Businesses and Schools Prepare to Reopen, Ensure a Safe and Healthy Environment

by Liz Caracciolo

Employees across the country have a lot of questions about how safe their work environment will be when they return to the office or even to the classroom. Their concerns are valid, and for a good reason. Some businesses have recently reopened, only to have to shut back down again due to employees or customers testing positive for COVID-19. Other businesses and schools have not … [More]

WEBINAR – July 16: AAED Member InFocus Featuring Wendy Bridges

Rick McCartney


First Responders Get Mental Health Support from Crisis Fund

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey today announced $120,000 for Heal the Hero Foundation, supporting its work to mitigate the mental health impacts facing first responders during COVID-19. Heal the Hero Foundation offers technology-based mental health support—along with community education, research and training—for veterans, first responders and abuse survivors. The foundation also provides … [More]

Commercial Investment Institute Merges Arizona Chapters amid COVID-19

CCIM Institute

As the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll on business and industry in Arizona, in the spirit of being stronger together, the state’s two CCIM chapters have united in support of the commercial real estate industry. Collaboration between the two chapters – Central Arizona CCIM and Southern Arizona CCIM – has included: Regional activities as well as economic updates from … [More]

Valley Medical Center Initiates First Patient Trial Therapy for Treatment of COVID-19

Bellerophon Therapeutics

Bellerophon Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company focused on developing treatments for cardiopulmonary and infectious diseases, today announced that the first patient has initiated treatment in the Company’s Phase 3 clinical study of INOpulse® inhaled nitric oxide (iNO) therapy for the treatment of COVID-19 (COViNOX) at Banner University Medical Center, … [More]

PPP Loans Largely Effective for Small Businesses, Many Still Need More Financial Assistance


The NFIB Research Center released a survey updating the state of small business and financial assistance programs including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL). “Small businesses have been using the PPP loan program to help keep their doors open and keep staff on payroll,” said Holly Wade, NFIB Director of Research & … [More]

Campaign amid Pandemic to Promote Workers’ Rights

U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the launch of a public awareness campaign to remind workers that the Department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is committed to ensuring their workplace rights during the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure that employers know their responsibilities. WHD’s campaign uses public service announcements in English and Spanish to provide … [More]

Protecting Your Small Business’s Finances During and After Reopening

by Carson Lappetito

Many Arizona small-business owners faced a crisis during the quarantine. They could manage an economic downturn, but a full stop to their business was not sustainable. For the companies that survived into July, the challenges remain as COVID-19 continues to make its way through Arizona communities. As of July 2nd, the state’s government was rolling back some of the … [More]

SBA Provided $20 Billion to Small Businesses and Nonprofits, EIDL Program to End

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the conclusion and success of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance program, which provided U.S. small businesses, non-profits and agricultural businesses a total of $20 billion in emergency funding. In order to assist the greatest number of small businesses, the EIDL Advance provided $1,000 per employee up to a … [More]

WEBINAR – July 15: Your EIDL and PPP Loan Questions Answered


Presented by: Elizabeth Milito, Senior Executive Counsel, Legal Foundation, NFIB, Holly Wade Director, NFIB Research Center, Kathy Cook and Melissa Loder, SBA Representatives REGISTER HERE Your EIDL and PPP Loan Questions Answered -- SBA's Loan Experts Explain the Rules Join special guests, SBA representatives Kathy Cook and Melissa Loder, both experts in SBA loan … [More]

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