Monday, April 19, 2021
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In this edition:
*Making Sense of Mondays - 'The benefits of high-level interaction'
*Welcome New Members & Thank you to our Renewing Members!
*Chamber Members Events & News - Advertise here & reach 1,300+
*It's Wednesday - What's Happening at the Chamber!
*Covid-19 Resources - By Activity Guidelines, Vaccines & More
*Harassment Prevention Training - 5+ Employees - Have you completed?
This week's Making Sense of Mondays Article:
by Andy Springer, Business Consultant & Coach
Check out the new Making Sense of Mondays Series:
Hanging with the Right People #3

You will find this article and more on our website.

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Knowing you must be the priority. If those with whom you interact do not agree with this priority, they will seldom bring you better clients and faster closes.  
This is very important. Do not miss this. The greatest referral sources with whom I have interacted have been those most willing to be educated about me, my business, and my clients. These people want to know what I do as a business consultant. They want to know why I am a business consultant. They want to know how my consulting services differ from my coaching services. Once they are comfortable about these matters, they want to know how to introduce me, who I want to be introduced to and the best way to contact me...."Read more
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Airport Express - Reopening May 3rd - Airporter Service to San Francisco & Oakland

Amaturo Sonoma Media Group - North Bay Job Fair June 16 - Early Bird pricing ends Apr 30

Canopy Health - Medicare 101 Webinar - Learn about the different parts of Medicare

Fundemonium - Apr 19 Newsletter - Funbot Needs Your Help!

Intelligent Heart, Steven Campbell - Five Positive Outcomes of the Pandemic

Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center - No charge business advisers & educational workshops too - Click here to go to their calendar

North Bay Credit Union - Lock in historic low home loan rates - Read more

Pacific Gas & Electric - Energy Efficiency Resource Guide & Path Back to Growth & Profitability Webinar - Apr 21, 28 & 29

Poppy Bank is available to help all with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library - April 16 Newsletter

Rohnert Park FC - Be a sponsor & market your business - Deadline May 31

Rohnert Park Soccer Club - Be a sponsor & market your business

Sally Tomatoes & Heirloom Cafe - Corporate Delivery / Family Delivery / Tuesday Dinner & Comedy - Apr 20 / Paint Night - Apr 21 / Thursday Trivia - All About Brands Edition - Apr 22 / King Street Giants & Bronze Medal Hopefuls @ SOMO May 7 / Mother's Day Brunch - May 9

Sonoma State University Theatre, Arts & Dance - On Stage Virtual Performances

The Lime Foundation - 6th Annual Believe in the Dream Fundraiser - Sept 9

United States Postal Service - Apr & May Virtual Job Fairs & Entry Level Positions
It's Wednesday - What's Happening at the Chamber!
Breakout Room Palooza
Wednesday, April 21 - 5:30-6:30pm
Free to attend - Register Here & Click here for Zoom Link
Zoom Mtg ID: 890 8254 6498 & Passcode: 914071
Dial In: (669) 900-9128
Now in the Orange Tier - Guidelines by Activity & More

Great news! Sonoma County has moved to the Orange Tier - Click here to see all activities and some changes are listed below too:

Opening Up for Outdoor Operations:
*Bars where NO meal is provided (State Guidance for Bars)

Opening Up for Indoor Operations: ·
*Wineries, Breweries, and Distilleries where NO meal is provided: 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer (State Guidance for Wineries, Tasting Rooms, Breweries, and Distilleries)
*Family Entertainment Center activities such as bowling alleys, escape rooms and other naturally distanced activities: 25% capacity (State Guidance for Family Entertainment Centers)
*Cardrooms, Satellite wagering: 25% capacity (State Guidance for Cardrooms)

Increased Capacity:
*Retail: 100% capacity indoor (State Guidance for Retailers)
*Shopping malls: 100% capacity indoor (State Guidance for Shopping Malls) - Closed common areas & Reduced capacity food courts
*Museums, Zoos and Aquariums: 50% capacity indoor (State Guidance for Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums)
*Places of Worship: 50% capacity indoor (State Guidance for Places of Worship)
*Movie Theaters: 50% capacity or 200 people indoor, whichever is fewer (State Guidance for Movie Theaters)
*Gyms and Fitness Centers: 25% capacity indoor (State Guidance for Gyms and Fitness Centers)
*Restaurants: 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer (State Guidance for Restaurants)
*Outdoor Live Events: 33% outdoor capacity (67% is all guests are tested or show proof of full vaccination) (State Guidance for Outdoor Live Events)
*Amusement Parks: Outdoor and indoor 25% capacity (State Guidance for Amusement Parks)
Blueprint for a Safer Economy - Updated April 15 - High level info by Industry - The state added an addendum to the Activity & Business Tiers Chart to provide businesses with opportunities to adopt higher capacities where all guests have been tested or are fully vaccinated. In addition, physical distancing is not required in sections where all guests are fully vaccinated. These updates allow large event operators to admit higher capacities within their facilities. Additionally, fully vaccinated persons from out of state may visit or attend activities or events that are restricted to in-state visitors.

Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy - from CA Dept of Health - What triggers our move Beyond the Blueprint:

On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:
1. Equitable vaccine availability: If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years or older who wish to be inoculated.
2. Consistently low burden of disease: Hospitalizations are stable and low, and specifically, hospitalizations among fully vaccinated individuals are low.

Remember to Update Your Safety Plan - Click here to go to EDB site for info

Build Consumer Confidence - Post your Sonoma Safe certification - More info
Sonoma County COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Information

Why do we need to continue to test? Click here for Testing Sites
  • Between 30 to 40 percent of people who have COVID-19 have mild or no symptoms and don't know they have it.
  • COVID-19 is highly transmissible. This is even more true now with new variants spreading throughout California and and the rest of the world.
  • Increasing testing gives us a truer picture of community spread.
  • We can also advance to the orange tier by testing more. If we continue to test at a high rate compared to other counties, our case rate could be adjusted at or below the orange tier threshold of 3.9 new daily cases. 
  • Testing is easier and more comfortable than in the fall.
  • Testing is free, fast, confidential and appointments are easier to make than ever

Sonoma County COVID-19 Vaccine Information Website
The supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States is currently limited and the County of Sonoma is following State and Federal guidelines for distribution. Priority administration of the vaccine has been determined by a number of factors including risk of exposure from work or living environments, as well as vulnerabilities due to age and medical conditions.

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

A comprehensive package providing urgent relief for the small businesses of CA. The package provides $2 billion – a four-fold increase over the $500 million currently being distributed – for grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions.

  • If you have already applied, you do NOT need to anything at this time.
  • Round 6 - New Applicants - Application dates April 28 - May 4 - Last Round

Here is a link to the CA Relief Grant Website where they will post the latest information.
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Reopens
Deadline Extended to May 31st

Lending institutions are now accepting applications

As before, you must apply through a lender. View map of lenders near you.

If you received PPP in Round 1, you may prefer to apply again through your existing lender. However, this is not a requirement; some lenders are not offering the PPP this time or delaying the opening date.
Getting started with PPP Round 2

Need help? Have questions?
If you received help from SBDC before on the PPP or EIDL, please contact the SBDC Advisor who helped you!

If you have not received one-on-one support, you can sign up as a new SBDC client.

  • You can apply for an EIDL through December 31, 2021.
  • One loan only per business (you cannot apply for a second). However, if you borrowed less than you were eligible for, you may request an increase on your existing loan.
  • EIDL Advances (grants up to $10K) will re-open for a second round to businesses in low-income communities who received an EIDL advance in the first round. The SBA will notify businesses if they are eligible.

Workplace Exposure and Outbreak

"What should I do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19?"

AB 685 (Chapter 84, Statutes of 2020) is a California law that requires employers to notify employees who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and to report workplace outbreaks of COVID-19 to their local health department.

Notify Employees of Workplace Outbreaks

Upon identifying a COVID-19 case in the workplace, you need to provide the following information:

  1. Notice to your employees and the employer of subcontracted workers that they may have been exposed to COVID-19
  2. Information about benefits & options. 
  3. A disinfection & safety plan. 

More on this topic from Jay G. Putnam, Attorney at Law

NEW COVID LAW REQUIRES 24-HOUR WRITTEN NOTICE - "Effective January 1, employers are required to provide written notification to employees, within 24 hours, of COVID-19 exposures in the workplace. They are further required to notify local health authorities in the event of an “outbreak.”...Read more

See the Jay's website for several detailed newsletters explaining the potent protection such policies offer employers.  

Jay G. Putnam is a Petaluma labor lawyer who has specialized in representing California employers for over 39 years. His practice is devoted to preventing lawsuits against his clients, without sacrificing workplace authority or management prerogatives. He has a remarkable record of success.
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