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They promised quick and easy PPP loans, but often only delivered hassle and heartache

More than a million government-approved Paycheck Protection Program loans ended up being canceled by the Small Business Administration, including some that would have gone to people who needed the loans and applied just as they were told. ... Read more»

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Concert, theater owners call pandemic relief fund efforts a 'disaster'

Arizona business owners said a federal program aimed at helping theaters and concert venues shuttered by COVID-19 “has been a disaster,” taking until this month to deliver the first grants from a fund that was approved last year, with only one business receiving a grant so far.... Read more»

The federal government will now give PPP loans to borrowers in bankruptcy

The federal government has quietly reversed course on a policy that had kept thousands of businesses from applying for pandemic economic aid, with only weeks to go before funds are expected to run out. ... Read more»

Health care, restaurant, tech companies among top PPP recipients in Arizona

The U.S. Small Business Administration initially refused to reveal the names of the businesses that received the loans, but mounting legal pressure from media outlets led to a partial release of the data, shining light on which companies and industries have gotten the loans since March.... Read more»

Reopening dental offices for routine care amid pandemic touches a nerve

Florida is one of 40 states that have allowed dental offices to resume providing routine services since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but many health experts question whether states are moving too fast.... Read more»

AZ businesses have gotten $489M in CARES Act money so far. Here’s where it’s going.

Businesses headquartered in Arizona have received roughly $489 million from the CARES Act, a $2 billion COVID-19 aid package approved by Congress last month.... Read more»

Small farms struggle to get federal relief funds or help from USDA

Despite the federal government’s unprecedented efforts to aid businesses threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic, small farms are being left further behind, according to one local small farm owner. ... Read more»

Despite funds, lawmakers say tribes still shortchanged in COVID-19 aid

Native American tribes have been severely hit by the coronavirus but have received only a fraction of the help they need from the federal government, said lawmakers, who called the impact on businesses and health on reservations “particularly worrisome.” ... Read more»

Businesses running out of time as delays plague CV-19 loan program

While Congress and the White House are promising to add billions to the Paycheck Protection Program, some small businesses say they are just trying to hang on long enough to get the money there now. ... Read more»

Federal Reserve takes historic action as CV-19 damages U.S. economy

The Federal Reserve announced Monday it would take supportive measures, including expanding bond-purchasing programs, to boost credit access for American families and businesses. ... Read more»

Pro-Trump super PAC at center of Ukraine scandal faced multiple campaign finance complaints

Randy Perkins donated $500,000 to America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC, a day after his company won federal money as part of a contract. The same PAC was dubbed “Committee 1” in a federal indictment alleging illegal donations from two Rudy Giuliani associates. ... Read more»

Out of sight is out of mind: Small communities across U.S. struggle in shadow of larger disasters

Small towns struck by disasters often must rely on neighbors and non-profits more than federal assistance to rebuild in the aftermath.... Read more»

$50k grant to Startup Tucson supports Latin American biz connections

Startup Tucson has won a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to help Latin American startups create jobs in Tucson through a new project called Thryve Latin America.... Read more»

12 Tucson firms tapped for Thryve Next biz training

A dozen local companies have been picked to take part in the second round of Startup Tucson's business training program, funded under a $1.5 million Small Business Administration grant to train Southern Arizona small business owners.... Read more»

12 Tucson firms tapped for Thryve Next biz training

A dozen Tucson companies began business training this week, picked as part of Startup Tucson's Thryve Next program, which will use nearly $1.5 million in federal funding over the next five years to help existing local businesses grow.... Read more»

Startup Tucson scaling up with $1.4M small biz training grant

A Tucson nonprofit group has been awarded a $1.44 million contract from the Small Business Administration to connect early-stage small businesses with entrepreneurial training. Startup Tucson's "next big thing" is Thryve Next, which will receive funding under the SBA's ScaleUp America program.... Read more»1

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