In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses to follow directives from the CDC and all levels of government to protect our community during this critical time. While it is difficult to know exactly how long we will be impacted and to what extent, by communicating, innovating, and working together, we can improve the outcome for everyone.
What is the Chamber doing? The Chamber office has re-opened to the public, following Mayor Craig McFarland's "Come Back S.M.A.R.T. Casa Grande" campaign guidelines. Please refer to the Chamber’s Facebook page for frequent updates on a variety of helpful community resources. In terms of our local businesses, let’s stay loyal and patronize the businesses in our community. The Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) is the voice of business, and has a strong role in communicating that our community is open for business. The Chamber is working in collaboration with the City of Casa Grande, the CAC Small Business Development Center, Casa Grande Main Street and others to keep our business community informed regarding COVID-19.
CasaGrandeIsOpenForBusiness.com is a new resource that is available to all businesses in the community. Add your business, or view the directory.
Our 2020 Chamber Directory serves as a great resource for connecting with member businesses. For the latest updates about a business, whether they are open or closed, or have adapted services to current events, refer to the Buyer’s Guide in our ONLINE DIRECTORY (pages 78-97), and follow the web links to their pages to learn more.
What resources are available?
Sun Life is now offering COVID-19 Antibody Testing as part of Occupational Health Services. This test is currently covered by most insurances at no expense to the policy holder or an established cash-pay rate of $60/antibody test. Call Sun Life at 520-350-7551 to learn more about all Occupational Health Services.
Payment Protection Program Loan (PPP) - Available beginning 4/3/2020 through various financial institutions
US Government Economic Impact Payments - Available to individuals beginning in the next few weeks, will distribute automatically and no action is required for most people
CaresActAZ.com free online training program for small business owners gives both novice and experienced borrowers individualized support to navigate the CARES Act and access relief funds
The Arizona Commerce Authority has compiled resources for small businesses and workers facing employment loss.
Local First Arizona provides many scheduled and pre-recorded webinars available on a wide array of helpful COVID-19 topics relevant to Arizona small businesses.
Arizona Department of Economic Security - Unemployment Information
Renters: Eviction orders are halted for anyone quarantined or facing economic hardships due to COVID-19 (link here). For information regarding rental assistance, click here. To begin qualification for Rental Assistance, click here.
Utilities: APS, SRP, TEP, and six electric cooperatives have agreed that no customer will lose power or assessed late fees or interest due to inability to pay during the COVID-19 emergency (link here)
Banking and mortgages: Arizona banks are suspending home evictions and foreclosures for at least 60 days, with the potential to extend that period for the duration of the emergency declarations. Most banks have adopted payment deferral programs. If your residents -- homeowners, borrowers, small businesses --- are struggling to make payments, they should contact their banks directly to discuss payment deferral plans for the emergency (link here).
Internet: Wireless and wireline internet service providers have committed to not terminating service for any residence or small business because of inability to pay due to COVID-19 as well as waiving late fees for those with COVID-19 economic circumstances (link here). Many internet providers have deals specific for the COVID-19 emergency and special offers for families with K-12 students (those offers are compiled on this page by the Arizona Commerce Authority)
How can I stay up to date on the latest developments?