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    Has your business been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

    Would you like to be able to retain employees who are unable to work due to COVID-19?

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act gives businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid sick and family and medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19, either for the employee's own health needs or to care for family members. Workers may receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave for their own health needs or to care for others and up to an additional ten weeks of paid family leave to care for a child whose school or place of care is closed or child care provider is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions. The FFCRA covers the costs of this paid leave through 100 percent tax credits.

    Click here for more information.

    Do you need capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? The Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you.

    • Eligible recipients may qualify for a loan up to $10 million determined by 8 weeks of prior average payroll plus an additional 25 percent of that amount.
    • Loan payments will be deferred for six months.work
    • If all employees are kept on payroll for eight weeks, SBA will forgive the portion of the loans used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Up to 100 percent of the loan is forgivable.
    • You can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) at any lending institution that is approved to participate in the program through the existing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) lending program and additional lenders approved by the Department of Treasury. The Arizona Commerce Authority keeps a list of approved lenders statewide.

    ​Applying for assistance?

    Have these documents ready:

    • IRS issued Employer Identification Number
    • Payroll records for past 2 months
    • Short statement of how your business has been impacted by COVID-19

    Or a quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Advance.

    • Small businesses are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance of up to $10,000. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
    • The Economic Injury Disaster Loan is a working capital loan of up to $2 million to help overcome temporary loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis. 
    • SBA Disaster Assistance Program
    • SBA Application Guide

    Are you worried about making the rent for your business?

    On April 6, 2020, Gov. Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-21 halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order also encourages commercial landlords to defer rent payments for small business tenants facing economic hardship due to COVID-19 and consider waiving all fees and interest associated with late payments. Under the order, evictions will be halted until May 31, 2020.

    Are you worried about keeping up with payments on your SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help. Under this program the SBA will pay:

    • Principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months; and
    • Principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020.

    Is your company laying off employees, or likely to in the near future? Pima County Business Services Team works with employers to:

    • Minimize disruptions associated with job loss;
    • Connect affected workers to re-employment resources; and
    • Explore alternatives to reduce or avoid a layoff or business closure.

    Do you own a restaurant or bar? 

    The Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control will defer the payment of all liquor licensing fees by 90 days. Visit site for details

    Are you self-employed?

    • You may be able to qualify for the Paycheck Protection loan for your sole proprietorship, if you are able to submit documentation of tax filings and income and expense reporting.
    • The Family First Coronavirus Response Act provides for paid sick leave and family leave benefits through 100 percent tax credits.
    • New pandemic unemployment assistance provides coverage for self-employed individuals. Apply at www.AZUI.com.

    Is your profession or business regulated by a state licensing board or agency? 

    Under an Executive Order issued March 26, state agencies and boards will defer licensing and continuing education requirements that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020 by six months, unless those requirements can be completed online. View the order here

    Do you need quality, free counseling to help you navigate uncertain economic times? Check out these resource partners which are open for business and providing services online and vial teleconferencing:

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