#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]

OrthoArizona Moves to Essential/Urgent Care Access and Telemedicine for Routine Appointments

OrthoArizona | March 30, 2020

OrthoArizona, the largest private orthopedic practice in Arizona with more than 65 physicians and 20 locations throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, moves to essential/urgent orthopedic care access on a case-by-case basis, and offers routine appointments through telemedicine to help minimize COVID-19 exposure and help save valuable supplies and resources needed in the … [More]

Phoenix In-Home Medical Care helps Prevent Overcrowding at Hospitals

Dispatch Health | March 30, 2020

DispatchHealth is redefining health care delivery to offer on-demand acute care and advanced medical care for people of all ages in the comfort of their own home. DispatchHealth's emergency trained medical teams are equipped with tools and protective equipment necessary to treat common to complex injuries and illnesses. DispatchHealth works closely with payers, providers, … [More]

COVID-19 Resources and Important Notices

In Business Magazine | Updated Daily

In Business Magazine will update these sources as information changes. Our goal is to keep readers in the know when it comes to the rapid dissemination of information on safety, policy and announcements due to COVID-19.  See all In Business Magazine COVID-19 coverage. STAY AT HOME ORDER: Effective close of business Tuesday, March 31, Arizonans shall limit … [More]

PR Firm Pivots to Support Small Businesses

Evolve PR and Marketing | March 30, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic, daily life is rapidly changing on a global scale. More than 90% of the businesses in Arizona are small businesses. Nonprofits that serve the most vulnerable in our communities saw their fundraising season canceled. The numbers are staggering and businesses are scrambling. In this time of uncertainty, it’s hard to know how to tell a business’ story in … [More]

Diamondbacks Make Second Donation for Emergency Relief Efforts

Arizona Diamondbacks | March 30, 2020

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced the donation of an additional $500,000 to immediately assist in helping those most vulnerable during the current national emergency, bringing the franchise’s current total to more than $1 million. “The needs in our community continue to grow, particularly in the healthcare industry and we feel it’s important to continue to give … [More]

STIMULUS: New Steps To Protect Families And Small Businesses From Foreclosure

State of Arizona Office of the Governor | March 30, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey announced a cooperative agreement with the state’s banks to protect small businesses and families from eviction and foreclosure. Banks also committed to expediting the application and approval of small business loans as part of the $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program passed by Congress and signed into law last week. Under the agreement, banks are … [More]

Governor Ducey Signs Bipartisan State Budget Agreement

State of Arizona Office of the Governor | March 28, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey, Saturday, signed a bipartisan state budget agreement that adds $50 million for Arizona’s COVID-19 response — dollars to assist Arizonans needing eviction assistance, struggling small businesses, our food banks and our homeless population. The budget also fully funds essential services—such as child safety and public safety—while completing the 20x2020 … [More]

WEBINAR – Ongoing: How to Legally and Remotely Hire and Reverify Under New Coronavirus I-9 Rules

Corporate Immigration Compliance Institute | March 30, 2020

Multiple Dates. While every person hired in the U.S. is required to present employment documents, the rules requiring it be done in person just changed -- freeing those working from home to hire without risking their health or lives. Free webinars teaching employers how to hire and reverify under the new I-9 rules, including a written policy that must be in place before … [More]

Tax Policy Expert on Payments to Individuals from the COVID-19 Stimulus Package

by Richard Winchester | March 28, 2020

Congress has passed unprecedented legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout stemming from it.  The measure authorizes the IRS to make payments to most individuals.  Here are some answers to key questions about those payments. Who will get a check and who won’t? Anyone who files a tax return will get a check.  Checks will also go to … [More]

Governor Ducey Signs Legislation To Expand Access To Unemployment Benefits

State of Arizona Office of the Governor | March 27, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey today signed S.B. 1694, legislation to expand access to unemployment benefits for Arizonans affected by COVID-19 by waiving certain Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) eligibility requirements. The legislation, which was sponsored by Senate President Karen Fann and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, passed the Arizona Legislature on March 23 with … [More]