Buckeye is dedicated to keeping our business community and residents updated with the most current programs and information as it becomes available. It is important to stay Connected as we continue to navigate through Social Distancing and the reopening of our state. Below are some resources and tips to assist during this time.
Reopening Guidance & Assistance
Business and Customer Guidance provided by Governor Doug Ducey
June 29: Prohibiting large gatherings for 30 days
Pausing certain business operations
Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, the following establishments shall pause operations until July 27, 2020:
Bars with a series 6 or 7 liquor license from the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (these entities may provide take-out and curbside service);
Indoor gyms and fitness clubs or centers;
Indoor movie theaters;
And tubing operators
Delayed - First day of school for in-person learning to August 17,2020
June 18: Enhanced guidance to limit congregating
Arizona’s Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger Executive Order issued on May 12 requires businesses and other entities operating in the state to implement health and safety plans to protect workers and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Updated guidance issued today by ADHS requires specific health measures be taken by establishments
May 13: Pools, Gyms & Fitness Providers, and Spas, Massage Therapists and Personal Services
Pools, gyms & fitness providers, and spas can resume partial operations following the most up-to date customer and business operation guidance provided by the State and the CDC.
May 13: Places of Worship
While never formally closed, many places of worship opted to temporarily change or suspend services in order to follow physical distancing guidelines. They may resume operations following the most up-to date customer and business operation guidance provided by the State and CDC.
May 11: Restaurants and Coffee Shops
Resume dine-in services following social distancing guidelines and the most up-to-date customer and business operation guidance provided by the State and the CDC.
May 8: Cosmetologists and Barber Shops
Resume appointment-based services following the most up-to-date customer and business operation guidance provided by the State and the CDC.
May 8: Retail businesses – Phase II
Resume partial in-person operations following the most up-to-date customer and business operation guidance provided by the State and the CDC.
May 4: Retail businesses – Phase I
Resume sales of goods through delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, drive-up service, curbside delivery or appointment provided they establish and implement sanitation and physical distancing measures.
May 1: Elective Surgeries
Resume in hospitals and outpatient surgical centers with assurances from facilities that include having a universal symptom screening process for staff and patients and adequate PPR supply.
News Releases from Governor Doug Ducey regarding Businesses
June 18: Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan NEWS RELEASE
Find all News Releases HERE.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC Provides additional guidance for Businesses and Workplaces. Guidance includes Health Considerations and Tools (‘decision tools’), Guidance to Plan, Prepare and Respond, and Prevention and Support information.
The purpose of the ‘decision too’ is to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to check with state and local health officials and other partners to determine the most appropriate actions while adjusting to meet the unique needs and circumstances of the local community.
Small Business Bootcamp & Collective
The Arizona Commerce Authority and Local First Arizona — supported by a dynamic group of community partners — have launched a statewide initiative to help Arizona’s small businesses respond to the immediate impacts of COVID-19, plan for the future and return stronger than before. Over the course of several weeks, local business leaders and subject matter experts will provide real-time support and available resources across Arizona in live, daily sessions to help small businesses return stronger than they entered.
|Week 1: Funding||Week 6: Return Stronger|
|Week 2: Cash Flow||Week 7: Rebuild|
|Week 3: Reopen||Week 8: New Normal|
|Week 4: Reenergize||Week 9: Return Stronger|
|Week 5: Adapt|
Arizona Business Resources
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 is updated regularly as new information becomes available.
New - Maricopa County Small Business Relief Program
A new program from Maricopa County has been created to support the continued viability of small businesses experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
- Provide up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses for expense reimbursement
- For-profit and non-profit (501(c)3) businesses are eligible
- Application period: July 9 – July 31, 2020
- Grants will be provided on a rolling first come, first served basis
- Grantees must provide final report of spending by November 30, 2020
- Monies not spent by November 30, 2020 will revert to County
For additional information including pre-qualifications, application questions, required documentation, and program processes, visit: https://www.azfoundation.org/GrantsLoans/MaricopaCountyReliefGrants.aspx
PPP Funding Still Available for Small Businesses
PPP funds are still available for small businesses, sole proprietors, independent contractors, self-employed persons, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, 501(c)(19) veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses.
To apply for this forgivable loan, submit your application with a participating lender.
As of May 23, over $8.5 billion of PPP funding has been approved for 73,739 Arizona businesses and non-profits. Please see the published SBA PPP Reports for the most recent data on PPP loan approvals.
