Business Resources

April 24th President Trump signed a $484 billion economic relief bill to support small businesses and replenish the Paycheck Protection Program, to provide funding for hospitals and pay for more coronavirus testing. Four Republicans and one Democrat voted against it. 


The CARES Act Readiness Program for Small Businesses is a Free Online Program.  For Novice or Experienced Borrowers depending on your borrowing experience. The program will walk you through the basics of business finance to submitting loan applications. Learn more and sign up for this free resource by visiting

Governor Ducey signed an Executive Order halting commercial evictions for small businesses and nonprofits that cannot make rent due to COVID-19. Communities across AZ rely on our small businesses & nonprofits. This action ensures no small business or organization will face eviction as a result of COVID-19 — providing immediate relief to thousands of entrepreneurs and workers and ensuring essential functions can continue. See full release HERE.

Pinal Worksis a one-stop-shop resource library for businesses and citizens who experience economic hardship during this very challenging time. For our business community, "Pinal Works" offers access to organizations who are helping business owners navigate through the numerous programs and resources available at this time, such as: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, US Small Business Administration, AZ Commerce Authority, and Gov. Ducey's site, "Arizona Together."

The SBA Office of Entrepreneurial Development (OED) has provided a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Resource for the Paycheck Protection Program.

Other Business Resource Links

The Arizona Commerce Authority’s COVID-19 Arizona Business Resources page provides information, tools and guidance on business finance support, workforce assistance, essential infrastructure information, supply chain and logistics, housing and community volunteer opportunities. This site will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

Arizona Commerce Authority sponsored a Workforce Continuity & Strategy Webinar series on April 7th. This session provides guidance to business owners and HR executives on workforce solutions during this challenging time, including employment alternatives and available training programs. The ACA team will join experts from the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Office of Economic Opportunity and Small Business Administration to discuss how to:

  • Avoid employee furloughs and strategize alternative options

  • Navigate the Payroll Protection Program and the impact on your cash flow by rehiring your previously laid-off employees

  • Address federal and state guidelines on reduced work hours due to COVID-19 and UI eligibility

  • Connect with the Department of Economic Security and Office of Economic Opportunity to support employees

View Webinar Series Here


View the full ACA Business Resource Site here.

Small Business Administration Approves Loans For Arizona Businesses Affected By COVID-19