March 23, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EAST VALLEY CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE RELEASE COVID-19 BUSINESS IMPACT REPORT
Businesses Share Current, Anticipated Impact and Resources Needed to Survive Crisis
Phoenix – The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance (EVCCA) released today the findings from a survey conducted of its more than 5,000 members to determine the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their revenue, operations, and supply chains.
The report includes responses from nineteen industry sectors and nearly 70 percent of respondents represent businesses with less than 20 employees. Based on the data and feedback received, the following commonalities were identified:
● An immediate need for access to cash to keep their businesses afloat and to cover payroll expenses. As such, the need to streamline the SBA loan application and to limit restrictions was identified as a priority. Access to loans, lines of credit, and other funding options from local banks is essential as well.
● Employers are concerned with the welfare of their employees and seek clarity on how to accommodate new Sick Leave, FMLA, and payroll tax credits. However, if businesses do not have access to cash, tax credits are not relevant as employees cannot be paid. Businesses are trying to reassign or identify new duties to keep current employees on the job, including delivery, maintenance, and remote work assignments.
● Access to medical and sanitizing supplies is critical, especially for our hospitals. Many businesses require access to these supplies in order to operate, including meal prep, delivery, and carry-out services.
● Businesses are asking for accurate and consistent information about COVID-19 and clarity to be provided for businesses and essential service protocols to keep employees and customers safe.
The EVCCA will use this data, along with information received from upcoming surveys, to advocate for the immediate and long-term needs of the businesses for which they present.
The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance represented more than 5,000 businesses through individual memberships held with the Apache Junction, Carefree Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale and Tempe Chambers of Commerce.
The EVCCA, founded in 1999, represents 5,000+ local businesses and sevan local chambers: Carefree/ Cave Creek, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Superstition Region and Tempe. Our purpose is to provide coordination in the advancement of common business interests in our region.
Each year, EVCCA produces a report on the legislative session, which lists bills that have the most significance to East Valley businesses. It reports how each East Valley legislator voted on legislation relevant to the EVCCA. We hold a breakfast in December with legislators to discuss the next year’s agenda, and we employ our own lobbyist, Tom Dorn.
One alliance objective is to inform members of bills that will be on an upcoming ballot and their projected effect. Business owners in the East Valley need not feel helpless about government influence on their business. Each of us has the opportunity and responsibility to understand the issues and to get out and vote.
Who We Are
Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce
In June 1960, the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce formed for the purpose of fostering and promoting social, economic, commercial, industrial, agricultural and civic interests of the area of Apache Junction and Pinal County, Arizona.
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce
Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce is committed to the growth of its members through meaningful networking opportunities, business education and advocacy..
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to serve as the business advocate to strengthen the business climate in the city of Gilbert.
Mesa Chamber of Commerce
It is the Mesa Chamber’s mission to bring together the leadership, personalities and values that make up the taste of Mesa and, by doing so, to create a strong economy and a sustainable community.
Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce
The Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce strives to promote, develop and retain businesses that will enhance Queen Creek’s economic environment and further the goals of the community.
Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce
The Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Scottsdale providing advocacy, education, networking, leadership and exposure opportunities to its member businesses.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
For more than a century, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce has built an environment that enhances the economic vitality of its membership and business community as a whole.