The health crisis facing our nation and the world has had profound effects on small businesses, mom-and-pops, and independent artists, creatives and makers, but together we can all bounce back strong by learning from and supporting each other.  Step one is asking people in the community to share how the crisis has affected their business.

Jessica Brennan | Makeup & Hair Artist

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically affected my business. I am a freelance makeup and hair artist that travels on location for your event and has a in home studio. The Covid-19 crisis has forced many events to cancel or postpone, so the need for beauty services has been non existent. I am looking forward to our “new normal” when the restrictions are lifted. I miss meeting new people, being part of their special events, and making people feel their best. I also want all my clients to know that I am up to date on the all the sanitation procedures so you can feel comfortable when you come back and get your beauty services done. Read more>>

Emily Rieve & Lindsey Schoenemann | Owners, GenuWine Arizona

Since Covid 19, we’ve had to completely change our business model and adapt. We switched completely to retail, cancelled our events, and reduced employee hours. Being able to problem solve is key! We created to-go deals including our Pesto Pizza + Bottle of Wine for $25, Mimosa Kits for $22, and Growler refills for $20. We also created our Bottles for the Brave program to give our community a platform to give back to healthcare workers and first responders. We made it easy for customers to get bottles to-go by having email/phone ordering and curbside pick-up. Read more>>

Angela Johnson | Co-Founder FABRIC/AZ Apparel Foundation

FABRIC is a fashion incubator and we’ve helped over 450 emerging and established apparel entrepreneurs by providing everything they need to design, manufacture and run their business in Arizona. When COVID-19 hit we immediately recieved multiple inquiries from large and small healthcare facilities about making PPE since we had all of the skill, labor, equipment and expertise to make sewn products. So, without hesitation, we decided to pivot our model and focus on manufacturing FDA-approved. Read more>>

Renee Fuentes | Food Blogger and YouTuber

My recipe food blog, ThaiCaliente.com, has experienced an increased in viewers and more engagement from readers making my recipes. With restaurants being closed and shelter in place, people are cooking more and looking for new recipes to keep their meals easy and exciting. I’m fortunate that I can work from home and create recipes and YouTube videos to help people during this unique time. It’s so awesome to see more people cooking and families having meals together. These are the memories people will remember and I hope it continues even post quarantine. Read more>>

Alyssa Hall | Wedding + Portrait Photographer

I have multiple couples that work in different hospital fields and are going through so much hardship to stay safe right now. The pandemic forced some of my brides and couples to reschedule. One of them included a wedding and my heart goes out to her and her family for having to go through that. It’s stressful enough planning a wedding that’s on time, but to have to do it under these circumstances? That’s so unpredictable and I can’t imagine having to cope with that wide range of emotion. Luckily, I’m already a go-with-the-flow type of person. Read more>>

Jody Rowland | Owner/Master Stylist

This virus has shaken my thoughts. I felt that my 33 years of working hard and pursuing my dreams was put to a stop that I had no control over. I felt my freedoms of earning a living was taken away. I didn’t know how to look at my team and guide them on what to do. Before we were mandated to shut down, my team showed up to work, following my lead, yet I knew deep down they were nervous to be there. I didn’t want to be responsible for their well being or their financial situation. They all had a choice, but I still felt like they were looking to me for the answers on what to do. Read more>>