Report: Hotels Require More PPP Loan Funding to Save Jobs

American Hotel & Lodging Association

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released a new report today showing the average small business hotel will require additional funding from SBA loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) in order to rehire employees or prevent further layoffs and keep their business open. AHLA also sent an urgent letter today to Congress asking for additional funding … [More]

From Labs to Pharmacies, Arizona Testing ‘Blitz’

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Arizona is partnering with private sector health care providers and universities to ramp up access to testing. On Friday, Sonora Quest Laboratories announced it will offer antibody testing starting with 1,000 to 3,000 tests per day, and growing from there. In early May, Sonora Quest plans to begin offering antibody testing to consumers without needing a provider’s order or … [More]

Working Remotely, Successfully

by Jim White, Ph.D.

After a month of quarantine under the pall of COVID-19, corporate leaders can take an objective look at how their companies are faring remotely. What makes working remotely successful? Companies that invested in the ability for teams to work remotely prior to this pandemic have an edge. Perhaps they already had in place a designated, ongoing channel of communication from … [More]

Arizona Complete Health Supports Community Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Arizona Complete Health

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people across Arizona are facing challenges that extend beyond medical care and include basic daily needs such as food, internet connectivity, and essential supplies. Centene, a leading multi-national healthcare company, has partnered with various organizations to support efforts that address these social determinants of health. Arizona … [More]

Turf Paradise Owner Donates $1 Million to Support Medical Professionals, Arizonans in Need

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Turf Paradise Race Course owner Jerry Simms has personally donated $1 million to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, established to provide financial support to organizations providing essential aid to those affected by COVID-19. Turf Paradise also recently donated $25,000 worth of food to St. Mary’s Food Bank. “Businesses throughout the state have done tremendous work to help … [More]

Business Agility: Lessons Hard-Learned amid the COVID-19 Catastrophe

by Hari Abburi

If there’s one thing the global business community has learned from the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to ebb, flow and unfold on the daily — wreaking havoc on bottom lines in every corner of the world in its wake — it’s the outright imperative for companies to be agile “from top to bottom.” In fact, agility is rapidly establishing itself as “the great equalizer,” asserting … [More]

Journalists, Researchers and Marketers Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis with ‘Mapping the New Normal’ Insight Product

Pulsar

The biggest cultural and behavioral shifts we have ever witnessed are taking place right now, reshaping societies from the bottom-up. Audience intelligence company Pulsar has launched a free insight product to map these new emerging trends and behaviors. Using its proprietary trend detection AI, Pulsar leverages data from social media, search, news and web analytics to … [More]

Major Gaps on PPP Rules Still Unresolved as 2nd Round of Funding Goes Out

Main Street Alliance

As the second round of Paycheck Protection Program Funding starts up today, Main Street Alliance Executive Director Amanda Ballantyne had this to say: "It is reckless for the Small Business Administration and Treasury Department to release a second round of funding before clarifying the major gaps and issues with the Paycheck Protection Program. The program still lacks clear … [More]

Self-Employed Will See Growth Grant Opportunities with the Help of Dell Corp.

National Association for the Self-Employed

As the coronavirus continues to impact the small business community, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, today announced that Dell (NYSE: DELL), an American multinational technology company headquartered in Round Rock, Texas, will sponsor the association’s Growth … [More]

Update on SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance

Rick McCartney

Additional funding was also appropriated for the SBA EDIL and EIDL Advance programs.  With this additional funding, SBA will resume processing EIDL Loan and Advance applications already in the queue for processing, on a first come, first-served basis. Further information on the availability of SBA to accept new EIDL applications will be provided as soon as possible. For the … [More]

Paycheck Protection Program Resumes Today

U.S. Small Business Administration

In a joint statement, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the Small Business Administration resumes accepting PPP loan applications today, Monday, April 27 at 10:30AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. PPP Resources PPP Lender List - Arizona: Includes participating banks, credit unions, … [More]

Report: Perceptions of the COVID-19 Work-at-Home Transition 

Sykes

Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, the ability to work at home is practically a requirement for much of the world. Many businesses are either shifting or have already shifted their employees to virtual offices; however, this raises a new host of questions. Questions of capability, productivity and quality of work are as important to the new remote workforce as they … [More]

Report Proposes U.S. Strategy in 5G Race to Outflank China

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has seized a commanding share of the global market for 5G networking equipment. But a new report released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, argues that the battle for leadership in next-generation wireless networking is not yet lost for the … [More]