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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.

     

  • Thank You to Our Leaders Circle Sponsors:

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  • Chamber's Efforts Provide Relief from Restaurants, Caterers and other Food Establishments Chamber's Efforts Provide Relief from Restaurants, Caterers and other Food Establishments

    Recently the San Rafael Chamber, on behalf of the Marin Council of Chambers, which represents 11 Chambers of Commerce in the county, wrote to the County of Marin to  ask them to consider a fee waiver or deferral of the county wide health permit fee during the pandemic. 

    The pandemic has affected small businesses adversely. Among the businesses impacted the hardest have been food businesses.  Many restaurants and caterers decided to close; others tried to pivot, and began to offer take out foods and now outdoor dining.  Many received PPP and EIDL loans, which certainly help.   But income is been significantly reduced or non-existent.

    One way to make the loan money last as long as possible is to ask for concessions from landlords, banks, credit card companies, and vendors.  Many of them have received deferrals or actual forgiveness.   This has helped to minimize expenses.

    For most of our local restaurants and food establishments, the fee for the health permit is a significant expense.  We respectfully asked the County to consider postponement, or at least defer some of the fee, to help these struggling businesses stay alive a little longer.  


    The County considered our request and offered a fee deferral program/payment plan to help provide some relief for our restaurants and other food establishments.

    Read Full Letter here

  • Free Posters/Signage for Your Business (Updated July 13) Free Posters/Signage for Your Business (Updated July 13)

    The Marin Economic Recovery Committee has completed an online poster catalog. We are incredibly grateful to the San Rafael tech department who helped with the project and most importantly, ensured that the links all work. The additional collaboration with the Marin Recovers team was key to getting this posted to that website and available to all.

     

    All that a business needs to do is click on a poster, download, print and post (yes, there are versions in Spanish too!).  

     

    LINK:

    https://marinrecovers.com/poster-catalog-for-businesses/

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  • PPP Deadline Extension in Review (updated July 1) PPP Deadline Extension in Review (updated July 1)

    Last night, the Senate passed an extension for the deadline of the PPP loan until August 8th. We are awaiting final confirmation from the House, but thought many of you would like to know this now.

    $130 Billion is left!! Lenders are opening up again to accept applications.

    Here is the link for all information on PPP from the Department of Treasury

    https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-businesses

  • 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.
     

    Census 2020 The U.S. Census Bureau is Hiring in Our Area!

    Census 2020 All 2020 Census jobs are temporary. The largest number of positions available are for census takers. Pay rates vary by area. By working for the Census Bureau, you can help them reach their goal for the 2020 Census to ensure everyone is counted. Census counts have a huge impact on our community. If you’re interested, please visit the Census Bureau job site to apply. You’ll also be able to see descriptions and frequently asked questions at 2020census.gov/jobs.

     

  • Welcome New Members!

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