• News for Chamber

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    We are SO appreciative of your overwhelming response to let us help you promote your new way of doing business!  One thing is resounding clear – SAN RAFAEL/MARIN COUNTY IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.  Even if their doors are closed, the phone lines/websites/online shops are definitely open.   Technology has been a blessing in that the majority of businesses are able to continue on via remote/virtual ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic , Press Release
    Sunday, September 20, 2020
    Senate Bill 1447 creates the Main Street Hiring Tax Credit. This will reduce how much state taxes some small businesses owe if they have more employees working between July 1 and December 1 than they did between April 1 and June 30.  Businesses of 100 employees or less would get $1,000 credit for the next increase of each new worker, in addition to other credits and support available. 
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Sunday, September 20, 2020
    Assembly Bill 1577, which exempts businesses from having to pay state taxes on loans received from the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). As you all know the cash flow assistance for this program comes in the form of a loan of up to 2.5 times average monthly payroll costs, which can be fully forgiven if the funds are used for specified costs and if employees and employee salaries are ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Sunday, September 20, 2020
    Did you know the City's Streets Division spends a full day each week collecting illegally dumped items? The City has been running a number of pilot projects to better understand what is driving this and to identify potential solutions. These pilot programs aim to tackle the issues from all sides and include education, resources to dump items for free, and enforcement.   If you've experienced ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic , Green, Press Release
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    The San Rafael Chamber coordinates advocacy efforts on behalf of members and the business community in the San Rafael area. The goal of the Chamber's advocacy is to improve the area's business climate, strengthen the local economy, and ensure that public policy decisions adequately take into account the needs of businesses in order to maintain/improve our quality of life. That is why we endorse ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    The County has successfully appealed its designation in purple and have confirmation from the state that we are moving into the red tier effective Tuesday, September 15th.Read Updated Guidelines Here  
    Categories: Chamber
    Wednesday, September 02, 2020
    Marin County is deferring to the State guidelines for re-opening and following the new State framework. Please watch Chamber zoom meeting to hear Dr. Matt Willis outline the tiers and industry sector updates. Click the link below to watch the one hour recording including Q&A.https://marinrecovers.com/public-health-business-briefings/  
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, August 24, 2020
    The new Oak Pavilion at MarinHealth Medical Center is almost ready to open, and we’re celebrating with a series of fantastic virtual events. We’ll kick off the festivities with the Ribbon Cutting and follow that with  Grand Opening activities later in the Fall. We’ll be livestreaming the Ribbon Cutting so everyone can share in the fun. We will “go live” right here on this web page around 9:30 ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Monday, August 24, 2020
    Businesses affected include hotels, motels, B&Bs, and other short-term rentals Ongoing progress in Marin County’s COVID-19 case rates is allowing for Marin County Public Health to reopen local hotels, motels, and short-term rentals to tourism-based businesses and clients. The guidelines for businesses are now online. The reopening affects all lodging facilities within the county boundaries ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic , Press Release
    Monday, August 24, 2020
    To keep everyone connected during the wildfires. Everyone can now access 1.5 million out-of-home Xfinity WiFi hotspots for free: These hotspots are normally located in business areas, retail locations and transit areas. To find your nearest hotspot, enter your zip code below. Once you are at the location, follow the instructions at xfinity.com/wifi to join the hotspot. These 1.5 million hotspots ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Fire Relief and Resources
    Monday, August 17, 2020
    We’re excited to bring you this series of webinars geared at equipping you with the skills to effectively advocate for housing in Marin. With so many new and old faces standing up for equity, we have the opportunity to make a huge impact on housing in Marin. During this session we will cover the history that led us to today's housing issues, solutions for our future, and workshop how to tell your ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic , Advocacy, Community
    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
      Recently the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, 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 ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Economic
    Monday, August 03, 2020
    The Chamber Board of Directors voted at their regular July meeting to accept the GAC recommendation to oppose Proposition 15- Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding. We are in unprecedented times and in an economic crisis. It is not practical to move forward with this tax at this time. A tax base increase will most likely be passed onto the tenants ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
    Tuesday, July 28, 2020
    ​As we continue to adjust to the difficult national and local developments, the San Rafael Chamber remains your source for the latest political and business news. Despite the Shelter in Place, the City of San Rafael and County of Marin continue to work on moving applications and policies forward. We continue to advocate and weigh in on the issues that are important to the business community. The ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Economic
    Monday, July 27, 2020
    Let’s Get Everyone Counted This Time! A complete count in the 2020 Census is important for Marin County’s economy over the next 10 years and especially in recovery efforts from COVID-19. Every year, roughly $1.5 trillion in federal resources are distributed using census data. Responding to the census questionnaire helps ensure Marin gets a fair share of funding. These are investments that ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Community
    Tuesday, July 14, 2020
    Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) provided comment and feedback to City of San Rafael staff’s proposed inclusionary housing and developer incentive pilot program. These changes could create more housing development in the city by providing flexibility in meeting inclusionary requirements and creating incentives.The recommendations include an incentive pilot program to receive additional height ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Community, Chamber, Economic