Ducey announces new program to help small businesses

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey announced Wednesday that more than a half-million dollars are being funneled into the new Arizona Small Business Association’s Live Local program.

“We want small businesses to have the support and guidance they need during COVID-19,” Ducey said. “The Live Local program will help small businesses facing economic hardship, as well as the employees and families that rely on them. My thanks to the Arizona Small Business Association for its continued support to Arizona’s businesses and communities.”

The program is described as including personalized training courses for small businesses to help run operations smoothly, strengthen financial stability, increase networks, attract and retain customers and more.

There will also be focus on proper utilization of opportunities, how to handle internship programs, as well as guidance in the areas of strategy, finance and marketing.

The $600,000 for the program is coming from the state’s Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund.