Hafa Adai Members,

Thank you for continuing to keep us abreast of how your businesses are doing. Some of you are well, some could be doing better, a few have closed shop. There are a vast number of our member businesses that are struggling to stay afloat. We have seen how this pandemic has caused major disruption in our global and especially our local economy. It is vastly changing and transforming the traditional ways we have conducted business, trained our workforce and delivered our products and services. Our public sector needs to do its part in making swift and dramatic changes in its size, in its service offering and support of private businesses to help keep our doors open for business and our residents employed.

The University of Guam is compiling information that will give us an idea of how the pandemic has impacted our economy. This can only be done with your help. We encourage you to take some time to complete the information in the survey link below. Thank you for your time and assistance.

We are finalizing details on a virtual general membership meeting this month on July 22nd with GDOE's Superintendent, Jon Fernandez. We are also working with EXIM (Export-Import Bank of the United States) who can assist local exporters with their exporting needs in these challenging times. We are looking at an August 5th webinar, so save the date!

Election season is heating up and we are arranging for opportunities for you to meet candidates virtually and learn more about their platforms. Stay tuned for information on these upcoming events.

If you would like your Guam Chamber to offer an event or activity that we are not currently offering, please contact us and let us know. We are happy to engage with you and support your efforts to keep your doors open.

Thank you for all your great support of our fellow business colleagues! Your local purchases however small, are greatly appreciated.

Happy weekend, Members - enjoy some down time. You deserve it.

Onward Together,

Catherine Castro
President
Business Recovery Survey

As COVID-19 progresses and the island begins to reopen, consumer and business owner sentiment is mixed, with many of them unsure of the future. The next normal is beginning to emerge, and we would like to identify some of the changes that may stick long-term. The Guam Chamber of Commerce with the University of Guam would like to ask questions regarding the impact the pandemic has had on your business and hear your perspective on what the future may look like for businesses on Guam.
Friday, July 17, 2020 • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

P reparing for Reopening —
Re-establishing the Work Value and Employee Job Satisfaction

TOSHIE ITO
Proprietor
Motiva Training & Consulting

Cost: Free for Guam Chamber Members
$20.00 for Future Members

Once your reservation and payment is received, you will receive a password for the webinar.

Access is available via your Mac, PC or a mobile device.
MEMBERS ONLY EXCLUSIVE:

Friday, July 24, 2020 • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Staying Fit & Healthy While Social Distancing
Jesse E. Rosario
Owner/Nutrition Professional
The Boka Box

Cost: Free for GYP members only (Registration Required)

Webinar Details:
Upon registration, a GoToWebinar link will be sent to you for your participation.
Access is available via your Mac, PC or a mobile device.
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TAX DAY REMINDER:

July 15th is just around the corner! If you need help with your taxes contact our great Chamber member accounting and tax firms who will be able to assist you!
Government of Guam Updates
Guam received another $300K registered apprenticeship grant
If your business is still in need of a financial boost and you haven't taken advantage of US SBA' s PPP program, please remember that the deadline for all applications is Saturday, August. 8th.

Additionally, the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) still has funds available in their Small Business Pandemic Assistance Grant Program.
Review the latest from the U.S. Small Business Administration:


US CHAMBER UPDATES
OUR COMMUNITY
REGISTER TO VOTE!
If you would like to vote but are not registered, you can register online at the  Guam Election Commission's website . You will need to have either a valid Guam Drivers License or Guam identification card to register electronically. 

Dates to remember:

  • Guam Primary Election: Saturday, August 29, 2020 [Polls open: 7 am - 8 pm]

  • General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 [Polls open: 7 am - 8 pm]
If you would like to know if you are registered to vote in this year's elections  click here
Send In Your Nominations!
For many years, the Guam Chamber of Commerce recognized individuals, organizations and companies that made a difference in the beautification of our island. This recognition will spotlight a business, an individual or organization that has made significant improvements to a building, an area, a site or has created a meaningful and effective beautification effort, please submit a nomination form to the Guam Chamber of Commerce.

Some questions and thoughts to consider in writing up the nomination could include:
  • Information about what improvements were made
  • What unique ideas or innovations were implemented?
  • Were there environmental issues at the site and how were the concerns addressed?
  • Who made the improvements?
  • Did the improvements involve the use of local plants, trees and flowers?
  • How did the project help to beautify our village/ our island?

The benefits of a beautiful area makes a big difference for all our residents and visitors alike. Help us to recognize those that make a positive difference in our community by keeping our island clean and beautiful. Na' La Bonita Guam!
The Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is offering FREE live webinars every Thursday in July!
 
Webinars run from 10am-11:30am and will be conducted via Zoom. Links to the live webinar and the webinar evaluation will be emailed to all registered attendees 15 minutes before the start of the webinar.

Don't miss out on great training opportunities from the Guam Small Business Development Center as well! View their upcoming virtual webinar schedule and learn how the SBDC can our local small businesses!

Guam Chamber of Commerce
472-6311• info@GuamChamber.com.gu