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The brilliant white cloud of the Milky Way visible among a starry sky behind Natural Bridges National Monument's massive stone bridge called Owachomo.
Night sky at Owachomo Bridge, Natural Bridges National Monument. Photo: Jacob W. Frank
Industry Update

Today, the Governor's Office of Economic Development highlighted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Save Small Business Fund.

Funded by corporate and philanthropic partners, it awards grants of $5,000 to small businesses harmed by the pandemic who employee between 3 and 20 employees.

The application process takes approximately 10 minutes and funds will be awarded weekly until all funds have been used.

Employing nearly half the American workforce, small businesses like yours keep our neighborhoods running and make them feel like home.
Honor the #SpiritOfTravel: National Travel and Tourism Week May 3–9

From U.S. Travel: The Covid-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the travel industry and the entire economy.

Now more than ever, the travel and tourism community must come together, support each other and remind our country that even through the most difficult times, the Spirit of Travel cannot be broken. Learn more.
Astrotourism and International Dark Sky Week

Starting Sunday, April 19, join the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) to celebrate the night sky — virutally. Throughout International Dark Sky Week, the IDA will host authors, creators, scientists and educators whose works have been vital to the movement to protect the night from light pollution.

But what is astrotourism?

It is a low-impact, sustainable form of tourism focused on the viewing of celestial objects and space. With nearly 80 percent of North Americans unable to see the Milky Way at night from their homes, dark sky places offer a truly unique, memorable, and moving experience.

Utah is the dark skies capital of the world with four national parks, five national monuments, five state parks and two towns accredited as International Dark Sky Places — and counting. We've create an Astrotourism Toolkit filled with resources to help you understand the value of the night sky to your area.
 
Download Toolkit
Resource Center for SBA Loans

Financial assistance for small businesses is available through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Where should you start?

The following questions might help point you in the right direction. Do you need:

For more information on SBA loans, contact UOT Destination Development Specialist Flint Timmins fdtimmins@utah.gov

You can find more business relief information as well as all the State’s COVID-19 resources at coronavirus.utah.gov
 
Additional Resources
Utah Leads Together: A Plan for a Health and Economic Recovery Version 2.0

State of Utah Resources for Business
Utah Office of Tourism COVID-19 Industry Toolkit
The state of Utah’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control Travel Health Notices and COVID 2019 Information for Travel 


If you’re worried about whether you may have COVID-19, please call the Utah Coronavirus Information Line at 1-800-456-7707.
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