• News for Community

    Wednesday, May 20, 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
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    Saturday, May 16, 2020
    The County of Marin issued a new public health order today with guidance for retailers. Starting Monday, May 18, 2020, retailers will be able to reopen for curbside pick-up and delivery only. Each curbside Retailer must create, adopt, and implement a written COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan that incorporates and addresses all applicable Public Health Order requirements. Templates and ...read more
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    Thursday, May 14, 2020
    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 ...read more
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    Monday, May 04, 2020
    Last week the State rolled out the phases of 're-opening'. Below find the four stages outlined by the Governor: STAGE 1: Essential work places  STAGE 2: Retail (e.g. curbside pickup), Manufacturing, Offices (when teleworking is not possible), Opening more public spaces, Schools and Childcare Facilities with Adaptations  STAGE 3: Personal care (hair and nail salons, gyms), Entertainment venues ...read more
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    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
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    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/
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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