Peoria Small Business Task Force has launched a second phase of the city’s business outreach to provide immediate support and tools to local businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our incredible partnerships with ASU, SBDC, and the Peoria Chamber of Commerce continue to serve as important emergency conduits for our business community," Mayor Cathy Carlat said. "Our first phase of the banner program proved helpful, and with information changing and moving quickly, we want to be a steady source of support for our businesses. I hope Peoria residents continue to support and shop local, so together we can return stronger."
New banners, tabletop signs, a safety webpage and social media graphics have been created for Peoria businesses to use to help promote their services and products as well as convey the safety protocols in place.
There are two banner options businesses can choose to display outside of their business based on their service availability: one sign that says “We’re Open,” the other sign says “We’re Open Virtually.”
These banners are green to indicate to passersby that these Peoria businesses are open and ready to serve customers as well as what they are doing to maintain healthy, safe environments. The tabletop sign is smaller and green with similar language and includes the business’ phone number for patrons to call if they have any questions or concerns.
If a business owner would like to learn more or request any of these free marketing materials, they can sign up at www.peoriaaz.gov/business/small-business-task-force. When the banners and tabletop signs are ready, business owners can pick them up at one of the following locations:
Since March, Peoria has partnered with the Peoria Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Council and Arizona State University Entrepreneurship + Innovation to form the task force and help local businesses navigate the challenges of the pandemic.
One of the first actions taken by the task force was delivering free, red banners to all restaurants to display their service availability during the lockdown. This kicked off a grassroots effort encouraging the community to come together and support local business owners during their time of need.
The Small Business Task Force is continuing that effort by providing more free printed and digital marketing materials to build awareness of what the business community is doing to protect their customers.
Now businesses can use the red and green banners at any time to communicate whether they are open or closed, what services are available and how they are meeting the recommended health standards.
Additionally, the City of Peoria frequently updates the www.peoriaaz.gov/covid19 webpage to include business resources for those that may have questions about state and county requirements, financial assistance, operation guidelines, federal programs and more.