COVID-19 Business Resources

Our community is united. The Gilbert Chamber continues to serve as the advocate for local businesses and a champion for a stronger Gilbert. Please reach out to share your input and ideas as we work to serve you and other businesses in our community.

Have a document or link to add to this page? Please send it to sarah@gilbertchamber.com.

Looking for current guidance on the use of face coverings? Effective on June 20, 2020, Maricopa County issued these regulations on face coverings: click here.

Find a COVID-19 testing site near you.

Upon reopening, all industries must submit an attestation form stating they are in compliance. The attestation form shall be posted in a visible location at the facility. Additional details can be found in the ADHS COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses.

#GilbertTogether Business Recovery Program

What is the #GilbertTogether Business Recovery Program?

The #GilbertTogether Business Recovery Program is a three phased program focused on relief, recovery, and resiliency of Gilbert’s businesses.

  • Business Relief Grant
    • Supports the continued viability of Gilbert business experiencing financial hardship due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Business Recovery Loan
    • Enhances business recovery by “bridging the gap” between other loan programs and the revenue losses local businesses have faced due to COVID-19 and the related business shutdowns.
  • Business Resiliency Assistance
    • Provides businesses with access to experts and proven programs that will enable them to develop resiliency through improved business operations.

Click here to learn more


Learn more about the components that make up the #GilbertTogether Business Recovery Program.

Entry-Level Career and Technical Programs with Maricopa Community Colleges

Maricopa Community Colleges will deliver entry-level career and technical programs to assist Gilbert residents who have been impacted by COVID-19 to help support them throughout this pandemic and better prepare them for the future.

Hownd Marketing Platform

Gilbert has partnered with Hownd, a customer foot traffic and revenue-generation platform for local brick and mortar businesses, to promote gift cards and promotional offers though an online marketing program. The platform is designed to generate immediate cash sales and customer traffic as businesses work to recover from the impacts of the pandemic. WATCH WEBINAR

Business Recovery Loans with Desert Financial Credit Union

Gilbert has partnered with Desert Financial Credit Union to bring a low-interest micro-loan to the Gilbert business community, which will provide loans from $10,000 - $50,000 to qualified businesses. WATCH WEBINAR

Business Relief Grants with Arizona Community Foundation

The Gilbert Business Relief Grant is focused on assisting for-profit businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in operation prior to March 11, 2020. WATCH WEBINAR

Technical Assistance with Local First Arizona and CO+HOOTS

Local First Arizona will provide technical assistance training to Gilbert micro-enterprises and restaurants impacted by COVID-19. Micro-businesses are 9 employees or less.

Co+Hoots, a globally-recognized entrepreneur support organization, will partner with Gilbert to launch the Gilbert Business Huub, a robust co-branded digital platform to support local governments in revitalizing small businesses during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. WATCH WEBINAR

Printables for Your Business

Center For Disease Control & Prevention:

These print-only materials are developed to support COVID-19 recommendations. All materials are free for download. They may be printed on a standard office printer, or you may use a commercial printer. View Now

US Chamber of Commerce:

This is a flyer you can customize and post to inform your employees and customers about the steps you are taking to protect against the spread of COVID-19. View Now

STANDARDIZED EMPLOYEE SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE Download this questionnaire for sample screening questions to ask employees upon return to work and on a regular basis moving forward. This template is based on questions required or recommended by various states as well as input from U.S. Chamber member companies of all sizes and sectors.

Town of Gilbert:

Chamber member Higher Grounds Roastery created this flyer and offered to share it for use by other businesses.

Arizona State University:

At ASU, we feel the same urgency that people across the state and around the country feel about moving forward and “re-opening.” In the environment in which we find ourselves today, one where the spread of COVID-19 remains with us and where science has informed us what we can do to combat it, our health and well-being is a shared responsibility. We are mutually dependent.

You can access our community signage here – which you can modify for your working environment. : https://print.asu.edu/CommunitySignage

Federal Government:

The President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America
Workplace Tips for Employees

Reopening Playbook

READY TO REOPEN: A PLAYBOOK FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

The pandemic has affected different industries differently — likewise, the reopening process will vary by sector. Here are sector-specific guidance from some of the leading industry associations and government sources:

  • STANDARDIZED EMPLOYEE SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE Download this questionnaire for sample screening questions to ask employees upon return to work and on a regular basis moving forward. This template is based on questions required or recommended by various states as well as input from U.S. Chamber member companies of all sizes and sectors.

