AK CARES Grants
Grants of up to $100,000 are available for small businesses, sole proprietors, and non-profits who have not received any federal relief funds, with 50 or fewer employees. Grants are first come, first served. Apply at offers.cu1.org/small-business-aid-application.
AK CARES Funding Program: Info Sheet and Checklist
- Safe Anchorage Roadmap to Reopening the Municipality of Anchorage
- State of Alaska Reopen Alaska
- Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub
- State of Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services
- Municipality of Anchorage
- Alaska Small Business Development Center COVID-19 Resource Center
- Visit Anchorage Business Resources for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Travel Information for Anchorage from Visit Anchorage
- Anchorage School District (ASD)
- Better Business Bureau (BBB)
- Anchorage COVID-19 Community Information
- AGC Contractors Resources
- Google for Small Business Resources to help manage through uncertainty
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
COVID-19 NEWS & UPDATES
COVID-19 has caused tremendous financial strain for many in our community. If you’re experiencing a COVID-related financial hardship, please call United Way of Anchorage’s 2-1-1 to ask about rent and utility assistance. We’re stronger together.
Economic Impact Payments
There are a number of reasons why the federal stimulus check you received is not the amount you expected, from the use of your 2018 return to calculate payment to an offset from past-due child support. go.usa.gov/xvzA3.
As Alaska reopens, precautions still apply but families can slightly expand their social bubbles to feel more connected with others
Since March, Alaskans have been making many sacrifices to stay home and keep at least 6 feet away from non-household members. Limiting social contact has had an extremely positive impact on keeping our COVID-19 rates low, allowing hospitals and health care providers to care for those most in need. However, it has also been a lonely and difficult time for many people. READ MORE
Payment Protection Program (PPP) Update
As of May 16, more than 2,700,000 loans have been granted across the country in the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program. Nearly half of these have gone to lenders with less than $50 billion in assets.
SBA and Treasury Department Announce $10 Billion for CDFIs to Participate in the Paycheck Protection Program
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, announced that it is setting aside $10 billion of Round 2 funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). READ MORE
Text Alerts for Anchorage Businesses
A new texting service for Anchorage businesses is being launched to provide you with the most up-to-date information as you navigate the pandemic.
To sign up, text 'STRONG' to 907-891-7192.
You'll receive text alerts when relief funds become available, reopening protocols are updated, and more. Expect an average of 1-3 texts per week. You can also access on demand resources via text once you sign up.
After you check it out, tell us what you think in this quick 5-question survey. We want to make sure you have the information you need, when you need it.
Updates are now out for Mandate 10 – International and Interstate Travel!
Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, travelers to Alaska will have the option to forgo the 14-day quarantine – as long as they show they have had a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure, or within five days before departure (with a second test required upon arrival). We are asking all travelers to remember that they can be exposed to COVID-19 during travel, so minimize interactions with others. A voucher will be provided for follow-up testing within 7-14 days after the traveler’s arrival in Alaska. Don’t want to take a test? A 14-day quarantine is still an option.
We know you have questions! Resources that can help.
- Traveler Info: bit.ly/36WcfG0
- Travel FAQs: bit.ly/3cvAewM
- Testing locations: bit.ly/3eQSeUa
- Declaration form: https://bit.ly/2XwkTbd
Awards announced for Municipality’s Small Business and Nonprofit Relief Grant Pilot Program
These grants will provide support and stabilization during a challenging time when too many small businesses and nonprofits are bearing the cost of responding to the public health crisis. READ MORE
MOA Weekly Translated Updates
Mayor Berkowitz’s weekly community update – now posted every Wednesday at noon and translated into 18 languages – is now available, with important information about our city and state caseload, our phased reopening, individual assistance, reopening of municipal services and more. bit.ly/3gzmUdZ
Employers can grant paid leave for COVID-19
Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, employers can grant paid leave for an employee to take care of their health needs related to COVID -19 or to care for their family members and claim a refundable payroll tax credit. Visit the @IRS website to learn more. go.usa.gov/xw327
4 Steps to Reopening Your Business Safely
As states begin to lift their stay-at-home orders, here's what your business needs to know about safely resuming operations.
An accurate Census count is more important now than ever. The $3.2 billion we receive from the federal government annually for schools, hospitals, emergency response, and other critical services is directly based on our Census count. The decennial U.S. Census is widely available to be filled out online at 2020census.gov. You can also fill it out over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020. Make sure Alaska Counts!
Keep Your Social Circle Small
Who is in your bubble?
Dr. Zink is urging Alaskans to voluntarily keep track of their social interactions as restrictions continue to ease READ MORE
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
READY TO REOPEN: A Playbook for your Small Business
Download this step-by-step guide to help your company reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed as restrictions lift across the country. The playbook includes safety and sanitation guidance, communications advice, and other best practices information.
