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.

Stay Updated: Conversations, Webinars, and Resources for Your Business

Navigating Economic Disruption Together: A Conversation with Mayor Jenn Daniels

Non-Profit Town Hall

Live Q&A Webinars

Arizona Small Business Boot Camp

Presented by the Arizona Commerce Authority

UPCOMING PROGRAMS: To register, click HERE

Webinars are 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. for small businesses to learn strategies to navigate this uncertain environment and make important mentorship connections.

Week 4:

  • May 18: Managing Your Workforce During a Reopen
  • May 19: Revamping Your Business Post-COVID-19
  • May 20: Navigating Your New Workspace
  • May 21: Safety in the Workplace
  • May 22: Marketing to Return Stronger

PREVIOUS PROGRAMS: To view archived programs, click HERE

  • Week 3
  • Week 2: CashFlow
  • Week 1: Funding

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

UPCOMING PROGRAMS: To register, click HERE

  • Additional programs will be announced soon. Tentative topics include: lessons from overseas, high-density consumer industries and the return to work, the role of the states, how companies can avoid liability issues, business for good, and more.

PREVIOUS PROGRAMS: To watch previous programs, click HERE

  • Social Distancing, Sanitization, and More: How to Create a Healthy Environment for Your Employees and Customers (May 21, 2020)
  • Sports, Entertainment & Restaurants: How restrictions to mass gatherings will impact key industries (May 14, 2020)
  • What We Can Learn from Companies in Other Countries (May 7, 2020)
  • How is the Pandemic Influencing Consumers? (April 30, 2020)
  • What We Can Learn from Companies in Other Countries (May 7, 2020)
  • Transportation: Overcoming Barriers for the Return to Work(April 27, 2020)
  • Masks, Temperature Scanners, and More (April 23, 2020)
  • Overcoming Barriers for Return to Work (April 20, 2020)
  • Testing (April 16, 2020)
  • Road Map to Reopening(April 13, 2020)

Reopening Business

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:

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

Social Media Groups & Marketing

Partner Agency Information

Funding and Loan Assistance

Local Banking Resources

Business Financial Aid (non-SBA)

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

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.

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.

Utilities

  • Message from APS: "While most of the answers will come from the public health experts, we at APS can remove one bit of uncertainty: if you are having difficulty paying your energy bill during this time, we will not shut off power for non-payment, and we are waiving late fees as well."
  • Message from SRP: "SRP management has decided to temporarily halt disconnections of all customers and waive late fees during the COVID-19 pandemic."