Monday, April 5, 2021
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In this edition:

*Making Sense of Mondays - 'Hanging with the Right People'
*Welcome New Members & Thank you to our Renewing Members!
*Chamber Members Events & News - Advertise here & reach 1,300+
*Covid-19 Resources - Should be in Orange Tier soon - What changes?
*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

You will find this article and others here on our website.

As we begin this month’s new theme, this “Making Sense of Mondays” article will be dedicated to highlighting some amazing opportunities that a Rohnert Park Chamber member would do well to prioritize.
Before we get into this, join me in a hearty “THANK YOU”.
Bragging on our Chamber leadership comes easy. During an extremely challenging moment in history (2020 and the Spring of 2021) our Chamber leadership courageously rescued our annual fundraiser events; Holiday Lights and the Crab Feed, producing incredible marketing and advertising venues for our members.
Thank you to the leadership of the Rohnert Park Chamber for all that you do to help our members “thrive economically, socially and culturally”. So much happens in and through our incredible chamber because our Executive Director, Lisa Orloff, the Board of Directors, the team of ambassadors, the many volunteers and the very hungry, determined small staff. Thank you!
Our Chamber is so good at what it does that even “MINOs” (Member in Name Only) benefit from the influence of our multi-faceted chamber. From the Chamber’s ability to offer economic development advice to its members, to the fact that new residents and tourists use the Chamber as an information center, our Chamber has a vast reach and influence. Beyond this, our Chamber provides advocacy, economic insights and marketing resources for our business community.
Dear member, through the efforts and work of our Chamber, we reach new customers and clients, gain educational insights and build our businesses. As a result, we, the members of the Rohnert Park Chamber, improve the quality of our lives and those with whom we do life, if we choose to participate.
On a weekly/monthly basis, some of the best marketing venues such as Women in Business, Monthly After-hours Mixers and Noon Times Luncheons are offered. By attracting business, government and educational leaders, these marketing events help members stay informed of local, regional and state news, while meeting influencers and potential referral sources..."Read more

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97.7 The River and Roger Farah of Cross Country Mortgage are teaming up to recognize local community heroes in the North Bay. Nominate your Hero at

Airport Express - Reopening May 3rd - Airporter Service to San Francisco & Oakland

Fundemonium - Apr 5 Newsletter - Orange you glad we are closer to Orange?

Intelligent Heart, Steven Campbell - Reframing and Refining Our Disappointments

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

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

Recology Sonoma Marin - Make sorting mysteries history - Various Apr Dates

Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library - April 2 Newsletter & National Library Week - Apr 4-10

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 - Family Delivery / Tuesday Dinner & Comedy - Apr 6 / Thursday Trivia - Sonoma County Edition - Apr 8 / Paint Night - Apr 14 / Mother's Day Brunch - May 9

Social Advocates for Youth - March 31 Newsletter

Sonoma Clean Power - Bike Electric Incentive Program - $1,000 incentive

Sonoma Media Investments/Press Democrat: Be part of 'Towns' April 18 Sunday Edition featuring Rohnert Park & Cotati - Msg from Account Exec Allie Murillo & Media Kit

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

Summit State Bank sponsored workshop on Employee Retention Tax Credit - Apr 8

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

United States Postal Service - Apr & May Virtual Job Fairs & Entry Level Positions

Is your restaurant ramping up for indoor dining? Virus Protection For Your Facility Our service can help keep your customers and staff safe from the spread of viruses on counter and table tops, common areas and all touchpoints for up to 90 days! VirusBlock-90
Orange Tier Coming Soon!

Great news! Sonoma County may be eligible to move to the Orange Tier by early to mid April. When Sonoma County moves to the Orange Tier, the following will change:

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)

How is Orange Tier Eligibility Determined?

The State looks at three metrics to determine tier advancement:
  • Adjusted case rate. Daily new cases (per 100k)
  • Test Positivity rate
  • Health equity metric (test positivity rate for Healthy Places Index quartile 1)

Sonoma County must meet tier metrics for the next tier (Orange Tier in Sonoma County's case) for 2 consecutive weeks to be eligible to move to the next tier, Orange.

As of March 30, 2021 Sonoma County has sustained Orange Tier metrics or better for one week. If these metrics are maintained for one more week, Sonoma County could be in Orange Tier as early as April 6, 2021.

Additionally the State has set a goal to administer 4 million vaccine doses statewide to California residents in quartile 1 of the Healthy Places Index to ensure equitable vaccination distribution. As of April 1, 2021 that State has administered 3,629,008 doses in quartile 1. When the State meets their 4 million goal, the State will adjust the case rate to make it easier for counties to enter the orange tier, and Sonoma County could move into the orange tier under this scenario.
Blueprint for a Safer Economy - Updated April 2 - High level info by Industry:
  • Updated Gatherings effective April 15, 2021
  • Added private events and indoor seated live events and performances effective April 15, 2021
  • Updated Family Entertainment Centers
  • Added Fairs to Amusement Parks

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.

Vaccine Distribution - Phases and Population Details - Click here
Vaccine Clinics - Click here
Key Facts - Click here
Vaccine Notification - Sign-up with My Turn
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

On February 23rd, Governor Newsom signed into law 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 date to be announced

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 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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