183 Tempe-based businesses. Nearly 230 businesses applied for funds. 

The hospitality industry, one of the hardest-hit sectors of the economy, received the highest percentage of funding - 47%. Health care and social assistance was the second highest, receiving 13%. 

Tempe Virtual Job Fairs

Looking for a job in Tempe? 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.
COVID-19 Isolation Housing

If you are unable to isolate at home, by staying in your own room with your own bathroom, Maricopa County Public Health has hotel space available for this purpose. If you are interested in using a hotel room to isolate, please complete this 3-question form and Public Health will call you by phone. 

Safety Supply Kits Still Available for Pick Up

To help businesses who have been affected by COVID-19, the City of Tempe has allocated funds to provide up to 1,000 small businesses with items needed to protect its staff and customers. Businesses can receive:

-50 reusable cloth masks
-5 clear masks
-2 one liter bottles of hand sanitizer 

To register your organization and schedule a safety supply kit pick up, click here. 
City of Tempe COVID-19 Testing Updates

-Starting earlier this month, the City of Tempe began 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. Those interested in a test should make a reservation here. 

-As part of a statewide research study, the State of Arizona is providing $3.5 million for antibody testing, which is available at more than two dozen locations across the state. Learn more and reserve your testing appointment today. 

Individuals can get more information on all Tempe’s COVID-19 efforts at
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
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
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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