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  • Welcome to the San Rafael Chamber!

    Become a member of the Chamber’s vibrant community of business collaborators. Together, we’ll help you grow, thrive and profit.


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  • Check out these great upcoming webinars for the week of June 1! Check out these great upcoming webinars for the week of June 1!

    The Marin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosting a handful of informative FREE webinars this week, details are below!

    Name: WEBINAR: How to Manage and Forecast Cash Flow in a COVID World
    Date: June 2, 2020
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
    Event Description:
    This 30-min Webinar, with an extra 30 minutes for Q&A, will focus on proven strategies and practical techniques to help small business owners manage and forecast cash flow. At the end of the webinar, participants will have access to a custom template they can use to forecast cash flow for up to 12-months in the future.



    Name: WEBINAR: Restaurant and Retail Lease negotiations during COVID
    Date: June 4, 2020
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
    Event Description:
    Come and learn from the experts why it is necessary for tenants to start dialogues with their landlords regarding renegotiating their leases to plan for long term survival during the COVID era.



    WEBINAR: Disaster Loan Support + Planning
    Date: June 4, 2020
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT
    Event Description:
    This webinar will cover the latest updates on EIDL, PPP and the new forgiveness loan application. We will share the most current details we have heard from SBA and answer all your questions. This is a smaller setting to get all your questions answered.



    WEBINAR: Ask an attorney with Case Force
    Date: June 4, 2020
    Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PDT
    Event Description:
    This webinar is an opportunity to get your questions answered by attorneys for free.

    ZOOM LINK IS HERE - *use password "baseforce"

    Visit the Marin SBDC website for more information!

  • Outdoor Dining Temporary Permit-How to Get One Outdoor Dining Temporary Permit-How to Get One

    The City of San Rafael is partnering with the San Rafael Chamber and the San Rafael Business Improvement District to support our incredible business community as best as possible.

    Starting next week, the latest Marin County Public Health order will allow outdoor dining and retail based on the following guidelines:

    To facilitate outdoor dining and retail activity in public space, we have created a free and automatic temporary permit process for basic use of the space in front of your business for dining or retail. If you meet the requirements, you can fill out this online form and be granted an automatic temporary permit.

    For private property or more complex uses of public right-of-way, we can work with you on a case-by-case basis.

    On Monday night the City Council will consider authorizing the City Manager to have more discretion to quickly support the business community in expanding their limited operations while remaining compliant with the phases of reopening laid out by the County. The meeting starts at 7pm and you can participate by phone or through YouTube Live chat.

    We will provide more information as it becomes available or if conditions change. Check marinrecovers.com frequently for new information. If you have questions or want to provide feedback about the reopening process, fill out this feedback form.

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  • Great Plates delivered to seniors in Marin County Great Plates delivered to seniors in Marin County

    In partnership with the local community, the County of Marin plans to start participating in the State of California’s Great Plates Delivered Program, set up to support older adults who are sheltering in place, unable to access meals, and ineligible for other nutrition programs.

    Marin Great Plates, which would be free to recipients, also is a way to support local restaurants and other food providers who are struggling because of the economic downturn related to COVID-19.
    Starting at noon Tuesday, May 12, residents may call Whistlestop at 415-456-9073 to see if they qualify for the program. Local restaurants interested in participation may apply online and learn more about Great Plates. The County will select the first 50 that apply and meet the eligibility criteria.


  • Marin County is in Phase 2 of Re-Opening Marin County is in Phase 2 of Re-Opening

    Marin County has started it Phase 2 of reopening. A sequential and measured approach. 

    Marin Recovers is a county-wide effort to get businesses and other sectors in Marin re-open. The County formed 17 industry working groups led by city, county and agency staff and appointed 5-8 industry experts in the community to provide feedback on guidelines for each sector to re-open that were easy, fair and safe.

    San Rafael Chamber President and CEO, Joanne Webster was selected to the Marin Recovers Executive Steering Committee to represent all of the chambers in Marin. She also served on the Retail Industry Advisory Group. Joanne served along side small business owners throughout the County. In their last meeting with County staff, the group strongly advocated for indoor retail sales to begin. They made a strong argument that with reduced occupancy, scheduled appointments and/or reduced time limits in-store, they were just as safe or even more safe than the big box retailers currently open selling the same goods as small businesses.

    We are proud to announce that our efforts prevailed and indoor retail sales will be allowed on June 15th. Though we would have liked this to happen sooner, our small businesses can now get ready and have a date they can work with.

    There is a long road ahead and much more work to do, but with strong and honest collaboration we can get it done.

    The Chamber leadership would like to thank the Retail Advisory Group leads, Danielle O'Leary, Director of Economic Development and Cristine Alilovich, Assistant City Manager for their fair, thoughtful and supportive guidance throughout the process.

    Click here to download Marin Recovers-A Safe and Measured Reopening Plan


  • Upcoming Events

  • 2020 Census participation is critical for Marin
    The 2020 Census is just under one year away, and it will likely be the most difficult in recent history. Immigrant and low-income communities of color are the most at-risk of being undercounted by the census, leading to cuts in funding to critical services such as Medicare, Medicaid, and SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) in those areas as well as the possibility of the loss of representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
    Chamber member and partner Canal Alliance has a lot of valuable information about Census 2020 on their website, read more here.


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