Arizona Micro and Small Businesses Benefit from Local Grant Program

Local First Arizona

Small businesses across Arizona have lost federal dollars to larger companies in urban areas — that is no secret. Lack of access to SBA-partnered community banks limited opportunities for many. Local First Arizona is proud to join forces these three partners to distribute grants — not loans — to businesses across the state. BHP: $250,000 donated to provide immediate … [More]

Lessons in Managing a Remote Workforce

by Sara Silver

In March, the COVID-19 crisis forced companies across the U.S. to make significant adjustments as onsite employees transitioned to work-from-home (WFH). While the stay home and shelter-in-place orders are now lifted in most states, many companies are choosing to extend the WFH status of employees. Some companies, such as Twitter and Facebook, are even opting to make WFH a … [More]

National Banking Groups Call for Automatic PPP Forgiveness on Loans under $150K

AQN Strategies

The Consumer Bankers Association and Bank Policy Institute today called on Congress to pass legislation automatically forgiving Paycheck Protection Program loans of $150,000 and less. Approximately 85 percent of all PPP loans would be eligible for this automatic forgiveness. Requiring the 3.7 million eligible PPP recipients in this category to simply verify funds were used … [More]

Health Insurance Co. adds $10M to Loan Program Aiding Healthcare Providers

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Following an announcement earlier this month to support Arizona small businesses with $5 million in SBA backed loans, $10 million in accelerated payments to Arizona healthcare providers, and a prepayment program to assist Arizona primary care providers (PCPs), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is now launching a loan program for healthcare providers, including … [More]

Mobile Wallet Payments to Jump 50% Amid COVID-19


Mobile wallets are overtaking cash across the globe, with millions of people choosing them as an appealing method of managing money in both consumer and business segments. The entire market has witnessed impressive growth over the years. However, the global rise of the digital payments amid coronavirus outbreak has led to a surge in the number of mobile wallet … [More]

WEBINAR – June 2: Four Strategies for Data Privacy Law Readiness


We wanted to remind you about the live webinar, “Four Strategies for Data Privacy Law Readiness.” Legal and data privacy experts from DocuSign and ZwillGen will engage in a practical discussion of compliance and consumer trust at the intersection of law and technology. Plus, you’ll see how the DocuSign Agreement Cloud helps you stay compliant by identifying data privacy … [More]

Disappearing Workplace Socializing Diminishing Despite Efforts to Create Virtual Company Culture


Employees are saying that COVID-19 has damaged their corporate culture. Already, 63% of employees spend less time socializing with their colleagues — both in-person and virtually — since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. This is according to new data from Clutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews firm. Experts agree — the transition to remote work has hurt office … [More]

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