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In this edition:
*California Relief Grant - Round 2 ENDS TODAY - Feb 8
*Harassment Prevention Training - 5+ Employees - Have you completed?
*Making Sense of Mondays Article - Watch for new article next Monday
*Welcome New Members & Thank you to Renewing Members
*Chamber Members Events & News - Support our members
*Covid-19 Resources - PPP, EIDL, Purple Tier & Workplace Exposure
California Relief Grant
Round 2 Applications End Today

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
Harassment Prevention Training

Do you have 5+ employees?
You should have completed training 1/1/2021!

Supervisors two hours / Nonsupervisory one hour
Online Training offered by CalChamber
20% Member Discount - Applied at check out
Supvs - $35.19 / NonSupvs - $20.79

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This week's Making Sense of Mondays Article:
by Andy Springer, Business Consultant & Coach
Watch for the next Making Sense of Mondays Article
on Monday, February 15!

In the meantime, enjoy these past articles here on our website.
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Thank you for renewing your chamber membership!
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Chamber Members Events & News
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97.7 The River and Roger Farah of Cross Country Mortgage are teaming up to recognize local community heroes in the North Bay. Nominate your Hero at

Cathy's Healthy Vibes - Looking to get healthy, lose weight or have more energy? Check out this 3-day Challenge!

City of Rohnert Park:

Education Foundation of Cotati & Rohnert Park:

Fundemonium - Feb 8 Newsletter - Are You Ready for Some Robot Love?

Intelligent Heart, Steven Campbell - When we are Bored with Each Other

Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center - Spring NxLevel Entrepreneur Training which will help your business survive & thrive / Free business advisers &
Educational workshops too - Click here to go to their calendar

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

Rohnert Park-Cotati Regional Library - Feb 12 Weekly Newsletter / K-12 Learning Resources

Sonoma Media Investments: Hiring? Post a job & save 20% & Be part of 'Towns' in Sunday Press Democrat - Msg from Account Exec, Allie Murillo & Media Kit

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

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

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, but may restrict County Public Health Orders if needed. The following has changed.

  • Updated Feb 6 - Churches - Indoors 25% capacity

  • 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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