Reopening Business Digital Resources Center
Last week, as part of the Path Forward initiative, the U.S. Chamber unveiled its Reopening Business Digital Resources Center to equip America's business community with the latest state guidelines, sector-specific guidance, small business advice, and other tools and resources as we look to reopen safely and keep employees and customers healthy and informed. Now, the resources center also includes a customizable workplace flyer to help you and your members communicate the steps your company is taking to keep them safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 to employees and customers.
U.S. Chamber Launches National Initiative to Address Inequality of Opportunity
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced a national townhall on June 25th as part of an ongoing initiative to address inequality of opportunity through education, employment, entrepreneurship, and criminal justice reform. READ MORE
Path Forward Virtual Event Series
Each episode of Path Forward will feature experts sharing their perspectives on the complex issues involved in a responsible reopening strategy. The first program will focus on the state of the pandemic, potential scenarios for reopening, and lessons America can learn from businesses in other parts of the world.
Thursdays - 11 am to Noon AKST
View recordings of past episodes HERE.
ANCHORAGE CHAMBER MEMBER UPDATES
Anchorage Chamber Members Open for Business
To add a business, simply add their information to the spreadsheet or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
While some companies are on a hiring freeze, others are looking to add to their team.
People Mover to Resume Regular Bus Schedules
Regular bus schedules will resume, passenger limits will be in place, and fares will be required to ride.
We've made some changes so service may look a bit different. READ MORE
Weekend Market is Open to All Vendors
Due to the Municipality of Anchorage’s announcement of Phase 3 and approval of Anchorage Markets & Events’ safety plan, the Weekend Market will be allowed to host all vendors at the Chinook parking lot in downtown Anchorage on 3rd Avenue. READ MORE
EasyPark Extends Free Curbside Pickup until June 30, 2020
EasyPark donates over $17,000 in dedicated curbside pickup
EasyPark has extended free curbside pickup to downtown businesses until June 30, 2020.
“Curbside pickup has been positively received as it has supported downtown businesses to continue operating despite the COVID-19 restrictions that were put in place during the month of March,” said Demetric Tuggle, Parking Director for EasyPark. READ MORE
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union’s response to COVID-19
People helping people, the credit union philosophy, has never wavered as Alaska USA Federal Credit Union puts its members, employees and the markets it serves as top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE
Need a summer gig or know a young Alaskan who does? The UA Center for Economic Development is looking for interns for their 2020 summer cohort! Interns will be placed in startups and have an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship first-hand. University of Alaska graduates and students are first priority, but non-UA students are encouraged to apply. bit.ly/2XHyBXq
Weekend Market is Open but Altered due to COVID-19 Restrictions
Due to the Municipality of Anchorage’s COVID-19 restrictions that have been put in place, the Weekend Market in downtown Anchorage will be allowed to only host food trucks or produce/food vendors during Phase 1 & 2. READ MORE
Executive Insights: Connecting With Customers During COVID-19
by Lori Davey GCI Vice President of Business Sales
It’s a brave new world for the business community as millions of people and organizations across the U.S. simultaneously attempt to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. With some businesses shuttered and others trying to keep the lights on after the SBA loans tapped out, this crisis will force us to reimagine how business is done, and for some this will be a painful transition. READ MORE
COVID-19 phobia? Why you should not delay emergency care
Delaying medical care can have serious consequences, and unfortunately, data suggests this is happening due to the pandemic. For conditions like heart attack, stroke and appendicitis, minutes MATTER. With extensive safety measures in place to prevent disease from spreading, delaying care in an emergency is much more dangerous than going to the ER. Read on to learn when to call 911. READ MORE
Welcome Back to Business, Some Things Have Changed
COMMUNITY UPDATES & OUTREACH
Downtown Window Art Walk Registration
Free to participants and the public. Let your creativity loose and create a family-friendly window display! REGISTER
Support Special Olympics Alaska’s First Virtual Auction
May 29, 2020 at 5 pm via Zoom
You are cordially invited to attend Special Olympics’ 22nd Annual Auction from the comfort of your own home. Proceeds will help make dreams possible for the athletes.
Pandemic startups: Two Alaska entrepreneurs take the leap
Alaska's top youth volunteers of 2020 honored with $2,500 donation for local COVID-19 response
Actress Kristen Bell congratulates Palmer and Anchorage studentsat this weekend’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards virtual celebration
Alaska's top two youth volunteers of 2020, Zoe Nelles, 18, of Palmer and Caleb Song, 14, of Anchorage, were recognized this weekend for their outstanding volunteer service during the 25th annual, and first-ever virtual, Prudential Spirit of Community Awards national recognition celebration. READ MORE
At-Risk & Senior Shopping Hours
Alaska Mill & Feed: Mon. – Fri. 8 am to 10 am
Carrs Safeway: Tues. & Thurs.: 6 am to 9 am
Costco: Tues. & Thurs.: 8 am to 9 am (masks required)
Fred Meyer: Mon. thru Thurs.: 7 am to 8 am
Walgreens: Tuesdays 8 am to 9 am
Walmart: Tuesdays 7:30 am to 8:30 am
Alaskans Find a Way
There are still many things we can’t do. But we are Alaskans. And we find a way. That’s what the AK Can Do fund is doing. Right now, thanks to ConocoPhillips Alaska, your impact will be doubled when you make a donation to help support families who have lost jobs and frontline nonprofits that provide critical services.
