• News for Chamber

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    On October 3, 2018, the IRS issued guidance for employers on how to claim tax deductions for business meals this year. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, ("TCJA") business expenses for "entertainment" are no longer deductible, effective for 2018. However, the TCJA did not modify the separate 50% deduction for expenses for business meals, which left employers wondering how to distinguish a business ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    Chamber Board of Directors voted to endorse Measure AA and ask you to Vote YES. Measure AA is the renewal of a half cent sales tax that will reduce traffic congestion on Highway 101, repair our local roads and provide transit options for our youth, seniors, and commuters. Keep Marin Moving -Vote Yes on Measure AA  
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
    Thursday, October 04, 2018
    Chamber Board of Directors voted to Oppose Prop 6 and ask that you Vote NO! Proposition 6 would eliminate funding for for thousands of bridge, road, and safety improvement projects currently underway throughout California and essential infrastructure projects in Marin!Vote NO on Prop 6
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
    Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents nearly 625 Marin County employers with over 26,000 employees, supported the proposed Kaiser Permanente Los Gamos Medical Offices Project located at 1650 Los Gamos Drive in San Rafael.    The San Rafael Medical Center main campus was built more than 50 years ago and is an aging facility. In 2015, Kaiser purchased the property with plans to ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Thursday, August 09, 2018
    Marin Voice Joanne Webster, CEO San Rafael Chamber; Cynthia Murray, CEO North Bay Leadership Council; and Steve Saxe, co-chair, Marin Environmental Housing Collaborative Board The need for workforce housing in Marin County is demonstrable, pressing and clear.   While there are many reasons why workforce housing is needed, the impact on the economic future of Marin is one of the most ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
    Friday, July 13, 2018
    On behalf of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents 625 Marin County employers with over 26,000 employees, we welcome the opportunity to provide Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (GGBHTD) additional comments on the proposed concepts presented at the June 12th community meeting.   Option #1: Two Story Concept - We believe this concept to be the safest concept ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Advocacy
    Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    The City of San Rafael is proud to announce the launch of its new online business permitting portal, OpenCounter, which includes two new tools centered around business development. The first tool, a Zoning Portal, will allow users to explore where different businesses are permitted throughout the City.  The second, a Business Portal, is designed to help users understand the specific licenses, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community, Economic
    Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    BioMarin received standard approval from the FDA for Palynziq™ (pegvaliase-pqpz), an enzyme replacement therapy to reduce blood phenylalanine (Phe) concentrations in adults with phenylketonuria (PKU). Palynziq™ is the first approved enzyme replacement therapy to target the underlying cause of PKU. Palynziq™ is BioMarin’s second approved treatment for this rare condition, and the company’s seventh ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Press Release
    Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, announced an impact investing commitment today of up to $200 million through its Thriving Communities Fund to address housing stability and homelessness, among other community needs. The organization’s initial focus will be on preventing displacement or homelessness of lower- and middle-income households in rapidly changing ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Thursday, April 26, 2018
    Transportation Authority of Marin Board of Commissioners 900 Fifth Avenue Suite 100 San Rafael, CA 94901 Re: Measure A Sales Tax Renewal Expenditure Plan  Dear Chair Moulton-Peters and Commissioners: On behalf of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents 625 Marin County employers with over 26,000 employees, I write to express our support for placing the renewal of Measure A on ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Political, Press Release, Economic , Advocacy
    Tuesday, April 17, 2018
    Working Solutions’ unique combination of business loans and its free consulting program is helping entrepreneur Matt Lopez of Patrice and Associates/Impact Recruiting grow his business. Thanks to the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Working Solutions partnership, Lopez was able to get a microloan from the nonprofit to help grow his business. “The partnership with the Chamber is a tremendous ...read more
    Categories: Economic , Community, Human Interest, Press Release, Chamber
    Sunday, March 25, 2018
    Eric Betz is the founder of MorningSide Windows, a professional window cleaning service for commercial and private properties in Marin and San Francisco. His service is licensed and insured, and focuses on creating sparkling windows, skylights and solar panels. He says, “I take pride in and enjoy my clients’ excitement about how great their homes and businesses look when the job is done.” Are you ...read more
    Categories: Member Spotlight, Community, Chamber, Human Interest
    Friday, March 09, 2018
    RE: AB 2463 (Quirk-Silva and Cervantes): Small Business Assistance Act of 2018 – SUPPORT  Dear Assembly Members Quirk-Silva and Cervantes: On behalf of the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, which represents nearly 625 Marin County employers with over 26,000 employees, I am writing to inform you of our support of AB 2463 relating to the Small Business Assistance Act of 2018.  AB 2463 designates ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Economic , Press Release, Political, Chamber
    Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    The Chamber leadership voted to join the Coalition to Protect Local Transportation Improvements at their last Board of Directors meeting. The Coalition and the Chamber supports ACA 5, a June ballot measure to prevent the state legislature from diverting transportation funds for other purposes or redirecting funds for non-transportation projects. The Chamber also opposes the November ballot ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
    Monday, February 26, 2018
    John Schweitzer is a financial literacy instructor with the Heartland Institute of Financial Education. The national nonprofit brings independent financial courses to groups in the workplace, churches or other organizations. Companies can also hire the firm to educate employees on how to take advantage of their retirement plan, without pressure or solicitation. What brought you to financial ...read more
    Categories: Member Spotlight, Chamber, Community, Human Interest
    Monday, December 04, 2017
    Chamber President and CEO, Joanne Webster testified at the City Council Meeting, Monday, December 4 encouraging council members to adopt a medical cannabis policy and suggested the following additions to the staff report; allow medical delivery services with no limits on the number of licenses; include local preference awards and dedicate a portion of any revenues collected toward substance abuse ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy

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