Who can apply for the Mesa Cares Small Business Technical Assistance Program?

This program is intended to assist for-profit and non-profit, Mesa-based businesses that suffered negative impacts and business interruptions due to required business closures mandated by an Executive Order of the Arizona Governor, or limited services, for the purpose of stemming the spread of COVID-19. To review Governor Doug Ducey’s COVID-19 related Executive Orders, please visit

Do I have to rank all 33 categories 1-33

No. You can rank them all, or only the top areas most important to you. Please rank at least your top 5.

What is the deadline for applications?

The Mesa CARES Small Business Technical Assistance Program is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The application for the Mesa CARES Small Business Technical Assistance Program will be available until the Program funding is exhausted. Applicants should check this page for program updates.

When will I hear back?

The City anticipates that applicants will hear back on their request within approximately 14 days. Recipients will be contacted by the email provided on the application and should check their email regularly. Applicants should check this page for program updates.

What is the method of delivery, will these be online?

Programs will be delivered in a variety of ways. Some will be via live webinars and webinars on-demand available through the Mesa CARES web portal you will receive an invitation to register. This portal will be your engagement place to sign up for services, network with others in the Mesa business community, and interact with the program. Some offerings, when appropriate and safe, will be held in person. Individualized one-on-one counseling may be delivered via phone, web, or office hours.

I received assistance through Mesa's Reemergence grant. Am I eligible?

Yes, you are eligible. However, you must complete the Technical Assistance Program online application to be included in this program. Even if you applied for the Mesa CARES Small Business Reemergence grant you need to apply for this program separately. The application will ask for your Mesa CARES Small Business Reemergence Grant Application ID.  Please enter this information when prompted. The email you received when you applied for the grant contains your Application ID:

I was denied for the  Mesa Reemergence grant. Am I eligible?

Yes, if you still meet the eligibility criteria for this program and your business is Mesa-based, you may apply!

Are Franchises and Non-profits eligible to apply?

Yes, you may apply if you meet the eligibility criteria and are Mesa-based.

Are Franchises and Non-profits eligible to apply?

Yes, you may apply if you meet the eligibility criteria and are Mesa-based.

I received PPP or EIDL funding, am I eligible?

Receiving federal funding such as PPP and/or EIDL does not disqualify you from applying to the Technical Assistance Program if you still meet the eligibility criteria and are Mesa-based. However, this is NOT a funding program. You can receive assistance in getting prepared to approach a lender for a small business loan.

How do I know if my business is in an unincorporated portion of Maricopa County or county island and not within City of Mesa?

Visit the address verification (EXPLORE MESA) map, type address in the address field and click Verify.

I live in Mesa and I am a sole proprietor of a home-based business. I do not have a commercial address. Do I qualify?

Yes. Mesa Home-based businesses are encouraged to apply for the Mesa CARES Small Business Technical Assistance Program provided your business is located within the Mesa city limits.

If I am not eligible for this program, what other resources are available?

The City of Mesa Office of Economic Development has launched the Mesa CARES Small Business Assistance Center as Mesa's key source of information and assistance for businesses needing access to financial support programs and resources during the COVID-19 crisis. To discover other resources that may be available, please visit

I own multiple businesses. Can I apply for assistance more than once?

If you have multiple, eligible businesses that are separate legal entities in Mesa, you may submit a separate application for each business.

What other businesses are not eligible for this program?

Specific types of businesses not eligible for program participation are:

  • Publicly held companies.
  • Real estate investment firms.
  • Firms involved in speculative activities that develop profits from fluctuations in price rather than through the normal course of trade, such as wildcatting for oil and dealing in commodities futures, when not part of the regular activities of the business.
  • Dealers of rare coins and stamps.
  • Firms involved in lending activities, such as banks, credit unions, check cashing, finance companies, factors, leasing companies, insurance companies (not agents), and any other firm whose stock in trade is money.
  • Pyramid sales plans, where a participant's primary incentive is based on the sales made by an ever-increasing number of participants. Such products as cosmetics, household goods, and other soft goods lend themselves to this type of business.
  • Firms engaged in illegal activities, including the production, servicing, or distribution of otherwise legal products that are to be used in connection with an illegal activity, such as selling drug paraphernalia or operating a motel that permits illegal prostitution.
  • Gambling activities, including any business whose principal activity is gambling. While this precludes grants to racetracks, casinos, and similar enterprises, the rule does not restrict grants to otherwise eligible businesses, which obtain less than one-third of their annual gross income from either the sale of official state lottery tickets under a state license, or legal gambling activities licensed and supervised by a state authority, including businesses with an off-track betting license.
  • Principle or owner of the business is currently incarcerated or on parole.
  • Businesses engaged in the growth, harvest, storage, transport, distribution, use or otherwise providing cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, including cultivation facility, dispensary, and infusion facility.
  • Any business owned, in whole or part, by a City of Mesa official or employee who, in their official capacity, participates in the oversight, development or implementation of the Mesa CARES business program. This exclusion also includes any business owned by a relative of such public officer or employee. (A.R.S. § 38-502(9).)
  • This list of ineligible businesses may be updated by the City as the program continues.
What if I do not have an Employer Identification Number (EIN)/Tax ID?

In Arizona, sole proprietors with no employees can use their social security numbers (SSN) as an EIN.

How do you calculate "Full-time Equivalent" Employees?

The definition of full-time equivalent (FTE) is the hours worked by one employee on a full-time basis.  Therefore, two part-time positions (.50 FTE) could be used to equate to 1 FTE.  On an annual basis, an FTE is considered to be 2,080 hours, which is calculated as:

8 hours per day x 5 work days per week x 52 weeks per year = 2,080 hours per year

I am having problems completing the form online. Can I print the form and deliver it or mail it?

For health and safety reasons, the City is not accepting paper applications or documents. However, a Mesa CARES call center representative can assist you in completing your form. Please call 480-644-CARE (2273). The call center team will be available 8:00AM- 5:00PM Monday - Sunday.  Please be prepared to provided call center representatives with the verification documents to be submitted with your application.