Maricopa SBDC Is OPEN – Virtually
How we can support you:
Our offices are open – virtually. We are here to help, so don’t hesitate to call or email. We can meet with you via Zoom teleconference, phone or other virtual channel.
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we have moved all consulting meetings online or on phone for the foreseeable future.
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans with an optional advance ($1,000 per employee up to a $10,000 advance).
For questions on the status of your SBA EIDL or EIDL Advance application, please contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For the most up-to-date information on these programs, please visit www.sba.gov/disaster.
**Do not wait to get in touch with one of these lenders.
*If you received an email from CLS@sba.gov requesting information, it is legitimate.
If your identity was stolen and used to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), here are some important steps you should take. Be sure to act quickly to prevent or reduce financial loss or damage.
- Notify the SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance at 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or by email at email@example.com. Their team will make a note to the file and place a hold on funds if they have not already been disbursed. If funds have already been disbursed, they will refer the matter to SBA’s Office of Inspector General.
- Notify the SBA Office of Inspector General to report any suspected fraud on the OIG’s Hotline at 800-767-0385 or online at https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/oversight-advocacy/officeinspector-general/office-inspector-general-hotline.
- Place a fraud alert on your credit reports. Contact all of the three major credit reporting agencies. Do not believe whichever company you contact is required to tell the other two. Consider adding an extended fraud alert (valid for seven years) or a credit freeze to your credit bureau reports.
- Go to https://www.identitytheft.gov to file a report about your situation. Once you’ve entered your information, the site will create an Identity Theft Report. Print it or save it to your computer; you will need it later.
- File an identity theft report with your local police department. You may want to use the report you prepared at IdentityTheft.gov.
- Contact the Social Security Administration as soon as possible, even if you’re not sure your number has been compromised at 1-800-269-0271 or submit a report online at https://oig.ssa.gov
Further recommendations to recover from fraud:
- Notify any other companies where you know fraud occurred. Explain your situation and ask them to close your account. Request a letter confirming that the fraudulent activity isn’t yours, that you are not liable for it, and that it was removed from your credit report. And save those letters.
- Obtain and review copies of your credit reports immediately. Look for accounts, inquiries and addresses you don’t recognize.
- If you spot items on your credit report that you don’t recognize, contact the credit bureau involved.
(If more than one, you will need to contact each individually.) Include a copy of your Identity Theft Report and proof of your identity. Explain which information on your report is fraudulent, and ask that they block that information, which will keep it from showing up on your credit report.
- If you get a collection letter for a debt that you don’t owe, write the debt collector within 30 days of getting the letter. Tell them your identity was stolen and you don’t owe the debt. They may request a copy of your Identity Theft Report and other documents about the theft.
- Review your bills and credit reports regularly to identify any new fraudulent charges.
Please stay well and compassionate.
Our Team is concerned about your business and want to help!
Resources available — CONTINUALLY UPDATED
As we continue to monitor the fluid and rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation, the health and safety of our employees, partners, clients, and people in the communities where we operate remains our top priority.Currently, it remains a fluid situation and will continue to keep our website updated with the latest developments.
SBA Disaster Loans:
SBA Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program Guide:
SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
- PPP Program Overview
- PPP Lender Information
- PPP Borrower Information
- PPP Frequently Asked Questions FAQs # 50 and #51 have been added (Released August 11, 2020)
- How to Calculate Loan Amounts (Released June 26, 2020)
- New question #10 on calculations for new self-employed individuals & revised questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 to reflect PPPFA
- Interim Final Rule – Revisions to Loan Forgiveness IFR and SBA Loan Review Procedures IFR (Released June 22, 2020)
- Interim Final Rule – Additional Eligibility Revisions to First Interim Final Rule (criminal justice reform provisions related to eligibility for those with a criminal record) (Released June 24, 2020)
- Interim Final Rule – Certain Eligible Payroll Costs (specifically pertaining to fishing boat owners) (Released June 25, 2020)
- Summary of PPP lending as of 8/8/20 (Released August 11, 2020)
- Procedures for Lender Submission of Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Decisions to SBA and SBA Forgiveness Loan Reviews (Released July 23, 2020)
- Forgiveness Frequently Asked Questions – General Loan Forgiveness FAQ # 4 (page 2) has been added (Released 10/13/20)
- Interim Final Rule – Appeals of SBA Loan Review Decisions Under the PPP (Released August 11, 2020)
- SBA From 3508ez PPP Forgiveness Instructions
- PPP Forgiveness Application 3508EZ
- SBA Form 3508 PPP Forgiveness Instructions
- SBA Form 3508 PPP Forgiveness Application
The PPP Forgiveness Platform will go live and begin accepting Lender submissions on August 10, 2020, subject to extension if any new legislative amendments to the forgiveness process necessitate changes to the system.
SBA Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources:
Maricopa Small Business Development Center (SBDC):
- Pandemic Help for Small Businesses Fact Sheet
- Maricopa SBDC/City of Peoria FaceBook Live
- Maricopa SBDC SBA Disaster Loan Programs Webinar.05.13.2020
- Maricopa SBDC PPP Loan Forgiveness Webinar.07.30.2020
- Maricopa SBDC Business Income and How It’s Taxed Webinar.09.10.2020
- AZSBDC/ACA Learn How the AZSBDC Partnership with the ACA Can Help Your Business Grow.09.24.2020
- Small Business Payroll.10.22.2020
America’s SBDC Coronavirus Information for Small Businesses:
- ASBDC SBA Coronavirus Pandemic Disaster Loans Comparison
- Federal Resources for Small Businesses
Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA):
- Free options available: www.irs.gov/coronavirus
- Plan on scheduling multiple payments now
- Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments Status
- Three new credits are available to many businesses hit by COVID-19
Department of Labor:
- Covid-19 and the American Workplace
- Covid 19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act questions and answers
- Covid 19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act questions and answers
- Employer paid leave requirements
- Employee paid leave rights
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
(click here for .pdf of Community Resources)
Arizona Commission on the Arts (Emergency Relief Grants for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals):
Arizona Employment Opportunities:
Arizona@Work is maintaining a database of employers who are looking to hire immediately.
Additional Employment Resources:
- Now Hiring #C19AZ leverages Pipeline AZ’s unique skills-mapping technology and virtual hiring fair capabilities to match incoming crisis job seekers to real-time openings
- Maricopa County Community Colleges CareerLink
AHCCCS Health Insurance (Medical Assistance)
- Health plan enrollment information, call: 1-855-432-7587 or 1-855-HEAplus
AZ Housing Assistance
Arizona Housing Assistance, provides assistance with:
- Project-Based Rental Assistance
- Rent assistance and eviction prevention
- Phoenix HD – call (602) 262-6794 and Maricopa County HA – call (602) 744-4500
- Emergency home repairs
- ArizonaTogether.org, serves as the centralized location for Arizonans to find help or provide support during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Factsheets (multiple languages): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/factsheets.html
- Guidance for Businesses: CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
City of Mesa:
- Mortgage assistance/Foreclosure prevention grant: https://www.mesaaz.gov/
residents/community- development/eviction- prevention
- Small business technical assistance: https://www.
mesaaz.gov/government/mesa- cares/mesa-cares-small- business-technical-assistance- program
- Residential utility assistance: https://www.
mesaaz.gov/government/mesa- cares/mesa-cares-residential- utility-assistance
City of Peoria:
Chicanos por la Causa — Resources and Information:
Click on any link to get help with:
- COVID-19 Testing https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-testing
- Healthcare https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/healthcare.php
- Food (including free meals for kids and pet food assistance) https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/food.php
- Family immigration services https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/immigration.php
- Workforce benefits https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/workforce.php
- Small business relief https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/small-business.php
- Education – home schooling https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/education.php
- Family resources https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/education.php
- Utility assistance https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/utilities.php
- Housing assistance – for homeowners and renters https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/housing.php
- Resources for Seniors https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/seniors.php
- Resources for service providers – https://www.cplc.org/covid-19/service-providers.php
Help with your case or general questions:
Chat or email: Available from our Health-e-Arizona Plus website where you may also submit your application.
- Phone: 1-855-432-7587 or 1-855-HEAplus
- Office Locations: find the nearest office with the DES Office Locator
- The Statewide Interview Line: 1-855-777-8590 (all area codes)
Electronic Benefits Card (EBT)
- Report lost or stolen EBT cards, check your EBT card balance, and more. Call FIS Customer Service at 1-888-997-9333 (TTY 1-800-367-8939)
Export and Trade Assistance:
- Business Resource Hub: https://www.facebook.com/business/boost/resource
- Emergency Food Support – Food Banks – Emergency Food Support
- Arizona Community Senior Food Program (CSFP)
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
- Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
- WIC Farmers Markets Nutrition Program (FMNP)
- Arizona Foundation Funding opportunities for Phoenix small businesses
- Arizona Grant Watch
- Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant – $10 million
- Choose Chandler reimbursement grant program to assist small businesses with costs incurred from purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE).
- I Choose Chandler Business Hiring and Retention Program
- #Gilbert Together Business Relief Grant – Up to $35,00; https://www.gilbertaz.
gov/home/showdocument?id=38948 ; https://www.gilbertaz.gov/ business/gilberttogether- business-recovery-program
- Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Phoenix RISE Microbusiness Grant
- Maricopa County Small Business Grant – up to $25,000
- Tempe Small Business Grant Program – Up to $10,000; https://www.
azfoundation.org/Grants-Loans/ Tempe-Small-Business-Grant- Program
Local First Arizona:
The Governor’s Office is partnering with Local First Arizona Foundation to launch the Arizona Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant program and distribute $10 million in grants to small businesses who have had to shutter their doors during this pandemic. The partnership leverages the grant-making experience and small business expertise of Local First Arizona Foundation, which has already distributed over $2 million in grant funds to small businesses across the state of Arizona, and will support their work of putting small businesses on a path for recovery. The Arizona Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant program will begin accepting applications on Aug. 20, 2020, at 10 A.M
Maricopa Community Colleges Community Resources:
Office Keepers (AZSBDC Success Award Winner):
- Cleaning vs Disinfecting (pdf file)
- COVID-19 Resources: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
- Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 – https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf
Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority:
211 is a vital service that connects millions of people to help every year: