Temporary Outdoor Dining and Alcohol Areas Approved for Restaurant Owners

City of Phoenix

The Phoenix City Council approved the creation of Temporary Outdoor Dining and Alcohol Consumption Areas to allow restaurants to implement outside dining to accommodate their customers while meeting social distancing requirements and recommendations. The temporary outdoor dining program allows the Planning and Development Department to issue an “Emergency Declaration Temporary … [More]

Chandler Chamber to Disburse Free ‘I Choose Chandler’ PPE Kits to Chandler Businesses

Chandler Chamber of Commerce

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce, via a contract with the City of Chandler, will distribute I Choose Chandler PPE (personal protective equipment) Kits to Chandler businesses who qualify for the program, launching mid-October. The Chandler City Council authorized the use of $500,000 of Arizona Cares Act funding for the purchase and distribution of personal protective … [More]

Retail Giant’s Foundation Donates to Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund


The IKEA US Community Foundation has donated $1,147,083 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, supporting Arizona families, medical professionals and those in need. The amount was chosen by the foundation purposely to align with the amount IKEA employees in Arizona collected in unemployment insurance benefits when the company closed stores and furloughed employees during the … [More]

Manufacturing Co. Unveils a Revolutionary Zinc Fiber Microcurrent that Kills Coronavirus

Ion Manufacturing

As global demand for innovative and effective antimicrobial and antiviral wearable materials increases in the wake of the current pandemic, ION Manufacturing is proud to debut ZnTech™ –a proprietary and patented zinc fiber matrix capable of generating microcurrent that is lethal to Coronavirus and other virulent pathogens. Designed for broad-spectrum textile usage, ZnTech™ has … [More]

ASU Researchers Awarded $4.7M to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Underserved Arizona Communities

Arizona State University

In Arizona, as in other parts of the country, data shows that COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the American Indian, African American and Latinx communities, as well as other vulnerable populations. A $4.7 million grant from the National Institute of Health to ASU’s Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) is on the way to help address this by funding a rapid … [More]

All AZ Counties Now Meet Benchmarks for Safe Reopening of Certain Businesses

Arizona Department of Health Services

Reflecting the continuing decline of COVID-19’s community spread across Arizona, all counties now meet benchmarks for safely reopening businesses such as indoor gyms and fitness centers, bars serving food, and movie theaters. In Thursday’s update of the Arizona Department of Health Services Business Dashboard, Graham County advanced to the moderate transmission stage, … [More]

Healthcare and Tech Industry Workers See Major Negative Changes in Mental Wellbeing, New Study Finds


The pandemic has upended the lives and wellbeing of nearly everyone, but Healthcare employees had the largest decrease in motivation (-48%) of any industry and were least likely to say their employer was supportive, according to a new meQuilibrium study of 7,000 workers which compared changes in job stress, burnout, motivation and sleep between December 2019 and June … [More]

Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation’s Wellness AtoZ Initiative Launches Healthy AZ Pledge

Greater Phoenix Chamber

Wellness AtoZ, an initiative of the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation (Foundation), is launching the Healthy AZ Pledge to support Arizona’s businesses and community members that make a commitment to follow local and state health and safety guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “Wellness AtoZ is addressing a need in the Arizona business community by recognizing … [More]

Sonora Quest Launches Statewide COVID-19 Testing as Employers Develop Return-to-Work Strategies

Sonora Quest Laboratories

As COVID-19 presents employers with unique challenges, Sonora Quest Laboratories, the market share leader in diagnostic laboratory testing in Arizona, responds with a robust employer solutions offering. The solution? A portfolio of laboratory testing and services to assist employers with managing their workforce through this pandemic and as return-to-work and school strategies … [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]

Republic Services Foundation Supports Neighborhood Revitalization amid Pandemic

Republic Services, Inc.

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Republic Services is finding innovative ways to support neighborhood revitalization efforts across the country through its charitable foundation's National Neighborhood Promise (NNP) program. In February, the Republic Services Charitable Foundation announced $2 million in grants to a total of 24 projects in communities where the Company's … [More]

Disrupt the Disruption: How Businesses Can Meet COVID-Forced Changes Head-On


Businesses continue to navigate the changes that COVID-19 has wrought on the economy, rethinking how they serve customers, searching desperately for ways to cut spending, and trying to make long-term plans while ensuring short-term survival. But it’s worth remembering that change that disrupts the economy is nothing new – with or without a pandemic, says Juan Riboldi, an … [More]

Scottsdale Nutritional Supplement Co. Responds to COVID Needs, Launches Locally-Produced Hand Sanitizer

Jigsaw Health

Safe and effective hand sanitizer is essential for staying healthy during the coronavirus global pandemic. Unfortunately, not only is hand sanitizer in high demand and difficult to find, but now many options are being deemed unsafe – or even toxic - by the Food and Drug Administration. That’s why Scottsdale-based Jigsaw Health developed its NEW Jigsaw Health Clean … [More]

Low Air Freight Capacity Could Trigger Shipping Delays


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, total worldwide air traffic in June was down 42% from June of 2019. Also because of the pandemic, total worldwide ecommerce volume for 2020 is expected to be 33% higher than the preceding year. These two trends, notes A.J. Hernandez, President and CEO of SkyPostal, Inc., are on a potential collision course. “The industry needs to address this … [More]

Phoenix Grant Expansion Lets Hundreds More Small Businesses Apply for Covid-19 Cash 

City of Phoenix

More small businesses are now eligible to apply for relief under the Phoenix Small Business Resiliency Grants Program. Previously ineligible companies are now able to seek grants up to $10,000 and commercial city service bill offsets, thanks to action by the Phoenix City Council. The changes modify business longevity requirements and expand the range of Covid-19-impacted … [More]

Pair of Arizona Researchers to Receive COVID Funding

Institute for Mental Health Research

In response to COVID-19 and the severe underfunding of mental health research in the U.S., the Institute for Mental Health Research (IMHR) is awarding two grants that will enable immediate and continued research into the pandemic’s effect on mental health. Awardees are Arizona scientists Athena Aktipis, PhD and Michelle “Lani” Shiota, PhD. Money for the awards comes from IMHR’s … [More]

7 Proven Strategies to Help a Small Business Grow during COVID-19

by Edgar R. Olivo

During one of our entrepreneur groups recently, I was having a conversation about sales strategies with a local small-business owner who was impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. He asked, "What can I do to grow my business during these times?" I replied, "We go back to the basics." To me, going back to basics means focusing and building on the relationships with your clients and … [More]

One in Five Small Businesses Say They Will Have to Close Their Doors if Economic Conditions Don’t Improve in Next Six Months


The NFIB Research Center released the latest COVID-19 related survey assessing the health crisis impact on small businesses. Congress is currently negotiating additional financial support for small businesses after the initial Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan period expired on August 8. If eligible, 44% of small businesses surveyed said they would apply or re-apply for a … [More]

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