Join Economic Development Week, May 4-9

Arizona Association For Economic Development

About Economic Development Week Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2016 to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and improve the quality of life in communities everywhere. Over the span of four years, more than 450 campaigns have been created throughout … [More]

Salt River Fields Drive-In Movie Experience

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Featuring ‘Frozen II’ and ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ “Modern Twist” on Historic Drive-ins Friday, May 1 – Sunday, May 3 $25 a Carload, per Movie…Tickets at SRFDriveIn.com Check back for more first-run movies and showtimes coming after May 3! WHAT Salt River Fields at Talking Stick hosts an epic drive-in first-run movie experience.  This pop-up experience … [More]

Virtual First Friday to Shine a Little Brighter, May 1

The Roosevelt Row CDC

In the midst of a pandemic everyone pivots—including the artists. The arts community was taken by storm when COVID-19 hit the world but tonight, the Roosevelt Row District in Downtown Phoenix shines a little brighter with a virtual experience that celebrates the heart and soul of a cherished event—First Fridays. The public is invited to tune in to multiple events that will be … [More]

Exciting Products and Barware Create At-Home Happy Hours

by Mike Hunter

In these uncertain times, doing your part by staying home may occasionally become difficult, but the brands below are here to bring the party to YOU. Reward yourself with bar cart essentials to make at home happy hour just that - happy! Uncommon James has stunning copper home accessories that will help make your copycat Moscow mule taste just like the one from your favorite … [More]

Dinner-to-Go for Mother’s Day, New Traditions

Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows

Keep the Mother’s Day tradition alive with a delightful dinner to-go along with thoughtful add-ons that mom will surely love. Chef Wiley of Hearth ’61 at Mountain Shadows has created a special pre-made menu featuring a Local Organic Roasted Beet Salad, Roast Breast of Chicken Stuffed with Shiitake Mushrooms, Sweet Corn Grits, Duncan’s Farm Organic Vegetables, Parker House … [More]

A Critical Look at the Main Street Lending Program

by Troy Keller

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve announced new terms for its Main Street Lending Program that expand the eligibility criteria to cover more potential borrowers and increase the scope of eligible loans under the program. The revised Main Street Lending Program will now include three categories of loans, depending on whether the loan is a new loan or an expansion of an existing … [More]

JPMorgan Chase Reports Its PPP Loans, Arizona Receives $1.2 Billion

JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase announced that it has received approval for an additional 211,000 loans through “Round Two” of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), totaling about $15 billion to its small business customers. In total, the firm is expected to fund about $29 billion to over 239,000 businesses under the PPP since its inception a little over three weeks ago, helping to support 3 … [More]

Two Arizona Companies Team Up to Sell Hand Sanitizer and Give Back

Rick McCartney

In March, fears about COVID-19 sparked panic buying in the U.S., making hand sanitizer one of the most in-demand items across the country. As hand sanitizer (and the ingredients to make it) became increasingly hard to find, suppliers marked up the price exponentially. As a result of this, two Arizona small business leaders teamed up to tackle the problem, tapping into their … [More]

Local Credit Union and Pizza Co. Make Donations to Healthcare Heroes

Credit Union West

Credit Union West employees recently donated their own personal dollars to show their appreciation for the health care workers at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. In association with the Travelling Pizza Company, the generously donated funds provided more than 100 free pizzas to hospital staff who are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re … [More]

Additional Guidelines for Retail Businesses and Customers as Openings Resume

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services today released additional guidelines as retail businesses resume partial operations starting next week. The recommendations include enhanced sanitation and physical distancing steps customers and business owners should take to facilitate increased business interactions while minimizing the risk of … [More]

Create a WOW Culture . . . Even in a Crisis

by Deb Boelkes

I’ve built my career helping companies create cultures that "wow" their people — cultures where leaders motivate and inspire employees, fill them with purpose, challenge them and help them thrive. That's all well and good in times of prosperity. But what about in times of fear and uncertainty? As the pandemic keeps employees remotely located, furloughed, and (in the cases of … [More]

SBA to Help Arizona Small Businesses Access Relief Funds through Free Training

by Mike Hunter

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) are partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Arizona District Office to offer direct assistance to small businesses through the CARES Act Readiness Program for Small Businesses. This is a free training program that helps both novice and experienced borrowers navigate … [More]

Employment Opportunities for Arizonans as Pandemic Slows

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

As Arizona works to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually reenergize our economy, there are employment opportunities and other resources for those in need. The Arizona Office of Tourism partnered with employers and organizations statewide to promote job connectivity through the Arizona Hospitality Workforce Connection. The program connects employers who have immediate … [More]

Testing Co. Guides Manufacturers on Categorization of Medical and Personal Care Products

SGS

SGS, the world’s leading provider of testing, verification and certification services, offers a comprehensive range of services to help manufacturers of products aimed at assisting the elderly ensure they are safe and comply with the relevant regulations. We live in a world with an aging population. Currently there are an estimated 143 million people over 80, but this figure … [More]

Arizona Small Business Bootcamp & Resource Collective Continues

Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority, in conjunction with several business organizations, has launched the Arizona Small Business Bootcamp & Resource Collective to help small businesses in Arizona navigate the effects of the pandemic. The Bootcamp provides daily touchpoint sessions featuring expertise from community business leaders over the next several weeks to connect with … [More]