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.
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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
Town of Gilbert:
Chamber member Higher Grounds Roastery created this flyer and offered to share it for use by other businesses.
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:
- For restaurants:CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Restaurants and Bars and National Restaurant Association’s Reopening Guidance
- For retailers:National Retail Federation’s Operation Open Doors
- For home service providers: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for At-Home Service Providers
- For construction businesses:AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for Construction Environments
- For gyms and fitness facilities: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for Gyms and Workout Facilities
- For office-based businesses:AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for General Office Settings
- For hair and nail salons: AIHA’s Reopening Guidance for Hair and Nail Salons
- For airlines: CDC’s Interim Guidance for Airlines and Airline Crew
- For childcare programs: CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Childcare Programs
- For camps and youth programs:CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Camps and Youth Programs
- For schools: CDC's Reopening Decision Tree for Schools
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)
Path Forward: Navigating the Return to Work (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
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
- May 6, 2020 - Listen to Recording (Password: Gilbert100) or View Summary
- April 29, 2020 - Listen to Recording (Password: Gilbert100) or View Summary
- April 22, 2020 - No Meeting
- April 15, 2020 - Listen to Recording (Password: Gilbert100) or View Summary
- April 8, 2020 - Listen to Recording (Password: Gilbert100) or View Summary
- April 1, 2020 - View Summary
- March 25, 2020 - Listen to Recording (Password: Gilbert100) or View Summary
- March 19, 2020 - View Summary
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
- Help customers find your services as we practice social distancing! Gilbert Town Hall has provided a business portal.
- COVID-19 Business Resource Page (Facebook): This group allows businesses to access and share resources as we support one another through the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Gilbert Area Take-Out and Delivery Options (Facebook): Join this group to view the menus and take-out/delivery options provided by our Gilbert area restaurants and caterers.
- 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.
- Jobs Board (Facebook): Businesses with open positions may post employment opportunities on this Board to provide temporary work for employees displaced as a result of COVID-19.
- Gilbert Area Deals, Discounts and Shout-outs Page (Facebook): This group encourages businesses to share their promotions, deals and discounts. And, customers can show their love to local businesses with a shout-out. Post on this page and let's keep business going! #lovelocalgilbert
Funding and Loan Assistance
Local Banking Resources
Business Financial Aid (non-SBA)
- Are you looking for financial relief opportunities other than or in addition to the SBA's EIDL or PPP loans? Check out this listing of financial aid resources.
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.
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)
- NEW - A Backgrounder on Unemployment Insurance Under the CARES Act
- Financial Assistance Programs Comparisons
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
- Guide to Emergency Payroll Protection Loan (CARES Act)
- Guide to SBA Disaster Assistance Loan
- Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist
- 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
- Payroll Protection Program (Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations - CARES - Act): Small businesses with 500 or fewer employees—including nonprofits, veterans organizations, tribal concerns, self-employed individuals, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors— are eligible. Businesses with more than 500 employees are eligible in certain industries. Under this program:
- Funds are provided in the form of loans that will be fully forgiven when used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.
- Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.
- Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25% of that amount.
- You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. All loans will have the same terms regardless of lender or borrower.
- A list of participating lenders as well as additional information and full terms can be found at HERE.
- If you are a lender, more information can be found HERE
- Nine CARES Act Resources for Small Businesses:
- Chat Live Now - CARES Act Application Assistance
- CARES Act Summary Overview
- Top 5 Tips for PPP Applicants - Feedbank from Banks
- Free Online CARES Act Training
- Online PPP Loan Calculator
- PPP Loan Forgiveness Guide (May 20, 2020)
- Workforce Continuity & Strategy Webinars
- CARES Act Guide & FAQ
- Arizona Business Resource Guide
- Small Business Guide & Checklist
- 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.
- 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)
- FAQ's: Employee Retention Credit under the CARES Act
- Economic Impact Payments: What you need to know
- IRS urges taxpayers to use electronic options; outlines online assistance
- IRS provides guidance under the CARES Act to taxpayers with net operating losses
- To help taxpayers, the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced today that Notice 2020-23 extends additional key tax deadlines for individuals and businesses
- The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today launched the Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll. The refundable tax credit is 50% of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an eligible employer whose business has been financially impacted by COVID-19. View the GUIDE here.
- IRS unveils new People First Initiative; COVID-19 effort temporarily adjusts, suspends key compliance programs
- Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferring Tax Payments Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
Resources and References
Office of Governor Ducey
- Stay At Home Order Replaced By New Guidance For Economic Recovery That Prioritizes Health And Physical Distancing
- Governor Ducey Seeks Business Input For Economic Recovery
- Governor Ducey Signs Executive Order Establishing Virtual Notary Services
- Arizona Together COVID-19 Resource Page
- Executive Order Halting Evictions For Small Businesses And Nonprofits
- 90-Day Fee Relief For Restaurants, Bars Impacted By COVID-19
- Stay at Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected (March 30)
- Governor Ducey's Exectuive Order: List of Essential Services
- View all Executive Orders
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Emergency Sick Leave/Medical Leave
- FACT SHEET for Employees
- FACT SHEET for Employers
- FFCRA FAQ's
- Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- H.R. 6201 Relief Legislation Bill passed on March 18, 2020 (posted March 20 via QUESTCO)
East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA)
- EVCCA COVID-19 Business Impact Report, published June 30
- EVCCA COVID-19 Business Impact Report, published May 8
- EVCCA COVID-19 Business Impact Report, published April 7
- Responds to CARES Act with Recommendations from U.S. Chamber, Institute for Local Self Reliance
- EVCCA COVID-19 Business Impact Report, published March 23
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- OSHA’s Response to Workplace Safety and Coronavirus Exposure
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- What Are Companies' Legal Obligations Around Coronavirus?
- Tools for Staying Connected at Home
- FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
- COVID-19 Healthcare Benefit Developments (posted March 19 via QUESTCO)
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.