A Series with Edge: Avondale Debuts Digital Video Series

City of Avondale

What makes a city successful? What gives one community that edge over another? Avondale’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism shares the answers to those questions through an exciting digital tv series, aptly titled Avondale Edge, which launches on Tuesday, August 3. The nine-episode series will be shared across the city’s many social media platforms, as well on … [More]

SBA Reaches Milestone Awarding $7.5 Billion in Shuttered Venue Operators Grants to over 10,000 Venues

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration reached a new milestone of successfully awarding over $7.5 billion in Shuttered Venue Operators Grants (SVOGs) to more than 10,000 hard-hit live entertainment small businesses, nonprofits, and venues. The SVOG program is designed to assist in getting the nation’s cultural institutions, which are critical to the economy and were among the … [More]

Eligible Previously Unemployed Arizonans May Now Apply for up to $2,000 Return-to-Work Bonus

Arizona Department of Economic Security

The Arizona Department of Economic Security today announced eligible individuals who were previously receiving unemployment and have returned to work are now able to apply for a Return to Work Bonus (RTWB) of up to $2,000. On May 13, 2021, Governor Doug Ducey and DES announced Arizona's Back To Work Program to help individuals transition from unemployment and return to the … [More]

Governor Ducey Rescinds 25 Pandemic-Related Executive Orders

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Governor Doug Ducey today is rescinding 25 Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic following action by the Arizona Legislature to codify into law many of the policies enacted by the Executive Orders to protect against excessive mandates, including mask usage in schools and prohibiting vaccine passports. “Throughout the pandemic, we took action to protect Arizonans … [More]

SBA Announces Extension of $100M Grant ‘Community Navigator Pilot’ Program Proposals to July 23

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration  announced the extended application date for its new Community Navigator Pilot Program. SBA will now accept proposal submissions through July 23, 2021, and anticipates making award decisions by September 2021. This new initiative, established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, will leverage a community navigator approach to reach our … [More]

University of Phoenix Partnership to Help Students Save Time and Money

University of Phoenix

More than 750 University of Phoenix graduates have participated in a seamless affordable transfer program designed to help students save money and graduate faster. The graduates accelerated their degree path using Study.com's College Accelerator solution, which gives access to more than 220 courses through Study.com that can be transferred towards a college … [More]

Maricopa Association of Governments Elects New Officers, New Regional Transportation Plan Is Priority

Maricopa Association of Governments

A new Regional Transportation Plan that will guide transportation investments for decades to come is just one of the important activities that will be a focus for newly elected officers for the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). At today’s Annual Meeting of the MAG Regional Council, Mesa Mayor John Giles was elected to be the agency’s new chair. Avondale Mayor … [More]

SBA Reconvenes the Council on Underserved Communities

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that it is reconvening the Council on Underserved Communities (CUC) under the authority of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). In conjunction with the Biden-Harris Administration’s agenda, the restoration of the Council will help support the SBA’s prioritization of equity across its programs and initiatives. The … [More]

Juneteenth National Independence Day, Most Federal Employees Will Have Friday Off

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President Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act Thursday, establishing June 19 as a federal holiday. Most federal employees will have June 18 off for observance as June 19 falls on a Saturday this year, the Office of Personnel Management said. Juneteenth commemorates when enslaved people in Texas learned of their freedom, more than two years after the … [More]

Federal Funding Supports Three Valley Metro Rail Projects

Valley Metro

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has recently announced funding for Valley Metro’s rail projects currently under construction: the Northwest Extension Phase II, South Central Extension/Downtown Hub and Tempe Streetcar. These funds signify ongoing federal support of our projects, and the importance of transit to the growing metro Phoenix area. Within its $2.5 billion … [More]

Ducey Issues Executive Order to Prohibit COVID-19 Mandates at Arizona Public Universities

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order protecting access to Arizona’s public universities and community colleges for all students. Under the Executive Order, students cannot be mandated to take the COVID-19 vaccine or submit COVID-19 vaccination documents. Students also cannot be mandated to be tested or wear masks in order to participate in learning. The … [More]

Arizona Announces $8 Million Deposit to the Housing Trust Fund

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey announced Friday a transfer of $8 million from the Arizona Industrial Development Authority’s Fiscal Year 2021 single family mortgage balance to the Arizona Department of Housing. The funds will go directly into the Arizona Housing Trust Fund, pursuant to state law. “I am pleased to see that we have added more resources to the Housing Trust Fund, which … [More]

SBA Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Federal Procurement Training to Veteran Entrepreneurs

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that non-profit organizations and private sector firms are now eligible to compete for funding of up to $500,000 to deliver federal procurement training to veteran and service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs. The application period begins today through July 12, 2021. Up to two awardees will use the $500,000 in total funding … [More]

Arizona Reaches 6 Million Mark for COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered

Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizona has administered more than 6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine since December, with nearly 3.4 million individuals having received at least one dose and 2.9 million now fully vaccinated, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced today. “Arizona has reached another major milestone with our six millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered,” said … [More]

SBA Launches Competition, Debuts SBIR Catalyst to Award over $5 Million in Prizes

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced its 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) with the addition of a new component aimed at spurring investment in underrepresented communities within the innovation economy at scale. The 2021 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Catalyst programs will recognize the … [More]

Closure of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Announced

U.S. Small Business Administration

Today, U.S. Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced the closure of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to new loan guaranty applications, which has provided over $798 billion in economic relief to small businesses and nonprofits across the nation, keeping employees employed and helping businesses come back stronger than ever. "The Paycheck … [More]

$550,000 from AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund to Support Mental Health Organizations

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey announced $550,000 from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to 13 organizations in Arizona that offer mental health support services for adults and children. As vaccinations increase across the country and more activities return to normal, experts warn that people may continue to suffer negative mental health effects as a result of the … [More]

SBA Launches ‘Community Navigator Pilot’ Program Application 

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it is accepting applications for its new Community Navigator Pilot Program. This new initiative, established by the American Rescue Plan, will leverage a community navigator approach to reach our nation’s smallest businesses, with a priority focus on those owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, … [More]

The Art of Compliance: Doing What’s Right, Not Just What’s Required

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The rest of society got a taste of what corporate compliance officers go through when the pandemic forced restrictions and requirements on the entire population. Suddenly, people were told to wear masks, social distance, and wash their hands more regularly and thoroughly than ever before. Plenty of people didn’t like that, trying to dodge the new rules or openly defying … [More]

Restaurants Last Call: Administrator Guzman Announces Final Push for Restaurant Revitalization Fund Applications

U.S. Small Business Administration

Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman announced that eligible eating establishments have until Monday, May 24, 8 p.m. ET, to submit applications to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. “If our nation’s food and beverage industry is going to fully recover, we must ensure as many of the hardest-hit businesses get the economic aid they need,” said Administrator Guzman. “We are … [More]

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