Tucson lawyer offers webinars to help small businesses navigate newly available benefits

Posted at 9:58 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 14:12:12-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Small businesses make up 50% of Tucson's economy, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

A law firm in Tucson is now doing what it can to make sure small businesses in our area stay afloat during the pandemic.

"There's so much information out there and so many people don't understand even the basics of, you know, 'I'm unemployed or I'm an independent contractor, normally I wouldn't be entitled to unemployment benefits,' but now you are," consumer attorney Christine Anderson Ferraris said.

That's just one example of the many topics Ferraris dives into with her weekly business webinars. They're called, "How Your Business Can Beat COVID-19," and focus on the news CARES and FFCAR Acts.

All of the nuances in figuring out these new policies is what Ferraris says her webinars are all about.

"What we get into with the webinars is to try to digest and distill all of the information that's out there," she said. "Because a lot of the new things that are out there right now help really small businesses and independent contractors, and self-employed. And that's unusual."

How businesses and employees are now entitled to certain benefits and loans is a new norm she wants to help folks understand, as requirements and eligibility have changed.

She's also bringing in folks that focus on different areas of the benefits of the new laws, like CPAs, bookkeepers and other types of attorneys.

"Small businesses make up a majority of all communities, commerce and employment," she said.

The webinars are every Wednesday at noon and are through the law firm's event on Facebook.