• News for Chamber

    Thursday, April 09, 2020
    The San Rafael Police Department is reminding everyone to comply with the Public Health Order. We want to remind community members that violation of the Public Health Order is a misdemeanor crime punishable by: •             A fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or,  •             By imprisonment for a term of not more than 90 days, or by ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic , Community
    Thursday, April 09, 2020
    The list of essential businesses has been expanded to include service providers that enable residential transactions (notaries, title companies, real estate agents, etc.); funeral homes and cemeteries; moving companies, rental car companies and ride share services that specifically enable essential activities. Any essential business that is open must follow social distancing best practices and ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community
    Monday, April 06, 2020
    A network of community banks and financial institutions is gearing up to implement one of the most ambitious economic relief programs in U.S. history as small businesses across the country weather the coronavirus and its economic fallout.  The $2 trillion coronavirus relief package signed last week, officially known as the CARES Act, includes nearly $350 billion for a federal small business loan ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    Body Kinetics has generously opened their “virtual” doors for online classes free to all! They have also lent out their cycle bikes to keep their members spinning! These online classes are keeping as many of their employees working as they can. You can take one of these classes today at https://www.bodykinetics.com/
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    The $2 trillion stimulus package, negotiated by Republican and Democratic leaders, is the largest economic stimulus measure in modern history. The bill is a $2 trillion combination of tax provisions and other stimulus measures, including emergency business lending. The measure promises to provide help for struggling American families and businesses, as well as health care workers on the front ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Press Release, Community
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    Loans and Tax Credit Available to Small Businesses  Keeping businesses afloat and workers under the wing of their employers is critical for ensuring the economy can quickly restart after the pandemic subsides. To this end, the stimulus package creates a $367 billion federally guaranteed loan program for small businesses that employ 500 or fewer people who must pledge not to lay off their ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    How can I obtain a small business loan from the government?  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering loans for qualifying small businesses. These are low-interest (3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofits) loans with terms potentially as long as 30 years. You can apply for an SBA loan through its website. Be prepared to provide the following information:  Tax ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic , Community
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    The federal government passed a coronavirus emergency relief package on March 18 that provides protected paid leave to workers impacted by COVID-19. In the episode below of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg is joined by employment law expert Benjamin Ebbink and CalChamber Executive Vice President Jennifer Barrera to discuss what employers should know about the new ...read more
    Categories: Advocacy, Economic , Chamber
    Sunday, March 22, 2020
    The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce  is working closely with the City of San Rafael to develop resources for businesses impacted by Coronavirus prevention measures. This includes State Unemployment Insurance, Small Business Loans and Tax Assistance. Please click the link below:https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/coronavirus-business-resources/
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber, Community
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
     Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is here, and it’s impacting us in ways that just a few months ago, we simply couldn’t fathom. This rapidly-changing landscape puts employers in a tough spot — you have businesses to run, but keeping up to date on COVID-19’s status while also doing your best to ensure your employees’ health and safety are prime concerns. Continue reading below ...  
    Categories: Advocacy, Chamber
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    The Marin Small Business Development Center is a resource for small businesses impacted by the coronoavirus and shelter in place. Federal and State loans are available for any small business suffering economic injury due to COVID-19.View Full FlyerVisit Marin SBDC website
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy, Economic
    Thursday, March 19, 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 means, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic , Press Release, Human Interest, Community
    Monday, March 16, 2020
    We want to recognize how stressful these times are.  Together we can get through this.  We have been scouring the internet and reviewing how local businesses are rapidly adapting to these changing times.   Below are some tips we have observed from other local businesses throughout the country. Please review and see if any of these ideas might work for you and your business:Chart that Outlines ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Advocacy
    Monday, March 16, 2020
      Public Health: Shelter in Place Order (March 16, 2020) On March 16, the public health officers of seven Bay Area jurisdictions, including Marin, issued a legal order directing residents to shelter at home for three weeks beginning March 17.  The order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs.Scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Human Interest, Community
    Friday, March 13, 2020
    Register here for this free webinar! As new developments continue unfolding around the spread of COVID-19, many employers have questions about implications in the workplace.  Join Small Business Majority, Go-Biz, Employment Development Department (EDD) and Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) for a statewide webinar covering policy updates related to COVID-19. Learn about what the State ...read more
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