While creating the #GilbertTogether Business Recovery Program, Gilbert surveyed local businesses to identify urgent needs and determine aid program priorities. Business owners said they needed technical assistance, such as creating a website for online ordering, and marketing support.
In response, the Gilbert Town Council AZCares Subcommittee recommended that $2 million, out of the total $29.2 million AZCares Fund dollars, be allocated to support the #GilbertTogether Business Recovery Program’s third phase, Resiliency – Technical Assistance.
Gilbert has partnered with Local First Arizona, Hownd, CO+HOOTS, and Maricopa Community Colleges to provide technical assistance quickly and begin supporting the resiliency of Gilbert’s business community.
300+ businesses participated and 32 new jobs were created in six months.
CO+HOOTS, a globally-recognized entrepreneur support organization, partnered with Gilbert to launch the #GilbertTogether HUUB, a digital platform to support local governments in revitalizing small businesses during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since its launch in December 2020, over 300 businesses have been utilizing resources, such as webinars and one-on-one training, on the HUUB.
75% of the businesses that have participated so far have under 10 employees and 30% are home-based businesses.
Technical training opportunities are also available for Gilbert residents.
Gilbert residents (and Gilbert business owners) impacted by COVID-19 can gain access to career and technical training from Maricopa Community Colleges.
95 people have received a scholarship in 2021.
The programs offered to Gilbert residents provide entry-level and upskilling opportunities for approximately 120 eligible participants to prepare for careers in business, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and trades.
As of June 2021, 95 residents have enrolled in the program with 49% being first-generation college students.
60% of the residents enrolled are over the age of 30 years old.
Resources for businesses and residents are still available!
Learn more about all the #GilbertTogether Business Recovery Program offerings, and an opportunity to request additional information, by visiting gilbertaz.gov/BizPrograms.