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Chandler relaunches business assistance program

January 25th, 2021 Editorial Staff
Chandler relaunches business assistance program
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Chandler is relaunching its program to help small businesses retain workers.

Only $4 million of the $9.5 million that City Council allocated to the “I Choose Chandler Business Hiring and Retention Program” was spent, so the city wants to help other businesses keep workers on the payroll.

The program was created last summer from the city’s approximate $30 million in federal pandemic relief funds.

Mayor Kevin Hartke said the money spent last year helped 540 businesses and that he was “glad to see this successful program continue to support our local businesses through the pandemic to ensure a brighter 2021 for all.”

Businesses can apply based on employee retention/hiring or use of 1099-eligible independent contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to apply is Feb. 25.

For employee retention/hiring, the program provides $1,300 per full-time equivalent employee retained or hired since Sept. 30 up to a maximum of $10,000. This part of the program is being administered by the Arizona Community Foundation and businesses must apply at azfoundation.org/icc.

Businesses applying based on use of independent contractors must apply at chandleraz.gov/icc because the city is administering this part of the program.

Qualifying applicants will receive $1,300 for every $40,000 in compensation paid to 1099-eligible independent contractors last year up to a maximum of $10,000.

Qualifying businesses can apply for funding support for both employee retention/hiring and use of independent contractors. However, the maximum amount of funding a business can receive is capped at $10,000.

In addition, businesses that were funded through the program in 2020 can submit a new application and receive up to the $10,000 maximum.

To qualify, businesses must be a Chandler-based for-profit entity, employ no more than 100 employees, submit required documents, have no affiliation with another business under common ownership/management that has applied for the program.

Home-based businesses are  not eligible and applicants must own or lease non-residential property and commit to staying in Chandler through Dec. 31.

Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

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