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In this edition:

*Harassment Prevention Training - 5+ Employees - Have you completed?
*Making Sense of Mondays Article - The Art of the Invitation Continued
*Thank you to our Renewing Members!
*Chamber Members Events & News - Advertise here for FREE
*Covid-19 Resources - Vaccine, PPP, EIDL & Purple Tier
Harassment Prevention Training

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This week's Making Sense of Mondays Article:
by Andy Springer, Business Consultant & Coach
Check out the latest Making Sense of Mondays Article!
It Has Always Been About Relationships #3

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

"Oh, the smell! You can almost taste those delicious donuts from the parking lot. You enter the “torcher chamber” and while in line, you watch these delicious delights ride the conveyor belt in and out of the oven only to be doused in a shower of sugary glaze that you cannot wait to drop on your lips.

These melt-in-your-mouth, original glazed donuts are attractive enough as they lay to rest in the donut showcase racks, but those diabolical donut makers were not satisfied with attractive; they had to be irresistible. They had to be HOT NOW!

There was only one problem. Unless your patrons were camped out on your sidewalk or sleeping in your parking lot, how would people know when the donuts were hot and fresh out of the oven?


Outside of “BE MINE”, no two words have been mashed together more effectively than HOT and NOW! For the patrons of Krispy Kreme®, those two words, lit up in bright red neon, mean that heaven is just a few minutes away (at least the taste of heaven)"....Read more
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Chamber Members Events & News
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City of Rohnert Park:

Education Foundation of Cotati & Rohnert Park - 1st Annual Supply Drive with Public Safety - Ends Feb 28 - English / Spanish

Fundemonium - Feb 22 Newsletter - We ask for your help to save Family Fun

Intelligent Heart latest article - Embracing our own Imperfections - Click here to read it

Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center - Latest Newsletter Plus Free business advisers & Educational workshops too - Click here to go to their calendar

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

Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library - Feb 26 Weekly Newsletter

Sally Tomatoes & Heirloom Cafe - Family Delivery Special / Corporate Delivery / Dinner & Comedy Show - Feb 23 / Myles Weber & Chelsea Bearce Comedy - Feb 25

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 / Relaunches La Prensa Sonoma Spanish-language Newspaper with Support from Comcast

Sonoma State University Careerfest 2021 Register Now - 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
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.

Sonoma County COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The supply of COVID-19 vaccines in the United States is currently limited and the County of Sonoma is following State and Federal guidelines for distribution. Priority administration of the vaccine has been determined by a number of factors including risk of exposure from work or living environments, as well as vulnerabilities due to age and medical conditions. The Department of Health is coordinating with primary care providers on plans for expanding immunizations, your health center will contact you about scheduling when the vaccine is available for you. When you are eligible for a vaccine, and not before that, you will be able to make an appointment through your provider, or at a vaccination clinic.
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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