COVID-19: Business Resources

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Business Preparedness

Businesses small and large are asking what they can do to help reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, how to keep their employees and customers safe, and what this means for their business. We’ve compiled a shortlist of resources to help you navigate your role as a member of the business community:

Food Industry/Restaurant Guidance

Business Resources

The City is tracking provisions of the CARES Act closely. Below you will find additional information related to funding programs available to small businesses affected by the coronavirus including the U.S. Small Business (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program.

As part of Governor Doug Ducey's Arizona Back to Work Plan, the State of Arizona launched the Back to Work Small Business Hiring and Retention Program to help small, locally owned or operated businesses hire and retain employees. The grant program funds up to $10,000 in expenditures for employee hiring and retention efforts. There is a cap of $1,000 per employee and 25 percent of the awarded amount may be utilized for other business expenses. Special consideration will be made to businesses that are located in wildfire and flood-impacted areas.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • 5-25 Arizona employees
  • Owned and operated in the state of Arizona, including franchises with corporate headquarters in other states, but with locally-owned franchised establishments
  • Incorporated before January 1, 2020
  • Must be renting or leasing a physical location; may not be working from home or remotely as an independent contractor

The funds must be used for the following:

  • At least 75% must be used for:
    • Employee hiring/signing incentives
    • Relocation incentives paid to employees who are moving to take an open position with the qualifying business
    • Employee retention incentives
  • Up to 25% may be used for other business expenditures including mortgage, rent, utility costs, and other operating expenditures
  • Up to $1,000 in total incentives per retained or newly hired employee
  • Employees that receive an incentive that is funded by this program may not include the business-owner
  • Business owners must submit a plan for how they will use the money

The grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and will undergo a peer-review process. Funding must be distributed to new or existing employees within three months of the award.

For more information about the grant program and how to apply, visit: Back-to-Work Small Business Hiring and Retention Program.

This grand provides emergency assistance for eligible venues affected by COVID-19.

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NOTICE: This program has ended. If you have questions about other City of Chandler programs and services to support businesses, contact the City’s Economic Development Division

The City of Chandler’s Economic Development Division, in partnership with the Industrial Development Authority, has initiated a “Choose Chandler” reimbursement grant program to assist small businesses with costs incurred from purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE). Qualifying Chandler businesses can apply for a "Choose Chandler" grant in amounts between $100 and $500. The Chandler Industrial Development Authority has made a total of $200,000 available for the program. Business owners must submit an application for reimbursement, receipt(s) detailing PPE purchase(s) and a business W9.

Details and Apply

NOTICE: This program has ended. If you have questions about other City of Chandler programs and services to support businesses, contact the City’s Economic Development Division.

Through the use of Arizona Cares Act funding, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce is distributing I Choose Chandler PPE Kits to Chandler businesses who qualify for the program.

The PPE Kit consists of the following:

  • Two (2) boxes of 50 each 3-ply non-medical face mask with ear-loop
  • One (1) automatic dispenser white stand
  • One (1) hand sanitizer, 1 gallon

Chandler businesses must meet the following criteria to be eligible for a PPE Kit:

  • Be a registered business with the City of Chandler
  • Have 100 or less employees

Details and Apply

  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund
    This program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. Registration for the SBA application portal will begin on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 a.m. ET. Applications will open on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon ET. Learn more
  • Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP)
    An SBA-backed loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan
    This loan provides economic relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Learn more
  • SBA Debt Relief
    SBA offers debt relief to existing SBA loan borrowers whose businesses have been impacted by COVID-19. Learn more

For more information on SBA Business Resources available, visit SBA COVID-19 Guidance Resources.

  • Payroll Tax Deferment program
    • Defer your share of business Social Security taxes until 2022
    • Funds must be paid back
    • 50% of the deferral must be paid by 12/2021, with the remaining 50% paid by 12/2022
    • IRS Issued FAQ
  • Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • Credit for Sick and Family Leave
  • Credit for Caring for someone with Coronavirus 
  • Credit for Children due to Daycare/ School Closure 
  • Credit for Eligible Employers 

Learn more

Let’s Get You on the Map

The City of Chandler has created an interactive map for businesses to submit specials, services (delivery, takeout, curbside pickup), and if they are hiring. Help us help you and submit your business. We’ll be sharing on our social media platforms.

Choose Chandler Map

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Business Questions?

Mayor Kevin Hartke, Chandler City Council and City leadership are committed to providing the resources needed to assist local businesses during this time of uncertainty.

Please let us know what questions or resources you need and we will do our best to address them.

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