Initiative to Serve-Up Meals to First Responders is Making a Difference


Tired of the typical takeout? MIXT is officially bringing back its locally sourced farm-fresh salads, market plates, and sandwiches for takeaway, curbside pickup, and delivery at Scottsdale Quarter on Monday, April 20 and with its reopening brings a new community based initiative to give back to those fighting on the frontlines during the current global health … [More]

Commercial Real Estate Co. Adapts Chandler Redevelopment in Response to COVID

George Oliver LLC

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Phoenix-based developer George Oliver has taken quick action – making thoughtful changes to build tenant confidence and position its latest redevelopment project, The Alexander, now under construction in downtown Chandler, Arizona, as a premier “new normal” work environment. As a company known for developing cutting-edge, wellness-focused … [More]

WEBINAR – May 18: The Why, When and How of Nonprofit Collaboration

Rick McCartney

Now more than ever nonprofits need to work together to ensure critical community services are available, both now and into the future. But creating a successful partnership takes an investment of time, a common mission, and most of all, trust. Join us as we explore collaboration as strategy for sustainability. We Will Discuss: The types of collaboration models and their … [More]

Ride Share Co. Introduces New Safety Measures


For more than two months, Uber has been urging riders to stay home, for their safety and the safety of drivers who continue to make essential trips. Now, as cities begin to reopen and people start moving again, Uber is proceeding with caution and safety top of mind. We will all have a role to play to help each other stay healthy when traveling. It’s important to us that … [More]

Specialized Fleet of Drivers to Transport COVID-19 Infected/Suspected Patients


Veyo, the nation’s first and only full-service, tech-enabled Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) broker, has announced the creation of a specialized fleet of drivers who will transport COVID-19 infected/suspected patients to and from life-sustaining medical appointments, with the aim of alleviating the extreme stress that has been placed on the non-emergency ambulance … [More]

How Businesses Can Come Back Stronger from the Pandemic

by Michael Ungar, Ph.D.

It is the paradox of resilience that the very things that make us strong can also prevent us from being nimble during a crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of how we have been doing business. If we look at businesses like nested Russian dolls, one system embedded inside another, we find clues to where change is needed if we are going to come back stronger … [More]

Local First Arizona Raises Over $1 Million in Grants for Arizona’s Smallest Businesses

Local First Arizona

In just one month, Local First Arizona was able to raise over one million dollars through the Small Business Relief Fund, providing immediate aid to 400 microenterprises thanks to the outpouring support from Arizona’s largest businesses and community nonprofits. LFA predicted federal help would be slow to trickle in and “unbankable” businesses would be left in the dust in the … [More]

$500,000 for Arizona Food Banks to Fight Hunger

Rick McCartney

With Arizona food banks experiencing a spike in demand, Governor Doug Ducey announced a $500,000 grant from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund for Arizona food banks to help fight hunger. Member organizations that are part of the Association of Arizona Food Banks/Arizona Food Bank, which is receiving the grant, supply a network of nearly 1,000 food pantries and organizations in all … [More]

Local Groups Band Together to Produce Restaurant Reopening Guide

AWE Collective

Eateries across the state are starting to reopen their doors today, and while many have approached this moment with great anticipation, others remain concerned about retooling their practices, maintaining a safe environment and otherwise prioritizing public safety. That’s why full-service agency AWE Collective, KIND Hospitality and Local First Arizona have joined forces to … [More]

App Offers Free, 60-Minute Support Session with Mental Health Experts to Frontline Workers


Being a frontline worker during this pandemic is scary and dangerous, and many of those fighting COVID-19 are having their own bouts with anxiety, fear, helplessness, anger and more. As a way of showing appreciation, and recognizing the mental health needs of those on the frontlines, Lyf, the recently launched app that is the world’s largest virtual support group, today … [More]

Is Opening for Business Also Opening to Liability?

by RaeAnne Marsh

Processes and procedures of bringing their employees back to the workplace are only one area of concern for businesses planning their reopening after a COVID-19 closure. COVID-19 may have one more disruption to bequeath to business: civil suits of personal injury claims. Individuals have already widely exhibited a concern for their personal safety in their interactions. … [More]

95% of Small Businesses Fall Short of Meeting Goals, yet 77% Are Confident in Their Ability to Execute


Just 5% of small business owners report achieving all their business goals in the past 12 months, according to a new survey from Clutch, a B2B ratings and reviews platform. Clutch found that although 95% of small businesses fall short of meeting their goals, 77% are somewhat or very confident in their ability to execute their strategy. "I think the best goals are … [More]

SBA Issues New Regulations for Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration today published Women-Owned Small Business  Federal Contracting program regulations that will provide a free, online certification and eligibility application process for women-owned small businesses and economically-disadvantaged women-owned small businesses. The timeline for implementation of changes to SBA’s WOSB program has been … [More]

Business Philanthropy Group Offers $50,000 Grant through Innovation Pitch Competition

Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Nonprofits and early-stage businesses in Greater Phoenix that have pivoted to address COVID-19 are encouraged to apply for a $50,000 grant provided by the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy at the Arizona Community Foundation. A selection committee will determine the final four companies. These businesses will then be invited to participate in a digital pitch competition on … [More]

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