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 May 27, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

Chamber Launches Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready Campaign. 

More than 200 businesses have signed up to be listed on the Sedona|Safe.Clean.Ready website. Businesses who volunteer to implement a posted list of safety recommendations are listed as safe, clean and ready on SedonaSafeCleanReady.com.

Businesses will be posted and the site will be heavily promoted beginning this week. Chamber ads, websites, social media, blogs and media are among the platforms we will be utilizing.  The City of Sedona is helping  with A-frame signs and variable message boards. 

In addition to being listed on the site, once you sign on you get immediate access to Sedona|Safe.Clean.Ready logos and posters, including material that tells customers what they should do to interact safely with you and your employees.

Signing up takes just a few moments. Act today! We want to promote your efforts on social media. Send ebruce@sedonachamber.com photos of your safety practices, so we can share what you are doing!

Is Your ‘Open or Closed’ Status Accurate? 

Now more than ever, we want to be sure our Business Status page is accurate and your business is correctly represented as being open, closed, providing curbside service, etc. 

Please check the page and let us know if your status should be changed.  It is a critical resource in keeping residents informed as the economy begins to re-energize. Please email ebruce@sedonachamber.com with any updates.

Ducey Announces Reopenings

Governor Ducey provided new guidance on reopening the Arizona economy in accordance with the CDC Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.  

The Executive Order 2020-36 Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger:

  • Expires Executive Orders 2020-18, 2020-24, 2020-33 (Existing Stay at Home Orders & Travel Restrictions)
  • Allows businesses to open while encouraging continued physical distancing
  • Businesses may start to gradually open if they are in compliance with state and federal guidelines to mitigate and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Some of the guidelines include enhanced cleaning, monitoring for sickness, providing protective equipment, limiting congregation of groups of more than 10 people, and encouraging teleworking when possible
  • Vulnerable individuals are advised to continue limiting time away from place of residence

The governor said those openings can occur with precautions in place, including rules about the number of visitors allowed inside and social distancing.

The Arizona Office of Tourism Provides Guidelines for Tourism Industry Businesses

 

SBA Accepting PPP Applications

SBA is processing EIDL Loan and Advance applications on a first come, first-served basis.

To learn more about the relief options available for your business, click here.

Summary of $484 Billion Stimulus

The $484 billion coronavirus relief package signed by the President April 24 replenishes SBA emergency loan coffers and restarts stalled loan and grant programs.  Here is a summary of the bill provided by Congressman O’Halleran’s office. If you have already applied, you can follow-up EIDL by calling 1-800-659-2955 or emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.

NOTE:  The newly authorized funding is expected to be expended very quickly. If you are eligible and have not yet applied, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. 

Ducey Executive Orders Online

Governor Ducey has issued numerous COVID-19  Executive Orders that impact the business community. We will continue to keep you updated through this page and our email business bulletins as these orders emanate from the Governor’s Office.

You can see all the COVID-19 related Executive Orders here.

Sedona Tourism Economic Recovery Task Force

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce has formed a Tourism Economic Recovery Task Force representing a range of Sedona businesses to guide the Chamber’s recovery strategy and to serve as a resource for City of Sedona and Verde Valley leaders.

211 or 211arizona.org 

Governor Ducey has made a phone number, 211, and a website 211arizona.org available for updates on the Covid-19 virus (similar to 511 for roads and 911 for emergencies).

Northern Arizona Healthcare COVID-19 Dashboard

NAH has created a tracking dashboard that is updated as information changes.


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE


SBA Disaster Loan Update 

The SBA is once again accepting applications for the PPP program and the EIDL Loan and Advance Programs (see above).  Check it regularly. 

  • Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis
  • You may apply for a $10,000 grant to cover business expenses, including payroll.
  • If you submitted a loan application and wish to apply for the $10,000 grant, you need to reapply for this specific grant at the link above. The SBA will merge your previous application with this new application.
  • The amount of the Advance will be determined by the number of the small business’ pre-disaster (i.e., as of January 31, 2020) employees. The Advance will provide $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000.

‘SBA Loan Update’ PowerPoint & Synopses now online 

The Powerpoint from the Friday, April 3rd, webinar regarding updates to the SBA Loans is now online. The full webinar can be viewed here. The event was sponsored by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, City of Sedona and the Small Business Development Center at Yavapai College. This webinar took place prior to the temporary halt in applications announced by the SBA April 16.

The SBDC has prepared an excellent synopsis of the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the Paycheck Protection Program and the Express Bridge Loan.  

SBA Loan Application Online Application Process

You may apply for SBA Emergency assistance here.

Businesses in the City of Sedona can email Molly Spangler, the Director of Economic Development for assistance completing the application. Businesses outside the city should email Jeri Denniston  at the SBDC for help.

The program offers loans for up to $10 million, with no payments in the first year, no prepayment penalty, and 30 years to pay it off. 

Non-profit organizations are eligible for SBA Disaster Loans. Nonprofits should contact Northern AZ SCORE and United Way of Yavapai County for assistance.

Notes for making the online application easier: 

  • Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge are the recommended browsers for completing the loan application.
  • The site had been experiencing high traffic. The process may go more quickly if you apply after 7 p.m.
  • You only need one year of tax returns, instead of the originally stated 3 years. After you complete the application, you will hear from an SBA Loan officer within 3 weeks.
  • A bookkeeper or accountant can fill out the application for you.

 

New Employee Job Training Grant

The Arizona Commerce Authority created a Rapid Employment Job Training Grant to support employers financially with training new employee expenses. Here is a quick reference sheet, and you can apply here.

Opportunity for a micro-grant program 

You can receive $500-$1000 from BBB Pacific Southwest. 

