The Navajos in Northern Arizona are in bad shape. Over 60K pounds of fresh produce was just delivered to them this afternoon. For some reason, our nearby reservation of Tohono O'odham are doing fine. I don't know why one tribe is okay, while another is suffering so much. I had the privilege to work with both Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui people. They are survivors and proud of their ancient heritage. My heart breaks to see the real Americans suffering during this pandemic.
Meanwhile, the governor is planning to phase in reopening the state on 5/15. I think we'll be okay here. Arizona hasn't been hit that hard, which might be due to our low population density.
@Blondilocks - I saw the crowds in Huntington Beach protesting on the news today. Hey, I say let them mob the beaches. Just have them sign a waiver that they won't get medical care if they get COVID-19.
Quoting myself here because I just got my first response to this application after 22 days.Hm, I submitted it with zero when it looks like I could have submitted it with damn near half my gross sales listed as cogs, mostly my salary. I also pay 8.9% for an outside sales system that handles sales worldwide and handles all sales/vat tax collection and reporting and currency conversion so I don't have to deal with any of it. Hefty commission but worth it to me, the less time I spend dealing with that stuff the more time I can spend creating product.
Hope that zero isn't going to affect anything. Btw, this is what the SBA site says: "In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. This advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available following a successful application. This loan advance will not have to be repaid." I'm not sure when the actual loan program will come out.
So should I start holding my breath now or what?Dear Applicant,
We understand the challenges your business is facing due to the massive disruption caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. You are receiving this message as a notification that your Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) application is currently being processed in the order it was received. You will receive an email notification when there is a change to your application status.
Without question, COVID-19 has caused an extraordinary impact on our nation's small businesses, and the demand for emergency working capital provided by the EIDL program is at historic levels. The SBA is processing applications from small businesses and private non-profit organizations across the country as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to assist as many applicants as possible.
Additional information on available resources to assist your business during the effects of COVID-19 may be found online at www.sba.gov/coronavirus.
I applied too.Quoting myself here because I just got my first response to this application after 22 days.
So should I start holding my breath now or what?
I live in South East Virginia.Anyone else live on a tourist area bordering other states that haven’t lifted restrictions?
Local paper said swim beaches had to close off entrance because they were overcapacity for even normal times and people kept showing up.
Was reported So many people from out of state took 2 hours to drive 20 miles
I'm glad you posted this. I just checked and I had a $1000 deposit from the treasury on the 4th, two days after I received that email. I never managed to find a bank to take my ppp application but once the stimulus money started hitting peoples accounts my sales rebounded to the point that I'm closing in on ytd 2019 and slightly ahead of ytd 2018 so I'm not too broken up about it.I applied too.
I am an independent contractor and I got my advance May 1st I believe. I thought I wasn't going to get anything because I haven't received any emails or letters. I'm still waiting for them to send me an email. We'll see...
Several are having problems selling.I was in the grocery store on Friday. More meat than I've ever seen in that department. I mean, whole filets - at least four of those monsters. I haven't noticed a price increase yet.
The problem we're seeing in southern Arizona is the cattle farmers can't sell their stock. Less processing plants up to 100% operational + no restaurants open = cattle won't sell. The cattlemen are really hurting here.
Time will tell if it regional.We are not having any shortages here and prices have pretty much stayed the same with the exception of gas, which has gone way down. Maybe its a regional issue?
I think there is a misconception folks have about wearing mask in public spaces. One does not wear a mask to avoid contracting the virus. We wear a mask because we may be the vector spreading the mask. So, the only risk to not wearing a mask is to those around us.People seem to feel more brave by not wearing masks in public lately although nothing has changed here. I love our current governor-she is fantastic.
I go out once a week for fresh produce and it's crazy how many at-risk people (the elderly) I see not wearing a mask.