COVID-19 Business Resources

Covid-19 response and update

This page is for Oro Valley’s local businesses to find and connect with vital resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Town is here to help our local businesses, large or small, get through these trying times. Town staff will update this page as resources become available. If you would like to suggest a resource be added to this page, please contact Margie Adler at For current updates, media releases and closures related to COVID-19, please visit the COVID homepage

PPP funding is still available from the original CARES ACT.  SBA will offer Paycheck Protection Program loans to businesses with 20 or less employees and sole proprietors only from Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 10, 2021. President Biden has also announced additional program changes to make access to PPP loans more equitable.

OVSafeSteps Business Assistance Program: MUST APPLY AND SUBMIT ALL RECEIPTS BY APRIL 1, 2021! Qualified businesses may receive both financial and business support by enrolling in the OVSafeSteps Business Assistance Program. Available assistance is intended to help local Oro Valley Businesses who are needing extra assistance at this time.

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Am I Qualified? To qualify for additional businesses assistance from the OVSafeSteps Program, businesses must meet all of the following:
  • Local, for-profit business
  • Current Oro Valley Business License or an Arizona Legislative Exemption
  • Brick-and-mortar location in Oro Valley
  • Employ less than 50 full-time equivalent employees


To apply and learn more, please visit the OVSafeSteps website.


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Zero-risk opportunity for Oro Valley business owners/operators!  Hownd, a risk-free foot traffic generation platform, has partnered with Pima County to help you reopen with more customers at no cost to you! No Monthly Fees, No Contracts, & No Setup Costs! Hownd is effortless – no marketing expertise needed on your part! Simply sign-up, create a promotional offering, and complete a few easy tasks to get plugged in to Hownd. They’ll then promote your offerings to nearby consumers through automated emails, website integration, social media, and the MyHownd™ consumer app. Learn more at

Operating Guidance for Businesses and Events During the Pandemic  State of Arizona and Pima County
Requirements for the operation of businesses and other establishments that protect the public and workers from the transmission of COVID-19.

 Pima County Health Department Ready for You This program focuses on education and encouragement rather than enforcement. Businesses that are permitted by the Health Department’s Consumer Health and Food Safety Division will be inspected for adherence to the protective measures. Those that are following all of the measures will receive the Ready For You emblem. Businesses that have received the emblem will be posted online at The site also contains the Board proclamation with all of the protective measures establishments must follow.

Arizona Together #Return Stronger   This site from the Office of Governor Ducey is updated frequently with new information and resources.

Pima Eats  Directory with links to which restaurants are open

    Free COVID-19 Testing and Antibody Testing

    Free Pima County COVID-19 Testing Centers

    Through partnerships with Arizona State University, the City of Tucson, and Paradigm Labs, Pima County has opened sites offering FREE COVID-19 testing to anybody in the community ages 5 or older, without a doctors order, and even if you don't have symptoms. These sites offer the “PCR” test that can let you know if you have an active COVID-19 infection and may be able to spread the disease to others.

    To schedule an appointment or learn more, click here

    Free Antibody Testing for anyone in Arizona Ages 18 and older

    The University of Arizona is analyzing the blood samples of hundreds of thousands of Arizonans statewide to determine who has developed antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19. The State of Arizona is providing $3.5 million for the testing, which is available at more than two dozen locations across the state. 

    The tests, which are funded by the State of Arizona, are available for anyone in Arizona age 18 and older. Participants will need to show proof of age and photo ID upon check-in at the testing site.  

    For more information and to register for a test, please visit:

    Small Business Loans

    Local First Arizona: AZ Small Business Rent and Mortgage Relief Grant Program
    $10 million to small businesses specifically mandated to pause operations due to the pandemic. Qualified businesses only include gyms and fitness clubs or centers, indoor movie theaters, bars (series 6 or 7 liquor license), water parks and tubing operators.


    Paycheck Protection Program Borrower Application Form

    PPP Loan Forgiveness
    • PPP information from U.S. Dept. of Treasury

    EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan)

    Small business owners and qualified agricultural businesses in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, please visit SBA EIDL

    SBA Disaster Loans

    •  SBA Disaster Assistance Hotline 1-800-659-2955

    •  SBA Disaster Loans--Three Step Process   The U. S. Small Business Administration is providing low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. Up to $2 million in assistance that may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.(Disaster Loan Assistance Portal #1-800-659-2955)

    Additional Resources

      • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is marshaling all its resources to help companies stay afloat and keep paychecks flowing to American workers and families; mobilize the business community to combat the pandemic; and help companies prepare for a safe, successful, and sustainable reopening of the economy.

    The Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Arizona Commerce Authority, have joined forces with the Arizona Small Business Association to launch the CARES Act Readiness Program for Small Businesses: a free online training to help small businesses access the capital they need. This no cost training program helps both novice and experienced borrowers successfully access relief funds.

     Additional Loans

    Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Business Resources

    Small Business Support: The Arizona Commerce Authority continues its live webinars to help businesses respond to COVID-19. A schedule of webinars and all previous archived sessions are available at Small Business Boot Camp .
    COVID 19 Arizona Business Resources The Arizona Commerce Authority’s COVID-19 Arizona Business Resources page provides information, tools and guidance on business finance support, workforce assistance, essential infrastructure information, supply chain and logistics, housing and community volunteer opportunities. This site is updated regularly as new information becomes available.

    Governor Ducey Executive Orders and Resources “As we work to combat the spread of COVID-19, access to resources that can help support families and businesses in this time of need is critical. We’re calling on Arizonans to be informed, get engaged, and support organizations doing important work to keep our communities safe and healthy. Arizona will get through this together.” - Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona

    Executive Orders

    Coronavirus Tax Relief for Businesses and Tax-Exempt Entities

    Get information here on coronavirus (COVID-19) tax relief for businesses and tax-exempt entities.

    Displaced Worker Resources and Unemployment

    • Now Hiring #C19AZ Find a job with Arizona employers hiring now and resources to help you navigate career change in this time of uncertainty.
    • AZ Dept. of Economic Security (Food and medical assistance, unemployment insurance, etc.)
    • Pima County Works Resources available through Pima County, state and local governments and the private sector to businesses and affected workers.
    • Pima County One-Stop  Can help connect people with jobs. Hotline: 520-724-5735
    • Arizona @ Work
    • Community Action Partnership
    • Interfaith Community Services
    • Restaurant Workers Community Foundation
     AZ Department of Economic Security Pandemic Unemployment Assistance