COVID-19 Business Resources

COVID-19 Business Resources

Downtown Mesa Association is aware of how unprecedented this time is for everyone and how it is impacting our small businesses. We know you all are working feverishly to adjust your business model and hours in response to COVID-19. Downtown Mesa Association is here to support you. We have complied a list of helpful links and resources.


U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Assistance

Federal disaster loans for businesses, private non-profits, homeowners, and renters.  The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

SBA Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet

Local First Arizona’s Loan Prep Sheet 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll during this emergency.

Local First Arizona Small Business Relief Fund

Micro-entrepreneurs — businesses with 0-3 employees and less than $250,000 in annual revenue (approximately $35k-$45k in net profits) — struggling to surmount the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for funds to cover business expenses, employee salaries, and other operation-related costs.


Facebook Small Business Grant Program

We know that your business may be experiencing disruptions resulting from the global outbreak of COVID-19. We’ve heard that a little financial support can go a long way, so we are offering $100M in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. Application Process coming soon.

Arizona Department of Economic Security 

File an unemployment claim.




Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Provides unemployment benefits and reemployment services to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a Presidential disaster declaration and who are not eligible for regular State Unemployment Insurance (UI), including freelancers.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Fact Sheet

Dedicated Resource Pages

Local First Arizona

Local First Arizona has many helpful links, guides and webinars for small businesses. They are in constant communication with the Small Business Administration and the Governor’s office. Frequently updated with the latest information available to Local First Arizona, this list includes government, industry, and digital resources.

Arizona Together

Governor Doug Ducey created this website that brings together resources for individuals, businesses and volunteer opportunities.


MesaCARES: Community & Business Portal

The City of Mesa has a webpage full of business resources. They also have a dedicated COVID-19 page with press releases and the latest updates.



Fact Sheets


Arizona Department of Health Services 

Maricopa County Public Heath

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Occupational Safety and Health Administration 


Mayor Giles’ Digital Small Business Summit
Thursday April 2nd at 1:30pm
Join Mayor John Giles for a live discussion on Facebook about small business resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Giles and his guests will discuss financial assistance, workforce and overall support. Click the link below on Thursday at 1:30pm and it will direct you to the Facebook Live discussion.

Visit Mesa’s Relief from COVID-19- Taxes, Employment and Business Continuity Webinar
Friday April 3rd at 10am
Join Visit Mesa and Udall|Shumway for a webinar addressing the many issues that are currently impacting Mesa’s hospitality community and related businesses. The webinar will be led by long-time Visit Mesa Board member Steve West and his colleagues from the Mesa law firm Udall|Shumway. The webinar will provide insights on the following:
  • Recent Tax Relief (IRS Notice 2020-18, Families First Corona Virus Response Act and The Corona Virus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (The “Cares Act”))
  • Employment Reduction and Best Practices
  • Relief for Business Continuation under The Cares Act
You do not need to be a Visit Mesa partner to register for the webinar.

Local First SBA Loan Fund Process Webinar
Join expert Carolyn Sechler, Slechler Morgan CPAs, as she walks small businesses through the application process and answers questions you may have about applying. This webinar has already taken place but you can still watch online. This is free and open to everyone.
Local First Weekly Webinar
Thursdays at Noon
With the landscape of operating a small business changing everyday, local business owners need to be in the know of the latest updates. Join Thomas Barr, Executive Director of Local First Arizona, weekly on Thursdays from Noon-1pm. This weekly live video call will give you up to date information on:
  • Resources available for your business
  • Ideas for pivoting your business strategies
  • Expert Advice on how to communicate to the community
  • Marketing ideas to drive revenue