#44 Teams Up With Steak 44 to Deliver Meals to Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines

Steak 44 | April 2, 2020

All over the country for the past several weeks World Series Champion and Chicago Cubs First Baseman Anthony Rizzo has been raising money and partnering with local restaurants to deliver meals to healthcare workers on the frontlines. This Thursday, April 2nd the Rizzo Family Foundation will partner with Steak 44 in Phoenix to bring its fine cuisine to doctors, nurses and … [More]

Arizona Grocery Worker Pay Increase and New Benefits During COVID-19 Outbreak

UFCW | April 1, 2020

The Kroger Co. and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) International Union announced a new increase to the pay and benefits for more than 16,000 Arizona grocery workers at Fry’s and Smith’s stores across the state. This victory for more than 460,000 Kroger grocery workers nationwide was secured by UFCW, which represents 1.3 million workers in grocery, retail, and … [More]

Protecting Sensitive Company Information When Working Remotely

by Greg Sitrick

With so many people working from home, many of the safeguards and systems that companies rely on to protect their information become less effective, partially compromised or even completely obsolete.  The fact is that a company's sensitive information is at greater risk of being pirated when it's being handled outside the office.  For example, many of us have smart devices such … [More]

SBA and Treasury Begin Unprecedented Public-Private Mobilization Effort to Distribute Funds

Small Business Administration | April 1, 2020

Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they … [More]

Solugenix Corporation Launches COVID Guide to Help Business

Solugenix Corporation | March 31, 2020

Solugenix Corporation, a 50-year leader of IT implementation and support services, has launched the COVID Guide resource center, a hub of up-to-date information and best practices for business resilience at this challenging time. The Guide includes checklists for key business operations, including Information Technology, Finance and Human Resources. “In mid-March many of our … [More]

90-Day Fee Relief For Restaurants, Bars Impacted By COVID-19

State of Arizona Office of the Governor | March 31, 2020

To provide additional assistance to restaurants and bars facing loss due to COVID-19, Governor Doug Ducey announced the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control will defer the payment of all liquor licensing fees by 90 days. Previously, missing a liquor licensing payment period could result in a restaurant’s inability to sell liquor or even the loss of its liquor … [More]

Local Company Donates Scooters to Valley Restaurants to Increase Food Delivery

Phat Scooters | March 31, 2020

Local electric scooter company Phat Scooters is stepping up to help local restaurants during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) shutdown by donating a dozen electric scooters, valued at more than $30,000, to help with food deliveries. With a passion for small business, CEO and Founder Peter Johnson worked with the Phat Scooters executive team to quickly develop a program … [More]

SAFETY: BBB Encourages Precautions in Searching for Jobs

BBB | March 31, 2020

With the announcement of President Trump’s extension of social distancing orders to April 30, 2020, which includes mandated closures of various businesses, many are left in uncertain times. The ripple effect of these orders has led to people being laid off, normal working hours being cut and some not sure if they will remain employed. Due to the high loss of jobs since the … [More]

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Awards Local Nonprofits $6.3 Million in Coronavirus Emergency Grants

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust | March 31, 2020

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has swiftly awarded $6,340,000 in emergency grants to support Maricopa County science, human services, and arts and culture nonprofits during the unprecedented economic crisis caused by the swelling outbreak of COVID-19. Two-thirds, or $4.3 million of the Trust’s emergency grant funding, will go to support human services and arts and … [More]

Local Businesses form Innovative Partnership to Help Work Through COVID-19 Crisis

Urban Plough | March 30, 2020

With the potential looming for at least another month of a drive-through economy, several prominent local businesses have combined on an ambitious effort to turn the tide on the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Local furniture maker Urban Plough has teamed up with Phoenix design firm BrandLoyal and local bakery Noble Bread to create “Goods for Good,” a … [More]