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In this edition:
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*Harassment Prevention Training - 5+ Employees - Have you completed?
*Making Sense of Mondays Article - The Art of the Invitation
*Welcome New Members & Thank you to Renewing Members
*Chamber Members Events & News - Advertise here for FREE
*Covid-19 Resources - PPP, EIDL, Purple Tier & Workplace Exposure
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This week's Making Sense of Mondays Article:
by Andy Springer, Business Consultant & Coach
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It Has Always Been About Relationships #2

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

"Love was in the air – or was it? Valentine’s Day, the one holiday that it seemed girls had taken over the world, with red hearts, pink ribbons and “pretties” everywhere, made going to school for an elementary aged boy who thought that all girls had “cooties” a bit challenging. All that “be mine”, “say yes”, “happy 2gthr” romantic stuff felt like I was being forced to star in a “chick-flick” and pretend to enjoy it.

Stress levels were high. Last minute, night before runs to the store to buy a package of 20+ perforated cards and envelopes replete with your favorite cartoon character carefully ensconced on the front did not help. Returning home, two more stressors activated; one’s handwriting, and the carefulness required to avoid unleashing the unwelcomed attention of a would-be secret admirer by giving them an unintended Valentine message of invitation. 

For many years, scores of cheap, meaningless valentines and hundreds of conversation heart “candies” bursting with the texture and taste of Tums® were exchanged between classmates and friends on that dreadful day in the name of love. It was not until celebrating that first Valentine’s Day with the girl of my dreams that I finally discovered that these chalk-like candies possessed a redeemable quality, which brings me to the point of this article; the art of the invitation"....Read more
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Fundemonium - Feb 15 Newsletter - Show yourself some love; You deserve it!

Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center - Latest Newsletter - Still time to register for NxLeveL and jumpstart your business, starts this week - Free business advisers & Educational workshops too - Click here to go to their calendar

North Bay Credit Union latest Member Update

Poppy Bank is available to help all with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Providence/St. Joseph Urgent Care Center RP - Feb Work Healthy Newsletter

Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library - Feb 19 Weekly Newsletter

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Sonoma Media Investments/Press Democrat: Hiring? Post a job & save 20% / Be part of 'Towns' in Sunday Edition - Msg from Account Exec, Allie Murillo & Media Kit / Anywhere Career Fair - March 22-26

Sonoma State University Careerfest Save the Date - Apr 6-9

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

TNT Bookkeeping Services latest Quarterly Newsletter

Vitalant Blood Drive at SOMO Village & Sally Tomatoes - Feb 23

Other Resources

Message from District Attorney Jill Ravitch on Worker's Compensation Fraud - Brochures for Employees & Employers and Posters available in Chamber Office
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Reopens

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.

  • 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.

State Lifts Regional Stay at Home Orders -
Back in Purple Tier
Announced Monday, January 25

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.

  • Places of Worship - Indoors 25% capacity - Updated Feb 6
  • 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.
Workplace Exposure and Outbreak

"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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