July 29, 2020
Thought for the week:
As I returned from the East coast (returning children to school), the airline pilot said upon landing in San Jose, " Take care of each other out there ". These words resonated, knowing that we still have lots of work to do. Specifically, the words"out there" struck me most. I realized that we are all "out there" in this world together trying to navigate these crazy times. Let's do our best Los Gatos to be kind, respectful and take care of each other. We Got this LG!

Please wear your mask & wash your hands!
Silicon Valley Forum Presents:
Shopping Around: The Post-Pandemic Future of Retail
Thursday, July 30 at 2pm
Now, more than ever, consumers are turning to e-commerce for products they previously purchased in-store. Retailers of all sizes have struggled for years to navigate online shopping, changing consumer behavior, and increasing competition – and are now pivoting quickly to keep up with varying demands. Will consumer adaptations made during the current shelter-in-place mandate make a permanent impact on the way consumers shop?
Join SVO and their panelists to discuss the impact the Coronavirus pandemic has on retailer and brands, shifts in consumer spending habits, and what shopping will look like in the future, including:
  • How retailers and brands are making quick pivots to stay relevant
  • What the next 5 years will look like, including permanent changes to the retail industry
  • How it is affecting operations and fulfillment
  • Technology trends that will reshape the retail industry
  • What the “new normal” will look like
The ABC's of Medicare
Join us for a webinar on the basics of Medicare. Whether you’re looking for a change or are new to Medicare, this presentation will provide you with the basics of Medicare and a helpful checklist of tips and information.

Presentation given by Jeff Carneghi of Anthem Blue Cross .

  • This event is free to attend but we invite you to make a donation upon registration. Your contribution will help us continue to provide these resources to you and the community.
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.

Google Search Ads - Friday, August 7, 1-2:30pm
  • Do you want to be found on Google Search? Google Search Ads is part of SEM = Search Engine Marketing. You pay for keywords in order to be found in a Google Search Query.
  • Learn to set up a Google Ads account and do a basic overview of creating a campaign and ads.
  • Keyword strategy and phrase type.
  • Beginner level webinar for those who have never touched Google Ads or have limited knowledge.

State of the State with Cal Matters
Thursday, August 13 at noon
Are you interested in learning more about California state politics and the issues that face us as Californians? CalMatters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom committed to explaining California policy and politics.
Join Dave Lesher , founder and editor-in-chief of CalMatters, for his overview of the state's top issues and his report card on the administration's response to COVID-19. Dan Walters , the iconic journalist and opinion writer, will share his perspective and provide context to many of the issues we're facing today. You'll hear from Ricardo Cano , CalMatters K-12 education
reporter, who has been writing about the state's plans to educate California kids come fall, the digital divide and educational equity issues, new distance learning standards, and the many obstacles families and educators face. He will
share his reporting and analysis and what you can expect to see in the months ahead. 

What : State of the State with CalMatters
When: Thursday, August 13th, Noon
Where: Zoom [The link will be sent directly to guests as they RSVP]

Please RSVP to Andrea Santana at andrea@calmatters.org
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.
Los Gatos Together 2020 Mask
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
Support the Chamber
With your support we will be able to keep our doors open and continue to advocate for our businesses and Los Gatos community.
With every donation of $50 or more, you will receive a Friends of the Chamber decal, pictured above. Cats come in orange, blue or green.
The Chamber of Commerce, just like every business, is experiencing financial impacts due to COVID-19. Our ability to generate revenue has been greatly diminished due to the protocols necessary to control this pandemic. Despite all of these challenges, we have made our resources, webinars, and public policy advocacy available to the general public during this challenging time. 

If you are interested in supporting our efforts to be a catalyst, convener and a champion for a stronger community, we would be grateful for your financial contribution of any size. We look forward to continuing to serve you all.
Member Events
Wine Bar 107
Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition/ Santa Clara Valley Water District
Jazz OFF the Plazz
Concerts Live Streamed from the from 6:00- 7:00 PM every Wednesday throughout the summer.

Live Stream links:

Wednesday, JULY 29 - KRISTEN STROM
Wednesday, August 12 - SARA NIEMIETZ & SNUFFY WALDEN
Wednesday, August 26 - TIFFANY AUSTIN - LIVE FROM L.A.
Wednesday, September 2 - JOHN PROULX
Wednesday, September 9 - TONY LINDSAY W/ JANICE MAXIE REED & DESZON CLAIBORNE - Summer Streaming Series Finale!

Sponsored by:
El Camino Health, Lexus of Stevens Creek, John & Timi Sobrato Charitable Fund
Be counted! Make sure Santa Clara County and California receives our fair share of federal funds.
2020 Census
Shape Your Future

Respond before the door knock! Beginning in August, census workers will start knocking on doors of all homes that have not responded yet. Complete your census now!
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.
Resources For Individuals
For Business Resources go to the Chamber website
  1. The Order and Appendices, effective July 13
  2. The Health Officer Indicators
  3. Press Statement
Facebook Live Public Health Briefings The Public Health Department continues to provide Santa Clara County residents with informational updates each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 a.m. on its  Facebook Page
Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange   - bikes for essential workers in need of transportation during shelter in place. The program accepts bikes that are ready-to-ride or need minor repairs and gives them to essential workers who need a bike but can’t afford one. Interested residents can sign up as a recipient, donor, or volunteer  here .  
FAQs about the Local Health Officer Shelter in Place Order
  1. Shelter in Place FAQ-English
  2. Shelter in Place FAQ-Chinese
  3. Shelter in Place FAQ-Spanish
  4. Shelter in Place FAQ-Vietnamese
  5. Shelter in Place FAQ-Tagalog 
Any business, faith, nonprofit, labor or community leader with questions should contact  cboliaison@eoc.sccgov.org .