Guam Chamber Group Health Insurance New Member Orientation
Thursday, November 5, 2020
Members who are not currently enrolled but would like to learn more about the Chamber's Group Health Plan are invited to join us on November 5th at 10:00 am. Please RSVP with Rebekah by November 2nd to receive the Zoom meeting link.
Please don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the Chamber's group health insurance.
It's Flu Shot Season! Have you received yours?

LEGISLATIVE REVIEW
Your Chamber is reviewing the following bills that may have a big impact on our businesses and our community. We look to our members to provide us with comments on how proposed legislation will impact you and your ability to conduct business. We look forward to your comments on the following bills:

This bill seeks to completely ban the sale and distribution of carryout bags made of plastic by retail & wholesale establishments on Guam. If passed this bill will be implemented on January 1, 2021. This bill has the support of this current legislature.

This bill seeks to prohibit any further use of septic tanks on certain lots located in the groundwater protection zone regardless of whether said lots are part of parental subdivisions.

If these bills will impact your industry please let us know how they will impact your business or the community and if there are suggestions to to address the intent of the bills. We look forward to hearing from you.
GUAM CHAMBER BOARD ELECTIONS
The Chamber’s Board Elections will be very different this year. As with many things since the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our shores, we have had to make adjustments to our election process while still adhering to the Guam Chamber by-laws. Voting will take place virtually and will commence on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Voting will take place over a seven (7) day period and will close at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 18th. 


Your Chamber's Nominating Committee is pleased to bring you an opportunity to have Coffee with Chamber Board Candidates via GoToWebinar. The candidates will be introduced and will be given questions to answer to the membership. Grab your cup of coffee and we'll see you at 8:00 am!

VIRTUAL BANKRUPTCY SEMINAR
The Guam Bar Association along with the District Court of Guam, the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands and the CNMI Bar Association would like to invite Guam Businesses and the general public to the upcoming virtual bankruptcy seminar:
 
Bankruptcy Education Seminar 2: 
The Economic Impacts of COVID-19
When: Friday, October 30, 2020
Time: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. ChST (GMT +10)
Format: Virtual via Zoom
$25 Registration Fee
UOG to reveal Distinguished Alumni Award winners at virtual reunion 
  
University of Guam alumni, their family and friends, and the Guam community are invited to the Virtual All-Class UOG Alumni Reunion from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, where this year’s UOG Distinguished Alumni Award winners will be revealed. 
 
“UOG alumni can be found in every industry in this region and abroad — from private business to public office — and this is always an exciting event, where the island gets to come together to celebrate the accomplishments and valuable contributions of Guam’s and Micronesia’s own,” said Norman Analista, director of development, alumni affairs, and foundation relations for the university.  The names of six winners will be announced during the event, and viewers are encouraged to join in the excitement of the virtual celebration and cheer the winners on in the chat. The event is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend. 
 
Those interested in attending must register in advance at https://url.uog.edu/alumni-reunion. They will then receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the meeting. 
 
Help students go the “Last Mile” 
Leading up to the Virtual All-Class UOG Alumni Reunion, the Office of Alumni Affairs will be fundraising for the Last Mile Scholarship, a competitive scholarship awarded to students who are within 30 credits of completing their first bachelor’s degree and who are in financial need. The scholarship will fund up to $1,200 per semester for each student recipient. The program awarded its first 10 students at the start of this academic year. 
 
Community members wishing to donate to this scholarship can do so at https://give.uog.edu/donate/last-mile-scholarship-fund/. Contributors will be announced during the Virtual All-Class UOG Alumni Reunion. 
 
For more information, contact Norman Analista at (671) 735-2991, (671) 797-3333, or analistan@triton.uog.edu.  
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GUAM ECONOMIC FORECAST FOR 2021 WEBINAR
Friday, December 4, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 am.
GoToWebinar

Guam's economy has been greatly impacted by the COVID pandemic which has affected drastic changes in visitor arrivals and consumer spending, federal and military direct investment (and related programs), private Asian and US investment, transportation links, and Geo-political factors beyond our borders, among others. What will be the key economic issues that influence the growth and development for regional economies in the coming year?

To respond to this question, we have invited Guam's leading business representatives to share their views and insights on the economic outlook for Guam. These presentations will be followed by a Q&A discussion with webinar participants.
ACTION PAC, INC.

Be sure to visit the PAC's website for more information about this political action committee and senatorial candidates that support the PAC's initiatives. Check out their social media platforms and follow/share on your social media feeds. #TakeActionGuam!


Sign up to be an Action PAC member by registering on their website. It's free!

If you would like to make a financial contribution to the PAC, feel free to email: takeactionguam@gmail.com for more information.
2020 PISBDCN Small Business Credit Survey
Dear Business Owner or Manager,

The Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network is partnering with the Federal Reserve on the 2020 Small Business Credit Survey. This survey reaches thousands of small businesses like yours and provides vital information to policymakers who are weighing decisions that affect small businesses. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and is open to businesses currently in operation, those recently closed and those about to launch. The questions ask about business conditions, financing needs, and the effects of the pandemic on your business. All responses are confidential. The survey highlights the experiences of small businesses and provides critical information that service providers, policymakers, and lenders use to improve programs for small business owners.

Please click the link below to complete the survey. Thank you for participating.

The survey closes October 31, 2020. Questions? Contact SFFedSmallBusiness@sf.frb.org
MEET SBDC CONSULTANTS!
If your business is affected by COVID-19 and would like to seek free business counseling, the SBDC has Independent Small Business Advisors who can help you out! Check out their areas of expertise and you may Sign Up as a Client!
2020 TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM
GVB's Industry Update
Important Announcement | GEDA Re: Email Scam
The Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) has been notified of an email scam that is circulating. The email promotes the Guam Small Business Pandemic Assistance Grant (GSBPAG) program and falsely claims to be a representative of GEDA. The email also includes an attachment of the GSBPAG application and requests for personal information to be submitted. 

Do not respond to these emails or communicate with the sender. Do not provide any personal or business information. Additionally, avoid clicking on links included in the emails or attachments, as it may result in a virus being loaded on the recipient's device. 

For inquiries concerning this matter, please contact GEDA at 647-4332. Si Yu'os Ma'åse!
HAVE YOU ADDED YOUR PHONE TO THE COVID FIGHT?
The Guam Department of Public Health & Social Services, the Office of Technology and the Office of the Governor have worked on a contact tracing smartphone app to help control the spread of Covid-19 in our community. The app is available for both iPhone and Android platforms.

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Guam Chamber of Commerce
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