Governor Ducey Announces $3.5 Million to Assist Arizonans, Small Businesses

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey today announced $3,575,000 to support programs that help Arizonans and small businesses recover financially from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This past year has brought extraordinary challenges on Arizonans and businesses across the state, and we are committed to helping them get back on their feet,” said Governor Ducey. “We’re making … [More]

NFIB Gives Federal Update: Latest Proposals and Timeline in Congress


September’s deadlines have come and gone with Congress pushing back the tough decisions regarding funding the government and increasing the debt ceiling. NFIB Vice President of Federal Government Relations Kevin Kuhlman discussed new deadlines to watch and what to expect as negotiations on larger legislative proposals continue. Proposals in the Build Back Better … [More]

Feds Advance Full Funding for Light Rail Northwest Extension II

Valley Metro

Federal and local leaders are pleased to see the $158 million Capital Investment Grant (CIG) for Valley Metro’s Northwest Light Rail Extension Phase II (NWE II) advance to Congress for review. This highly competitive grant will complete the funding necessary for this project, with the final grant signing anticipated in early November. The NWE II gives new communities greater … [More]

Pilot Program Will Distribute Utility Assistance to Eligible Households

Rick McCartney

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Economic Security announced today the Department will provide a total of $36 million to support eligible households in need of temporary utility assistance and ensure continuity of services. “The team at the Arizona Department of Economic Security continues to find new and innovative ways to support Arizonans lifting … [More]

MAG Joins Safety Partnership to Develop and Deploy Automated Vehicle Technologies Statewide

Maricopa Association of Governments

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), an agency that provides a forum for research, discussion and study of regional issues, is the newest member of the Institute of Automated Mobility (IAM), established by Governor Ducey in 2018 to advance transportation safety, science and policy. MAG has been participating in IAM’s work as a partner, and by joining IAM, the … [More]

Funding for ‘Back To Work’ Program Supports Rehiring, Retention

Rick McCartney

Governor Doug Ducey announced an additional $5 million to help Arizona small businesses recover from the economic consequences of the pandemic and extreme weather conditions. Governor Ducey launched the Back to Work Small Business Rehiring and Retention Program in August and has invested a total of $10 million in the program to support small, locally-owned businesses. … [More]

Arizona, California Water Agencies Partner to Advance Development of Large-Scale Recycled Water Project

Building on increased collaboration on the Colorado River, water agencies in Southern California and Arizona have forged a new partnership to advance development of one of the largest water recycling plants in the country – a project that would help restore balance to the over-stressed river. Through an agreement approved Tuesday by Metropolitan Water District’s … [More]

What You Need to Know about Changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The U.S. Department of Education is temporarily changing certain rules to allow potentially hundreds of thousands of borrowers the chance to qualify for student loan forgiveness if they have worked in public service. This opportunity is only available for a limited time, and borrowers must act before Oct. 31, 2022, to qualify. “For years, the Public Service Loan … [More]

Arizona Celebrates Manufacturing Month

Governor Doug Ducey declared October as Arizona Manufacturing Month to highlight and recognize all the manufacturers in the state who play a vital role in Arizona’s expanding economy. “Our manufacturing industry is a national powerhouse,” said Governor Ducey. “Just this year, Arizona has attracted several new manufacturing firms, from KORE Power in Buckeye to CP Technologies … [More]

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

During October, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) joins the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).  NDEAM celebrates America's workers with disabilities and is a time to remind employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices, particularly as we … [More]

Arizona Commerce Authority Is Now Accepting FAST Grant Applications to Support Small Businesses

Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority announced today it is accepting applications for the Federal and State Technology (FAST) grant to support small businesses. Applications are being accepted through December 31, 2021. The Small Business Administration’s FAST Partnership Program is designed to support programs that advance innovative, technology-driven small businesses. The … [More]

Arizona Capitol Lit Purple in Recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Arizona State Capitol dome will be lit purple tonight in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, reinforcing Arizona’s stance against all forms of domestic violence and commitment to supporting vulnerable individuals and survivors. “Arizona is committed to preventing all forms of domestic abuse, and we will never stop working to support and protect victims and … [More]

To-Go Cocktails Are Available in Arizona: What You Need to Know

Rick McCartney

Arizonans can order mixed cocktails to-go starting today following a bipartisan bill passed by the state legislature and signed by Governor Doug Ducey in May. The policy was a priority of the Governor following the positive economic impact selling liquor to-go had on businesses throughout the state during the pandemic. The Governor on March 19, 2020 issued an Executive … [More]

Phoenix ‘Paints’ City Hall Purple for 9th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign

City of Phoenix

​​The City of Phoenix is shining a light on a dark issue. Starting tonight, City Hall will be lit purple through October to raise awareness about domestic violence. It impacts us all, and we can all help end it. The City of Phoenix's domestic violence awareness campaign, “Paint Phoenix Purple," has made significant strides since launching in 2013 by educating and providing … [More]

New Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Milestone Reached: Supplemental Awards Begin

U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the SBA began supplemental award notifications to eligible applicants this week, through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. Thus far, the SBA has awarded over $10 billion in economic relief to nearly 12,000 venues, providing a critical lifeline for theaters, live venues, and other entertainment and cultural … [More]

Funds Available: Small Businesses Granted $250K in Direct Financial Assistance

Valley Metro

Valley Metro’s Small Business Financial Assistance Program pilot (SBFAP), launched this spring and has distributed more than $250,000 in direct financial assistance to 50 small businesses along light rail construction in Phoenix. “Thank you so much for the grant. This really has made a big difference during a rough year,” said Albert Bahram, owner of Crazy Jim’s in downtown … [More]

PPP Milestone: In Less Than Two Months, One Million Borrowers Apply for Direct Forgiveness

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reached a major milestone today as its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Direct Borrower Forgiveness Portal recorded its one millionth PPP loan forgiveness application for borrowers seeking forgiveness for loans of $150,000 or less. “We are committed to delivering against the promise of forgiveness for our eligible PPP borrowers. … [More]

Federal Funds Approved to Support Phoenix Workforce and Families

City of Phoenix

The Phoenix City Council approved spending millions of dollars in America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support training and education programs, support for mental health services and a new vaccination incentive for underserved communities. “My goal is to get people into jobs – it is one of the most effective things we can do to get families back on their feet," said … [More]

EN NEGOCIOS: Lo que las pequeñas empresas deben saber sobre la nueva orden ejecutiva que requiere vacunas COVID-19 para los trabajadores

por Edgar R. Olivo

El jueves 9 de septiembre de 2021, la administración de Biden emitió nuevas Órdenes Ejecutivas para crear un camino para salir de la pandemia. Una de las Órdenes requiere vacunas de COVID-19 para ciertos trabajadores, como “contratistas federales” y empleadores privados con más de 100 empleados. Esta Orden Ejecutiva aborda muchos de los problemas de accesibilidad que enfrentan … [More]

What Small Businesses Need to Know about the New Executive Order Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines for Workers

by Edgar R. Olivo

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, the Biden administration issued new Executive Orders to create a path out of the pandemic. One of the Orders requires COVID-19 vaccines for certain workers such as “federal contractors” and private employers with more than 100 employees. This Executive Order addresses many of the accessibility issues workers face when seeking the vaccine or … [More]

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