Scottsdale launches Virtual Small Business Assistance Center
The center is a virtual one-stop-shop for Scottsdale businesses looking for information on available business support programs and resources during the COVID-19 crisis. Scottsdale businesses can get personalized assistance answering questions regarding Federal, State and other government funding programs and connect them with critical resources. Reach the Scottsdale Small Business Assistance Center by texting 480-312-3111, email business@ScottsdaleAZ.gov, or through Scottsdale EZ here. Please review the city’s curated list of other funding sources that may be available to you.
Scottsdale is Good to Go
The City of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce have launched an initiative to help raise awareness of restaurants and retail shops open for takeout and delivery. Scottsdale Good to Go banners are being made available free of charge to businesses that are providing these food services. Banners are limited and will be available on a first come first served basis. To further assist, the City of Scottsdale is waiving the standard $30.00 banner permit fee until the end of May 2020.
The Scottsdale Good To Go Business Finder is an interactive resource tool that allows customers to quickly identify which restaurants, retail shops or hotels are open around them. Find Scottsdale businesses who are open and get yours listed on the Good to Go map.
Support Scottsdale site gathers resources and information
The city of Scottsdale’s Tourism & Events and Economic Development departments, Experience Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce have partnered on a resource microsite to help businesses, employees, and residents navigate the COVID-19 outbreak. If you are a business owner or employee, make SupportScottsdale.com your first stop to access city, statewide and national programs to keep your doors open and Scottsdale’s workforce strong.
Assistance for Arizona Businesses
The city has created this curated list of funding sources that may be available to help small businesses in Scottsdale (PDF).
The Arizona Commerce Authority has gathered resources to support businesses and employees as they help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Maricopa County Public Health also has a page of business-oriented questions and answers, along with links to resources and information.
Get your free listing in Arizona Take-Out Weeks restaurant promotion
The Arizona Restaurant Association’s (ARA) website AZTakeOutWeeks.com is a fantastic resource for local diners to view which restaurants around the state are offering take-out and/or delivery. Restaurants don’t need to be a member of the ARA to be listed. Take advantage of this free opportunity to promote that your business is open by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your take-out menus, delivery options, and curbside hours.
SMALL BUSINESS LOANS AND FINANCIAL PROGRAMS
U.S. Small Business Administration Programs
In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak and assist small businesses and private, non-profit organizations with economic injury caused by the pandemic. Learn about the SBAs coronavirus relief options here.
Local First Arizona launches Small Business Relief Fund
Small, family-owned Arizona businesses with three or fewer employees can apply for mini-grants under a new Local First Arizona effort to help those facing challenges during COVID-19. Applications will be reviewed weekly by regional panels made up of local business owners. Learn more about the grants and how to apply. Local First Arizona is in constant communication with the Small Business Administration and the Governor’s office, and will be frequently updating their website with links to government, industry, and digital resources.
Facebook Small Business Grants Program
The social network will spend $100 million on grants to support over 30,000 small businesses in 30 countries. The funds will be paid out in a combination of cash and advertising credits to businesses that need help covering operational expenses like paying rent or their employees.
AZ Department of Economic Security- Shared Work Program
This program gives employers an alternative to layoffs and allows the retention of trained employees by reducing their hours and wages that can be partially offset with UI benefits.
List your Scottsdale jobs for free
Are you in need of top talent ASAP? Posting positions is free, get to Scottsdale.Jobs and we will continue to push out job opportunities to our community.
Although this may not seem like the most opportune time to find a new career, companies are hiring and Scottsdale businesses need you now more than ever. Check out our job board, Scottsdale.Jobs for Scottsdale based positions.
REGULATIONS AND GUIDANCE
Crime prevention tips for businesses
As business owners contemplate having employees work from home or closing in the short term due to COVID-19 precautions, please view these crime prevention tips from the Scottsdale Police Department.
National Restaurant Association
The National Restaurant Association has developed a great resource website to ensure restaurants have the latest information about COVID-19 including local regulations, an EPA list of registered disinfectant products and food safety measures.