Real Estate Technology Co. Commits up to $100K to Help Residents Stay in their Homes

Rick McCartney

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is being felt hard in Phoenix. Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey issued an executive order that residents should only leave home for essential functions. Already, thousands of residents across Maricopa County have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet and keep a roof over their heads. Homie, a real estate tech disruptor that … [More]

Hotel Company Offers COVID-19 Recovery Centers

ZMC Hotels

As the COVID-19 foothold in the US grows, so does the need for medical facilities and hospitals. The rapidly growing demand for additional beds is not just for patients working on recovery, but for those choosing to self-quarantine as well as the healthcare professionals who are caring for them. Hotel Management Company, ZMC Hotels and their team created … [More]

City Promotes Social Distancing on Public Transit

Valley Metro

Beginning Monday, April 13, seating on all bus routes is limited in order to support social distancing measures between passengers. These measures were approved by the Phoenix City Council on April 6 to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of all community members. Passenger limits will be as follows, with exceptions for wheelchair and mobility aid users as … [More]

200 Internet Hotspots for Students in Rural Communities Offered

Rick McCartney

Governor Doug Ducey today announced a Mobile Hotspot Donation Drive to help K-12 students without home internet access online curriculum during the COVID-19 emergency. The Drive is part of a partnership between the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and will match donated wireless internet hotspots to students in need. To kick the drive … [More]

Arizona Among Least Prepared for Hospital Capacity Nationally

by Adam Johnson

One of the primary concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic is the capacity of healthcare systems to handle the growing number of cases. The CDC and other health organizations refer to this as flattening the curve. "The curve" is the total number of cases in a time period since the first case. If there are too many total cases in a short period of time, it can overwhelm healthcare … [More]

SAFETY: FDA Warns Company Marketing Dangerous Chlorine Dioxide Products that Claim to Treat or Prevent COVID-19

Rick McCartney

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to a seller that markets fraudulent and dangerous chlorine dioxide products known as “Miracle Mineral Solution” for prevention and treatment of “Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019” (COVID-19). The FDA has previously warned consumers not to purchase or drink chlorine dioxide products sold online as medical treatments, … [More]

How Arizona Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Access Unemployment Benefits

Rick McCartney

Recent state and federal actions have expanded eligibility and benefit amounts for Arizona workers impacted by COVID-19. On March 20, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order, later followed by the signing of legislation, ensuring those who are out of work or facing a loss of hours because of COVID-19 have access to unemployment benefits. The order: Waived the one-week … [More]

Feds Give Nearly $10 Million for Meals for Low-Income Arizonans

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey today announced the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) was awarded $9.8M in funding from the federal government for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). TEFAP is a federally funded program that provides emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost to low-income individuals, including seniors. “At a time when many Arizonans are … [More]

Executive Order Signed to Establishing Virtual Notary Services

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

In partnership with Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order allowing Arizonans to get documents notarized remotely, while ensuring secure and effective verification processes. Currently, notaries and signers must  complete the notarization process in person. Allowing notarizations to be securely completed virtually will support the … [More]

COVID-19 Impact on E-commerce

from Sellics Marketplace Analytics

Three months into the COVID-19 crisis, the current situation has major effects on businesses and consumers. Although many online sellers face severe challenges in the current situation, they are optimistic that e-commerce will leave the crisis as a winner. The new necessity of ordering products online encourages those not shopping online to switch to online stores, while … [More]

Hardship Presents Opportunity for Creativity

from Rice University business experts

[Editor’s Note: In these times, we’ve been lucky to get submissions from around the country – even around the globe. We wanted to pass this one along to our readers. —RaeAnne Marsh] The massive disruption of our social and work lives is unnerving, but there are benefits to shaking up our routines and feeling uncomfortable, according to Scott Sonenshein and Jing Zhou, … [More]

FirstBank Announces Comprehensive Effort to Assist Customers, Employees and Communities During Coronavirus Crisis


FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on “banking for good,” today announced a comprehensive effort to help those impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, including the launch of its customer assistance program, increased compensation for on-site employees, and continued support of Arizona Gives Day and its newly created Nonprofit Emergency … [More]