August 18, 2020
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New Enforcement Ordinance
Santa Clara County has passed a new Enforcement Ordinance for Public Health Orders.

The success of our Public Health Orders, and the ability to avoid a return to shelter-in-place, relies in large part on effective and efficient enforcement. With this in mind, on Tuesday, August 11, the Board of Supervisors adopted an urgency ordinance related to the enforcement of Public Health Orders and other laws associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new Ordinance provides additional tools for addressing violations of the Health Officer Orders and the County’s Eviction Moratorium by establishing a civil enforcement program, including authority to issue administrative fines. To date, the primary means of enforcement has been via law enforcement, often coordinated through the District Attorney’s Office. While law enforcement will remain a critical and necessary resource for the success of the health orders, the new civil enforcement framework is better suited for the more regulatory aspects of the recent orders, such as the Risk Reduction Order’s requirements related to implementation of Social Distancing Protocols.

Civil enforcement will allow for a more efficient, less punitive process that is more flexible for those seeking to comply with the order. Under the Ordinance, Enforcement Officers, including any sworn peace officer, County employee, or other individual designated by the Health Office, will enforce the Public Health Orders by issuing Notices of Violation (NOV) and imposing administrative fines if there is a failure to abate violations within a grace period of up to 72 hours. Civil penalties for non-commercial violations (not associated with a business or business transaction) are between $25 and $500. For violations involving commercial activities, penalties are between $250 and $5,000.

To read the full ordinance, click here.
SVO Virtual
Breakfast Meeting
Thursday, August 20, 7:30-9am
The panel of elected officials and community leaders will provide updates at the City, County, and State levels. They will also discuss ways to safely drum up business, provide information about available financial assistance, and provide resources for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Log on at 7:30am to network using Zoom’s breakout room feature, then the webinar will kick off at 8am with a welcome and update on current events and issues in the area from SVO President & CEO, Matt Mahood.

Thurs., August 20, 7:30-9 AM, optional networking from 7:30-8 AM via breakout rooms

SVO Community Builder Member: complimentary
SVO Member: $10
Non-SVO Member: $20
Helping You Pivot
Tuesday, August 25 at 9am
Let’s Talk Small Business. The world today is much different than it was and constantly evolving. Businesses need to adapt and pivot their business models to create sustainable practices and ensure continued success.

Heath Owen will discuss opportunities businesses are finding to grow and pivot. Q&A to follow.
  • Branding - Strategy, design, photography, branding guidelines, and execution
  • Marketing - Automation, campaigns, social media strategy and management, implementation
  • Operations - Efficiency analysis, customer and employee experience, inventory management
  • Platforms - E-commerce, web design and management, content migration
  • Retail - Visual merchandising, interior design, staff sales training, procedures
This event is free to attend, but we invite you to make a donation upon registration. Your contribution will help us provide these resources to you and your business.
Friend 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.
The ABC's of Medicare
August 25 at 11:30am
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.
This event is free to attend, but we invite you to make a donation upon registration. Your contribution will help us continue to provide resources to you and your business.
Virtual Mixer
September 17 at 4:30pm
Join us via Zoom for a Virtual Networking Mixer! We are looking forward to introducing some of our newest members. One of our greatest strengths as a Chamber of Commerce is connecting the business community. We can still connect and network - even though we can't do it in person! Join us for a virtual mixer on Thursday, September 17!  

Limited to 20 registrants. 
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)
Town of Los Gatos Community Grant
For over 25 years, The Town of Los Gatos has been providing grants of Town general fund monies to projects and organizations that directly benefit the community and residents of Los Gatos.

Are you a Los Gatos resident or student that has an innovative idea and the drive to improve your community? The Town of Los Gatos is offering competitive grants of $1,500 each to assist in launching your idea! 

Are you a nonprofit organization dedicated to community work for the residents of Los Gatos? The Town is offering competitive one-time grants up to $7,500 to help you with a new idea for a project, service, or event. Apply for grant funding in the areas of: human services, arts, education, events, and community vitality. 

For details on the Community Grant Program, please visit:
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.

Moving and Marketing your Events or Services Online - Friday, September 4, 1-2:30pm
Key Points:
  • Video options - Zoom/Google Meet/ FaceTime
  • Zoom + PayPal Integration
  • Updates to your website
This event is free to attend but we invite you to make a donation upon registration. Your contribution will help us provide these resources to you and your business.

Google Search Ads - September 16, 1-2:30pm, $20

YouTube Channel & Paid Video Ads, September 18, 1-2:30pm, $20

Facebook Ads (Beginner), September 23, 1-2:30pm, $20

Email Marketing + MailChimp How-To, September 25, 1-2:30pm, $20

Registration required for all webinars
Member Events
Craft Box
Los Gatos Ballet
Jazz OFF the Plazz
Concerts Live Streamed from the from 6:00- 7:00 PM every Wednesday throughout the summer.

Live Stream links:

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
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!
Be counted! Make sure Santa Clara County and California receives our fair share of federal funds.
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.
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