Visit our Resource Links page for a list of helpful contact information to services and agencies to assist you during the COVID-19 pandemic
1/12/2021: U.S. Small Business Administration announces that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) restarts on January 11th
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is restarting on January 11th for first-time borrowers and will reopen on January 13th for eligible borrowers seeking a second round of PPP. Visit the PPP landing page with details and resources.
10/16/2020: Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce Launches Podcast to Highlight Local Businesses
SCOTTSDALE – Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce is an organization dedicated to connecting businesses through networking and promotional opportunities, educational programs, business services, and now podcasts. In partnership with Star Worldwide Networks, the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce will be highlighting local businesses in a podcast hosted by network owner, Dave Pratt. View full press release here
9/22/2020: Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce Press Release
9/15/2020 – APS EXTENDS HOLD ON DISCONNECTS FOR PAST DUE BILLS THROUGH 2020
PHOENIX – With many Arizonans facing challenging times due to COVID-19, loss of income, altered work and school schedules and recent record heat, APS wants to ease the burden for those struggling to pay their electric bills. Residential and business customers will not have their service disconnected for non-payment through the end of the year. Late fees will continue to be waived during this time. For full press release go here.
9/15/2020 – Plan Ahead for Election Day
Election day will be here before you know it, plan ahead!
You can find out if you’re registered, request a ballot in the mail, find polling stations and all other election information here
9/15/2020 – Experience Scottsdale & the Safe Traveler Pledge
A message from Experience Scottsdale:
You matter to us. That’s why Scottsdale’s tourism and hospitality community is following stringent public health practices to minimize the risk of COVID-19 and help ensure that your time with us is safe and enjoyable. See below for the details on everything we’re doing to keep you healthy and to take the Safe Traveler Pledge. When you’re ready to travel, know that we’re open and ready to help you Be Scottsdale Safe! More information here
8/21/2020 – Scottsdale Small Business Reimbursement Program Applications Now Open!
6/30/2020 – EVCCA COVID-19 Business Impact Survey (4)
The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA) conducted the fourth in a series of surveys of its more than 5,000 members to determine the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their revenue, operations, and supply chains. The report includes responses from 20 industry sectors and nearly 70 percent of respondents represent businesses with less than 20 employees.
6/7/2020 – Notice of Peaceful March Sunday, June 7 at 5:00 PM
The Scottsdale Police Department would like to advise the public that there is a planned peaceful march that is set to occur at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 7, in downtown Scottsdale, which will include multiple road closures.
Please use alternate routes if you plan on being in the area during this time.
Those attending the march are asked to arrive at 2nd Street and Goldwater Boulevard. Due to the multiple closures for the march, the only way to access this location will be northbound on Goldwater Boulevard from Scottsdale Road or southbound on Goldwater Boulevard from Indian School Road.
The following streets will be closed for the march route from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. when the statewide curfew goes into effect:
-2nd Street from Marshall Way to Drinkwater Boulevard
-Scottsdale Road from 2nd Street to Indian School Road
-Drinkwater Boulevard from 2nd Street to Indian School Road
-Indian School Road from Scottsdale Road to Drinkwater Boulevard
👉view the march route here:https://buff.ly/3cGs7xt
🔆As temperatures will be in the 90’s, we remind those attending to bring water and sensible shoes.
5/31/2020 – A Scottsdale Old Town Traffic Restrictions
Numerous traffic restrictions have been put into place in preparation for any anticipated protest this weekend. The restrictions are primarily centered around Scottsdale’s Old Town area and are currently being installed. The restrictions will remain in place until Monday, June 8, 2020, but are subject to change.
FASHION SQUARE MALL / WATERFRONT AREA
- Rancho Vista/Scottsdale Road – E/B
- Goldwater South of Camelback – E/B Via Soleri
- Camelback and Marshall – S/B
75TH AVE. / E. CAMELBACK RD. AREA
- Alley behind N. Saddleback Trl.
- 73rd Street, north of Camelback and private drive
- 75th Street/Camelback Road – N/B
- Civic Center Plaza/Camelback Road – S/B
- Brown Ave/Camelback Road – S/B
- Drinkwater Blvd/6th Ave – E/B and W/B on E side of Drinkwater Blvd
- 75th Street/6th Ave (Alley J/E)
DRINKWATER BLVD / E. INDIAN SCHOOL RD. AREA
- Buckboard Trail/Indian School Road – S/B
- Marshall Way/Indian School Road – N/B
- 3rd Ave/Scottsdale Road – W/B
- 6th Ave/ Scottsdale Road – W/B
- Main Street/Goldwater Blvd – E/B
- 1st Street/Goldwater Blvd – E/B
- 1st Street/2nd Street – Block – N/B
- Marshall Way/2nd Street – N/B
- NW Entrance Library Parking Lot/Drinkwater Blvd – E/B
- SW Entrance Library Parking Lot/Drinkwater Blvd – E/B
- 1st Ave/Drinkwater Blvd – E/B
- 2nd Street/75th Street – W/B
- Alley Behind Scottsdale Stadium
- 1st Street/Miller Road – W/B
- Main Street/Miller Road – W/B
To see a map of the traffic restrictions, click here.
