NFIB: Small Businesses Need Additional Financial Assistance to Survive

NFIB

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, today pushed for support of the formal resolution to allow for expedited floor consideration of H.R. 8265. “Small business owners are working day and night to remain afloat, take care of their employees and their communities, and keep their doors open, said … [More]

ASU Researchers Receive $6M State Contract to Develop Rapid, 20-Minute COVID-19 Saliva Test

Arizona State University

As the world manages through the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona State University continues its work to discover and develop easier and more widespread COVID-19 testing to assist in managing the virus. In May, researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute produced the western United States’ first FDA approved saliva-based COVID-19 test – one of only a handful available in the … [More]

$14 Million More to Support Universities’ Response to Pandemic, $31M to Date

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Joined by public health and university leaders, Governor Doug Ducey today announced the State of Arizona is investing $14 million additional dollars to support the efforts of Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University to contain the spread of COVID-19 and protect Arizona communities. The state is providing $8 million for additional … [More]

U.S. Treasury Awards $204.1 Million to Support Economic Growth in Low-Income, Distressed, and Native Communities

U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded 397 Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) $204.1 million in awards today. The awards, through the fiscal year (FY) 2020 round of the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA … [More]

Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce Supports Face Covering Mandates

Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce

The Board of Directors for the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce formally approved a resolution supporting a local requirement that individuals wear facial coverings to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  The mask regulation had been in place since June 19, 2020, when it was implemented via emergency proclamation by Mayor Lane. On Monday, the Mayor rescinded that … [More]

Commerce Department Prohibits WeChat and TikTok Transactions, Says It’s to Protect the National Security

U.S. Department of Commerce

In response to Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok saying, it is to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Administrations states that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use … [More]

New SBA Web Tool Helps with Market Research for Businesses

U.S. Small Business Administration

Small business owners and start-ups across the country can now take advantage of a new business tool to help them compete and grow. The free tool, called SizeUp, helps businesses identify new customers and compare their performance against other businesses in their industry with data collected from hundreds of private and public sources. "Market research and analysis is … [More]

Arizona Flags at Half-Staff in Remembrance of 9/11 Victims

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff today, Friday, September 11th, from sunrise to sunset in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The Governor released the following statement: “Nineteen years ago, nearly 3,000 people were killed in the worst terrorist attack on … [More]

Their Take: Failure to Adjust for Inflation Makes Prop. 208 Destructive

NFIB

The threat to Arizona small businesses posed by Proposition 208’s 77.7% income tax increase will only grow each year due to the initiative’s failure to adjust to annual inflation increases, warned the state’s leading small-business association today. “Without an annual inflation adjustment, Proposition 208 goes from bad to worse,” said Chad Heinrich, Arizona state director … [More]

Federal Contract Accommodation Strategies during COVID-19 Announced

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Everyone is adjusting their workplace for COVID-19 and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) understands that federal contractors are trying to remain productive and are finding innovative ways to continue the work they do. In a continued effort to provide contractors with resources on how to remain in compliance, OFCCP is … [More]