January 6, 2021
Chamber of Commerce
OPEN Monday through Friday - 10 AM until 2 PM
Call 760-767-5555 or BorregoChamberDirector@gmail.com

Chamber of Commerce Updates

Chamber Weekly: Look for new additions to the Chamber Weekly, we think you'll find them interesting.

POSTPONED: The Borrego Springs Film Festival has been postponed until further notice. Thank you and we hope to enjoy this event later in the year.

Chamber Farmers Market: Resumes Friday schedule on 1/8/21.
**Dogs must be kept on leashes of no more than 6-feet. As the market grows that means more people and we don't want any accidents.
**Please remember this is a Chamber managed event, so what shoppers do in the market corridor is under the guidelines of the Borrego Springs Chamber of Commerce.
**Please follow masks and social distancing guidelines so the market is enjoyable for everyone.

Covid 19: With all of the government information changing hourly your best resource for information regarding Borrego Springs is the Borrego Springs Corona Virus Task Force. Please visit AccessHealthBorrego.org

For details on San Diego County testing locations, or to make an appointment at a drive-up location, visit 211sandiego.org or call 2-1-1.

DESERT DEALS ARE HERE! More to come, so check back weekly for more deals.

For people and pets!
Dr. Sylvia G. Caldwell, DC, DABCO
Call 760-767-3320 or visit borregochiro.com

Did you know that many of the streets in Borrego Springs are named after the brands (used on branding irons) of past ranches in the area? Let's see if you can name the street. We are starting out easy on this one.
Each month we'll post a new one....the first correct answer will be posted in your next Chamber Weekly, make sure your name is included!

Email your answer to: borregochamberdirector@gmail.com
Subject line: street name

The Board of Supervisors approved additional $20 million to help businesses impacted by recent move to Purple Tier: restaurants, gym/fitness centers, movie theaters, museums, zoos/aquariums, events industry.

If you have already applied or have questions, please email candyce.yee@sdcounty.ca.gov to express your interest to be considered for this new program or apply at the link below.


San Diego County residents who are economically impacted by COVID-19 could qualify for assistance of up to $3,000 to pay for past-due or upcoming rent.
Details at County News Center

The U.S. Chamber released a Guide to Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Loans with guidance from three perspectives:
  • How do these changes impact my existing PPP loan?
  • I exhausted my initial PPP loan, how does this help me?
  • What if I never received a PPP Loan?

The guide includes important changes to other programs:
  • Expanded Employee Retention Tax Credit
  • EIDL Grants
  • SBA Loan Debt Forgiveness
Key Highlights:
  • The new law holds that business expenses using PPP loan proceeds are tax-deductible.
  • Businesses can now receive a PPP loan and claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
  • Many businesses may have not taken the Employee Retention Tax Credit because they took a PPP loan in 2020. Make sure to flag this change for your accountant to take advantage of the refundable tax credit.
  • The $10,000 EIDL Grant program will be reopened. Priority will go towards small businesses in low-income neighborhoods that experienced a 30% reduction in gross receipts during an 8 week period.
  • A $15 billion grant was allocated to provide grants to live venue operators such as theaters, movie houses, museums, talent producers, etc.
  • Recipients must demonstrate a significant reduction in gross receipts as a result of the pandemic. Grants are awarded up to $10 million, or 45% of 2019 gross receipts for the entire year, whichever is less.
  • SBA Loan Debt Forgiveness will continue under the 7(a), 504, and Microloan programs.

SD Fire Authority Update
The year 2021 will mean a new name for the San Diego County Fire Authority as the organization has been recently renamed the San Diego County Fire Protection District. 
Residential KnoxBox Update
Info sent out: San Diego County Fire is now offering qualifying residents a secure key safe called a KnoxBox that will allow first responders to gain access to a home within seconds in a life-threatening or critical situation.
Response to Chamber if available in Borrego Springs:
Unfortunately, Borrego Springs is not within our coverage area, so we are unable to
offer the KnoxBoxes there. The program is available within the San Diego County Fire
Authority/Protection District, as well as the Ramona Municipal Water District and Deer
Springs Fire Protection District areas.
For more information:
Michele Clock
Community Risk Reduction Program Manager
San Diego County Fire Authority
County of San Diego
5510 Overland Ave., Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92123 

Safer at Home
The State of California has announced new stay-at-home orders. To comply, we will be closing our doors with a target reopening date of Monday, December 28, pending approval by the State. We encourage you to check back with our web site for the latest updates.

If you have a reservation, we will be working to refund you via the original payment method.

And to all of you, we have appreciated your support and good wishes over the past year. We know it's been difficult and we take great pride in being a source of comfort and relief during these unprecedented times.

La Casa del Zorro 

Volunteer at the Chamber!

Volunteer Commitment:
Volunteers are requested to spend a minimum of four (4) hours a week each month, preferably for five (5) months. Hours may be split in two shifts of two (2) hour shifts each week or four (4) hours straight.
Welcome Center Commitment:
1. Borregan Chamber of Commerce Membership (Individual)
2. Name tag
3. Recognition on Chamber website
4. Member discount on copies and faxes
5. Complimentary volunteer social events
6. Free admission for one to all Sundowners
7. Water, sodas and snacks provided
8. The Welcome Center is closed on holidays
9. Covid 19 – Chamber adheres to current County, State and Federal health and safety guidelines and supplies masks, gloves and sanitizer.

Contact us for more information at 760-767-5555 or click here to email us.

Our Chamber Creatures Wish You A Happy New Year!
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