|Tuesday, December 22, 2020|
What Small Businesses Need to Know About the New Pandemic Relief Package
On Monday evening, Congress passed a $900 billion Covid relief bill to bring aid to those most affected by the pandemic.
The package includes over $284 billion in loans or businesses struggling with rent and payroll. Congress passed several changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) including a second draw for businesses who have exhausted their initial loan. Congress made additional changed to other programs that will benefit small businesses.
Click here to view the U.S. Chamber's new Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans which can answer any questions about the changes made. This resource will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
In addition to relief for business, the relief package includes a new round of stimulus checks for qualified individuals and families, an extension of unemployment benefits, and additional funding for vaccines and education.
The Tempe Chamber office will be closed on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th in observance of Christmas, and will reopen on Monday, December 28th.
Next week the office will also be closed on Thursday, December 31st, and Friday, January 1st to celebrate the New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!
Register for The 2021 Speaker Series: Lessons for Life & Leadership
Sponsored by BD- Becton Dickinson, the 2021 Leadership Speaker Series consists of four dynamic sessions, each led by a leader in their industry who will speak on topics that discuss leadership best practices, stories of how being unique can help you succeed, how to future-proof your career and much more.
The four live sessions will take place through an online platform weekly starting January 22, 2021, at 9:00 am with the final session on February 12, 2021.
FUEL Young Professionals Tempe Elementary School District Drive
Now through January 8, 2021, Tempe Chamber's FUEL Young Professionals Committee will be accepting donations for Tempe Elementary School District. Items from #2 pencils to backpacks are needed to help Tempe schools in need.
Arizona State University Announces Spring Semester Changes
Announced on Thursday of last week, Arizona State University has decided to cancel spring break and shorten the spring semester to end on May 1, 2021. This announcement from Provost Mark Searle was made in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Lost Our Home Pet Rescue Triples Donations Through December 31st
Thanks to a friend, Bruce Anderson, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue is able to triple all donations made to their organization through the end of 2020.
SRP Touchdowns for Teachers
When the Arizona Cardinals score, teachers win big!
Now more than ever, SRP wants to thank Arizona’s teachers for making their students a priority, always. The program provides funding directly to teachers for classroom resources, empowering them to guide the next generation of innovators and leaders. For every Cardinals touchdown this season, two teachers will receive a $500 classroom grant from SRP.
House of Tricks Rings In The New Year!
Raise a complimentary glass of bubbly on New Year's Eve to accompany your meal at House of Tricks. Fête the evening in your own special way; whether it's a four-course dinner deluxe, or simply cocktails and starters to round out the year. House of Tricks chefs are creating three outstanding daily specials for NYE. Find out more and reserve your table today.
Yellowbird Launches Their 2.0 Platform
Last week, Tempe Chamber member Yellowbird announced the launch of their Pro 2.0 Platform. For more updates and news to come regarding this release, follow Yellowbird on LinkedIn.
WRAP Technologies Acquires Virtual Reality Training Provider, NSENA Inc.
On December 16, 2020, WRAP Technologies announced that it has entered into and closed an Asset Purchase Agreement with NSENA Inc., a developer and provider of a law enforcement training platform employing immersive computer graphics virtual reality with proprietary software, hardware and content. View the full release today.
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Updates from the Office of Governor Doug Ducey
On December 16, 2020, Governor Ducey announced that Arizona continues to monitor COVID-19 with regard to the White House’s Guidelines for Opening America based on the “Proposed State or Regional Gating Criteria," and released details of some of the first Arizona health care workers, including ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ, who were among the first to receive the vaccine.
New measures to mitigate the spread include:
- Vaccine sites opening on Thursday, December 17th in Pima County and North Phoenix
- Vaccine to be administered in nursing homes before the end of the month
- $15 million to the Department of Health Services for public health emergency needs
National Eviction Moratorium Update
A new COVID-19 stimulus deal reached Sunday will extend the national eviction moratorium through Jan. 31, 2021. The existing halt on evictions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was set to expire on December 31, 2020. Renters must meet certain qualifications and also submit a declaration form to their landlords.
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.
|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|
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.
See below for next year's webinars:
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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