BACK-TO-BUSINESS SURVEY RESULTS

Thank you to everyone who took a minute to respond to our Back-to-Business Survey. Here are the results:

Do you plan to open your business when state non-essential restrictions are lifted?
11% Yes.
49% I never closed.
28% I've been open, but services are limited.
12% No.

Why not? (More than one answer could be selected.)
48% I have concerns related to COVID-19.
40% My customers have concerns related to COVID-19.
2%  I do not have PPE.
7% I cannot have my operations ready by then.
14% I do not have enough customer demand.
7% It is too cost prohibitive to construct barriers/implement social distancing measures.
12% I am out of business/I plan to close within the next 2-3 months.
5% I don't know what requirements I need to implement to open my business.
12% I have a different opening date within the next 30 days.
14% I have a different opening date in 30-60 days.
17% I am uncertain about when I can open.
45% Other (included: lack of childcare, online business, working in shifts, telecommuting, etc.)
INTRODUCING CURBSIDE CHAMBER CHATS!

Come along for a ride as Tucson Metro Chamber's director of communication zips through Tucson and chats with our members. This premier episode includes interviews with Kittle Construction, Chic Boutique, and Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market.

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LET EVERYONE KNOW YOU ARE
BACK IN BUSINESS!

Do you want to display one of these Back In Business signs to let everyone know you're ready to serve them? Contact Tammy Jensen HERE and say "We're Back!" She'll send you the sign and two pieces of ribbon so you can tie them together, post a picture, tag us, and we'll share on social media. It's a great way to share special hours or promotions.
TOP 10 REASONS TO MOVE TO TUCSON, ARIZONA

Members of this year's Greater Tucson Leadership interviewed Tucsonans about why they moved here and what they love about Tucson. The inclusive community, and affordable cost of living are just a couple of reasons mentioned. The goal of the video is to retain and attract the strong workforce Tucson needs to succeed.
UARIZONA FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TASKFORCE
 
As a partner of the Chamber, our main innovation hub and major supply of talent to our region, the health and well-being of the University is very important to our region’s future. They recently created a Financial Sustainability Emergency Response Taskforce, under the leadership of Lisa Rulney, Senior Vice President for Business Affairs & Chief Financial Officer. Since much of their work centers around workforce development, they are looking for creative and innovative ways to succeed and partner with industry. Please visit the site HERE to learn more and please share your ideas with Tucson Metro Chamber Board Member Julie Katsel at jkatsel@email.arizona.edu .
PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE GOOGLE IT CERTIFICATE

Pima Community College is launching the Google Support Tech Certificate later this month. Their hope is that this certificate will be a great road to entry-level IT jobs in the community and will provide businesses with a skilled pool of workers. They want to make sure that Tucson businesses are aware that this certificate is a valid way to gauge IT skills in new hires. Additionally, the IT Support Professional Certificate recently secured a credit recommendation from the American Council on Education’s (ACE)  ACE CREDIT ®, which is the industry standard for translating workplace learning to college credit. Learn more HERE.
FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS FINANCE WEBINARS

Need help organizing your business finances? Do you qualify for a loan, but don't know how to show it? The Community Investment Corporation is offering free, online webinars on May 21: Profit & Loss and May 28: Balance Sheet. Click the links to register.
NO SMALL MATTER SCREENING
 
Nearly 75% of Arizona's licensed child care programs have closed since March and there is no telling how many will shut down permanently. As we reopen our economy child care is a top concern for employees and employers. The US Chamber of Commerce and the United Way have made the issue a priority and have sent letters and hosted webinars to address policies that provide the right kind of assistance these centers need. On Tuesday, May 19, there will be a virtual screening of the documentary "No Small Matter". Learn about what happens inside a quality early learning center and what it has to do with workforce development. Please register HERE.
HELP US CONTINUE TO HELP OTHERS

The Tucson Metro Chamber is working hard to support small businesses. Unfortunately, as a non-profit 501(c)(6) due to our advocacy, we do not qualify for any federal relief programs. We appreciate any support our community can offer to help offset our own operational expenses providing services community wide connecting members to each other and to services.  CLICK HERE to donate. Thank you!
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