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.

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

Local Banking Resources

Business Financial Aid (non-SBA)

Maricopa County

Maricopa County is offering grants up to $10,000* to small businesses and nonprofits experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Relief grants are intended to help for-profit small businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with expense reimbursement. For-profit businesses and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in Maricopa County, but not within the cities of Mesa or Phoenix**, are eligible.

*While funding is available; applying for a grant does not guarantee funds will be awarded. Program administered by the Arizona Community Foundation.

Learn More

Arizona Department of Economic Security

  • The Shared Work program allows employers faced with a reduction in force to divide available work or hours among affected employees in lieu of layoffs. Participating employees are eligible for partial Unemployment Assistance while working reduced hours.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan (Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act): These loans may be used by small businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and additional bills that can’t be paid because of COVID-19’s impact. If you applied before March 30, 2020, you should re-apply to be able to be considered for the Advance portion since that was not available through the old version of the online application.
    • The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without other available means of credit.
    • The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. Businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible.
    • The SBA loans come with long-term repayments, up to a maximum of 30 years, in an effort to keep payments affordable. Loan terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, according to individual borrower’s ability to repay.
    • An advance of $10,000 will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid.
    • To apply for a COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, click here or view more details here: SBA PowerPoint Presentation
  • The SBA Debt Relief program will provide a reprieve to small businesses as they overcome the challenges created by this health crisis. Under this program:
    • The SBA will also pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020.
    • The SBA will pay the principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months.
  • Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans 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 decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan.
    Terms
    • Up to $25,000
    • Fast turnaround
    • Will be repaid in full or in part by proceeds from the EIDL loan
    • Click here for a list of qualified SBA lenders in Arizona

Internal Revenue Services (IRS)

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.