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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
PPP Applications Re-Open & Informative Webinar

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and U.S. Treasury announced details for the re-opening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Yesterday, first-time applicants were able to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). "Second draw" applications will be able to submit their applications tomorrow, January 13th.

The Tempe Chamber will be hosting a PPP Small Business Webinar this Thursday, January 14th with guest speaker James Pipper, from the U.S. SBA. This webinar will provide an overview of PPP loan processes and resources related to provisions in the Economic Aid to Hard Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (the Economic Aid Act). Register today.

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State of the State Recap

Monday afternoon, Governor Doug Ducey gave a brief State of the State Address from his office at the Capitol. Governor Ducey outlined his vision for 2021, focusing on the continued fight against COVID-19, the distribution of the vaccine, prioritizing K-12 education, creating jobs and helping Arizonans who have been impacted by the economic consequences of the pandemic.

For more information on yesterday’s address, please click here. Additional details of the Governor’s priorities will be released with the Executive Budget on Friday, January 15th. 
Chamber News
Tempe Chamber Office Hours for Martin Luther King Day 

The Tempe Chamber office will be closed on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Day and will reopen on Tuesday, January 19th. 

Please note: 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. 
Military Affairs Committee Scholarship for Tempe Veterans | Apply Today

The Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee has officially opened the 2021 Merle Fister Scholarship application to eligible Tempe veterans.

The annual $1,000 Merle Fister Scholarship is awarded to a Tempe veteran who is seeking to complete their academic career, and is given based on character, leadership, academic pursuits, and financial need. The scholarship recipient will take part in the Red, White, and Blue Awards Ceremony held in mid-April to receive their recognition.

2021 Speaker Series: Lessons for Life & Leadership Kicks Off Next Week

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.

Reserve your seat and learn more today. If your organization is interested in using ticket credits associated with its membership, please email
NEW in 2021, Lifestyle Health Plans now offers pricing on two value-based network reimbursement models, along with a robust wellness program and 2nd tier deductible. One of the offered networks includes care through the Mayo Clinic. 

For more information on the Lifestyle Health Plan, contact Erika Acorn at 480-736-4284 or 
Member News
Tempe Chamber Board Member Nominated for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

Tempe Chamber Board Member and Incoming Board Chair Raveen Aurora has been nominated for a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, to be announced in October 2021. 

This prestigious award nomination comes from numerous local community organizations as well as several prominent international organizations. Learn more about Aurora's nomination. 
Downtown Tempe’s Sunday Market is Canceled for the Spring

Due to the current COVID-19 benchmarks from the City of Tempe in response to Governor Doug Ducey’s recent executive order, the spring season of the 6th Street Market is canceled.

The market hopes to return to 6th Street Park in the future and we look forward to hosting our local artists, makers, and food creatives. While we are disappointed by this cancelation and still believe this event to be vital to the community, we believe public health is paramount to anything else and cannot produce events around the City’s current imitations. View the full release. 
APS Scored Among Top Utilities Worldwide for Climate, Water Stewardship

Arizona Public Service (APS) is one of very few electric utilities worldwide to achieve a double ‘A’ score for climate and water stewardship this year from the not-for-profit charity CDP, which operates a global disclosure and scoring program designed to encourage investors and businesses to act on environmental issues. 

Only four out of almost 6,000 utilities received a double A score this year. One was Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, of which APS is its principal subsidiary. It also is the only North American utility to receive both ratings this year. 

Local News
Deadline Extended for Tempe Veterans Commission Survey 

In keeping with Tempe’s designation as a Veteran Friendly City, Tempe is seeking feedback from veterans on several topics. This survey will provide feedback on employment, education, housing, finances and healthcare.

This survey is open to all veterans, or immediate family members of a veteran. Take the survey today. Deadline to complete the survey is January 18, 2021.
I-10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project Advancement Updates

The Arizona Department of Transportation has signed an agreement with the developer team that will design and build the Interstate 10 Broadway Curve Improvement Project, the first major urban freeway reconstruction effort in the Valley.

ADOT finalized the $615,600,950 contract with the developer on Tuesday. Construction is scheduled to begin in mid to late 2021 and last up to four years. 

Some planned improvements include:
  • Widening I-10 to six general purpose lanes and two HOV lanes between 24th Street and US 60 Superstition Freeway.
  • Building a collector-distributor road system between Baseline Road and 40th Street to separate local traffic from through traffic on I-10. 
  • Adding a fourth general purpose lane on I-10 from US 60 to Ray Road and keeping the HOV lane.
For more information on the project, visit
City of Tempe Sustainability Award Nominations Now Open

The City of Tempe's Sustainability Commission is now accepting award nominations 
for the sustainability achievement of the year award. This award, open to any person, group, youth, or business, is meant to highlight people and projects in Tempe that are setting an example of how we can create a more sustainable and resilient city.  

Awards will be presented at the State of the Neighborhoods Awards & Workshop on Saturday, April 17, 2021.  

View the City of Tempe's Martin Luther King Day Schedule
Tempe Virtual Job Fairs

Looking for a job in Tempe? January 26th and March 16th, learn about great companies and current openings during the City of Tempe's free, virtual job fair. See more information and register today.
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 & Vaccine Updates

-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


-Registration is now open for Phase 1A and Phase 1B prioritized vaccinations. People in Phase 1B must have an appointment to get vaccinated, no walk-ins will be allowed. Appointments will be limited initially for Phase 1B and will be available at designated sites that are not already fully booked for second doses to prioritized individuals from Phase 1A. Learn more 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. 
U.S. Small Business Administration Extends COVID-19 EIDL Loan Applications

Recently announced, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) extended the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application to December 31, 2021. According to a recent release by the SBA, the deadline extension comes as a result of the recent bipartisan COVID-19 relief bill passed by Congress and enacted by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020.

Arizona Commerce Authority Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

Companies hit hard by disruptions, layoffs, furloughs, loss of business and other setbacks due to Covid-19 are encouraged to apply for emergency assistance through the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).
Through the partnership, companies can receive subsidized or reduced rates for assistance in areas like rebuilding customer demand, overcoming supply chain disruptions, reassembling their workforce, and identifying new markets. Learn more today. 
National Eviction Moratorium Update

A new COVID-19 stimulus deal reached earlier this month 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. 

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. Learn more and apply today.
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
Stronger, Smarter, Better: Enhancing the Skills We Learned in 2020

On January 27, 2021, Maricopa Corporate College will be hosting its first Impact Breakfast of 2021; Stronger, Smarter, Better: Enhancing the Skills We Learned in 2020. Attendees will walk away with a variety of ideas on how to improve your team's skills, promote ongoing learning, and learn more about trends in workplace training. Learn more and reserve your FREE seat today.
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 upcoming webinars: 
-January 19, 2021: Bringing Your Brand to Life
Job Board
Part-Time Marketing Assistant Needed

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce is seeking a highly organized, self-motivated, and creative individual to join our team. In this position, you will contribute to marketing efforts including e-newsletters, website maintenance, coordination of monthly events, as well as database and member support. Learn more today.
The Porch is Hiring for Line Cooks and Dishwashers

Click here to learn how you can apply to work in one of Tempe's newest restaurants. 
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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