Resources provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Arizona State University

ASU is assisting local, national and international partners in their reopening efforts. As our communities and businesses reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, they will continue to need the support of our expertise across all facets of their operations.In response, ASU has developed 9 focus areas for businesses seeking support:

  • Customizing workplace expectations and guides
  • Applying data insights for business continuity
  • Assessing and optimizing supply chains
  • Rethinking consumer engagement and product packaging
  • Developing touchless interaction and enablement solutions
  • Developing and offering mental health and well-being programs
  • Extending the ASU PPE Response Network
  • Offering COVID-19 testing of organizations workforce to help reopen
  • Partnering with HealthyVerify to certify workplaces for safe reopening

The Corporate Engagement & Strategic Partnerships team in ASU’s Knowledge Enterprise will be managing these public inquiries, reaching out to our academic units for support with reopening project needs as we all work to return to a new normal.

To learn more about the offerings, please visit our site dedicated to helping businesses reopen. https://corporate.asu.edu/reopen-business

Town Halls, Webinars, and Boot Camps for Your Business

Arizona Small Business Boot Camp (Arizona Commerce Authority)

To register, click HERE
To view archived programs, click HERE

Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

To register, click HERE
To watch previous programs, click HERE

Gilbert-Area Non-Profit Town Hall Series

Our non-profit community partners are serving a critical role as they respond to the heightened needs of Gilbert-area residents. Join us for a town hall conversation as we bring these organizations together to explore a variety of topics.

Navigating Economic Disruption Together: A Conversation with Mayor Jenn Daniels

Other

Strong Marketing Strategies to Navigate Through Economic Disruption

Education and Community Needs

  • HelprAZ: Everything you need to know for navigating the current public health crisis in one place. This tool is provided at no cost by a coalition of non-profit organizations from Gilbert, AZ and surrounding areas.
  • Gilbert Area Non-Profit Response Page (Facebook): Join this group to learn about the opportunities for outreach, volunteerism, and support of our Non-Profit community partners.
  • You may also find ways to help by clicking here and selecting the 'Help Local Businesses and Nonprofits' tab.
  • Gilbert Public Schools
  • Higley Unified School District
  • Chandler Unified School District
  • Emergency Food Boxes
  • Arizona State University - ASU for You is an approach to education that supports Universal Learners® with resources from a national research university recognizing that to meet the needs of a rapidly changing, technology-driven world, people will need to access education and learning platforms throughout their lives. The program is designed for people of all ages and at all stages of their educational, career or lifelong learning journey — wherever in the world they may be.

Social Media Groups & Marketing

Funding and Loan Assistance

In addition to the federal, statewide, and county programs listed below, we have compiled a comprehensive list of grants and relief programs. This list includes opportunities for Veterans, Minorities, and Women-Owned businesses. VIEW LIST

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued. “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds. We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.”

“Nothing will stop the Trump Administration from supporting great American businesses and our great American workers. The Paycheck Protection Program has been an overwhelming success and served as a historic lifeline to America’s hurting small businesses and tens of millions of workers. The new form introduced today demonstrates our relentless commitment to using every tool in our toolbelt to help small businesses and the banks that have participated in this program,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “We are continuing to ensure that small businesses are supported as they recover.”

SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly.

SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020. SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.

Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.

Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act was signed into law Friday April 24, 2020, adding $310 billion in funding for PPP. Smaller lenders now have $60 billion specifically allocated for PPP loans are now approved lenders for the PPP loan with a designated $60 billion for loans. Insured depository institutions, credit unions and community financial institutions with assets that amount to less than $50 billion qualify to be lenders, in addition to the previously eligible 7(a) lenders.

THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) CLOSE AT THE END OF AUGUST 8, 2020. AS SUCH, SBA IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING PPP APPLICATIONS FROM PARTICIPATING LENDERS.

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APPLY FOR LOAN FORGIVENESS The U.S. Small Business Administration has released a new EZ Loan Forgiveness Application and revised full forgiveness applications to support more small businesses by making the Paycheck Protection Program more borrower-friendly.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) provides economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties and loss of revenue. Additionally, small businesses are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

There is no minimum loan requirement, although loans are capped at $2,000,000 per business. EIDL may supplement a Paycheck Protection Program loan as long as the funds are not used for the same purpose. The loan repayment may be deferred for up to one year and repayment terms up to 30 years are available.

