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In this edition:
*Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) - Round 2 now open!
*California Relief Grant - Round 2 Feb 2-8
*Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) & EIDL Advance
*Workplace Exposure & Outbreak - Employer Guidance Packet
*Harassment Prevention Training - 5+ Employees - Have you completed?
*Making Sense of Mondays Article - It Has Always Been About Relationships
*Welcome New Members & Thank you to Renewing Members
*Chamber Members Events & News - Support our members
*Covid-19 Resources - Back in Purple Tier - Previously announced Jan 25
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Reopens
Thank you Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center for this info.

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.
California Relief Grant

Round 1 Notifications have started
Lendistry started sending out notifications to all applicants in the first round (via text or email). Please note that Lendistry received over 300,000 applications, so it will take time and all notifications should be finished by Jan 23 (check your spam box on your email).
You may be selected, declined, or waitlisted. If no grant awarded in Round 1, your application goes to Round 2. If you are selected, you will need to complete the verification process.
  Round 2 starts February 2 and ends February 8

  • If you applied to Round 1, you do not need to apply again. If you successfully submitted for Round 1 and did not receive funds, your application will automatically roll over to Round 2.
  • If you did not apply, you can still apply to Round 2.
  • If you still have documents to upload, do it now!
  • If you having technical difficulties or need to make any changes, contact Lendistry at 888-612-4370 or email

  • 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
Thank you Sonoma County Economic Development Board for this info.

"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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This week's Making Sense of Mondays Article:
by Andy Springer, Business Consultant & Coach
Check out this new Making Sense of Mondays series:

You will find this article and others here on our website.
Below is an excerpt, click here to read the entire article:

"It was in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign in which Nehemiah, the cupbearer for the King, one of multitudes of Israelites that were taken to be slaves by the Persians during the Babylonian conquest of Israel, heard that his family and friends were being annihilated and his hometown, Jerusalem, was being destroyed. 

Have you ever dreamt about doing something significant? Perhaps you have considered building something that would have a lasting impact on the lives of those whom you love? Maybe you believe you were made to accomplish something amazing. Whatever the case, you will find the story of Nehemiah to be stirring, stimulating and highly motivating. 

Word of the agony and chaos within his hometown caused Nehemiah to experience much unrest for weeks until one day, while performing his duties as cupbearer, Nehemiah’s sorrow was discovered by the King.

Amazingly, the King chose not only to spare his cupbearer’s life, but also asked to hear the details of Nehemiah’s pain. After explaining hearing all that was taking place in Jerusalem, the King asked Nehemiah to make his request. Nehemiah asked that the King grant him safe passage home and provisions that he might rebuild Jerusalem.

After being home three days, Nehemiah rose in the night to evaluate the current situation. He found the walls of the city were broken down and the gates were consumed by fire. Everything was devastated and there was much work to be done and fast. 

I doubt that Nehemiah ever sat through a “Leveraging Your Top Relationships” workshop or purchased a “Best Networkers 101” program but somehow, almost naturally, he implemented many of the systems and strategies that one might learn in a “networking” training program. Nehemiah and his well-established relationships produced the materials and the manpower to completely repair and rebuild the wall and fortified the city of Jerusalem in 52 days.....Read more
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Intelligent Heart, Steven Campbell - Why Angry Arguments seldom work!

Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center - Spring NxLevel Entrepreneur Training which will help your business survive & thrive / Free business advisers &
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Sonoma State University Careerfest Save the Date - Apr 6-9

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

Other Resources

Message from District Attorney Jill Ravitch on Worker's Compensation Fraud - Brochures for Employees & Employers and Posters available in Chamber Office
State Lifts Regional Stay at Home Orders -
Back in Purple Tier
Announced Monday, January 25
Thank you Sonoma County Economic Development Board for this info.

The State of California has lifted the Regional Stay at Home Order and has returned to the color tier system. County of Sonoma is in alignment with State Public Health Orders, but may restrict County Public Health Orders if needed. The following has changed.

  • Hair salons and barbershops open indoors with modifications
  • Personal care services open indoors with modification
  • Museums, zoos, and aquariums open outdoors only with modifications
  • Restaurants open outdoor only with modifications
  • Wineries open outdoor only with modifications
  • Bars, breweries, and distilleries where a meal is provided open outdoor only with modifications
  • Limited services open
  • Family entertainment centers open outdoor only
  • Retail stores (clothing, books, jewelry, etc.) may open at a maximum 25% capacity with modifications
  • Indoor shopping malls may open at a maximum 25% capacity. Food courts and common areas remain closed
  • Grocery stores may open at a maximum 50% capacity with modifications

Additional Resources

Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan

Appendix A. The Sonoma County Health Officer requires all businesses to create a Social Distancing Protocol & COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep businesses open. Here is how you can get started:
  1. Review required state guidance for your industry. 
  2. Create a plan following Appendix A of Health Order C-19-15
  3. Self Certify your business with Sonoma Safe
  4. Review and distribute the plan with employees. 
  5. Post your Appendix A plan and your self-certification certificate in your business where it is accessible to the public and employees.
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