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
Applications Open for Municipality’s Rent and Mortgage Assistance Pilot Program
Today, applications open for the Municipality of Anchorage’s $1 million COVID-19 Rent and Mortgage Assistance Pilot Program, which will provide rent and mortgage support for individuals economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Municipality is partnering with United Way of Anchorage’s 2-1-1 to process and distribute the funds.
Anchorage businesses urge community to remain vigilant in COVID-19 precautions
As community transmission of COVID-19 surges in Anchorage, members of the business community are pressing business owners, employees, and customers to follow best practices to promote public health and safety. According to the Anchorage Health Department, nearly thirty recent Anchorage-area cases of COVID-19 have presented to local businesses during the source period and/or infectious period. While specifics are still emerging, case investigations have tied COVID-19 cases to several bars and restaurants, a strip club, a large hotel, and a travel and tourism company. In these cases, masks were not worn, and physical distancing was not always adhered to. PRESS RELEASE
High-risk COVID-19 situations occurring in bars, restaurants and other locations in Anchorage
From June 20 to June 29, 2020, numerous COVID-19-positive individuals entered local businesses during their infectious period. READ MORE
Vehicle route access for Lake Otis COVID-19 testing site
Residents and travelers are asked to take the following route and join the queue to access the COVID-19 testing site located at 4115 Lake Otis Parkway READ MORE
Here’s a Breakdown of What’s Required under Anchorage’s Emergency Order on Wearing Face Masks
Questions about what is required under Mayor Berkowitz’s emergency order regarding face masks? The Anchorage Daily News breaks it down in this Q&A. bit.ly/2Zr01Sb
Lender Match helps you find lenders
Lender Match is a free online tool that connects small businesses with SBA-approved CDFIs and small lenders. Do not use if looking for Disaster loans.
New resources for businesses to encourage COVID-19 precautions
Alaska businesses now have access to a new suite of printable resources to help encourage COVID-19 precautions among employees and customers. The COVID-Conscious Business Toolkit features Alaska-themed artwork to communicate and encourage measures, such as physical distancing and mask-wearing. Visit dhss.alaska.gov/dph/epi/id/pages/COVID-19/business.aspx.
Additional funding available for child care providers through Alaska’s CARES funding
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Child Care Program Office (CCPO) has received an additional $10.5 million to be distributed to Alaska’s child care providers
to offset revenue lost during April and May for the care of children who are not eligible for child care assistance. This funding is for April and May combined. PRESS RELEASE
COVID-19 Travel Information for Anchorage
Visit Anchorage has up-to-date information for visitors to Alaska, from testing requirements to information about cruise ships and business operations. More at bit.ly/2Y4PrB5.
Travelers Entering Alaska by Land or Sea Must Complete Travel Declaration Form
Quarantine or testing is required
The State of Alaska requires travelers entering Alaska follow specific quarantine and/or testing procedures identified in Health Mandate 10. COVID-19 screening and testing facilities have been established in 10 Alaska airports that receive out-of-state travelers. Those who arrive in Alaska by land or sea may not be greeted by COVID-19 screening and testing facilities like those established within Alaska’s airports, but these travelers are required to provide test result information and completed travel declaration forms in accordance with Health Mandate 10. The travel declaration form and other Mandate 10 information can be found on covid19.alaska.gov/travelers/ and covid19.alaska.gov/faq/. PRESS RELEASE
SBA Rolls Out Dedicated Tool for Small Businesses to Connect with CDFIs, Small Asset Lenders Participating in PPP
SBA’s Lender Match is an additional resource for pandemic-affected small businesses who have not applied for or received an approved PPP loan to connect with lenders. The forgivable PPP loan is emergency relief assistance aimed at sustaining businesses and keeping employees on payroll. Lender Match does not accept Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications. PRESS RELEASE
SBA and Treasury Announce New and Revised Guidance Regarding the Paycheck Protection Program
This guidance implements the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), signed into law by President Trump on June 5, 2020, and expands eligibility for businesses with owners who have past felony convictions.
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.
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.
U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Updated PPP Forgiveness Guide
This guide reflects recent substantive changes made by Congress and the administration to the PPP program to provide borrowers with more flexibility. These changes include:
- Extending the time to spend PPP funds from 8 weeks to 24 weeks;
- Lowering the amount that must be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%;
- Extending the deadline to restore FTEs and payroll from June 30, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020; and
- Setting the repayment term for loans made after June 4, 2020 at five years.
The U.S. Chamber’s updated Guide to PPP Forgiveness reflects all of these changes, as well as others made in recent guidance issued by the Department of the Treasury.
JUNE 29 Virtual "Make it Monday" forum PPP Forgiveness Guide Updates with Chris Eyler, U.S. Chamber of Commerce REGISTER
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.
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.
Open Streets ANC
In partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA), Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. (ADP) announces “Open Streets ANC”, a long-term road closure initiative to stimulate economic activity, encourage physical distancing, and provide opportunities for community connection downtown. Street closures (G St. between 3rd & 4th Ave, and F St. between 6th & 7th Ave) will provide pedestrians more space to spread out. LEARN 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
Visit Anchorage is kicking off the summer season with a special campaign encouraging Alaskans to stay and play in our own backyard. Visit anchorage.net/stay-and-play-in-anchorage for deals, trip itineraries, and 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
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
COMMUNITY UPDATES & OUTREACH
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
Enjoy your Alaska summer, but play sports or watch games in ways that prevent spreading COVID-19
Alaskans are out to play during long days that end in midnight sun. Softball fields are packed. The trails are teeming with bikers and walkers. Kids are back to playing full-contact soccer games, and parents are lined up on the sidelines to watch. READ MORE
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
15 Mindfulness Activities to Reduce Stress and Increase Calm
Practicing simple techniques and exercises can help you improve mental clarity and curb anxiety. READ MORE
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
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
"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
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
Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Provides More Than $1.2 Million in COVID-19 Response Grants to Partner Organizations Across Alaska
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust) has awarded 62 COVID-19 response grants totaling more than $1.2M to partner organizations across the state. Based on the response to the program, and assessed partner need, trustees approved up to $1.5M for this program. READ MORE