For any inquiries or comments related to police enforcement, please contact the Scottsdale Police Department (SPD) via their non-emergency line at 480-312-5000.
5/31/2020 – Governor Emergency Declaration of Curfew Begins Tonight
Governor Doug Ducey today issued a statewide Declaration of Emergency, including putting in place a curfew starting at 8:00 p.m. tonight. The curfew is in effect from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. and shall expire on Monday, June 8, at 5:00 a.m. unless further extended. Full release
5/22/2020 – CDC Releases Comprehensive Guidance on Reopening Businesses
On Wednesday, May 20, The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) released a 60-page document titled CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response and the President’s Plan for Opening America Up Again. According to the CDC, this document “summarizes CDC’s initiatives, activities, and tools in support of the whole-of-government response to COVID-19. The document includes information on general and healthcare surveillance as well as previously posted guidance on infection control, contact tracing, and testing.” Read Full Article
5/18/2020 – Meet The Candidates Mayoral and City Council Forums
Learn more about your Scottsdale Mayoral & City Council Candidates! Join us for two candidate forums and hear their positions on critical issues that reflect the needs of the Scottsdale Community!
Mayoral Forum: Wednesday, May 27
City Council Forum: Wednesday, June 3
Watch them LIVE on the Scottsdale Chamber Youtube Channel https://buff.ly/2QVSo30
Cox Chanel 11, Century Link Channel 8001, and the City of Scottsdale Video Network https://buff.ly/3bMCe3h
See the event registration page for information on submitting questions to candidates.
5/8/2020 – EVCCA Survey 3
The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA) released today the findings from the third survey of a series conducted of its more than 5,000 members to determine the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their revenue, operations, and supply chains. The report includes responses from nineteen industry sectors and nearly 75 percent of respondents represent businesses with less than 20 employees.
5/5/2020 – Scottsdale Thrives Grant Progam
The Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority is stepping up with an innovative infusion of capital for small businesses walloped by the economic tsunami of COVID-19.
The new program provides $200,000 of funding in $5000 grants for local businesses in the food and beverage, tourism and healthcare sectors, which have been especially hard hit by this global pandemic. National numbers suggest that less than 9% of funding has been disbursed to these sectors, and even less to business owners with 0-50 employees. Scottsdale IDA is partnering with the City of Scottsdale, Experience Scottsdale, Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Leadership and the Scottsdale Charros to create Scottsdale Thrives . The partners came together quickly so companies with 50 or fewer employees could get a range of short-term, mid-term and long-term funding.
“No one could have imagined the devastating impact the coronavirus would have on some of our most prized Scottsdale industries that give our community a unique charm and cache,” said Scottsdale IDA President Shannon Scutari. “Business owners took the responsible, painful step to close their doors and help prevent the virus from spreading. Now, it is our turn to pitch in, help flatten the unemployment curve and provide much-needed capital to our job creators as the economy slowly reopens.”
Interested business owners can review the grant criteria and apply at www.scottsdalethrives.com. The goal is to distribute all grants during the month of May.
The grant program was originally proposed to be $100,000 in late March, but the Scottsdale IDA Board voted unanimously to double the amount due to the overwhelming need of local businesses, which are struggling to keep their doors open and their employees working.
ABOUT SCOTTSDALE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
The Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority was established by the Arizona Corporation Commission on June 15, 1984. The function of the board is to issue tax-exempt bonds to help attract new economic activity to the community. The Small Business Grants Program was developed this year in response to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the small business community in Arizona.
The regulations and guidance are constantly changing as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Understand the applicable guidance and regulations for operating your business in compliance with the CDC, OSHA, and state and local ordinances. In addition, understand the various labor and employment issues that will come up as employees are asked to come back to work.
Please join us as we discuss opening up the state’s economy and how businesses can prepare for it, including:
•How and when the Governor will phase out the Stay-at-Home order and other Executive Orders.
•The applicable CDC, OSHA, and state, and local regulations for businesses as they reopen (or continue operations)
•The use of PPE, masks, social distancing, and other protective measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19
•Bringing employees back from layoff or furlough or hiring employees in a legally-compliant manner
•Employment issues that business will face as they re-open
•Risks by failing to operate in a legally compliant manner
The City of Scottsdale has released a report designed to provide an analysis of various components of the economy. The economy is a broad term used to describe the movement of goods and services, also referred to as supply and demand. Economic conditions are largely dictated by people as conveyors of goods and services and COVID-19 has dramatically altered the way society is able to participate in the economy. Upticks and declines in the economy can be traced back to a variety of indicators that, when analyzed, can help to define current conditions and establish future projections.