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Employee Retention Tax Credit
The Employee Retention Credit is a fully refundable tax credit for employers equal to 50 percent of qualified wages (including allocable qualified health plan expenses) that Eligible Employers pay their employees. This Employee Retention Credit applies to qualified wages paid after March 12, 2020, and before January 1, 2021. The maximum amount of qualified wages taken into account with respect to each employee for all calendar quarters is $10,000, so that the maximum credit for an Eligible Employer for qualified wages paid to any employee is $5,000.

Eligibility: Eligible Employers for the purposes of the Employee Retention Credit are employers that carry on a trade or business during calendar year 2020, including tax-exempt organizations, that either: Fully or partially suspend operation during any calendar quarter in 2020 due to orders from an appropriate governmental authority limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings (for commercial, social, religious, or other purposes) due to COVID-19; or Experience a significant decline in gross receipts during the calendar quarter.

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Main Street Lending Program
Under the Federal Reserve Act and U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve Board, the Main Street Lending Program consists of the Main Street New Loan Facility (MSNLF), the Main Street Priority Loan Facility (MSPLF) and the Main Street Expanded Loan Facility (MSELF). Main Street loans are intended to facilitate lending to small and medium-sized businesses that are not eligible for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program. Principal and interest payments will be deferred for one year. The Main Street Lending Program loans are not eligible for loan forgiveness. A borrower may only participate in one of the loans under the Main Street Lending Program.

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BBB Main St. Matters
BBB Serving the Pacific Southwest launched the Main St. Matters program to offer emergency grants in the form of $500 or $1,000 awards for businesses that have been financially impacted during the COVID-19 crisis. The grant is open to qualified small businesses that are in good standing with the BBB.

Eligibility: Small businesses; in good standing with BBB, location in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai, and Yuma Counties.

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SBA Lender Match
The Small Business Association (SBA) works with lenders to provide loans to small businesses. The agency does not lend money directly to small business owners. This system allows for competitive terms, counseling and education, and unique benefits.

Lenders found through the SBA Lender Match can assist with loans such as:
SBA 7(a) Loan - provides loans of up to $5M for borrowers who lack credit elsewhere.
SBA 504 Loan - provides loans of up to $5.5M to approved small businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing used to acquire fixed assets for expansion or modernization.
SBA Microloans - provides loans up to $50,000 to help small businesses start up and expand

FIND A LENDER

SBA Express Bridge Loans

The Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program is for small businesses who already have a relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000. These loans are intended to help small businesses overcome the temporary loss of revenue and can be a term loan or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for a decision and disbursement on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.

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STATEWIDE PROGRAMS

APS Customer Support Fund
Arizona Public Service (APS) has set up a Customer Support Fund to assist customers who need help paying their APS bills. Small business and residential customers who are past due on their APS bill can qualify for the fund if they have an unexpected loss of income, higher medical or childcare expenses, or other financial hardship created by the COVID-19 virus. To apply, call 602-371-7171 (800-253-9405), weekdays from 7 am to 7 pm.

SRP
Customers in need of assistance can call SRP (602.236.8833) to learn about programs available to business customers and/or generous and flexible payment plans and/or grants available.

Southwest Gas
Southwest Gas also has assistance programs for customers who might need some help, or who want to jump on a different payment plan. Customers can visit this website or call 877-860-6020 for COVID specific assistance. Outside of COVID programs, we also have additional assistance programs, which can be reviewed here, as well.

Growth Partners Arizona Small Business Success Loan
Small Business Success Loans are for small businesses that need to borrow larger loan amounts for growth and expansion, equipment, long-term working capital, tenant improvements and consolidation of more expensive debt. This loan ranges from $10,000 - $75,000 with terms from six months to five years.

