New PPP Lenders added for Arizona Businesses

by Mike Hunter

As businesses prepare their applications for the next round of Payroll Protection Program funding, the Arizona District Office of the SBA would like to share feedback it received today from business owners, which is that the majority of the local lenders on the SBA list are only accepting PPP applications only from existing clients. The Arizona SBA maintains its updated … [More]

Revealing the Pulse on the Small Business Community’s Experience with the COVID-19 Relief Funds

by Jess Roman

The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) released a survey to our small business community and members to reveal the real challenges that the business owners are experiencing navigating the funding opportunities. ASBA’s survey of the small business community found, Nearly half of our respondents are still confused by the funding opportunities that are available to … [More]

Business Education vs. COVID-19

Research study by Coursalytics.com

Coursalytics.com, an executive education marketplace, surveyed faculty members and students from dozens of leading business schools worldwide to identify how they have been impacted by COVID-19. A total of about 100 faculty members from 40 schools in 11 countries shared how they approach the transition to online instruction in the second half of the 2020 Spring … [More]

Immigration Suspension – Business Feels Impact on Talent

by Diane Hernandez

Wednesday, the White House officially issued a proclamation "temporarily suspending immigration into the United States," calling it a response to the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. It appears this latest limit on legal immigration will greatly impact those seeking permanent residency through employment or exceptional ability. These individuals have, in most cases, … [More]

Landmark Title Opens West Valley Office, Adds New Branch Manager

Rick McCartney

Landmark Title Assurance Agency recently opened its sixth office in the Valley and welcomed Shalene Belichesky as branch manager of its newest location. The new office is located in The Atrium at Arrowhead,17505 N. 79th Avenue, Suite 105 in Glendale. Belichesky brings nearly two decades of experience to the Landmark Title team, previously working for national title firms in … [More]

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act Signed into Law

Small Business Administration

Today, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act was signed into law, allocating additional money to the SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).   PPP is providing much-needed relief and helping America’s small businesses make it through this challenging time. In a joint statement, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven … [More]

Mother’s Day Meals, Taco Tuesdays and Margaritas!

Hotel Valley Ho

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho is celebrating upcoming holidays and weekday specials with deals that can’t be beat. Enjoy all the chef-curated classics from the comfort of your home with a variety of sweet, savory, and flavorful take-out options.   IMPRESS MOM AT HOME THIS MOTHER’S DAY This Mother’s Day, treat mom to the ultimate meal at home with a variety of savory and sweet … [More]

Tips for PPP Applications – Businesses, Be Ready for Monday

by Mike Hunter

Payroll Protection Program funds are anticipated to go liquid on Monday, and GPEC is urging every small firm in Arizona to prepare their applications and supporting documentation before capital becomes available. Consistency and accuracy are vital in the application process. Errors, inaccuracies or lack of documentation can be the difference between receiving funds and being … [More]

How to Lead during Crisis

by Melanie Parish

As a leader, during COVID-19 (or any crisis) it can be hard to find one’s feet and to feel confident in one’s path. It’s common to feel inadequate, unsure and out of one’s depth. That is to be expected. This is leadership like we have never seen before. So many businesses are closed or trying to find new ways of doing things. I believe almost every organization feels like a … [More]

Iconic Concerts from Jazz Club’s Presented by Local Jazz Performance Venue

The Nash

THE NASH AT HOME: "One More Time" Broadcast every Wed and Sat night at 6:30 pm (Az Time) In response to the quarantine for COVID 19, The Nash is broadcasting two concerts a week for fans of jazz to enjoy at home. Dubbed the "One More Time" Concert Series, the concerts are taken from the Nash's impressive archive recorded during the artists' original appearances and … [More]

CBO’s Current Projections of Output, Employment, and Interest Rates and a Preliminary Look at Federal Deficits for 2020 and 2021

Congressional Budget Office

CBO has developed preliminary projections of key economic variables through the end of calendar year 2021, based on information about the economy that was available through yesterday and including the effects of an economic boost from legislation recently enacted in response to the pandemic. In addition, CBO has developed a preliminary assessment of federal budget deficits and … [More]

Downtown Center Adds Color to Life with Activity Book

Arizona Center

With so much uncertainty in our lives these days, it’s important to find things to keep ourselves busy and sane. Since we’re all stuck at home, Arizona Center, a shopping and entertainment destination in Downtown Phoenix, is helping add a little color to your day with a free, downloadable activity book for adults and kids alike. After all, adult coloring is a new and popular … [More]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Employees Assist with COVID-19 Patient Treatment

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) announced today more than 20 medically qualified employees have volunteered to assist in providing care and treatment to COVID-19 patients in healthcare facilities. The company will support trained healthcare specialists from BCBSAZ and its subsidiary, Health Choice Arizona, in returning to practice as physicians, nurses, and … [More]

Local Business Owner Named to NSBA Leadership Council

DLP Marketing

Lori Anna Harrison, DLP Marketing Scottsdale, was recently named to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) Leadership Council. NSBA is the nation’s oldest small-business advocacy organization and operates on a staunchly nonpartisan basis. Harrison, a recognized leader in the small-business community, joins the NSBA Leadership Council alongside other small-business … [More]

Phoenix Public Transit Department to Reduce Bus Service on May 4

Rick McCartney

As a result of the continued impacts of COVID-19, the city of Phoenix Public Transit Department will reduce bus service (see route list below) beginning May 4. The start of the service day will shift to: •    Monday - Friday 5 a.m. •    Saturday and Sunday 6 a.m. The following service hours are temporarily eliminated: •    Monday - Thursday 11 p.m. to midnight •   … [More]

Online Co. Providing Free Wills and Other Important Trust-Related Documents During Pandemic

MyProtectionHero

MyProtectionHero, an online employee benefit provider, has opened its services including wills, trust-related documents, and financial budgeting software, free of charge, to anyone in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve Weber, President and Founder of the company announced today. "We don't make N95 masks or ventilators, and we're not trained healthcare … [More]

Scottsdale Health Co. Boosts Donations to Local Nonprofits in Time of Crisis

Plexus Worldwide

As more individuals lose their jobs, nonprofits are being overwhelmed with requests for assistance, and Plexus Worldwide (Plexus®) is doing its part to help local community partners. The direct-selling health and wellness company donated $32,000 to bolster relief efforts that provide food, clothing, and comfort to those in need. “Now, more than ever, we need to stand … [More]

House Passes $484B Emergency Relief Package

by Mike Hunter

The House on Thursday passed a potential $484B emergency relief package that provides additional funds for small businesses and expand COVID-19 testing efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. The measure brings the country’s total coronavirus pandemic response dollars to more than $2.8T and includes $310B in additional funds for the Paycheck Protection Program, $75B for … [More]

Paycheck Protection Program – Participating Lenders

by RaeAnne Marsh

Top of mind for many – if not all – businesses is the Payroll Protection Program loans and how to get one. For those who are curious to know what banks have been participating in the program, the U.S. Small Business Administration has prepared a 563-page report — updated as of yesterday — listing all the lenders who made PPP loans nationwide. Observes Robert Blaney, district … [More]

Staffing Platform Launches Digital Orientations and COVID-19 Certification Program for Professionals

Qwick

Qwick, the leading on-demand staffing platform for the food and beverage industry, launched their digital orientations to help onboard new Professionals and a certification training program for hospitality Professionals currently enrolled on their platform. Qwick also took action to help the 82K+ Professionals on their platform respond to COVID-19 by waiving all cancellation … [More]