Anchorage Live. Work. Play. is Back in Action!
Follow the community-driven Instagram account and learn how different individuals in our community love to live, work and play in Anchorage!
If you're interested in hosting, contact Tara at email@example.com and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you love to live, work and play in Anchorage!
Food Bank of Alaska will begin distributing emergency food boxes (TEFAP) at the old Sam's Club in the Tikahtnu Commons
Park in the parking lot and wait for instructions from volunteers. *Drive-through distribution ONLY*
- Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5 to 7 pm in April.
- One box per week, per family
- No registration required through April 30th. (Registration will be required beginning May 1st.)
*𝘛𝘌𝘍𝘈𝘗 𝘪𝘴 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘈𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮 𝘣𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘚 𝘋𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘥𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘢 𝘣𝘺 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘉𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘢. 𝘜𝘚𝘋𝘈 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳.
HEALTH, WELLNESS & LIFESTYLE
To support customer-owners in their efforts to stay active and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic, Southcentral Foundation Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Exercise is providing online exercise classes via Zoom. For instructions on how to join a class, visit bit.ly/36Chtqa.
Spring Clean Your Resume
By: Adrienne Weiss, Alaska Safety Alliance
Spring is a time for new beginnings and for many people that usually involves cleaning out the dust and junk that has accumulated over winter. Why not take that same spring cleaning attitude and apply it to other things? READ MORE
"What's in your pantry today" with Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas of Bambinos Baby Food
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 pm
What’s in Your Pantry Today, May 4th, 2020
Dear Friends, Thank you for joining me for "What’s in Your Pantry Today” May 4th, 2020Today's Topic: Nurturing Positivity 1. How creating, baking and sharing bread breathes life into our hearts and those around us.2. Fun bread kneading demonstration no mess no mixture needed. 3. I have no yeast and don't like sourdough. Any ideas what I can use instead? (Question from Sally)4. Why is my birch water cloudy? ( Jillian) 5. My 5-month-old still doesn't sleep well after my lactation consultant told me to start feeding him wheat and rice cereal. Please share your guidance. (question from Karen) Friends, I would love to hear from you! Please voice a topic you would like to hear about on "What's in your Pantry today!"The purpose of "What's in your pantry today" is to inspire fun new recipes with what's currently in your cupboard so you don't need to make an extra trip to the supermarket and also share on important topics like health, wellness and business while #FlattentheCurve. Please share and let's have fun! Join me every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 3PM AKST here on my personal Facebook page and call in at 907-301-5932.Much love and respect, Zoi"#WhatsInYourPantryToday #ZoiMaroudas #COVID #FlattentheCurve #Hunckerdown#HunderdownAnchorTown#FunCookingInspirations #BambinosBabyFood #ShelterInLOVE#Health#Family #CommunityBambinos Baby FoodiMaroudas #COVID #FlattentheCurve #Hunckerdown#HunderdownAnchorTown#FunCookingInspirations #BambinosBabyFood #ShelterInLOVE#Health#Family #CommunityBambinos Baby FoodPosted by Zoi Maroudas-Tziolas on Monday, May 4, 2020
Take a Break from Pandemic Stress with Some Help from Alaska Musicians and Writers
With the stress of sheltering in our homes and a daily barrage of worrisome news about the global pandemic, it’s important to find time to decompress, relax and find hope for the future. READ MORE & LISTEN
Apple Launches COVID-19 App
The COVID-19 app has up-to-date information from trusted sources about the coronavirus disease that is impacting people across the world. It has a screening tool so you can find out what you should do now for yourself or for a loved one. And it gives you access to resources you may need to feel supported and informed. APP STORE
What Color is YOUR Carzilla?
Take Alaska’s first LGBTQ+ Health Needs Assessment survey
Identity Alaska and Full Spectrum Health partnered to launch the first statewide LGBTQ+ Community Health Needs Assessment in Alaska. While it should only take 15 minutes for individuals to complete the assessment, the results can make a lasting impact toward reducing the gap in health-related experiences for the LGBTQ+ community.
The survey responses will inform culturally competent health care and aid in prevention efforts tailored to the unique needs of LGBTQ+ people in Alaska. Please help by taking the confidential survey now.
Source: Meghan Aftosmis, The Alaska 100