Here’s a compilation of Valley resources and links with information about how small and midsize businesses struggling from the effects of the COVID-19 emergency can get help. This will be updated as new information becomes available.
Chambers of commerce:
The following Valley chambers of commerce have COVID-19 resource pages with information specifically for small businesses:
The Chandler, Ahwatukee and Queen Creek chambers of commerce have partnered with the SBA to hold a weekly information zoom webinar starting, Thursday, April 9th from 10 am to 11 am. Jim Pipper, Assistant District Director with the SBA will focus on delivering information that will divulge how to access the programs and funds available to business owners as well as field questions. Registration for the webinars can be found here.
The city of Tempe and Desert Financial Credit Union are collaborating on the $1 million Tempe Small Business Emergency Loan Program, which allows eligible companies in the city with five to 50 employees to take out microloans between $5,000 and $20,000, with a 90-day deferred first payment. The loans are for businesses facing hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More information can be found here and in a video here.
For small businesses
The Maricopa Small Business Development Center has its offices open virtually and is able to arrange meetings via Zoom teleconference, phone or other virtual channels. All counseling and consulting meetings will be online or on the phone for the foreseeable future. The MSBDC’s COVID-19 resource page has a full slate of links for small businesses.
The Arizona Microcredit Initiative, a local nonprofit that serves small businesses, is supporting entrepreneurs and their businesses through free consulting services, microloans and business instruction. You can find out more at the group’s website.
Phoenix-based Small Giants has launched AECRE Connect to allow professionals to post questions for one another about best practices, share calendar updates and allow industry associations to post updates in real time.
The city of Phoenix is helping small businesses needing assistance with the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan application with a 6-minute video on the Phoenix.gov/Resources website. The step-by-step tutorial covers the new simplified EIDL loan application and supplemental information that SBA may require. The site contains a list of resources for small business owners and employees.
Companies helping companies:
Solugenix Corporation, which provides IT implementation and support services, has launched the COVID Guide resource center, a hub of up-to-date information and best practices for business resilience at this challenging time. The continuously updating guide includes checklists for key business operations, including Information Technology, Finance and Human Resources.
Botco.ai is helping franchisors in the beauty and wellness sectors by offering its chat solution free during COVID-19. Eligible companies include chiropractors, hair and nail salons, fitness centers, acupuncture, massage therapy, wax and lash centers and any other similar business. Interested and eligible companies can email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit botco.ai and click “Book a Demo” for more information.
Digital Air Strike is offering its video retailing program to its small business clients to help them handle the full sales process virtually. The program includes virtual messaging, vehicle servicing through video, AI and more. Digital Air Strike also offers training to help dealerships and small businesses to immediately implement the program. The webinars are being offered on multiple dates and more details can be found here.
Tempe-based Hownd Inc. is offering “Buy now, visit later support vouchers” for brick-and-mortar businesses to get paid within a day after consumers buy vouchers for services and items. Hownd is encouraging consumers to buy prepaid virtual vouchers for services. Merchants will receive 100% of the revenue within 24 to 48 hours, whether the consumer redeems the voucher now or not. Find out more on Hownd’s website.
LeadMD, a performance marketing consultancy, has partnered with Invest Southwest, the nonprofit behind the annual Venture Madness competition, to launch the AZ Local Impact Fund. The small business relief fund will help any type of company that applies and is struggling with financial issues due to COVID-19. The fund is taking donations now, and small businesses needing financial assistance can start applying starting April 20.
The Arizona Restaurant Association, as part of its Arizona Takeout Weeks, set up a website that allows restaurants to post their takeout and delivery options. It also is where consumers can find out which restaurants offer takeout or delivery during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Alliance of Arizona has a page with updating information and resources for nonprofit groups struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Arizona Community Foundation has created the Arizona COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support immediate and long-term needs associated with the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state. It also created a resource page where nonprofits can apply for grants from the fund.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is donating $550,000 to Arizona nonprofit organizations. The contribution will be spread among numerous nonprofits including emergency food supply and support for children of health care professionals. The Diamondbacks Foundation website is here.
OneAZ Credit Union and OneAZ Community Foundation have pledged to award $200,000 in emergency COVID-19 community impact grants. Nonprofits can submit applications online, describing how COVID-19 has impacted their operations and how the emergency funds would be used.
Phoenix-based Support My Club is offering its technology to local nonprofits to list needed supplies through its “COVID-19 Arizona Nonprofit Assistance” program. Its online platform normally connects donors online with Arizona high school clubs and sports teams, but now local, small nonprofits are invited to submit their most pressing requests online for free on a first-come, first-served opportunity.
Gov. Doug Ducey has established the Arizona Together initiative, which includes a website meant to bring information together about how to find help and how to offer help during the coronavirus emergency.
The Arizona Commerce Authority launched the COVID-19 Arizona Business Resource page. This website provides up-to-date information, tools and guidance on business finance support, workforce assistance, essential infrastructure information, supply chain and logistics, housing and links to the new Arizonatogether.org site for contributions, community volunteer opportunities, and other valuable resources.
The Arizona Small Business Association has a What You Need to Know page created as a hub of credible information and resources connected with the COVID-19 outbreak.
Local First Arizona announced an initiative to provide mini-grants for small, family-owned Arizona businesses with three or fewer employees to cover costs like employee payroll and rent. To qualify businesses wishing to apply for the grants must have 0-3 employees, have less than $250,000 in annual revenue (approximately $35k-$45k in net profits), and have families reliant on the business as their sole income. Priority will be placed on business owners with children under 18 at home. Only one application per business will be accepted for the Small Business Relief Fund. Local First Arizona also has a resource page for small businesses.