WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION AS A RESULT OF COVID-19
In addition to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public health and the economy, there is increasing concern about how to best protect the rights of workers during this time and ensure safe and healthy working conditions. View this comprehensive guide from Florin|Roebig Trial Attorneys to learn more.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FLEXIBILITY ACT IS NOW LAW
The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA) is intended to make it easier for Borrowers to maximize loan forgiveness. The PPP loan program still has funds available! You can view a list of participating lenders HERE.
ONLINE TOOLKIT HELPS ENSURE BUSINESSES ARE HYGIENE-READY
GP PRO, a division of Georgia-Pacific and a leading provider of advanced dispensing solutions for commercial facilities, has launched Hygiene Ready, a robust online resource designed to help restaurants, retailers, arenas, commercial and industrial facilities, and other businesses safely re-open amidst COVID-19 and restore employee and consumer confidence shaken by the virus. Learn more here.
PREPARE YOUR WORKPLACE FOR A SAFE RETURN
YellowBird, the leader in on-demand environmental, health and safety professionals, is offering a Return-to-Work Program to help local companies prepare for the return of employees to the workplace. Recent polling shows most workers are worried about returning to the office, while owners/leaders are searching for ways to ensure they can provide a safe place for their return. YellowBird has partnered with industrial hygiene professionals and experts to offer a Return-to-Work Program which includes a full on-site assessment, air quality testing, COVID-19 specific surface testing and a detailed plan with recommendations to maintain a clean,healthy office. For more information, go to http://6459781.hs-sites.com/covid-19-return-to-work-landing-page.
MESA CARES SMALL BUSINESS REEMERGENCE PROGRAM
The Mesa CARES Small Business Reemergence Program is part of the Mesa CARES Initiative that supports individuals, families and businesses impacted by COVID-19. Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Eligible businesses must be located in the City of Mesa and not a recipient of CARES Act funding through the Small Business Administration, Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans Emergency Advance or other federal program. Business owners can apply for grants online at www.MesaAZ.gov/CARESBizGrant until Sunday, May 24 at 5 p.m. See if your business is eligible and apply today!
ARIZONA COVID-19 FINANCE ASSISTANCE NETWORK
COVID-19 has changed everything. There’s a lot of confusing information out there about what to do to respond to the business crisis induced by COVID-19 and the various government programs that are available to help. Visit the Arizona COVID-19 Finance Assistance Network, brought to you in partnership between Spencer Fane, Keyser, Lew’s List, High Plains and the Foundry Group.
These services will be provided pro bono – our commitment is helping businesses in our communities stay in our communities.
COVID-19 TOOLKIT: BUSINESS RESOURCES FROM THE ACA
Connecting companies to available resources: The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has launched a new online toolkit with valuable business resources. Help amplify the statewide messaging of its new integrated marketing campaign. Visit here to view or download this user-friendly toolkit: https://bit.ly/2K35Iyr.
PHOENIX COMMUNITY + ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HOTLINE
Phoenix’s pioneer spirit is moving forward to resiliency, resurgence and recovery. Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline. The Phoenix business hotline aims to help maintain movement to a post-crisis economy. Calls are being taken at (602) 262-5040, the main phone number for Community and Economic Development. This service is available only to businesses located within the city of Phoenix. Learn more here.
ARIZONA + FEDERAL AGENCIES UNITE TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS SCAMS
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the formation of a joint task force along with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to combat fraud related to the coronavirus outbreak. The task force, made up of a dozen members from local and federal agencies, including the FBI, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division and the Defense Criminal Investigative Services, will investigate fraud claims quicker and more efficiently. Learn more in the Attorney General’s Office press release.
AZ LOCAL IMPACT FUND LAUNCHED BY LEADMD AND INVEST SOUTHWEST
LeadMD, the world’s leading performance marketing consultancy, today announced its partnership with Invest Southwest to spearhead a small business relief fund in Arizona. Created in response to COVID-19, the relief fund aims to provide financial support to small businesses and those they employ in order to preserve the local economy during this challenging time. Learn more about how the AZ Local Impact Fund started, the application criteria,and how to donate or apply.
FEDERAL STIMULUS + SBA LOANS FOR OPTICS + PHOTONICS COMPANIES
This presentation provides general information regarding recent developments in the law. Many thanks to Tim Medcoff and Farhang & Medcoff Attorneys for an outstanding presentation, answering attendee questions, and their leadership to help Arizona businesses navigate the coronavirus pandemic. View the PDF of the presentation or visit here to replay the webinar.
SMALL BUSINESS GUIDE AND CHECKLIST
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Here are the questions you may be asking and what you need to know.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FAQs
The Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, intends to provide timely additional guidance to address borrower and lender questions concerning the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), established by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Read more here.
DEPARTMENT CHECKLISTS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
IT consultants Solugenix has created this FREE set of department checklists to help business leaders needing guidance during these trying times:
- Finance Department Emergency Checklist
- HR Department Emergency Checklist
- IT Department Emergency Checklist
RETOOL OR ADAPT YOUR MANUFACTURING PROCESS WITH DELTA TECHNOLOGY
If you are considering retooling or adapting your manufacturing process, Delta Technology stands ready to help. Delta Technology has a highly skilled team of engineers and technicians willing to do what it takes to help your company adapt. Additionally, they have fully functioning machine shops in both Arizona and Mexico to help with even the most demanding application retool. Learn more here.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
Available through June 30, 2020, the Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19. Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries. Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible at the store and location level if the store employs less than 500 workers. Read more or learn how to apply for this program.
ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES: U.S. Department of the Treasury
The U.S. Treasury Department is supporting American workers and businesses who are impacted by the coronavirus. Through the CARES Act, the Treasury Department is keeping American workers paid and employed, offering small business job retention loans, providing assistance with economic impact payments, tax rebates and credits, and expanded unemployment insurance. Learn more how the various programs can help stabilize your business.
6 TIPS TO HELP NON-FOR-PROFITS MANAGE CORONAVIRUS IMPACT
Repercussions from the COVID-19 virus affect almost every facet of your not-for-profit’s operations, from the delivery of your services to managing your workforce. Many cultural organizations and educational institutions must grapple with the public health safety measures that may have temporarily shuttered their operations. Visit here to to learn more from CBIZ, a firm that delivers top-level financial, benefits and insurance services to organizations of all sizes, as well as individual clients, by providing national-caliber expertise combined with highly personalized service delivered at the local level.
EVICTION PROTECTION FOR BUSINESSES TIMPACTED BY COVID-19
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced new steps to help protect small businesses from eviction amid the coronavirus outbreak in the state. Banks are suspending evictions and foreclosures for at least 60 days under the agreement. That period could be extended under the state’s emergency declaration. Additionally, banks are working to deliver small business loans under the Paycheck Protection Program. The program will allow banks to loan up to $10 million to small business and sole proprietors who have been affected by coronavirus. Learn more here.
ELECTRIC UTILITY RELIEF PACKAGE
Governor Doug Ducey announced on March 26, 2020, a cooperative agreement with the state’s largest electric utilities to continue to provide reliable electricity to homes, hospitals, and businesses while making sure that Arizona residents facing financial difficulties will have choice, assistance, and reliable access to electricity. Under the agreement, Arizona Public Service (APS), Salt River Project (SRP), Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and six electric cooperatives have all agreed to a list of innovative solutions and services to protect customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about Gov. Ducey’s commitment to working with Arizona utilities to ensure customers remain safe and connected to power and water.
ARIZONA BUSINESS RESOURCES
Under Governor Doug Ducey’s leadership, the State of Arizona is prioritizing the health and safety of its residents. Businesses in the state are adhering closely to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services. The Arizona Commerce Authority has gathered resources to support businesses and employees as they help combat the spread of COVID-19. This site will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. Contact the ACA COVID-19 Response Team at [email protected]. Visit here to find valuable resources: www.azcommerce.com/covid-1 9
CORONAVIRUS GUIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses in a variety of ways. From loss of business to remote work, things are changing fast during the COVID-19 outbreak and businesses are being forced to adapt. Here are some of the best resources and information to help you navigate this challenging time: https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus
STATEWIDE INITIATIVES TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES
So far, the coronavirus has had a varying effect across different states and responses have also varied by state and even local government.
Since each state’s plan to assist small businesses varies, the best thing small business owners can do is check with their local governor’s office for the latest on state specific assistance, resources and updates. You can also check in with local small business organizations and agencies. Here is a list of state- and local-level small business resources to consult:
- List of local Chambers of Commerce listed by state: https://www.uschamber.com/co/chambers
- Local SBA office finder: https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/find
- List of SCORE organizations by state: https://www.score.org/find-location
SCORE, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.
ASSISTANCE FROM BANKS AND CREDIT CARD COMPANIES
Citi, Capital One and Wells Fargo have all issued statements indicating that they are willing to work with customers that experience financial difficulties. Citi issued a statement that for 30 days, small business customers are eligible to have their monthly service fees waived.
Citi is also waiving the fees on early CD withdrawals. Wells Fargo donated $6.25 million in aid to help the public relief effort. The bank also encouraged customers that are experiencing financial hardship to contact customer service for assistance.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE LOANS FROM THE SBA
The SBA announced it would offer disaster assistance loans for up to $2 million for small businesses affected by the coronavirus. These low-interest loans are available to businesses that have sustained “substantial economic injury” due to the spread of the coronavirus. These loans can be used to pay off outstanding debts, payroll and any other bills they are unable to pay. However, small businesses that have access to credit are not eligible. Small businesses with no available credit qualify for an interest rate of 3.75%, and nonprofits will have an interest rate of 2.75%.
The SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance will coordinate with state governors that submit relief requests. Once a state or territory is approved, these affected businesses will receive more information. You can find a regularly updated list of states where disaster assistance is being offered HERE.
Even if your state is not yet offering disaster assistance you can begin to prepare to apply by looking over the information required. You can get that information HERE. For more info on how to apply for a disaster loan, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/ApplyOnline.
Please view the SBA Disaster Assistance Resources for Businesses in English and Spanish:
SBA Disaster Assistance_Resources for BusinessesPDF Download
Asistencia de Desastre de la SBA en Respuesta al CoronavirusPDF Download
For more information on Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19), please VISIT HERE or contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Division at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or [email protected]. Businesses can apply for the disaster loan online at the Disaster Loan Application Portal at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
GRANTS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE FROM COMPANIES & ORGANIZATIONS
Facebook has launched a grant program for small businesses. A little financial support can go a long way, and now Facebook is offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. To learn who’s eligible and how the program can help your business, visit https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/grant.
FEDERAL RESERVE SUPPORT FOR HOUSEHOLDS AND SMALL BUSINESSES
To support the credit needs of American households and businesses, the Federal Reserve Board announced on March 17, 2020, that it will establish a Primary Dealer Credit Facility (PDCF). The facility will allow primary dealers to support smooth market functioning and facilitate the availability of credit to businesses and households. The PDCF will offer overnight and term funding with maturities up to 90 days and will be available on March 20, 2020. It will be in place for at least six months and may be extended as conditions warrant. Credit extended to primary dealers under this facility may be collateralized by a broad range of investment grade debt securities, including commercial paper and municipal bonds, and a broad range of equity securities. Learn more HERE.