Eligibility: Do business in Arizona (valid business license and be in good standing with the state of Arizona); Annual revenues in excess of $50,000; In business for at least two tax filing periods; no start-up businesses; Minimum FICO score of 660; Priority is given to businesses located in CDFI investment areas

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Chicanos Por La Causa Prestamos
The Chicanos por la causa Prestamos division, a Community Development Financial Institution (CFDI), is offering a microloan of up to $25,000 for payroll, rent and monthly liabilities. The first six payments will be paid (both principal and interest) directly by The SBA. The remaining balance will be amortized over a 6-12 month term based on repayment ability. There is a 3% loan origination fee and the interest rate for this loan is 6.5%.

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Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant Program
The Governor’s Office is partnering with Local First Arizona Foundation to launch the Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant program. The partnership, which includes $10 million from the Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund, will quickly and prudently help small business owners meet their rent and mortgage obligations. The grant program will provide grants for up to two months of rent or mortgage payments with a maximum award of $25,000. Grants will be prioritized for businesses that are most in need of the funding to meet their rent or mortgage obligations and do not have access to other financial support.

Eligibility: Operations in Arizona since January 1, 2020; Gyms; Fitness centers; Bars; Water parks; Eligible businesses with less than 50 employees

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Arizona Manufacturers’ Emergency Assistance Program
The Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership (AZ MEP) is providing subsidized services for manufacturers that have been negatively affected by the Coronavirus. This special program is made possible by a one-time allocation of funds in the CARES Act. Support is also available to assist companies that are producing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies in response to COVID-19.

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Arizona Shared Work Program
The Shared Work program provides an alternative for employers faced with a reduction in force by allowing businesses to divide available work or hours among affected employees in lieu of layoffs. The program allows the employees to receive a portion of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits while working reduced hours. DES is temporarily increasing the maximum reduction of hours for the Shared Work program from 40% to 60%. Employers can reduce worker's hours up to 60% and still qualify for the Shared Work Program as long as they continue to provide health and retirement benefits to participating employees. DES will not consider unemployment benefits granted during the emergency declaration chargeable to an employer’s experience rating account, including those provided as part of the Shared Work program.

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COUNTY PROGRAMS

Maricopa County Small Business Grant Program
Maricopa County is providing relief to small businesses experiencing hardship due to the pandemic. This grant program has reopened, any funds received under the 1.0 version (July 9 - July 31, 2020) will be subtracted from eligible amounts under 2.0. Small businesses may receive up to $25,000. Applications will be accepted from August 17 to October 2, 2020.

Eligibility: For-profit and nonprofits; Operate in Maricopa County but not within the cities of Phoenix or Mesa prior to Jan. 1, 2019; Employ 50 or less full-time equivalent employees as of March 1, 2020; Less than $5 million in gross sales between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2019; Gross sales declined by at least 25 percent from March to June 2020 compared to March to June 2019

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PPEP Microbusiness & Housing Development Corporation (PMHDC)
PMHDC offers a range of microloans to small businesses in southern Arizona that reside in Yuma, Cochise, Santa Cruz, Pima, Pinal, Maricopa, Gila and Graham Counties. The loan amount is determined following a meeting with a business counselor and ranges from $500 to $75,000.

Eligibility: Existing and start-up businesses; Citizen of US or permanent resident status; No default on any federal loan; Never convicted of a fraud-related felony; Up to date on child support payments; 20% or more ownership must be an applicant

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Mental Health in the Workplace

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Wellbeing in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Employers

As you may recall, last year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in collaboration with the President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End the National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) Executive Order Task Force and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, launched Wellbeing in the Workplace—an initiative and coalition to prioritize mental health and wellbeing in the workplace—which now represents over ten million employees across the country. Click here to learn more about Wellbeing in the Workplace.

Just recently, the coalition released its Practical Guide for Employers—a toolkit providing actionable steps to help businesses of all sizes take measures to prioritize mental health and emotional wellbeing in the workplace. Click here to view the toolkit. We invite you to utilize this guide and share it with your members and networks in your local business community as you see fit. If you have any questions regarding Wellbeing in the Workplace, Practical Guide for Employers, or the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's broader efforts to prioritize the overall health and wellness of our workforce, please contact Mona Dexter at mdexter@uschamber.com.


Resources and References

Office of Governor Ducey

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Emergency Sick Leave/Medical Leave

East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Employer Resources

Other

Public Safety

The Gilbert Police Department offers Patrol Watch for residents and businesses when occupants will be absent for a period of time (vacations, closures, etc.). If you plan to temporarily close your business, consider submitting a Request for Patrol.