|Tuesday, January 19, 2021|
On January 28th at 9 a.m., attend the annual East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance and PHX East Valley Partnership Roundtable for a virtual discussion with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
PPP Re-Opens to All Lenders Today
Today the SBA and the Treasury Department fully re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.
Last week updated applications were released for First Draw and Second Draw PPP loans. PPP applications must go through participating PPP lenders, who then route them to the SBA for approval. CLICK HERE to learn about the most recent updates and resources from the SBA. CLICK HERE to watch the Tempe Chamber/SBA webinar held on Thursday January 11th.
Just Announced: 2021 State of the District with Congressman Greg Stanton
Sponsored by FOX, the 2021 State of the District with Congressman Greg Stanton will take place on March 11th at 9 a.m. through an interactive live broadcast. While providing a comprehensive update, Congressman Stanton will discuss federal issues affecting our district, state, and country.
Registration closes Tuesday, March 9th and if you are interested in sponsoring this important event please call 480-967-7891. Register online today!
Military Affairs Committee Scholarship Accepting Applications for Tempe Veterans
The Tempe Chamber Military Affairs Committee has opened the 2021 Merle Fister Scholarship application to eligible Tempe veterans and will continue accepting applications through February 15, 2021.
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 This Friday
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 this Friday at 9:00 am with the final session on February 12, 2021.
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?
Soggy Food Sucks Founder Bill Birgen Wins at P&G Ventures Innovation Challenge
On January 13th, Bill Birgen, founder of Soggy Food Sucks and SAVRPak's Chief Technology Officer was announced the winner of the 3rd annual Innovation Challenge at CES, receiving $10,000 and a chance to partner with P&G Ventures. Congratulations, Bill!
This challenge seeks out budding entrepreneurs driving the next generation of technologies that will change consumers’ lives, while helping fuel innovation amidst the global pandemic.
Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts Cancelled
Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and out an abundance of caution for the health of our artists and community, the Downtown Tempe Foundation has canceled this spring’s Tempe Festival of the Arts. This event takes place twice a year, making this the third cancellation due to the ongoing pandemic. This severely impacts our artists, vendors, downtown Tempe’s small businesses, the City of Tempe, our organization’s financial health, and our community stakeholders. View the full release here.
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.
New Season of Tempe Accelerates Provides Updates on How City is Moving Toward Goals
Join the City of Tempe for a new season of Tempe Accelerates
, a series of explanatory talks about how Tempe's strategic goals help the city effectively serve the community. You can hear information on different topics every two weeks, ranging from transportation to homelessness, from social inclusion to childhood education. These sessions are data-driven and often involve collaboration from several city departments.
Virtual Meetup with Councilmember Jennifer Adams
On February 3, 2021, Councilmember Jennifer Adams will be hosting her virtual Join Jennifer event in 85281.
Economic Development Director Donna Kennedy will be sharing updates regarding the North Tempe County Island and upcoming projects. Also, Commissioner Kim Gaffney-Loza will be talking about the goals and activities of the Desert Conservation Commission. Although these topics are focused for residents living in 85281, everyone is welcome to attend Join Jennifer. Learn more today.
City of Tempe Sustainability Award Nominations Accepting Applications
The City of Tempe's Sustainability Commission is still 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.
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.
-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.
Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC)
The Employee Retention Tax Credit is designed to incentivize businesses to keep employees on their payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read this guide to see if your company is eligible, how you can get it and types of employees who can receive it.
(Information provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
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.
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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.
Carvana has multiple job openings at various locations across Arizona. For more information click here.
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