October 28, 2020
Carriage Rides
Carriage Rides are on for 2020!
 
Enjoy a holiday tradition in downtown Los Gatos and feel the romance of Christmas past. Ride in an elegant horse-drawn carriage with a friendly driver and horses wearing holiday bells. The evening ride starts in Town Plaza and continues through the Almond Grove district. This 15-20 minute ride will take you by beautifully decorated, historic homes and along downtown's N. Santa Cruz Avenue. The carriage ride booth is located in Town Plaza, at the corner of S. Santa Cruz Avenue and Montebello, across from the Post Office.
Schedule 2020
 
  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, December 4-6, 5:00-9:00pm
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 10-13, 5:00-9:00pm
  • Thursday - Wednesday, December 17-23, 4:30-9:00pm
We will be following all Santa Clara County and State protocols:
  • Carriages will be cleaned between each group of riders
  • Masks must be worn.
  • 6' social distancing must be observed at all times when not in the carriage.
  • No blankets will be provided. Please bring your own and dress warmly.
  • Maximum 6 people in a carriage (even the large carriage)
  • Riders should all be from the same household
Holiday Happenings Sneak Preview
The Chamber and the Town are working hard to provide a festive atmosphere for the holidays. So although we can't have the Parade or the Tree Lighting, we can all celebrate Los Gatos in Lights. From mid-November through January, enjoy our immersive light displays around Town. This 26' high starburst is just a preview of what's to come...
2020 Shop Local Passport Program
November 25 - December 31
Shop Local. Dine Local. Play Local. Win Local.
 
The LG Local Passport program rewards you for supporting local businesses by shopping, dining and enjoying Los Gatos.
 
Every time you spend $20 at a participating business, a box on your passport will be marked. When your passport is filled (20 boxes), complete the form and drop it off at a passport box at one of the participating businesses. Each completed passport is a chance to win a prize in our drawing.  Drawing to be held on January 4th.

Passports will be available November 20 at the Chamber office and participating locations.
 
Prizes:
Gift cards and merchandise from your Los Gatos businesses.
  • Grand Prize $1000
  • Prize #1 - $500
  • Prize #2 - $250
Social Distancing Protocol & Signage
All businesses and organizations must submit revised Social Distancing Protocols by Oct. 28th - Today! More information and instructions on how to submit a new Social Distancing Protocol are available here. The new check mark sign that is generated will have a date of 10/05/2020 with your name in the box below and an orange check mark.
COVID Testing
El Camino Health
November 5 & 19
Los Gatos Town Council
Candidate Forum & Interviews
Would you like to learn more about our candidates running for Town Council? View the LG Chamber's Candidate forum or their interviews by KCAT. Make an informed vote!
Chamber Forum
KCAT Interviews
Other Candidate Forums & Interviews
League of Women Voters Candidate Forums
Click the links below to view the interviews with these candidates:
California Senate District #15 - Ann Ravel, Dave Cortese
California Ballot -- Pros and Cons (will be available soon)
For other city candidate forums visit the League of Women Voters website or their YouTube Channel

Democracy Tent - Interviews with the Candidates
VOTE LG
We want to be your source for election information! We've created a VOTE LG page on our website. Visit this page to see all the propositions, measures and our local candidates, as well as information on:
  • Registering to Vote
  • Election Timeline
  • Ways to return your ballot
  • Candidate forums & interviews
Free Entrepreneurs’ Legal Advising Clinic
November 7 via Zoom
Get Answers to Legal Questions in a 30-Minute Private Session With a Qualified Business Attorney for FREE.

Wrestling with a thorny legal question, but can’t afford the cost of a high-priced business attorney? Many entrepreneurs and small business owners say they could have saved considerable time, expense, and headache if only they had consulted an attorney earlier rather than later. At this clinic, you can talk to an experienced business attorney about many issues, such as financing, employment matters, commercial lease agreements and more. Clients will be seen (via Zoom) between 10:30am and 1:30pm. Register to get an appointment.
Friends of the Chamber
Would you like to show your support for the Chamber and the community? Friends of the Chamber is a membership category we've created for community members who do not own businesses, but would like to support the Chamber in our efforts to be a catalyst, convener and a champion for a stronger community. Anyone who has donated $100 or more to our "Support the Chamber" effort is an automatic Friend. If you'd like to become a Friend of the Chamber click here to donate or click the Join Now button on our website. Those who donate $50 or more receive a "Friends of the Chamber" sticker, pictured above.
Los Gatos Together 2020 Mask
NEW COLORS! Stop by our office for a fun Los Gatos Together 2020 mask. Thanks to Kristina Taroni of Number One Broadway for having them made! $14 (navy, black, gray, pink)
Digital Marketing Workshops
While you are sheltering in place, now is a great time to learn about digital marketing. Sofya Elperin-Smirvov is an expert in small business marketing. Sofya offers digital marketing training, consulting and full marketing management. She is an expert in paid search ads, email marketing, social media, content creation, website optimization and all digital and traditional marketing channels.

Facebook Ads (Beginner), October 30, 1-2:30pm, $20

Email Marketing + MailChimp How-To, November 18, 1-2:30pm, $20

Registration required for all webinars
Certificate of Origins
Los Gatos Chamber is now processing Electronic Certificates of Origin. In partnership with the American World Trade Chamber of Commerce, we offer electronic chamber-stamped Certificates of Origin and export related documents. 
FEES FOR ELECTRONIC CERTIFICATES OF ORIGIN
  • $25.00 for Chamber Members
  • $55.00 for non-members
Member Events
Los Gatos Lions
White Cane Days
Through October 31
Town of Los Gatos
Boards & Commissions
Applications accepted until Nov. 6
American Cancer Society
Discovery Shop
Friends of the Library
Opening October 31
Protect Los Gatos
Maybe you've noticed these green signs around town? The Chamber and the Town are embarking on a Protect Los Gatos campaign, reminding people to social distance and wear a mask. We've placed signs around town: on A-frames, in store windows and on pop-up patios. Please keep us all safe!

If you'd like a sign, stop by the Chamber office and pick one up.
Town of Los Gatos website
The Town of Los Gatos has compiled a very comprehensive page of Covid-19 messages and resources. It outlines how all the Town departments are functioning throughout this crisis. In addition, it has resources for businesses and individuals, as well as ways you can volunteer.
Coronavirus Update
For the latest updates, please visit Santa Clara County Public Health.
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