5 Ways Small Businesses Can Grow after Emerging from Disruption

inbusinessPHX.com

The pandemic made 2020 a difficult year for many small businesses, as many closed permanently. But other small companies had success despite the surge in outbreaks and are hoping to build on those achievements in 2021. How can they keep their momentum going, and what can other companies learn from their struggles to navigate the challenges of the new year? “To stay … [More]

Electronic Filing Now Available for AZ Corporate Taxpayers

Arizona Department of Revenue

Corporations, partnerships, S corporations, and fiduciaries can now electronically file their income taxes to the Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR). Legislation signed into law initiated a multi-year phase-in period for businesses required to file income tax returns electronically. The e-file option was introduced in 2020 for tax year 2019 and is now mandatory for … [More]

$500k Substance Abuse Grant Awarded to Community Organizations Fighting Opioid Epidemic

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Blue Cross© Blue Shield© of Arizona is awarding up to $500,000 in grants to assist organizations that are fighting the opioid epidemic and substance use disorder by increasing access to life-saving services.  The substance use disorder grants will be awarded to Arizona nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and government entities that are seeking resources to further … [More]

SBA Launches New, Free Online Digital Learning Platform

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza, today announced the launch of Ascent, a first-of-its-kind, free digital e-learning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses.  Ascent has valuable content such as tips on preparing and recovering from disasters, strategic marketing and business financial strategy … [More]

Registration Available for the State’s First 24/7 COVID-19 Vaccination Site at State Farm Stadium

Arizona Department of Health Services

Registration is open beginning at 9 a.m. for the state’s first 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, with the first appointments available beginning Tuesday, Jan. 12, for health care workers, first responders, teachers, law enforcement officers, Arizonans over age 75 and others at the top of the priority list for vaccine distribution. The launch of … [More]

Pandemic Year Brought Incredible Surge in ‘Million-Dollar Cities’

Zillow

Although the typical value of a home in the United States is about $263,000, the number of "million-dollar cities" spiked sharply last year,  according to a new Zillow analysis.  There are 45 more U.S. cities1 with a typical home value of at least $1 million than there were a year ago -- the largest increase in at least a decade.  There are now 312 million-dollar cities, up … [More]

SBA Extends Crucial Lifeline to Borrowers Impacted by COVID-19 with Debt Relief

U.S. Small Business Administration

As the U.S. Small Business Administration continues implementation of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act, signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 27, 2020, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza made the following statement in regards to Section 325: “Small business is big business in America, and this Administration will continue to … [More]

Arizona One of the First States to Begin Issuing New $300 COVID-19 Relief Unemployment Funds

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced today Arizona is one of the first states in the nation to distribute an additional $300 per week benefit to unemployed Arizonans under the recently-passed federal COVID-19 relief legislation. “The team at the Arizona Department of Economic Security has worked tirelessly to scale up their … [More]

WEBINAR – Jan 13: PPP Round 2 Application Step-by-Step and Vaccine Updates for Small Businesses

NFIB

Join NFIB's next COVID webinar for in-depth discussion of the rules for a second PPP loan. We will also be joined by Jessica Brown, Esq., an employment attorney from the law firm of Gibson Dunn to address common employer questions related to the COVID vaccine. Beth, Holly, and Jessica will cover the following important topics: The NEW SBA PPP guidance and application … [More]

2020: What Did We Learn & What Is Here to Stay?

by Karen Stafford, MHRM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Remote Work Is Here to Stay! While a small number of workplaces offered working from home at least one day a week before the pandemic hit in March (36%, according to a Price Water House survey), when COVID hit that number spiked to 77%. During this time, we learned that remote work can and really does work! Yes, job roles are important, as many “essential worker” … [More]

Flow over Force: Essential Existential Advice to Overcome Paltry Productivity

by Neha O’Rourke

For the woman who’s utterly frustrated by what she perceives to be her paltry productivity (or so it feels that way) in these duck-and-cover days of COVID-19: I see you. I hear you. And, I would like to introduce you to a concept that I turn to regularly to reset the day or when motivation or productivity becomes stagnant. It’s called “flow-over-force⁣.” This process is … [More]