Phoenix – The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA) forwarded a memo to Governor Ducey today in response to his request for the business community to provide suggestions on guidelines of what the landscape will look like as the economy re-opens. The suggestions were vetted through eight East Valley chambers of commerce representing more than 5,000 members.
The memo outlines suggestions for a phased-in approach based on health metrics and safety concerns. “Businesses are looking for clarity and definitions to help them as they begin planning to reopen,” according to Kathy Tilque, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, and EVCCA Legislative Committee chair. “While the dates proposed in the memo may not be implemented due to the metrics needed to ensure employees and customers are safe, they represent a movement to identify the rules and guidelines for a phased-in approach of re-opening our economy.” Full press release
The Scottsdale Good To Go Business Finder allows users to locate open businesses This new tool serves as a liaison between consumers and companies in terms of communicating their availability. With the Scottsdale Good To Go Business Finder users can use their location to scroll through the map to see what restaurants, retail shops or hotels are open around them.
Thank you to the Employers Council
President Karen Stafford and attorney, Dave Smith, Esq. for this incredibly informative webinar.
Thank you to our guests for attending this informative webinar.
SBA PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (“PPP”) LOANS IS OUT OF MONEY AND NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
On April 13th, the Small Business Administration PPP program completed allocating the $349 billion that was appropriated for loans. At that time, it had approved 1.3 million loan commitments. The SBA website now states it is, “unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding.” Anyone seeking a PPP loan should talk to their lender and complete the PPP loan application now to file immediately should additional funds be appropriated. Read the entire article
With the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) in effect as of Wednesday, April 1st, we know you might still have questions.Please join us for a moderated Q&A with Employers Council President Karen Stafford and attorney, Dave Smith, Esq.We will unpack the basics, including the requirements and protections provided by the law as well as the latest developments and guidance coming out of the Department of Labor. Employers Council will also add their insights on ideas, workplace implications, and strategies as we navigate these challenging times and shifting the legal landscape.
April 8, 2020: the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a webinar featuring a federal update with the US Chamber of Commerce Regarding Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security Act for Businesses Featuring Vartan Djihanian, Manage of Western Region, Congressional & Public Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce.
Experience Scottsdale launches SupportScottsdale.com be your guide to offerings at your favorite restaurants, shops, attractions and more – right now, when they need it most.
The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA) released today the findings from the second survey of a series conducted of its more than 5,000 members to determine the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their revenue, operations, and supply chains. The report includes responses from nineteen industry sectors and nearly 70 percent of respondents represent businesses with less than 20 employees. Click here for press release
Live Webinar was a public safety update hosted by Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce with Scottsdale Mayor, Jim Lane – Featuring Scottsdale Police Department Chief, Alan Rodbell & Scottsdale Fire Department Chief, Tom Shannon.
On Monday we hosted a live webinar from Congressman Rep. David Schweikert who gave us an update on the Federal Stimulus Package effective April 1, 2020.
Visit Member MarketSpace today where Scottsdale chamber members share specials, if they offer take-out or delivery options, or share modified hours of operation. Enter the MarketSpace
Chamber Members: Log on to your chamber portal and post today!
AZ Together was created to provide Arizonans access to resources that can help support families and businesses in this time of need.
“…We’re calling on Arizonans to be informed, get engaged, and support organizations doing important work to keep our communities safe and healthy. Arizona will get through this together.” – Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona
Join us on March 30th at 2 pm for a live webinar featuring Congressman David Schweikert as he gives us an update on the $2 trillion federal stimulus package effective April 1, 2020, Click here to register
Registration will be limited to the first 100 participants.
If registration fills to capacity or you are unable to attend, the session will be fully recorded and available following the webinar on YouTube
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. The administration soon will release more details including the list of lenders offering loans under the program. In the meantime, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has issued this guide to help small businesses and self-employed individuals prepare to file for a loan.
** THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACTIVE**The City of Scottsdale, in collaboration with the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, has launched the “Scottsdale Good to Go” initiative for our Scottsdale business community, offering city-approved banners for businesses needing to get the word out that they are open and have delivery or take-out service
A Message From Mark Stanton, Chamber President & CEO
“We will get through this, together.”
Governor Ducey announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration for Arizona that will help small businesses here in the state impacted by COVID-19. Individual businesses can be eligible for up to $2 million through the program. Businesses in all 15 Arizona counties are now eligible to apply.
Please click below for additional information on the program
Dear Chamber Members and Stakeholders-
The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is taking all precautions to assure that our members, staff and the greater community are safe and healthy. Towards that effort, we will be rescheduling all Chamber of Commerce events and meetings for the next several weeks and are evaluating the situation daily and weekly.
In the meantime, we will provide updated links to business owners and operators about best practices and ideas on how to manage your businesses and organizations via our website and social media platforms. We have attached the following resource links:
As you manage your daily activities, please continue supporting our local businesses and operators. This is critical to the long-term economic future.
The Chamber has been built on bringing people together, now more than ever, we need to stay positive, connected, informed and supportive.