Small Business Relief: ACT NOW Through the CARES Act, Congress has approved financial support for businesses offered through the Small Business Administration. We strongly encourage all member companies to speak to their tax advisor and/or local bank about the Paycheck Protection Plan and EIDL as soon as possible!

Webinar to Focus on Key COVID-19 Issues for Employers – We are tweaking the Legal Lunch & Learn series to feature a webinar on April 15 that discusses how employers can protect themselves during the COVID-19 crisis. Topics including: Force Majeure Clauses, Tips for Jobsite Health, Emergency Sick & Leave rules, and the CARES Act. Click here to sign-up.

Emergency Sick & Medical Leave – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act went into effect on April 1st. Click here for a summary of the details of what the Act covers, who is eligible, and how to compensate an employee for the time off. Please remember that this is not automatic pay for employees, but to be used if the employee cannot work (including telework) for one of the established COVID-19 reasons outlined in the Cares Act. This is not to be used to pay people because work is not available to them.

Remodelers Goes Virtual – Last Wednesday the first virtual council or committee meeting took place when the Remodelers hosted Mike and Brett from Snell & Wilmer who provided a great presentation on programs being administered through the Small Business Administration as part of the CARES designed to support small businesses through the pandemic. Kudos to Council Chair Patty Richardson and the entire Council for leading SAHBA into the world of virtual council and committee meetings!

Government Affairs Report – Click here for the latest update on local government and impact on home building.

New Tool for Job Seekers and Job Providers – Pipeline AZ is working to help alleviate the impact of COVID-19 by aggregating real time immediate job openings and offering pathways to future careers for all out-of-work Arizonans, connecting those affected by the crisis with industries in need. Please check out:  Now Hiring #C19AZ f or more information.

News from the Capital – Here’s a snapshot from the legislative scene from our lobbying team. Update: In a recent news article , S peaker of the House, Rusty Bowers, suggested delaying the restart of the legislative session which had been planned April 13. 

COVID-19 Testing – On Sunday, the Arizona Daily Star ran an article featuring Tucson business ARCPoint Labs offering a rapid test for the blood-borne anti-bodies that signal a person has recovered from coronavirus. Friends of SAHBA, Colleen Edwards and Wendell Long are co-owners of ARCPoint. Testing starts at $60 and results are ready in 10-20 minutes. .

Be Counted! – Census data determines how more than $675 billion are spent for state, county and local programs and services. For the first time ever, you can take the census online. Click here to get started.

Support Members and Local Businesses – Throughout this unprecedented time, thousands of businesses – including restaurantsare attempting to maintain a level of business to meet the needs of their customers and retain their employees. This includes hundreds of SAHBA member companies . We encourage you to help support these businesses to ensure they survive.

Help, Support and Services from Members to Members – SAHBA wants to hear from our members if they are offering programs, services, training, discounts or other things that would benefit fellow members. On April 9th, Anchor Wave is hosting a webinar on attracting customers in an unpredictable market. Here’s the link to register. Please send your featured member-to-member benefits to .

Shout Out to Local Chambers – Here's a quick look at just a few of the programs offered by local Chambers of Commerce (also SAHBA members) to help Southern Arizona communities:
Tucson Metro Chamber
Knowledge at Noon” a daily FREE Zoom meeting, open to members and non-members covering current COVID-19 topics. Click here to view schedule.

Marana Chamber
Supporting Marana businesses with Bingo. Squares include: buy gift cards, shop local online, help a business owner with childcare and more. Click here to play. 

Oro Valley Chamber
The Chamber and its Foundation partnered together to contribute $10,050 toward the purchase of $75 grocery cards at WalMart to be distributed to employers who've furloughed or laid off workers due to the coronavirus pandemic.