  • The program is serving all small businesses, but focusing specifically on businesses that have 5-20 employees. 
  • BBB Pacific Southwest will process applications for the next four months beginning in May. If you do not receive a grant one month, you may reapply the next month. 
  • According to their FAQ, “The grant is open to qualified small businesses that are in good standing with BBB and uphold BBB Standards for Trust. We will consider a company’s history of community involvement, including but not limited to, BBB accreditation.” 
  • Here is the link to the application.

 

Senior Core of Retired Executives Offer FREE Business Advice 

Free SCORE business advisory services for COVID-19 business advice, and  recovery planning. Contact Wade Bell at wade.bell@scorevolunteer.org


LOCAL ATTORNEYS EXPLAIN


Aspey, Watkins & Diesel PLLC explain topics to help businesses related to Covid-19

Some of the topics include:  

Click here to view all topics


EMPLOYMENT & PAYROLL RELIEF


The Paycheck Protection Program provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency. 

Go here for the Paycheck Protection Program.

Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act from the US Senate

Paycheck Protection Program Loans Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for the Small Business Guide and Checklist, provided by the US Chamber of Commerce

US Senate Committee on Small Business provides Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses here.

CARES Act Eligibility Guide

CARES Act FAQs

New Guidance from Department of Labor on Leave Rules

The U.S. Department Of Labor just published guidance for explaining paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Relief for laid off and unpaid employees:  Arizona@Work is a resource for temporary employment services. Your laid off employees should register at Arizona Job Connection. The Arizona@Work icon is on the upper left.

Here you will find the Sedona Emergency Community Resource Directory

Arizona Unemployment Insurance: The CARES Act includes additional funding for state unemployment insurance and may waive some restrictions such as waiting periods. Your laid off unpaid employees can begin the process of applying for benefits at AZUI.gov

NOTE – the Northern Arizona Council of Governments recommends entering COVID-19 as the ‘Reason for Separation.’

Your laid off employees can get help navigating the services above by calling NACOG’s  West County One Shop at (928)778-1422 or (928)308-4832, or the East County One Stop at (928)649-6867 or (928)649-6868, or visit their websites: nacog.org and yavapaiatwork.com.


MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES


Does your business have an online sales portal?

We recently launched two new pages of area businesses selling products online or offering virtual and online services. If you want your business listed on either of these pages, please email the business name, the URL to your online store plus a horizontal image and two sentences about your online inventory or service to pr@sedonachamber.com.  We are also promoting virtual events. Partners can enter events through the extranet and non-partners can enter events here. Chamber partners can send a Facebook co-hosting request, so the event will appear on the Chamber Facebook event list.

Our Business Status  page lists the open/closed status of Sedona area businesses. Send your information and updates to jwess@sedonachamber.com.

Restaurants licensed to serve prepared foods may sell grocery items such as paper goods, cleaning supplies, prepared food in bulk, meat and vegetables per an Executive Order issued by Governor Ducey April 7.  Restaurants may use curbside signage to promote this service.

We are Listing Restaurants Offering delivery, drive through, take out. If your restaurant offers these services, please let us know and we’ll add you here. Send your information to jwess@sedonachamber.com.

Free 2 hours of Marketing Help

Local marketing expert, Gail Helfer, President and Creative Director for Authentus Group based in Sedona, has committed 2 pro bono hours a day to helping Sedona and Verde Valley business owners affected by closures with marketing ideas, social media strategies or copywriting.  Gail is a former Hallmark creative director and 30-year ad agency veteran with a diverse background. Email her at gail@authentus.com or call 928-239-4950.

Flexible signage for curbside pickup:  The City is permitting businesses who offer curbside pickup service to use a-frames and other additional signage to advertise during the coronavirus emergency. For details, contact the City at questions@sedonaaz.gov.

To encourage local shopping, Sedona Monthly Magazine is creating a digital online directory that’s free for Sedona businesses. They need some basic information. You can read more here.


NON-PROFITS


Non-Profit Support: The Arizona Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Community Response Fund to help non-profit organizations who provide critical care and need emergency funding to meet the surge in demand.  Apply for or donate to the fund at azfoundation.org

Non-profit organizations are eligible for SBA Disaster Loans. Nonprofits should contact Northern AZ SCORE and United Way of Yavapai County for assistance.


VISITOR CENTER & CHAMBER OPERATIONS


Visitor Center  Operations Go Virtual: The Visitor Center physical location at Forest and 89A is assisting visitors with additional safety practices in place. We will continue to operate virtually, every day, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., as follows:

Chamber Staff Working From Home: The Chamber offices at 45 Sunset Drive is open by appointment only. Staff are keeping regular hours, available by phone, email and text while keeping communications and services going full blast.

Please bookmark to regularly review and share the Sedona Travel Advisory page and our Updates to Sedonans.


ADDITIONAL BUSINESS RESOURCES


City of Sedonasedona

City of Sedona Covid-19 information and resources

 


County & Stateaz-1

Coconino County Health and Human Services information

Yavapai County Health Services website

Arizona Department of Health and Human Services information

Arizona Commerce Authority

Arizona Department of Economic Security

Unemployment Insurance Fact Sheet from the Department of Economic Security


Small Business Administrationsba

Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019

 


Travel & Tourism Industryus-travel-and-destinations-international-logo-v3

The latest advisories from the USTA and their business tool kit here

Destinations International “COVID-19 Travel Industry Resource Page

 


Centers for Disease Control and Preventioncdc_logo

CDC website on coronavirus

CDC’s travel notices

Tips on coronavirus prevention


Posters for your Businesswho

Protect Others From Getting Sick – World Health Flyer

Protect Others From Getting Sick #2 – World Health Flyer

Stop the Spread Sign – City of Sedona


Additional News

Knox News “Here’s how to create an epidemic/pandemic business plan