- PPP Lender List - Arizona: Includes participating banks, credit unions, micro-lenders, CDFIs and alternative online lenders
- PPP Program Information
- PPP Program Overview
- Borrower Information
- Lender Information
- PPP FAQs
- How to Calculate PPP Loan Amounts
- PPP Interim Final Rule - Provides Calculation Examples
- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Application (Spanish Version)
- Requirements - Loan Forgiveness
SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance Program Reopened
June 15, 2020: SBA reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to #COVID19.
SBA’s EIDL program offers long-term, low interest assistance for a small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to help alleviate temporary loss of revenue. EIDL assistance can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses.
Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.
Learn more and apply
Read the announcement
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
CARES Act Readiness program for Small Businesses: This online training program created by the Arizona Small Business Association and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce helps small businesses access the capital they need, helping both novice and experienced borrowers successfully access relief funds. The individualized support is free and customized to the borrower's experience with 2-5 online classes that will walk businesses through everything from the basic of finance to submitting a loan application. Find more information at www.caresactaz.com
Federal Reserve: Recently introduced both new and enhanced programs in an effort to support companies of all sizes.
Prestamos CDFI : An SBA certified lender with funds available for micro loans (up to $25,000) until PPP funds come through, and accepting applications for CARES funding Phase 2 for the Payment Protection Program.
U.S. Chamber’s: Coronavirus Small Business Guide (available at uschamber.com/sbloans) outlines the steps small businesses should take now and prepare to access much-needed funds to help keep their workers on the payroll during this disruptive period. Further guides will be developed as the CARES Act becomes implemented. Save Small Business Fund
Local First Arizona - mini grants to small family owned business and local support.
Governor Ducey Announcements : We are committed to making sure Arizonans have access to the resources they need as we work to get our state through the COVID-19 outbreak. Visit ArizonaTogether.org for more information.
Buckeye Business Assistance
Communicate with Customers
- Let customers know you’re open
- Update online platforms with new operations information and business hours
- Communicate with customers and employees about how you've prepared to welcome them back to a safe environment. How are you following recommended guidelines from the CDC and Department of Health Services
- What services are available and what is not available
- Now’s the time to get into social media
- Send out an e-newsletter to your customers and contacts
Interim Temporary Sign Process during COVID-19
The city has recognized that these difficult circumstances have made it increasingly important for businesses to communicate with their customers to provide vital information. To that end, the city will allow all temporary signs identified in the City Development Code to be placed without permit. The quantity, size, and location requirements remain applicable. Signs may remain posted continuously and are not subject to display periods for the duration of the local emergency. At the conclusion of the local emergency, normal city operations will resume and all signs will be required to be removed or properly permitted.
The temporary sign code allows for one on-site banner of up to 32 square feet and a-frame sign up to 12 square feet per business/use street frontage. Additionally, off-site a-frame signs are allowed on private property subject to ownership approval. Temporary signs cannot be placed on public sidewalks or located within public rights-of-way except when immediately adjacent to the principal business entry for properties within the Downtown Overlay
For further information, please visit our Planning and Zoning page.
*These FREE banners are being offered to businesses by AzPro:
4’ x 4’ Banner (not customized) with grommets that allows your local businesses to communicate to the public that there is pick up and delivery available during their closure. Signs are available for pick up at 650 N 99th Ave., Ste 101, Avondale, AZ 85323. 623-777-2212. If you are unable to pick-up your sign, please contact Tennille Hiller at email@example.com and we are happy to pick-up and deliver a sign to your location.
- Enhance your social media presence
- Host Facebook and Instagram videos
- Promote online shopping
- Don’t offer online shopping, now’s a great time to start
- Promote gift-card purchases
- Offer phone and online ordering
- Offer drive-thru, curb-side pick-up or delivery
- Offer a promotions to encourage people to shop (BOGO, 10% off, etc)
Join Shop Buckeye
If you’re a Buckeye Business and are adjusting your hours, offering a deal, etc. submit your info on the form below to be included in Shop Buckeye. The business list created will be featured online and shared via social media with Buckeye residents.
Shop Buckeye is being created to feature Buckeye Business that are still open during COVID-19. Businesses adjusting hours, offering pick-up and/or delivery, or promotions during this difficult time can be featured by filling out the following form: